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Miami Heat bringing Rashard Lewis along slowly

Oct 15, 2012, 3:06 PM EDT

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We should all be careful trying to read too much into preseason stats, but so far both watching him and looking at the numbers, Rashard Lewis has looked rusty for the Heat. He has hit 4-of-13 shots overall, 2-of-6 from three.

Some rust is to be expected, knee injuries and circumstance have left Lewis playing spottily the past three seasons — he has been in just 85 games total the past three seasons.

So the Heat are not worried about the preseason numbers, they want to go slow. That’s what coach Erik Spoelstra told Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

“Rashard Lewis is coming back from an injury situation where he’s been out effectively almost two straight years,” he said. “There will be an adjustment period. He’s simply thrilled and we’re thrilled that he’s out here healthy, and we’ll commit to the process.

“It may take a little bit of time for him to get his rhythm back, but I think he’ll fully be able to play at an efficiency that he played two years ago when he was in Orlando and healthy.”

If Lewis can get healthy and get anywhere near his old form, he is the kind of stretch four that are going to make the Heat such a challenge to defend. They have LeBron James who can post up or slash into the paint and is a more-than-willing passer, they have Dwyane Wade who loves to drive and dish, and they have guards like Mario Chalmers who can find him as he stretches the floor.

But the Heat have been looking for guys to do that for them for a couple seasons now and only got it in spots. They added Lewis and Ray Allen to give them some depth in the stretch the floor role, but both are having to adjust a little. Which is both expected and what preseason is for.

Things just can’t go as slowly once the games matter.

  1. lakerluver - Oct 15, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Rashard’s been coming along slowly the last couple of seasons. Very slowly! Tee Hee Hee!!

  2. progress2011 - Oct 15, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    For once Fakerluver, you are right. Lewis has been coming along slowly.

    HOWEVER, even in his injured / diminished state, he will school EVERYBODY on the laker bench !!!

    The Faker bench is a bunch of YMCA players…that’s what you should be concerned about, instead of any other team or their bench.

    Because of your weak bench, the Fakers are a 3 seed ” AT BEST”. You won’t beat OKC, San Antonio or the Clippers in a series. You may not beat Denver !

    If one of your geriatric, injury prone starters get hurt, you may not get outta the first round !


    • jetstizzi85 - Oct 16, 2012 at 2:40 PM

      I lived in Orlando for some years (college) and got to see Lewis play alot and I can honestly say, he will school NOBODY! He had 1 good playoff run and that was it.

  3. lakerluver - Oct 15, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    So, you’re saying Rashard is better than Jamison? Even in his prime he wasn’t better than Jamison. As for the LAKERS, we will see. But if they stay healthy I like their chances against anybody!!

    • borderline1988 - Oct 15, 2012 at 7:17 PM

      In his prime, he was better than Jamison. But that was a long time ago lol..back when he was on Seattle.
      But you’re right, he’s not better than Jamison at this point.

      Both the Lakers and Heat need to have their stars healthy in order to win a championship. Likely, the Heat wouldn’t have beaten the Celtics had Bosh not returned for game 6. The Heat just have one less star that needs to stay healthy than the Lakers do.

      Kobe, Howard and Gasol are all not injury prone, any more than Bosh and Wade are.

  4. lakerluver - Oct 15, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Oh, and don’t laugh too loud, Ray Ray, Battier and Rashard aren’t exactly “spring chickens” themselves. Battier is the only one in that bunch that’s not injury prone.

  5. miamatt - Oct 15, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    I doubt Miami is expecting or counting on anything at all from Rashard Lewis. Whatever he can give the Heat is a bonus; if he gets hot from three for even ONE GAME in the playoffs then the signing was worth it. If he’s washed up then he’s just an end-of-the-bench minimum salary veteran.

    And I’m not sure how you throw Ray Allen into that “having to adjust a little” statement. He’s looked great and more versatile than I expected through the first few preseason games; one could argue he’s been Miami’s best player save James so far.

    And for you laker fans, I actually believe your bench is better than it gets credit for. The Jamison signing was savvy and yes, he’s better than Lewis. But the more apt comparison in terms of how large an off-the-bench role they’ll play is between Jamison and Ray Allen… which really isn’t a legitimate dicsussion. In any case, nobody down here is quaking in their respective boots worrying about whether or not Lewis is washed up or not.

    • michaeljordanseviltwin - Oct 16, 2012 at 1:36 PM

      Agreed regarding Ray Allen’s versatility. What a great sequence he had in China: steal, fast break, assist LeBron for the dunk. Next possession cut inside and receive a laser from LeBron for an easy layup. Ray even broke out his post game. I can’t believe this is the same guy the Celtics complained about having to run plays and screens constantly to get him involved.

      I also can’t believe these Celtics fans who are deluding themselves into thinking Jason Terry is as good or comparable. JET may hit nearly as many 3’s as Ray but he can’t guard anybody and doesn’t have the overall impact that Ray gives you. Heat fans should be excited for the inaugural season of the Big 4 in Miami.

  6. lakerluver - Oct 15, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Even when they both were in their primes I’d take Jamison. I think he’s had a little better career than Lewis has.

  7. stayhigh_247 - Oct 16, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    are you kidding me, this guy hasn’t looked good since he was in Seattle. im not impressed, hey Rashard, consider me one of those haters…prove it

  8. 1972wasalongtimeago - Oct 16, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Lots of emotion from outsiders about the Heat’s 10th man, during pre-season no less. Anyone freaking out over Mikael Gladness?

    It’s fun reading the posts, but all of you know the only ones that matter will be posted on June 22, 2013, right?

    • sellahh - Oct 16, 2012 at 9:29 AM

      You realize that most of the posts will be Laker fans celebrating over the internet?

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