Breaking Down What Makes the 2012-13 Miami Heat Offense More Potent Than 2011-12

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Breaking Down What Makes the 2012-13 Miami Heat Offense More Potent Than 2011-12
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The Miami Heat kicked off their season with a ring ceremony, a cold shoulder and a dominant win over their biggest threat in the Eastern Conference. Not a bad start as reigning NBA Champions.

Not only did they blow the Boston Celtics out of the water, but they did it by scoring 120 points—without LeBron James for the majority of the fourth quarter.

In other words, their offense was pretty much on point all game long, from top to bottom.

There were a few rough spots, sure. When I say rough spots I mean that they had spots where things didn't go perfectly, rather than legitimately difficult patches.

Dwyane Wade was 10-of-22, but that was still 45 percent, which isn't terrible, Mario Chalmers was 3-of-7, but he made up for all four of those missed shots and then some with a great job running the offense (that's not a typo either, folks). Udonis Haslem went scoreless in 11 minutes of play.

Aside from that there's not a single nit you can pick out of Miami's offense.

Of course you had LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh knocking down the shots they've been expected to make, but for Wade there was something a little more complex to the game he played.

Wade played like the Dwyane Wade of 2011, not 2012. It's not that he was more assertive in trying to take over the game, it's just that he seemed a lot more capable of taking the ball into the lane and finishing through isolation.

He could do that last season, but it seemed much more methodical and drawn out than before, like his body wouldn't let him explode as easily.

Aside from the Heat's Big Three, Miami's offensive outburst was really quite complex, but insanely simple at the same time.

What is it, exactly, that made their offense run so smoothly in this game?

Well, Ray Allen's offensive explosion didn't hurt much.

Ray Allen was constantly at the receiving end of great ball movement around the outside, getting the ball in the corner and either catching an under-rotated defense and putting up an open three or getting a lunging defender, at which point he calmly pump-faked, took a step in and knocked down an open two.

If he wasn't on the receiving end of magnificent ball movement, he was always in a position to benefit from a screen, which he's been known to do for the past few seasons.

On top of the debut of Allen, there was the unexpected offensive production of Rashard Lewis, who legitimately had a good game against the Celtics.

Not only did Lewis knock down a three, he also got into the lane and whipped out a few post moves, something I don't think we've seen since he played for the Supersonics.

I'd call Rashard's night an aberration, but it seemed like he was legitimately playing ball well, like the Monstars gave him his powers back. He was moving smoothly, shooting in and out of the flow of the offense and playing without hesitation.

Should we expect a combined 29 points from Allen and Lewis every night? Definitely not. But this team has a bench, and they've got a guy who seems like he's going to be able to score consistently rather than just when he's feeling it, like Mike Miller.

Beyond that, enough can't be said about how good Mario Chalmers was in Miami's first game. He was basically given the point at various times throughout the game, and I can't point to one definitive mistake that he made.

Should this trend continue with shots falling and the offense flowing like the Mississippi River, there's going to have to be some sort of conference among NBA coaches for them to figure out how to stop these guys.

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