The Reason Why The Heat Don't Have That Championship Look (Good Read)

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 6 years ago '10        #1
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The Reason Why The Heat Don't Have That Championship Look (Good Read)
 

 
don't mistake this for an excuse thread, this is simply an article to highlight the deficiencies in the team and how they can improve to become a championship team


Perkins: Haslem, Battier, Miller are the problem for Heat

MIAMI – Pssst…want to know the biggest problem with the Heat’s halfcourt offense right now? It’s forwards Udonis Haslem, Shane Battier and Mike Miller.

Haslem, Battier and Miller – the Heat’s second most-important trio behind the Big Three — are the reason

coach Erik Spoelstra is still frantically searching for a rotation entering the final week of the regular season. If they’re all playing well, the Heat has an embarrassment of offensive riches on any given night. If two of the three are playing well, the Heat probably win the championship.

The problem is none of the three is playing well offensively.

This is the cold hard truth about three of the nicest, most media-friendly guys on the team. Quite honestly, that might cut them some slack since so little is written about how much they’re hurting the Heat’s offense. But here are the numbers:

–Haslem, a career .494 shooter, is shooting a career-low .423 from the field;

–Battier, a career .441 shooter, is shooting a career-low .386 from the field. He’s shooting .339 from 3-point range, the second-worst total of his career;

–Miller’s issue is he can’t stay on the court. He’s missed 28 of the Heat’s 60 games (47 percent) with injuries this season. Last season he missed 41 games (50 percent).


This isn’t Heat hater stuff. It’s fact.

Haslem, Battier and Miller, despite their offensive struggles, remain quality players. And they deserve their playing time. They’re contributing to the winning. Haslem and Battier are among the Heat’s top defenders. Miller is a quality rebounder and he can handle the ball. He’d lead the NBA in 3-point percentage (.463) if he had enough playing time to qualify for the statistics. All three guys belong on the court. That’s not what this is about. This is about the truth.

Look, the Heat might win the title with Haslem, Battier and Miller playing the way they’re playing. But the Heat could win the title much easier if Haslem, Battier and Miller were playing consistently and up to expectations.

Let’s go back to last season when the Super Friends – you’ll recall the Big Three recruited each other, and then they recruited Haslem and Miller — were originally constructed.

The dream was to put Haslem and Miller on the floor alongside the Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Bosh. You’d have the versatility and skill to close out any team in the NBA in the last five or six minutes of a game. You’d have halfcourt offense, aggressive defense, rebounding, ball-handling, 3-point shooting, veteran savvy, and five guys who could all defend more than one position. You’d have it all.

That lineup never materialized because of injuries to Haslem and Miller.

This year the Heat added Battier and there was a new dream. Spoelstra could choose among Haslem, Battier and Miller to play alongside the Big Three. His top six players – the Big Three, Haslem, Battier and Miller – would be even better than last year. That was the dream.

Here’s the reality: Miami will get uneven offensive performances as long as Haslem, Battier and Miller give uneven performances. Spolestra knows that to be true. He’s trying to force the chemistry. He changed his starting lineup, inserting Haslem at center, so he can get to his Super Friends (the Big Three plus Haslem and Miller) more quickly. He’s now one move away – substituting Miller for starting guard Mario Chalmers, which happens in the late in the first quarter.

Ideally, that lineup of Bosh at center, Haslem at power forward, James at small forward, Miller at shooting guard and Wade at point guard also closes out games. And, also ideally, you could substitute Battier for either Haslem or Miller without missing a beat.

But those lineups have to show they can play together effectively and efficiently.

Now take a step back to look at the bigger picture, Spolestra is in a tough spot finding a complement to the Big Three. Few Heat players are playing well offensively, and a couple of guys are playing worse since the All-Star break.

–Guard Mario Chalmers is worse. Before the All-Star break he averaged 11.1 points per game and shot .512 from the field. Since the All-Star break he’s averaging 7.8 points and shooting .383.

–Guard Norris Cole is worse. He averaged 8.7 points and shot .483 from the field before the break. Since the break he’s averaging 3.5 points and shooting .298.

Now you see Spoelstra’s problem. Five key guys (Haslem, Battier, Miller, Chalmers and Cole) are in a bad way offensively.


In other words, practically everyone Spoelstra puts beside the Big Three is just short of an offensive liability. The lone exception might be sharp-shooting forward James Jones, last season’s 3-point champion at All-Star Weekend. Jones averaged 3.3 points per game before the break and shot .420 from 3-point range. Since the break he’s averaging 3.3 points per game and shooting .419 from 3-point range.

The Heat remains my favorite to win the title. But road to the title would be much smoother if Haslem, Battier and Miller were meeting expectations offensively.

Chris Perkins is a regular contributor to SheridanHoops.com, covering the NBA and the Miami Heat. His columns regularly appear every Tuesday. Follow him on Twitter.

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 6 years ago '10        #2
Agentzer0oo0 209 heat pts209
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Some blame needs to go on Spo though....

I don't think I have to bring up his rotation sets & substitution patterns.
 6 years ago '10        #3
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 Agentzer0oo0 said:
Some blame needs to go on Spo though....

I don't think I have to bring up his rotation sets & substitution patterns.
I agree it was inexcusable for him to sit james jones the entire bulls game last thursday

some of the subs and sets don't even make sense and imo pittman should be in the game a whole lot more because we need a solid center that can grab boards and score in the paint and james jones for obvious scoring reasons should definitely log minutes (especially in the 2nd half)

but it seems that spo only likes to play jj and pittman against garbage teams when we definitely would need them in the playoffs
 6 years ago '06        #4
philly337 20 heat pts20
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 Agentzer0oo0 said:
Some blame needs to go on Spo though....

