It’s no secret.
If there’s one area Miami struggles in, it’s on the boards. The Heat finished the season ranked 21st in rebounding, pulling down a little more than 41 per game.
Even with the late-season addition of Chris Andersen, it still wasn’t a rare occurrence for Miami to find itself out-rebounded on a nightly basis. They’re simply a smaller team than most, so the struggles aren’t all that surprising.
So, naturally, it would seem as though the Heat will surely look to solve its rebounding issue first, right?
Erik Spoelstra and Miami are perfectly happy with where they stand as a team, their makeup included. “Small ball” isn’t just a term in the Heat organization; it has become an identity.
This doesn’t mean Spoelstra is content with his squad taking the court each night with the assumption that they likely won’t win the battle on the boards. He still demands effort and consistency.
In an interview with the Miami Herald, Spoelstra admitted he simply feels rebounding isn’t necessarily as much of a key ingredient to his team’s formula to win as it is with others throughout the league.
“There are more important factors for us,” Spoelstra said. “The story line that is very popular out there? That’s fine. I don’t really care. I know what helps us win and what really doesn’t help us win … if we force turnovers, if we win the turnover game, that’s the most important thing.”
With all of that in mind, you’d be correct if you expect Miami to solve its rebounding issue from within as opposed to contracting outside sources. In other words, the Heat will focus on other issues, most specifically its defensive rotations and offensive efficiency, in order to compensate for its obvious weakness on the boards.
After all, as Spoelstra said, Miami believes factors like creating offense by way of defense carry more importance than rebounding when it comes to their success as a team.