Last night, I sat and watched the Miami Heat dominate the first 27 minutes of the game against the Orlando Magic leading 73-49 with 8:57 left in the third quarter. They then proceeded to implode blowing the lead by being outscored 50-23 to end the game. This isn’t a one time thing for the Heat, they continue to be unable to hold leads and close out close games.
Before the season while everyone wanted to take it overboard and say the Heat would win 70 games and win the title, I looked over their roster and seen major flaws. Having a core of Wade,James, and Bosh is fine, but in order to win a title you need the right role players and the ability to close out games in the clutch.
Teams are forcing Lebron James to either take contested long jump shots or making him pass the ball off to other players who aren’t making open shots. Wade isn’t a knockdown shooter himself so he is often left watching on the perimeter while Lebron holds the ball and attempts the go one on one. Mario Chalmers couldn’t hit an open shot last night to save his life, making the move to sign the veteran Mike Bibby a smart move. Bibby never was a great defender and in his 12th year in the league he gets exposed on the defensive end nightly.
So what could be the solution to the Heat’s problem??? I say put the ball in Wade’s hands and let him create for himself or others. But having to similar players on the court as Wade and Lebron can be a hindrance at crunch time because neither one are spot up jump shooters. It would be nice to be able to dump the ball in the post to Bosh, but he’s been exposed as the fraud I always thought he was. Bosh barely plays with his back to the hoop. And being as though that he’s 6’8 265lbs, you would think you could post Lebron James up and get a bucket but he hasn’t developed that part of his game.
Finally, after watching the postgame conference last night and seeing the Heat’s 2 and a half men sit there ready to cry like 3 boys getting scolded from their father, I can bet that Orlando, Boston, and Chicago are chopping at the bit and not scared to face this team in the playoffs. Look, Boston traded away Kendrick Perkins who was a key player on their 2008 title team and if he didnt get hurt last year in the finals, the Lakers might have lost. The Heat and coach Erik Spoelstra have 20 games to figure it out and time is winding down.