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Old 06-12-06, 01:23 PM
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Riley says he'll stay big

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Rather than react to Avery Johnson's decision to go small when Shaquille O'Neal is out of the game, therefore taking Alonzo Mourning almost entirely out of the game, Riley said he would stick to his strength in the middle more often.

''We talked about the small lineup,'' Riley said. ``It's not only [Keith] Van Horn and [Dirk] Nowitzki, it's when they go to [Josh] Howard and [Jerry] Stackhouse. That's the real speed lineup, when they go with [Devin] Harris and [Jason] Terry.

``It could create a problem for us. But I can't let it really take away from what Zo and Shaquille mean to us. So I'm not going to just run away from it.''

Riley kept his word in Game 2, staying with Mourning when Van Horn came into the game at center and getting productive minutes from his reserve center.
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Old 06-12-06, 01:26 PM
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It is not like he has a choice. He doesn't have the personnel or practice to go small even if he wants to do it.
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Old 06-12-06, 01:45 PM
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Riley has been disappointing, Shaq has been disappointing, Wade has been disappointing. They need to get the team motivated and energized, otherwise it doesn't matter if it's small ball or big ball.
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they can't match up with Dallas unlike San Antonio ;)
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Old 06-12-06, 04:51 PM
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they can't match up with Dallas unlike San Antonio ;)
San Antonio could only match up successfully by destroying its bench which had been dominant all season. But it almost worked. And Tim gave it a hell of a lot more effort than Shaquette has so far. If the Heat don't rally the Spurs have a convincing claim to Number Two in the NBA.
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Old 06-12-06, 05:02 PM
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If the Heat don't rally the Spurs have a convincing claim to Number Two in the NBA.
More like 1-B to Dallas' 1-A...

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