October 27, 2010 13 Comments
12. Twelve is a number that represents the lowest point total in a single quarter by the 2009-10 version of the Miami Heat
9. Nine is a number that represents the amount of points scored by the 2010-11 version of the Miami Heat (minus Mike Miller) in the first quarter of the opening game of the season Tuesday night.
Needless to say, but the much hyped Miami Heat unveiling of the Big 3 did not live up to the massive expectations of fans and analysts alike. In fact, the Heat showed a number of flaws that the many sceptics of the Lebron, Wade and Bosh unification felt would be apparent amongst this team.
The most evident problem that was illustrated Tuesday night was the lack of chemistry between the members of the Miami Heat and especially between Lebron, Wade and Bosh. All members of the big 3 looked confused at times of what they were supposed to do on the floor. The offence looked very stagnant through much of the game, and although secondary players such as James Jones and Eddie House missed numerous open looks, there was a lot of indecision when the ball was in the hands of the members of the big 3 especially in the first 2 quarters.
The virtuous quality of selflessness that is a characteristic of each member of the big 3 seemed to cause much of the indecision that went on last night. Lebron in the first quarter looked unsure of whether or not to defer to his teammates, Wade was forcing the issue at times, and Bosh as well as forcing some ill-advised drives to the bucket also passed up some nice open jumpers.
An issue that I saw with Bosh that probably will go away as the season progresses was a lack of confidence. As I mentioned, he passed on some open looks, most notably a 14 footer in the fourth quarter with the possession ending in a missed shot on a look that was not nearly as attractive as Bosh’s. Playing among two superstars, Chris Bosh is going to have to find some of that mentality that he had in Toronto where he was forced to take matters into his own hands a large portion of the time. He needs to make sure he doesn’t feel like he’s taking shots away from his teammates and let his game come more naturally.
Moreover, with regards to Bosh, it should also be noted that he doesn’t generally play as well against better defensive power forwards like Kevin Garnett. Chris Bosh is not the strongest power forward in the league and relies a lot on finesse and quickness. However, when he faces guys who are stronger than him and equally or almost as quick he struggles. In contrast, he thrives against guys who are softer and/or not as quick such as Brook Lopez and David Lee.
Despite the fact that the Heat only gave up 88 points against a very good Boston Celtics team, you did see a number of instances where their size on the inside or lack thereof was an issue. Playing Bosh at the five in late game situations is going to cause some serious matchup questions throughout the season.
With all that being said, this is just 1 game for the Miami Heat out of 82. They still need a lot of time to gel, particularly because Wade missed all but 3 minutes of the preseason with that hamstring injury.
You were witness Tuesday night to the beauty of the big 3. Wade and Bosh were both struggling and the Heat were still able to stick with the healthy, veteran, and NBA championship contending Boston Celtics. Any one of those 3 guys can carry a team on their backs on any given night and that’s exactly what Lebron James did last night. Lebron scored 15 of his 31 total points in the third quarter alone, while the Heat outscored the Celtics 27-18.
If you can imagine all 3 guys gelling the way that everyone expects them to this team could go on to be a 65-70 win team. A championship team at the moment is something they are definitely not, but who knows what the future holds for this Miami Heat squad.
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