NBA Finals 2011: Miami Heat Must Improve Fundamentals in Fourth Quarter
Free Throws And Rebounding Could Cost Miami Heat In 2011 NBA Finals
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade can make seemingly impossible plays that few other players, even in the NBA, would even attempt to pull off. Ironically, it may be the simplest aspects of the game that cost the Heat stars the NBA title.
Midway through the fourth quarter, time is running out on Miami because they’re getting beaten on the fundamentals. They’re not rebounding effectively—the second-best rebounding team in basketball is up 33-32 on a Dallas team that finished 13th in that category—and they’re missing free throws in bunches (58 percent from the line tonight).
The choice to keep Joel Anthony on the bench has crippled Miami’s ability to control the glass, allowing inconsistent rebounders like Shawn Marion and Dirk Nowitzki to have big nights (16 combined boards). Meanwhile, LeBron James and Mario Chalmers have shot well enough from the field, but their combined six misses from the line are huge in a 10-point ballgame.
Add in an unacceptable 14 turnovers, and it looks like the Heat may need to make like Allen Iverson’s 76ers and tell their stars to show up for practice.
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