LeBron James and the Miami Heat: It's Time To Panic!
OK, so full-on panic would be an excess reaction, but the first regular season game of the season is over for the Miami Heat and it was a loss. The overall performance of the Miami Heat team was abysmal.
This was an off night for sure and the team is definitely not in mid-season form.
The 15 turnovers from the big three will not be a nightly occurrence, however, it would not be unreasonable for the big three to have nine turnovers a game between them from charge calls, travelling, errant passes, and one on two play.
First, I am not a hater. I can understand the choice LeBron and Bosh made going to Miami.
The opportunity to play with Dwyane Wade and with an organization that had the freedom to completely remake itself in an instant would be hard to pass up, especially with Pat Riley involved and a prior championship pedigree for the management.
These are issues that I see for the Miami Heat to work out before the post-season gets here:
Use of Personnel:
A few months ago, I posted an article about the free agents and stated: "The hard part will be acquiring complementary players that can make the primary scoring threats more efficient scorers."
In my opinion, Miami failed to do this. Not a single one of the role players makes the big three better. Miami failed to acquire a facilitator for the team or a post presence.
The current roster just is not good enough to have Udonis Haslem and Eddie House coming off the bench right now with Carlos Arroyo and Joel Anthony starting.
It really does not make sense to start the game with three premier players and two stiffs (no offense intended) on the court.
Eddie House has come off the bench over the course of his career, because the players ahead of him were better all-around players.
In the absence of Mike Miller, House needs to be on the court to help with the floor spacing from the beginning of the game.
Miami has serious depth issues. I like the addition of Jerry Stackhouse, because he can defend and put pressure on a defense even at this stage of his career, but they really need another big and a real point guard more than another wing player.
The Bosh Problem:
Before the season started and as this roster was assembled, I wondered how effective Bosh would be with Wade and James.
Neither of them really complement Bosh's game well, and Bosh really does not give them much in return. The Bosh problem has a lot to do with floor spacing and shot clock management.
Chris Bosh is a long and lean power forward/center, who does not want to play extensive minutes at center. He has a mid-range game, but is not a good enough perimeter player to stretch the floor to the three-point line.
Very few guys at his position are capable of doing that (so that is not a big deal), but without a legit 3-point shooter on the court at all times, Bosh turns Wade and James into the spot-up shooters on the floor.
This is far from the end of the world, however, Wade and James really are not great spot-up shooters.
Additionally, Bosh has a tendency to handle the ball for a few seconds when it is rotated to him. He is also not a catch and shoot player.
This kinda puts the Heat at a disadvantage against good defensive teams like the Celtics, Bulls, and Magic.
The Heat are going to need to establish a ball movement system that allows them to begin initiating scoring sequences earlier in the shot clock.
This is why I think that Bosh needs to man up and move down to the block and play with his back to the basket.
This Heat needs at least one scoring threat that allows them to penetrate a defense with a pass; otherwise, opposing teams will simply run zone and challenge the Heat to beat them from long range.
If Bosh does not move to the post, LeBron or Wade needs to. But, this is the Bosh problem, you have a team of three superstars that have really had a whole summer to talk about roles and a coaching staff that has had summer to get an idea of what the key players can do, but they still don't have anyone on the block.
And really, if Wade or LeBron has to be the post presence, then Miami might as well not have Bosh on the court.
His rebounds per minute and defensive contributions do not make him an elite power forward in this league; it is his contribution on offense that moves him into that category.
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