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Miami Heat shooters complain that they are too open

Oct 11, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

LeBron James, Grant Hill AP

O.J. Mayo wishes he had this problem. Actually, 99 percent of the league wishes they had this problem.

With defenses focused on keeping LeBron James from destroying them in the post and Dwyane Wade slashing through them into the lane, the kick-out, spread-the-floor shooters on the Heat get good looks at three. Too good of looks. They are so open (and not used to that) it is throwing off their timing, reports Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.

Take this from new Heat shooter Rashard Lewis.

“Got to get used to it,” the veteran forward said as the Miami Heat continued training camp, “because that’s the hardest shot in basketball. I may have to hold it for a couple of seconds, so I can get somebody closing out to me.”

Shane Battier explained the problem best — it’s a rhythm thing.

“When you’re playing a game, you’re so used to playing instinctively,” Heat forward Shane Battier said, as he snapped his fingers to mimic the typical split-second timing of NBA decisions. “When you get a wide-, wide-open three, you’re naked. You have time to think and rationalize, and that’s counterintuitive to how we normally play. We normally play instinctively — time to think and time to react only. But when you have time to think in basketball, calculation often leads to miscalculation.”

I don’t want to speak for Erik Spoelstra here, but my guess is he’d say: “Stop whining. It’s going to be like this all season.”

He may not use those exact words, but I think that’s how we all feel. It’s like listening to the people who talk about how winning the lottery made their life hard. I don’t want to hear it. Deal with it.

And if you’re open, knock down the shot.

  1. nbascreed - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    I’m very surprised at Battier’s response (not so much Lewis). Most good jumpshooters are skilled at seeing open shots at least a couple passes away (one for sure) and have already instinctively prepped for the look.

  2. zerole00 - Oct 11, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Bro I’m too open, I can’t make the shot!


  3. lakerluver - Oct 11, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Oh, for crying out loud!! Win one measly title now these dudes think they’re the best thing since sliced bread!! The “Heatles” have one and done written all over them.

    • miamatt - Oct 11, 2012 at 7:02 PM

      I know you’d like to believe that, @luver, but I doubt it’s gonna happen that way. Best player in the game and a team that looks to have figured out what it takes. Oh, and the roster is deeper than it’s ever been. More like stomp out the Lakers and whoever else wants a piece for the next few years!

    • dls612 - Oct 11, 2012 at 7:31 PM

      What are u gonna do when kobe hang it up after the 2013-2014 season!

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Oct 11, 2012 at 8:25 PM

      Long season L.L. Save your strength.

    • hehateme2 - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:51 AM

      Open you eyes to the FUTURE. Miami Heat Champions

  4. progress2011 - Oct 11, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    This team might AVERAGE 110 pts per game, if they push the tempo and play small ball.

    Teams need:

    2 (maybe 3) guys to guard LBJ
    2 guys to guard Wade
    2 guys to guard Bosh

    Thats 6 (maybe 7) players, teams need to guard 3 of the Heats players, driving or playing in the paint.

    Shooters like Ray, Lewis, Miller, Battier & Chalmers can all obtain record numbers behind the 3, while shooting like they are in a practice / WIDE-OPEN session.

    Gonna be fun to watch.

    • jjordannba - Oct 11, 2012 at 11:43 PM

      Noooo team needs to double Bosh. At least no playoff team

      • brutl - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:21 AM

        Yeah we’ll see how many 5s can guard him out to the wing by themselves

  5. jhuck92 - Oct 11, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    I bet Kurt jumped at the chance to do this article. His favorite team is apparently “too open.”

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