“I’m struggling,” said Jermaine O’Neal, in the biggest understatement uttered thus far in the NBA playoffs. He shot 1-10 from the field last night, on the heels of a 3-14 performance in Game One. That isn’t just struggling, Jermaine. Them’s retiring numbers.
Maybe it isn’t all his own fault though. Maybe Jermaine just needs some more rest. After all, he didn’t get much after the Game One loss. (Miami Herald)
O’Neal said he was up until 5 a.m. after Game 1 watching film at the team hotel in Boston.
“We’ve watched so much film it’s almost been ad nauseam,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “The veteran players have really set the tone, not only by spending their own time watching but they’ve been taking notes and been very interactive with the coaching staff asking questions and also encouraging other guys to watch film as well.”
My first thought on all this? What, exactly, does ad nauseam mean? (To a disgusting or ridiculous degree; to the point of nausea.)
My second thought? Jermaine, go get some damn sleep. You’ve looked quite tired in the first two games. All those bricks would make a nice house, but all you need is a bed. All that film didn’t do much good, anyway.
My third thought? Maybe he doesn’t even need more sleep anymore. He, and his entire Miami Heat team, spent all of Game Two catching up on lost Z’s.