Pat Riley Isn’t Happy
Given Miami’s disturbing performance in yesterday’s nightmare fourth quarter, it’s little surprise that Pat Riley is steaming mad. Still, it’s been a while since a game has bothered him and his hair this much, and he doesn’t seem to be alone in his frustration with the outcome of game one.
“They should be disgusted,” the Heat coach said Friday. “Disgusted and frustrated.”
“The truthbox doesn’t lie,” Heat backup center Alonzo Mourning said after a 90-minute film session. “I’m talking about the television. When we watch tape, that truthbox does not lie. And you can see the mistakes, the lack of rotation, the lack of help, the things of that nature. … It just wasn’t there.”
Dangerously for Miami, their unpleasant evening appeared to have had an effect even on the psyche of the man whose cup usually runneth over with confidence. While Heat fans were hoping for a little good-humoured arrogance and a snappy quote or two, The Big Quotable instead showed up to the post-game press conference with a gut full of humble pie.
For the sake of this series, let’s hope that Dwyane Wade is telling the truth.