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Heat-Hawks: Miami on Brink of Elimination; Physicality Key to Game Six

Published by on May 1, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

As the Miami Heat sit on the brink of elimination from the 2009 NBA playoffs, one thing is evident: The Heat need to get downright physical. Miami needs to play like a Pat Riley constructed squad. They need to play how the Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway teams did back in the late 1990s. And that all starts with suffocating defense.

The Miami Heat/Atlanta Hawks first round series has been marked as a series of blowouts. The average margin of victory through the first five games is 19, with the closest game being a 10-point victory by Atlanta in Game Four.

The main reason for the barrage of lopsided victories? The lack of physicality and intensity portrayed by either team in the losses. 

As the the H...

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