The day started with news that Kobe Bryant and LeBron James were coming out to the BankUnited Center, but it ended with Jabari Parker and Duke dominating Miami, especially on the boards.
The crowd and the environment was absolutely fantastic. Dick Vitale was in the house, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Kobe Bryant and a ton of other people were also in attendance. That was great.
As far as actual basketball goes, Tonye Jekiri played really well tonight. On a night that Miami was absolutely dominated on the boards, Jekiri held his own and snatched down eight rebounds and added eight points. Coming into the season, Jekiri was the key to any success the Canes were hoping for, but it’s been a disappointment tonight. Even though the Canes didn’t come up with the win, Jekiri doing work was a good sign.
The guard play in this game was nothing short than abysmal. Manu Lecomte, Rion Brown, Garrius Adams and Davon Reed went a combined 6 for 23 shooting with 7 turnovers.
Lecomte just looked outmatched and it isn’t his fault. Adams still can’t find his shot and was awful again tonight. If the Canes want to do anything productive the rest of this season, this group is going to have to produce. Plain and simple.
The rebounding. Duke had 15 offensive rebounds and out-rebounded 42-28 throughout the game. Jabari Parker had 15 rebounds on his own and he absolutely dominated the game. Miami was just not physical enough and rebounding was the one area where it hurt them the most.
Duke had 33 points in the first half and 18 of them came on second-chance points. That should tell you everything you need to know about this game. Duke dominated this game, but with a better rebounding effort, the Canes could have had a fighting chance.