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What’s on their mind Saturday: Miami Heat

Jun 4, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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Whoops. That didn’t go how the Heat planned, I’m betting. So Saturday at Heat practice, Erik Spoelstra has to regroup the Heat mentally and emotionally to prepare them for a Game 3 that’s pretty much insanely important. (“OMG NO TEAM HAS EVER WON/LOST THE FINALS AFTER LOSING/WINNING GAME 3 IN A 2-3-2 FORMAT AFTER SPLITTING THE FIRST TWO GAMES! SPECIFIC AND SMALL SAMPLE SETS FOR THE WIN!”)

Here’s what’s plaguing the Heat on Saturday at practice before Sunday’s Game 4.

Hero ball = bad

This should be pretty obvious, but then, the Heat made a living off of hero ball in the Celtics and Bulls series. In Game 1, the Heat hit several huge shots late, but they were largely a product of one of the Big 2 drawing a double, then the Heat swinging it to the other one. That’s the objective of this whole thing, right? To draw attention with one superstar then hit them with the other, or the third one if the defense rotates. The Heat abandoned that plan for hero ball in Game 2 and it bit them big time.

Spoelstra can’t adjust the issue directly. You try telling LeBron and Wade “don’t try and take guys one-on-one/one-on-three. But Spoesltra needs to try and establish commitments to the other ideas which have got them to this point. Reminders about sharing the ball, about looking for the open man, etc. will at least encourage them away from what got them burned in Game 2.

Glass works

Heat controlled the offensive boards in Game 1, they won. Dallas won the offensive glass in Game 2, the Heat lost. So that’s got to be a point of emphasis. Spoesltra’s pretty well settled into his rotation at this point, opting for speed and energy versus raw size. But Joel Anthony is going to have to contribute somewhere on the box score. Yes, he’s great defensively. Yes, he does a lot of hustle plays. But the Heat need those rebounding digits to go up. Saturday that needs to be a point of emphasis. The Heat know their offense needs extra chances. Whoever wins the five matchup is going to win this series. The Miami bigs should get a workout Satuday.

The Quick and the Bosh

Chris Bosh was great in Game 1 because he was quick and decisive. In Game 2, he froze the ball, looking for opportunities. The Heat cannot stop the ball. If they are not going to go, they need to reset and move the ball. Bosh has to know immediately if he’s going to go to the pull-up or drive. If neither option is available, he’s got to kick it back out. Bosh can be devastating if he’s working off ball. If he’s freezing the ball and trying to get shots up over solid defenders, he’s going to have issues and the Heat are going to be even more offensively limited. Bosh has to pull his weight.

Double Dirk Nowitzki.

That’s it. Don’t leave Dirk Nowitzki in single coverage. It worked all game in Game 2 until the fourth quarter, so naturally the Heat stopped doing it. Boom. Roasted.  That should probably come up at some point in the conversation today.

  1. redbear18 - Jun 4, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    I wouldn’t say the double team totally worked. Remember when they doubled dirk, then he kicked it out to Kidd who sunk a wide open 3?

  2. thesaint23 - Jun 4, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    the heat were playing “HOG”: ball in which wade and lebum want to hog the ball in order to be the hero.

    after last years playoffs and now with his less then good performance in game 2 of the finals the poor devil needs to be referred to as lebum “the queen” james.

    he will never be the player that kobe is and he will never be the great player that jordan was!

    Jordan – 6 finals = 6 rings
    lebum – 1 finals – a SWEEP & 0 rings & 1 present final – maybe a ring but maybe not!

    anyone that has to refer to himself as the king surely must have the ego of a termite!

    God Bless George Bush

    • egls7 - Jun 4, 2011 at 7:20 PM

      Liked everything except the george bush part

    • riccismiles - Jun 4, 2011 at 8:53 PM

      I guess anyone who forgets their history, even if its less that 10 years ago, must be pretty smart. A shoe company called Lebron King, and Sports Illustrated continued the nickname while Lebron was in high school. So I guess his ego is not termite in size. Your memory? Well you might not remember… GO MAVS!!

  3. diablito0402 - Jun 5, 2011 at 3:48 AM

    Mee too

  4. bj1980 - Jun 5, 2011 at 6:14 AM

    Apologies to the actual Miami Heat fans, the ones that’ve been with the team since when they were horrible.

    But . . . please, please, let the Heat fail. For The Decision, for the pretentions towards the Ultimate Record, for the guarantee of a championship dynasty before the first ball ever tipped, for the Nike Advertology, for the idea that basketball is really all about That Guy and not the other four idiots dressed in the same colors, for the Cleveland Cavalier fanbase, for the Toronto Raptors fanbase, and for the fans that’re naive enough to follow *teams* and not players.

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