Heat hurt Mavs with offensive rebounding

June, 1, 2011
6/01/11
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MIAMI -- Getting pounded on the offensive boards by the Heat didn't sit to well with Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle after Game 1.

"Our rebounding has to be better," he said after the 92-84 loss. "We're minus-10 on offensive boards. That's 10 more opportunities that they have the ball and we don't."

The Mavericks actually outscored Miami 16-15 in second-chance points despite a 16-6 deficit in offensive rebounds. But had the Mavs done a better job cleaning up Miami misses, it would have limited the Heat's chances to score on a night when possessions were at a premium.

Points were hard to come by as both teams shot under 40 percent. The Heat, by virtue of getting those extra looks, took 80 shots. The Mavs took 67.

"You hold a team to 38 percent and 92 points, for us that's usually a victory," Shawn Marion said. "To score 84 points is very rare for us. To get 67 shots as well, even to shoot 37 percent."

The Mavs' use of zone defense was offered up as a reason for Miami being able to get second chances. Chris Bosh had five offensive rebounds. Dwyane Wade and little-used reserve Juwan Howard had three each.

"When you play zones, it's tough to find guys to box out," Bosh said. "That's one thing about zones is when you're playing it, you're not matching up with anybody. You're just playing an area. We know that we can crash the boards. Anytime that we can get second-chance opportunities, it's gold for us."

Brendan Haywood dismissed the notion that playing zone leads to rebounding issues.

"We've been rebounding in the zone all season," the Mavs' backup center said.

Carlisle harped on rebounding throughout the Western Conference finals against Oklahoma City, as Serge Ibaka and Nick Collison repeatedly hurt the Mavs by crashing the offensive glass. In the Finals opener, Miami had an overall 46-36 rebounding edge.

"The biggest thing is we've got to straighten out the rebounding and we have to do a better job of putting the ball in the basket," Carlisle said.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Dirk Nowitzki
PTS AST STL MIN
21.7 2.7 0.9 32.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsS. Marion 6.5
AssistsM. Ellis 5.7
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksB. Wright 0.9