Dallas vs. Miami Game 3 Postgame Analysis

By Charles Klask, Advance Scout, Orlando Magic

Where there is a Will there is a Wade: Just when all of the Michael comparisons seem to be unjustified from the first two games, Wade dominates in Jordanesque fashion in Game 3. He was attacking much quicker to prevent the defense from overloading to his touch. He was taking quality shots by pushing in transition, moving without the ball and crashing the offensive glass. Wade was relentless in his pursuit. Miami involved him as much as possible in all facets of their offense and had him engaged in a lot of ball screens. He was back to the Wade we have come to love and showed no signs of hesitation. He took half of the team's fourth-quarter shots to score half of their points.

The SIXTH Element: Down the stretch, Miami was forced to leave their only source of production in the game despite him playing with five fouls. Dallas had five minutes to draw Wade’s sixth foul and failed to do so. The next offensive possession after picking up his fifth, the Mavericks ran a middle isolation for Harris to attack Wade. Thereafter, the Mavericks didn’t run any significant plays to take advantage of the situation. It appeared that Howard’s touches vs. Wade always resulted into passes instead of attempts to draw a foul. Wade ended up having seven points in the last five minutes…

Duo-Doing: Miami used a lot more of Shaq and Wade together in pick and rolls. The duo got back to doing it by aggressively attacking the basket. They returned to their normal mark of 60 percent of the team's total point production. This percentage has been the barometer for Heat victories throughout the playoffs.

Haslem Defends: Smothered Dirk all night and took away his airspace. Udonis contested every catch, pass and shot that Dirk took. Dirk did have 30 points, but 10 of those came in transition and cannot be directed at any one player. He also kept pressure on Dirk on the defensive end by being so active on the glass.

Time (to work it) Out: Riley did a great job of calling quick timeouts as soon as Dallas showed a glimpse of life or when Miami showed a segment of stagnation. This tactic worked well to reduce the Mavs' momentum.

Hardly Luck: Miami played hard but not always smart. A majority of their effort was negated by poor decisions. They suffered from a rash of foolish fouls, sporadic turnovers and tactless plays. They are very fortunate to have won Game 3 and cannot expect that they can get away with a similar performance in Game 4.

Miami Pick and Rolls: The Heat did a good job of mixing the way their ball screens were being set. Instead of predetermining the pick by always setting it for the user to accept with his strong hand, they turned them into flat-angled ball screens. Changing the angle kept the defense guessing because they were unsure of which way to show toward. The Heat also made a point to mix their acceptance of ball screens by frequently driving against the screen.

Un-Shaqled: With Wade’s brilliance overshadowing the headlines, Shaq’s stat-line deserves some spotlight. He had his best all-around game of the series. Shaq played determined all night and did a good job of playing through double teams. He also contributed in other ways with his highest output of rebounds (11), played practically foul-free and finally blocked shots (his first two of the series). Miami needs all the facets that Diesel can deliver in order to win.

X-Factor: Antoine Walker had an all-around solid game. He made good decisions, didn’t settle for jumpers and attacked the basket consistently.

Stat of the Night: Miami Heat's 16 offensive rebounds resulting into 16 second-chance points. Haslem was huge on the offensive glass with eight, or 72 percent of his rebounds coming on the offensive end. Dallas has been leaving Haslem to help on other players. He hasn’t made the Mavs pay for leaving him until tonight. Honorable mention: Miami's 20 turnovers resulting in 18 points, and Stack-brick-house's 1-of-9 shooting.

Charles Klask is an advance scout for the Orlando Magic, holding the position the last three seasons after spending the previous three as a video scout. Prior to joining the Magic, Klask spent one season with the WNBA's Detroit Shock in the role of video coordinator.