Scouting report: Pistons vs. Heat Game 6

Updated: June 2, 2006, 10:37 PM ET
By John Carroll | Scouts Inc.
Heat Offense: For the most part, Shaquille O'Neal has stayed out of foul trouble in this series, but not in Game 5. He was able to play only 31 minutes; 12 in the first half. The Heat need O'Neal on the floor for 36-38 minutes and he needs to keep doing what he does best: get deep post-up position in the paint and overpower Ben Wallace or anybody else assigned to him. Shaq is averaging 14 field goal attempts per game and is shooting over 61 percent. The Heat should continue to make him the first option almost every time down the floor. Force feed the big man the ball and they will get results.

John Carroll

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John Carroll joined Scouts Inc. after nine years as an NBA coach, including a seven-year tenure with the Boston Celtics that concluded with a four-month stint as interim head coach in 2003-04. Before joining the NBA, Carroll spent six years as head coach at Duquesne University and seven years at Seton Hall as an assistant to head coach P.J. Carlesimo.