I don't think I have to bring up his rotation sets & substitution patterns.
This

We know the supporting cast ain't all that but when battier is out there missing 4 wide open threes straight, getting sh*tted on on defense, and the team is like -30 with him on the court and you keep him in while miller and James Jones sit on the bench you shoulder some of the blame

And lets not start on the front court and his rotations
 6 years ago '06        #5
marcusaka50 58 heat pts58
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they have mediocre bench shocker.

when you got two top 5 superstars regardless you should get it done.
 6 years ago '06        #6
PG-13 126 heat pts126
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 6 years ago '10        #7
Fly Elroy 321 heat pts321 OP
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 marcusaka50 said:
they have mediocre bench shocker.

when you got two top 5 superstars regardless you should get it done.
that sh*t you kicking makes no sense

every championship team has a solid bench you need role players to win in the finals
 6 years ago '12        #8
Fearless Genius 72 heat pts72
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none of the blame is on the big three? bosh not being tougher insider, wade not being healthy, bron and wade not being as effective when they share floor time, bron not being as aggressive as he should be. all the blame is on the supporting role?

 Agentzer0oo0 said:
Some blame needs to go on Spo though....

I don't think I have to bring up his rotation sets & substitution patterns.
agree with this as well.




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 6 years ago '06        #9
marcusaka50 58 heat pts58
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 ondatpurple said:
that sh*t you kicking makes no sense

every championship team has a solid bench you need role players to win in the finals
regardless of their bench they have the 2nd best defense in the NBA which makes up for their bench because they can keep the game close and just comes down to hitting shots late in 4th qtr. they have two superstars for late in 4th.

Its up to the coach to put the right squad on the floor when its time to close the game.
 6 years ago '10        #10
Fly Elroy 321 heat pts321 OP
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 EnlightenMe said:

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none of the blame is on the big three? bosh not being tougher insider, wade not being healthy, bron and wade not being as effective when they share floor time, bron not being as aggressive as he should be. all the blame is on the supporting role?


agree with this as well.
with the exception of wade not being consistently injury free, everything else you said goes back to role players. if he have reliable shooters that can space the floor, it makes it much easier for the big 3 to do their thing. and bosh is bosh, his game is not about toughness in the paint that's why we need to develop pittman faster instead of keeping him on the bench
 6 years ago '10        #11
sho 2010 195 heat pts195
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Put fu*king James Jones in the game
 04-18-2012, 05:45 PM         #12
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got them excuses ready
 6 years ago '10        #13
Fly Elroy 321 heat pts321 OP
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 newmember11 said:
got them excuses ready
clearly you lack reading skills since I put on the very first line of this thread (even before the article) that this is not an excuse thread

but you stay in heat threads talking down about us when your bi*ch a.ss don't get mad when we hoe the bulls again
 6 years ago '06        #14
PG-13 126 heat pts126
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but damn real talk all of those stats look ugly as hell


 6 years ago '07        #15
ttime236 38 heat pts38
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 EnlightenMe said:

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none of the blame is on the big three? bosh not being tougher insider, wade not being healthy, bron and wade not being as effective when they share floor time, bron not being as aggressive as he should be. all the blame is on the supporting role?


agree with this as well.
Aint no excuses for the heat. Lebron and Wade produce as they have throughout their career, yall forget Lebron is having a career year. But anyone that watches the game can see this mismatch. Chalmers get handled by Rondo and quality PG's. Battier/Miller should be doing what Novak/Korver/Bradley are doing and thats make timely shots when you get the opportunity. Role players playing like scrubs and the coach isn't quick enough make changes

If the heat had even a few of the bench shooters off the spurs like Neal, itd be a wrap


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 6 years ago '05        #16
Deeangoe 2 heat pts
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and battier still chucking them 3s huh

 6 years ago '05        #17
iggyemu 
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Nothing new here. Those 3 guys have to score 60 to 70 a game in the playoffs to win games. They know this. This did it last year. They have to do again. If they have any contributions from the rest of the guys..great. But don't expect any sympathy from other fans or teams. The Heat tied their money up in 3 guys. Them having inconsistent role players is a direct result of that.
 6 years ago '05        #18
MysticKJ 28 heat pts28
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well those 3 huge contracts are the reason for that...not to mention it should be hard for role players to get in a groove if they only have so many shots to go around...

but if those 3 guys (Miller, Haslem, Battier/Chalmers) contribute to their abilities the Heat are a nasty team...


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 6 years ago '10        #19
Fly Elroy 321 heat pts321 OP
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 iggyemu said:
Nothing new here. Those 3 guys have to score 60 to 70 a game in the playoffs to win games. They know this. This did it last year. They have to do again. If they have any contributions from the rest of the guys..great. But don't expect any sympathy from other fans or teams. The Heat tied their money up in 3 guys. Them having inconsistent role players is a direct result of that.
I still don't understand how a n*gga is confusing this thread as making excuses or looking for sympathy for the heat. this thread once again, is just an analysis of why the heat are struggling for those who don't understand. and its not just about a lack of money to have other role players, because you can't tell me that chalmers wasn't a much improved player up until all star break. miller got the next highest salary outside of the big 3 but he can't stay on the court for nothing because hes always injured. if they can consistently knock down shots along with james jones getting a chance to play then we have no problem
 6 years ago '04        #20
Kadroan 102 heat pts102
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Do MIA got the MLE this summer so they could sign somebody like Camby/Asik?
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