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Miami Heat bomb away from three in preseason scrimmage

Oct 4, 2012, 2:08 AM EDT

LeBron James, Ray Allen, James Jones AP

Judging what an NBA team will look like based on an in-house scrimmage is a lot like trying to tell if a movie is going to be any good from the trailer. It’s an exercise in missed judgment. I mean, “Taken” looked good in a trailer. (Good enough that they made a sequel, I guess.)

But I think we can take one thing away from the Miami Heat’s scrimmage Wednesday — they are going to spread the floor and launch a lot of threes.

That’s what they did in the scrimmage, knocking down 14 in 40 minutes of play, reports Brian Windhorst of ESPN’s Heat Index.

Newly-signed Ray Allen made three, Mike Miller made three, Shane Battier made four, even Chris Bosh made two. Rashard Lewis made none but not for lack of trying — he was 1-of-9 shooting overall — as he clearly looked like a player who hadn’t gotten his legs into game shape as yet. Mario Chalmers, the team’s top 3-point shooter last season, didn’t even play with a minor injury….

“Teams are going to have to decide if they’re going to double me in the post or stay at home with our shooters,” James said “It’s almost like how Orlando was with Dwight. They surrounded him with so many shooters, it was very difficult and you didn’t know what to do.”

What makes Miami more dangerous this season is they know who they are now. They found their identity. They go small-ball, use pressure defense, they spread the floor with shooters, then they make you deal with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade on the block or slashing into the paint. They have three guys that demand double teams and when you do they happen to be three willing and adept passers who will find the open man.

There will be fretting in Miami over the course of the coming season as the team loses focus for stretches and doesn’t play this way. It will happen, championship teams do often regress in the regular season because they are now playing for June. But the Heat know who they are now.

They showed it in their scrimmage. And anybody, any opponent who watched Game 5 of the NBA finals and saw what happens when the Heat knock down threes should be more than a little worried.

  1. thenoblefacehumper - Oct 4, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    I know it wasn’t a good movie by any stretch of the imagination, but I have to admit…I loved Taken and I’m psyched for the sequel.

  2. jeremyhurst - Oct 4, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    Taken looked good in the trailer becuase Taken was actually a really good movie, you jack-off. Taken 2 might not be good, but the first definitely was.

    • heat256 - Oct 4, 2012 at 11:58 AM

      Kurt was too busy getting his Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants box set to notice

      • nbascreed - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:19 PM

        The Taken dig was totally unwarranted Kurt…totally. Did you see the movie? There really is no way you couldn’t have liked it.

    • amlowlife - Oct 4, 2012 at 6:22 PM

      Sorry, Kurt, you lost me at the “Taken” comment. Actually, the trailer wasn’t all that great but the movie kicked butt. Liam’s character has “a very particular set of skills”, something the writer doesn’t seem to have…

  3. miamatt - Oct 4, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    Three point shots being made or missed is the difference between the Heat being in a dogfight with any given team and blowing out any given team, respectively.

  4. pop562 - Oct 4, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    Did they just compared this team to when Dwight was with the magics surrounding him with 3 point shooters…if that’s the comparison, the lakers beat that team in the finals…I think the comparison was a bad one. I’m not surprise about Lewis not hitting his 3’s…1-9? What an acquisition. The only good pick up was ray allen. The team is already solid.

    • borderline1988 - Oct 4, 2012 at 10:29 AM

      Whether or not Rashard Lewis pans out (or even plays one game) is almost meaningless. It would be nice if he could come onto the court for 10 minutes a game, defend a forward and hit a couple 3s. But they don’t need him.

      Honestly, I still think the team’s biggest weakness is the forward and centre position. I know that they won a championship playing small ball, but it would still be nice to have a legit big man who can defend and rebound, if the small ball thing doesn’t work out in a playoff series. Lebron and Bosh can handle the Pacers & Celtics and their big men, but if they play the Lakers in the Finals, they’re going to get eaten alive on the boards.

      • pop562 - Oct 5, 2012 at 1:29 PM

        defense wins championships and the heats have shown that with the players they have. their defense is so good that playing small ball works out for them and plus they are a fast bunch that can play fast uptempo transition b ball…

  5. cantonbound13 - Oct 4, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    They also spent time complaining to the refs & flopping.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:08 PM

      CB13….you have to pace yourself. It’s an intrasquad practice. Save your heavy whining for the season. And even then, you know those games don’t really matter. The only posts that matter are the ones that will be done June 22, 2013.

      Can’t wait for the Banner to fly. Just a few weeks away.

  6. doublezero74 - Oct 4, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    It’s so wonderful that the Heat know who they are. This wasn’t news worthy whatsoever

  7. bossaliniee - Oct 4, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Can anybody say repeat?!?!

    • cantonbound13 - Oct 4, 2012 at 11:06 AM

      Can you say asterisk?

      • southbeachtalent - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:05 PM

        can you say ass?

        Get a life kid.

      • hehateme2 - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:23 PM

        no- but we can say moron when we see one. (or read in this case)

      • jt1138 - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:39 PM

        This is your only defense on every Heat article. The shortened season makes it tougher to win. How did your team do? I thought so.

  8. fanz928 - Oct 4, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    They will be crushed by dwight’s team no one gets in the post and Dwight is fast enough to run with the heat

  9. arodr101 - Oct 5, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Pretty sure the Heat will do just fine without the so called “big man”. Everyone has already forgotten about the reigning Western Conference Champs. Let them have a shot at the Lakers before a Heat/Lakers finals is discussed.

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