The Miami Heat Status Report:
The fans are slightly concerned. With the starters on the sidelines they need the reserves that hold down the fort. The Washington Wizards should not blow out a franchise that has 3- straight conference finals titles. Miami is a team that is known how to have a few weapons on their bench. The value of having such players is diversity and depth. When that diversity and depth are paired with talent and leadership that makes for a fierce team dynamic.
Current Team Averages:
Points Per Game (PPG): 120.4
Field Goal Percentage (FG%): 0.502
Free Throw Percentage (FT%): 0.759
Three-Point Percentage (3p%): 0.364
Rebounds: (OFF): 7.63, (DEF): 29.28, (TOT): 36.91
Assist Per Game (APG): 22.6
Steals Per Game (SPG): 8.94
Blocks Per Game (BPG): 4.51
Turnovers (TO): 14.69
Personal Fouls (PF): 19.51
The Heat averages though not overtly impressive have been enough to retain a top spot in the eastern conference. They have a solid offensive game, but can stand to improve upon their defensive game. There is a well know sports adage that states, offense sells tickets, and defense wins games. That is ever so true in every aspect of the NBA. LeBron can cross players up and drive to the lane for a dunk all night, and fans will be thrilled. However, if that offensive drive is not matched with a defensive stop it means nothing.
The Heat has to be able to lock teams down with their defense, and protect the perimeter and the paint. For example, they cannot let Paul George come off the screen and dunk on a trailing defender. Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Shane Battier should map the Pacer offense and counter with a better defense. In other words, they should ditch “man” and drop into a “2-3 zone”. A 2-3 zone enforces the strength of their big men and will allow less penetration in the paint.
Key Player Post-Season Averages:
When carefully evaluating the key player post-season averages it is not difficult to tell how the post-season rotation will look. Not only that but it is also obvious what areas each player needs to develop for the playoffs. Depending on each competitor the Heat will face necessary adjustments should be made every time.
As the regular season comes to a close the first round match ups are basically set. With Miami Heat at number two in the eastern conference, they will face the number seven seed.
(2) Miami Heat vs. (7) Charlotte Bobcats 0-0 (First Round)
This match up favors the two-time champion Miami Heat team. They have more experience and perform well against the Bobcats.
Heat Averages Against The Bobcats
|PPG: 106.0||TPG: 12.0|
|APG: 17.8||FTA: 24.3|
Miami versus the Bobcats will be an interesting match to watch, because the underdog always comes out game one swinging. The Bobcats are fully capable of holding their own as long as their stars perform. If Al Jefferson, Kemba Walker, Gerald Henderson, and Ramon Sessions can average at least 15- 25 PPG it is a competition. The Bobcats will need to be offensively fluent to even steal a win in this series. Miami is a team that will identify any team’s weakness and exploit it quickly. This match up seems as if it will probably be a 4-0 sweep, and 4-1 if the Bobcats are lucky.
Overall Analysis: The Heat will skate to the second round and await their round two competitors.
Commentary By: Schelett Rickenbacker