How the NBA Twitter World Would Coach the Miami Heat
The explosion of Twitter as a tool for fan interaction when it comes to sports has created a whole new way to talk, debate and converse regarding sports.
Twitter allows both a fair weather fan and the most experienced analyst to provide their opinions about a team or player in 140 characters or less. The popularity of Twitter has increased dramatically over the past few years, and it has become the standard for fans, professional analysts, players and teams to express their thoughts and opinions on matters regarding sports.
Regardless whether its breaking news, a controversial play during a game or a highlight reel play, the Twitter universe is likely tweeting about it.
Teams like the Miami Heat get discussed much more frequently due to the nature of their stardom and "Hollywood" appeal. When a Heat game is on, you can count on the Twitterverse being very active.
Whether it's disagreeing with a play call by Coach Erik Spoelstra or criticizing a player on the court, the Heat get a secondary of coaching over on Twitter.
So, if the NBA Twitter world could coach the Miami Heat, here is how they would do it based off Tweets I found regarding the Heat.
Play Way Better Defense
This shouldn't come as any surprise to anyone, but plenty of people around the NBA, and especially on Twitter, are calling for the Miami Heat to get it together on defense.
After being one of the top defensive teams in the league over the past two seasons, the Heat currently allow 99.5 points per game. Miami has allowed 100 or more points in nine out of 15 games this season and appear very sluggish on the defensive end as a team.
Throughout the Twitter world, the Heat have been largely criticized for their poor defense and how much it has fallen off from the previous two seasons.
This Tweet pretty much sums up the Heat's defense this season.
Miami Heat is supposed to be about Defense right? And they gave up 100 Pts to the Spurs without their starting 5!!!!!!!!— Nick A (@Alby_rightback) November 30, 2012
Some people are even saying it's time to employ the little-used Joel Anthony for his defensive skills.
@tomhaberstroh please Mr. Erik, give Joel Anthony the opportunity. Your Miami Heat's defense ranks 23rd in the league.
— Jean Gabriel Madera (@JeanMadera23) November 26, 2012
Either way, it's pretty clear that the Twitter universe would like Coach Spoelstra to make some defensive adjustments very soon.
Stop Settling for Jumpers
Another large complaint from the Twittersphere is the Heat's sometimes lackadaisical offense. As we've seen, the Heat work best when LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are slashing and either getting to the hoop or dishing it out to open perimeter shooters.
The Heat have a unique pick-your-poison formula that forces opponents to either attempt stopping LeBron's freight-training to the basket, which usually takes two or more players, or leaving open world-class three-point shooters such as Ray Allen or Mike Miller.
That Miami offensive formula works best.
However, as we've seen since the Big Three have joined forces, the Heat can get very lazy and stagnant on offense. When Miami becomes stale on offense, it usually consists of poor jump shot after poor jump shot.
Plenty of people on Twitter have noticed that trend and haven't been afraid to express their opinions on the matter.
Miami Heat's defense is breaking down... stop settling for Js!! take it to the hoop lebron!!— Paolo Miguel Cabero (@paolocaberoo) November 30, 2012
Mario Chalmers Would be Replaced by Norris Cole
A lot of people on Twitter have been complaining about Mario Chalmer's subpar play to start the season.
After a very strong Finals performance last June, Chalmers has taken a back. The fifth-year point guard is averaging 6.8 points (2nd lowest of his career) and 1.7 turnovers per game, while shooting an awful 33.3 percent from beyond the arc.
Apparently, Twitter has noticed his big slide. There are plenty of people calling him out for his starting job, saying it's time he gets replaced by sophomore Norris Cole.
Mario Chalmers watching his starting position fall from his eyes.— Sir Magnus of 500(@TheFlightOfMars) December 2, 2012
How about this one?
Mario Chalmers need to step it up before Norris Cole take that starting spot.— Donte' ♊ (@SmokeWitDonte) December 3, 2012
Cole isn't exactly having the most inspiring season either, but it seems people on Twitter aren't giving Chalmers any leeway. More than anything, people probably just prefer Cole's high-top fade.
Udonis Haslem Needs to Stop Shooting
While the general consensus for Udonis Haslem on Twitter is respect, mainly due to his hustle play and excellent rebounding, it's clear that people want him to stop shooting.
Haslem just became the Heat's all-time leading rebounder, passing Alonzo Mourning last week, but that doesn't negate the fact his jump shot has taken a huge decline in the past two seasons.
Haslem's jump shot from 15-18 feet was money for the first eight years of his career. Then, his foot injury happened in the beginning of the 2010 season, and his jumper hasn't looked the same since.
He's averaging a career-low 3.7 points and 5.1 boards per game this season.
Tweeters surely have made a point to call Haslem out.
Dwyane Wade misses yet another wide-open jumper. He's turned into Udonis Haslem.— John Friel (@JohnFtheheatgod) November 30, 2012
Some people are even more harsh.
Udonis Haslem is a season away from gettin CUT— A$VP (@JonnyyyMack) December 2, 2012
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