Nate McMillan: HEAT ‘Can be intmidating’
And despite a bevy of mini-runs throughout the second half, the Blazers never cut the lead down to single-digits. This was being outmatched in its purest form.
“They have two great players over there — LeBron (James) and Dwyane (Wade) were on top of their game tonight,” said (Nate) McMillan, who came off much more accepting that he did discontent after the game. “I thought our guys really worked hard to try to force those guys over the top … but it’s a tough matchup when you have guys like that who can score and are willing passers.”
Thursday’s result wasn’t a huge surprise, of course. The Heat (28-7) own the best record in the Eastern Conference and an NBA-high nine-game winning streak. It came into the game having won five straight road games while outscoring opponents by an average of 9.4 points throughout the year.
McMillan admitted beforehand that, while watching tape of Miami, “they can be intimidating.” And while the final score may have been a case of intimidation, it was more likely domination.