Miami Heat: Forecasting Games To Christmas Showdown Vs. Los Angeles Lakers

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Miami Heat: Forecasting Games To Christmas Showdown Vs. Los Angeles Lakers
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Miami Heat fans are blistering mad, and who can blame them after the Miami Thrice's much-maligned rock star introduction prompted the greatest of expectations, only to be followed by mediocrity.

It has become the ultimate Miami Heat quandary—fantastic talent and very little accomplishment.

But in order to get good, a team has to get bad first, and the Miami Heat have accomplished “bad” in spades.

The Heat are an absolute mess and fans are calling for the firing of coach Eric Spoelstra at firespo.com, but the problems are much greater than the coach. 

Chris Bosh is defenseless, LeBron James does not have a defined role and is playing aimlessly and Dwyane Wade just went 1 of 13 from the field against the Indiana Pacers.

The Miami Heat are facing a kind of adversity that they had not anticipated.

With Udonis Haslem out for the long term, the Heat’s only viable option is to bolster the post with unsigned free agent Eric Dampier.

Miami’s interior game has taken a dramatic hit with Haslem’s absence and Chris Bosh’s smoke and mirrors play has not helped the situation.  Bosh is still getting bullied in the post and is allowing enemy putbacks and penetration into the paint. 

After Haslem left the game with the foot injury, the Heat were out-rebounded 15-4 by the Grizzlies.  You’d be a fool to not notice that this team lacks a certain pedigree on the defensive end.

Dampier averaged six PPG with Dallas last season, but more importantly contributed 7.3 rebounds over 23.3 minutes per game.  He should be an improvement.

Yet, the solution does not only lie in a big man like Erick Dampier that can defend the paint.  In Miami’s blowout losses this year, its shooting and turnover rates were putrid.  

Against the Indiana Pacers, the Heat were 4 of 20 from three-point range and committed a whopping 22 turnovers. 

In addition, the Heat were outscored 38-18 in the paint.  They also had 25 more free throws than the Pacers, making just 25 of 38 attempts.

The talent is obviously there but the effort and synergy all too often has been lacking.  Obviously chemistry is intrinsic to any team’s success, and a concerted effort must be made to build it.

LeBron James has to rediscover his innate ability to impose his will on the game and Dwyane Wade has to rediscover his leadership role.

With the much anticipated Christmas day matchup between the Miami Heat and the L.A. Lakers looming just one month away, there is time to get better. 

There is time for the Miami Heat to build team chemistry and synergy over the 17 games that lay ahead before the big Christmas day faceoff.

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