2011 NBA Finals: 8 Things the Heat Need to Do to Win It All
The Heat gave one away in Game 2. Now, they need to reevaluate their team and make adjustments before they play the next three games in Dallas.
The Game 2 loss exposed many things the Heat need to work on if they still expect to win it all.
These are the eight most important things the Heat must do if they want to take control of the series again.
8. Bigs Must Rebound
In Game 2, Joel Anthony, Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem combined for a total of 12 rebounds. As a team, the Heat were out rebounded 41-30 in the game.
While in Game 1, the same trio racked up 18 total rebounds and the Heat won the rebounding battle, 46-36.
Tyson Chandler has dominated the boards this series. Miami needs stronger play from Joel Anthony. He is the only player big enough to matchup with Chandler.
7. Better Bench Play
One of the knocks on the Heat all season long has been their lack of depth. This has proven to be costly time and time again in the playoffs.
Most teams tend to have a somewhat consistent rotation at this point in the season, but I have yet to figure out what Erik Spoelstra is doing.
Forward James Jones was solid in previous series, but has been kept out of play in the NBA Finals thus far. Also, Juwan Howard is a formidable inside presence, but seems to be underused.
Regardless of who is playing, however, someone needs to step up off the bench. Udonis Haslem has been solid defensively, but the rest of the bench has been on existent offensively.
In Game 2, Mike Miller and Mario Chalmers were a combined 1-9 from beyond the arch. That number must improve.
6. Attack Shawn Marion
Shawn Marion is no longer the freakish athlete that he once was. Although, that is not stopping him from being the biggest difference-maker in the Finals so far.
Marion has guarded both LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, and he has done a fantastic job of it. He has also been scorching the Heat on the offensive end.
After the first two games, Marion is averaging 18 points per game.
The Heat cannot continue to let Marion beat them on both sides of the court. They should attack him and try to tire him out, or possibly get him in foul trouble.
5. Play with Swagger
People often criticize LeBron and D-Wade for being too cocky and arrogant. But is that really a bad thing in sports?
Most people are at their best when they play with swagger because it allows them to play loose.
So I say let the haters hate. These two superstars can play the game however they want, as long as it wins games.
In Game 2, the Heat were 9-for-30 from beyond the arch. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were both 2-for-7 from long range.
I am not sure why they feel the need to take some many three-pointers. They are both at their best when they are driving toward the basket.
They should rely on sharpshooters like Mike Bibby and Mike Miller to hit shots from outside.
James and Wade are much more effective in the paint.
3. Double Dirk
It is not even debatable whether or not Dirk Nowitzki is the best scorer on the Mavericks.
So in Game 2 when Dirk layed the ball up with only three seconds left on the clock, why was there no double-team?
The Heat should send a help defender when Dirk helps the ball and force someone else to beat them. Make players like Jason Terry and Shawn Marion beat you, but do not allow one of the best scorers alive to run wild.
2. Bosh Must Improve
Chris Bosh has been awful in the first two games of this series. He is shooting just 26 percent from the field.
LeBron and Wade can only carry their team so far, at some point they need help from their third option.
Unless Bosh can get into a rhythm, the Heat could have problems keeping their offensive consistent.
Bosh is the X-factor for his team. Miami desperately needs him to play well.
1. Finish Games
During the regular season, the Heat have been slammed for not being able to finish games. Throughout the playoffs they showed it was a thing of the past—until Game 2.
The Heat reverted back to their old ways of settling for jump shots and not being aggressive late in games. This has to stop.
If the Heat could have hit a single basket in the last four minutes of Game 2, this article would probably be about what the Mavericks need to do to avoid a sweep.