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Saturday, November 20, 2010
How the Bobcats snuck back into it

By Kevin Arnovitz

The Heat have developed an unsettling pattern of allowing teams to come out of the locker room at AmericanAirlines Arena after intermission and claw back into the game. We saw it in the instant classic against Utah. A few days later, the Heat coasted against Toronto after a dominant first half, keeping an inferior Raptors team in the game long after they should've been extinguished. And after trailing the Heat 56-37 at the half, Charlotte outscored Miami 45-24 over the first 19 minutes of the second half on Friday night to take a fourth quarter lead.

Seven telling moments during that quarter and a half for the Heat's Saturday film session:
Charlotte's lead is short-lived. Miami gradually finds its bearings, begins to anticipate the action, foregoes the long 2s in favor of basket attacks, and plays just assertively enough in the half court to manufacture some badly-needed points at the line. Still, there's a lot the Heat can learn from the sequences, from how to improve their pick-and-roll coverage to better timing in their own half court.