The Might of the Miami Heat
So we are already on the NBA’s Final Four. And the Miami Heat blew open every team so far. A clean sweep against the Bucks and a resounded victory over the Chicago Bulls.
The media was pressing hard for a New York – Miami / LeBron – Carmelo epic rivalry, and also having direct flights from Miami to JFK. You can almost hear them scream as the 7′ 2″ tower blocked Melo’s attempt to dunk it in the 4th quarter giving the Knicks the final nail to the coffin.
Meanwhile in South Beach, it was clear that the adjustments were clear. Hard inside paint moves by the King. And as reported by ESPN, LeBron wont be trying to get reversed posterized on this series. So instead of dunking, the highlights would be on the order of teardrops.
However the real Might of the Miami Heat would be tested in this series and almost needs to be, if they want to ensure a dominant figure on the finals against either the Spurs or the now favorite Grizzlies.
This make us really analyze the real might of this team. One thing that has been mentioned before was the small position Miami has adopted since Bosh went down last playoff, replacing the center by committee which failed dearly against the Dallas Mavericks two years ago.
And it was in Indiana, where the origins of this dynamic, undersized Miami Heat was built. No time for rebounds just out-run the other team. Going against all the conventional wisdom of winning games through rebounds, this Heat team has compromise and replacing it with great Defense.
This was very apparent during the epic wining streak, when the Heat faced great disadvantages versus relatively weak teams like the Magic, Boston and Cavs.
This made the Heat a 4th quarter team through out the regular season and make many people nervous about their ability to turn it on in the end of games.
But the reality of this team is very diverse, beside the obvious Big Three fame there is a series of diverse games which this team was built for.
First, we got the formation where Batier takes the role of a power forward as oppose to Udonis. He is far suitable to be a power forward except the fact he is a tremendous defensive player. Combined with a deadly 3pt shooting ability, it makes it perfect for any big 3 penetrations.
Second, is the reverse formation with Birdman, a natural power forward with the skill to get offensive rebounds and also play on the inside on a much more offensive fashion than Udonis.
Third, is the actual bench game, this was seen during the resting time, when Mike Miller became the main offensive player shooting the lights off. This was one of the biggest changes of identity in the Miami season. With other snipers like James Jones and even Norris Cole has been starting to build a great shooting and defensive repertoire.
The snipers from the Heat runs deep, sometimes too deep. The list goes on and on:
- Ray Allen
- Shane Batier
- Mike Miller
- James Jones
- Mario Chalmers
- Norris Cole
- LeBron James
This mythical lineup combined with a really great shooting percentage, and even a much greater trap system on the defensive position makes the Heat a puzzle for any team that doesn’t have the skill to defend the 3pt line, and at the same time lock down on the boards. Which makes it impossible for any team to match during 23 games in a row.
Then is LeBron James, which as a Freak of nature, came with this incredible records which I previously talk about. However I will repeat once again. His game has become more finesse making much better decisions and elevating his %FG to an epic level. Even his 3pt shooting is on an all time high. The last shoe will drop when he can get from the low 70s to mid 80s from the free throw.
Beside LeBron James, Chris Bosh is becoming what Dwyane Wade and Haslem used to be on the midpoint area shooting. Even if Bosh still to adopt the signature head fake from Wade. He has definitely spread the court widely enough to be a sure shot when open.
The series will face many new challenges as the Pacers will also adjust their offense to Miami as well as protect the perimeter more efficiently than with New York. In the end I will say Pacers don’t have a chance to beat the Heat at all with almost 12 games behind in the regular season, and also facing a huge offensive firepower from the World Champs. However this series could be a good match for the heat at least in paper. That is, if the Heat don’t show yet another new identity and style of game. Maybe that Teardrop is a clue.