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LeBron James cutting back on three point shots. Way back.

Dec 30, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

Miami Heat James smiles after making a basket against Charlotte Bobcats during their NBA game in Charlotte Reuters

Through the Miami Heat’s first three games, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have combined for zero three-point attempts.

Not one. Last season they would have averaged 19 by now.

This is not by accident. As part of Miami’s new aggressive, up-tempo style LeBron and Wade are trying to attack the rim, not settle for threes. Leave the deep shots to the specialists, like James Jones and Mike Miller, the leaders on the Heat have to attack the rim.

LeBron isn’t even really practicing the three anymore, he told Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.

“I’ve cut back a lot,” he said. “I still work on it and still shoot it. It’s not part of my everyday workout, though….

“I don’t know if I’ll be able to go a whole season without shooting a 3,” he said with a smile, as the Heat prepared for Friday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. “It’ll be those games where you feel real good and you’re shooting the ball extremely well, and that’s when you may go back to the 3-point line.”

LeBron shot 33 percent from three last year, Wade 30.6 percent. In contrast, so far this season LeBron is shooting 78.9 percent inside three feet and 85.7 percent out to 10 feet (10 shots per game average). It’s not rocket science — you do what you are most effective at. LeBron and Wade are two of the best at getting to the rim and finishing in the league. Do that, don’t float around the perimeter.

The only question is if the Heat will slip back into bad habits as the season wears on. Watch the three-ball attempts to see.

  1. Dan M. - Dec 30, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Everybody should be terrified of the heat this year.

    • berto55 - Dec 30, 2011 at 4:44 PM

      I hate to say it, but your right on….probably for the next couple of years or until one of the big two gets hurt.

    • cantonbound13 - Dec 31, 2011 at 4:39 PM

      Unless the NBA eliminated the 4th quarter of games, I would not fear “The Chokin’ One” & the Divas.

  2. diablito0402 - Dec 30, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    Needs to cut back on diva status!!

  3. captainwisdom8888 - Dec 30, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    After this season is all said and done…the Heat will own the best winning percentage of any team in NBA history. It is a shortened year though…asterisk?

    • thatboi901 - Dec 30, 2011 at 4:16 PM

      I’m sure the heat could careless about that. It means nothing if you come up short again

  4. SmackSaw - Dec 30, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    They should be attacking the rim.

  5. scorp16 - Dec 30, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    They are just 3-0 right now. Let’s not start talking about the greatest winning percentage in history yet. Little early for that don’t you think?

    But if they do, the asterick should signify that it was actually harder. Playing 4-5 times per week is brutal…ask Boston.

  6. berto55 - Dec 30, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    How is it harder? (that’s what she said) If I’m not mistaken, their opponents will have played 4-5 times per week as well. Doesn’t make it any harder, if anything, it’s easier as teams can’t prepare for you as much, but that’s a stretch too.

    • scorp16 - Dec 30, 2011 at 4:46 PM

      So let’s see… You are coming off a back to back to back with one day to rest. The team you are playing has played twice in the past five days and its their first night of a back to back. And you are playing on the road. Nah that doesn’t make it harder.

      • berto55 - Dec 30, 2011 at 5:10 PM

        Please spit Lebron out for a minute and use your head for something else. Sure in that scenario it’s harder on the Heat, however, the Heat aren’t the only team that will play back to back to back. It’s not as if the league scheduled only the Heat this way. So those scenarios will work to the advantage of the Heat as well. Furthermore, the Heat play in a weak division (and conference) and are returning basically the same team and will be playing teams that have just been put together.

      • scorp16 - Dec 30, 2011 at 6:47 PM

        The league does not schedule every team to play a back to back at the same time. Nor does it ensure that each team has an equal amount of time off in between games.

        So, to make sure I understand you correctly a team that is playing on the third night of a back to back to back and playing on the road. Against a team that may have had the previous two nights off does not give any advantage to that team?

        Really? Really?

        That logic is as assenine as saying the New Orleans Saints could play on a Sunday and then turn around the next day and play on Monday night without any disadvantage whatsoever.

      • berto55 - Dec 30, 2011 at 8:33 PM

        Who are you idiots thumbs upping this moron? You people are exactly why the terrorists hate us. EVERYONE has to play back to backs and back to back to backs this season, it’s not a disadvantage to the Heat. I hope you all die, the planet will be better off.

      • berto55 - Dec 31, 2011 at 1:25 AM

        Wow are you dense. Yes, it is harder at the end of back to backs, I agree with you! The problem with your logic is that Miami doesn’t play any more back to back to backs then anyone else. Therefore, what makes a back to back to back harder for the Heat also helps them when they run into a situation where they come up on a team that has played back to back to back when they haven’t. Let me try to speak moron for a second so you can understand…..if you and I are racing up a hill and you win 9 out of 10 times. Then we race up the hill each carrying a 25 pound weight. The next ten times doesn’t give me any advantage BECAUSE WE ARE BOTH CARRYING THE SAME WEIGHT.

  7. dirtydavis - Dec 30, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    Good! This brick shooting clown can’t hit mid-range jumper consistently.

  8. philtration - Dec 30, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    I don’t like the Heat but it looks like they have figured out what style of play works best for them.
    LeBron is taking the high percentage shots and that means easy baskets.
    They have also decided to run and them pushing the ball up the floor as much as they can makes them dangerous.

    The biggest thing they have to fear is Wade getting hurt.
    If that happens then they are just an average team.

  9. danj3678 - Dec 30, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Hmmmmmmm Exactly what Lebron should have done for the past 4 years… There is no reason to shoot mass amounts of 3s for him. I hated it when he was in CLE. I am from CLE and this is not LBJ hate…. He should shoot just enough 3s to let the defenders know he can make em. That’s it…. Sure if he is wide open on a play shoot the rock, but dribbling at the top of the key and jackin a 3 with 4 secs left on the shot clock is mental when you are probably the most physically powerful player in the game. Go to the hoop you idiot… ohhh and when you are there land on D Wades face, break his jaw, and/or roll your ankle… <<That was LBJ Hate!!!

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