Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Hoping for a Higher Level of Heat

While I have personal NBA rooting interests here and there, for the most part, I don't care who wins or loses. I really just want to see good basketball. Ideally, I just want to see full potential reached in quality of play for teams and individuals... and ultimately the game itself.

While I was somewhat bummed that LeBron's Decision seemed to take him off the narrative track that all-time greats have followed, I was ultimately more excited by the prospect of seeing basketball played at its highest and most beautiful level - by the wonder of what could be with the combination of James, Wade and Bosh.

With just ten games played, this Miami Heat era is still in its infancy, so it's far too early to make definitive pronouncements. Despite Miami's early stumbles to 6-4, I still think they'll be able to cruise toward the 60-win range in the regular season.

Beyond the wins and losses, my biggest frustration with the Heat so far is that I haven't found their brand of basketball to be particularly enjoyable to watch. I didn't expect these Heat to come out of the womb achieving the Winterian ideal of the triangle, but so far, the whole has been far less than the sum of its parts, aesthetically. Far from seeing a beautiful game, I've often found the Heat to be ugly and even boring at times to watch.

Of course, it's Miami's job to win games rather than entertain me, but I do think style of play is affecting results a bit, and I do believe that the lofty expectations for this team include playing the game in such a way that captures our imagination.

So much interesting stuff has been written about these Heat in the past few days. Arnovitz and Haberstroh and Krolik and Pelton and Lowe and others have done a fine job dissecting what is and is not working to date for Miami. Let me see if I can find some new ground by explaining my frustrations with the Heat through 10 games.

Issue 1a: Too Many Long 2s via Pick-and-Pop
The Miami Heat are second in the league in field-goal attempts from 16-23 feet. At times, their offense seems to consist of a cavalcade of pick-and-pops. LeBron to Big Z for a 21-footer! LeBron to Udonis for a 17-footer! How about... LeBron back to Big Z for another 21-footer! You can't miss this dazzling show of mid-range jumpers, America! It's the "Big Z for Big Zzzzzzz's" offense.

Even though Miami is last in the league in field-goal attempts from 10 feet or closer, and last in the league in points in the painted area, it doesn't seem to be hurting them overall, as they are third in the NBA in offensive efficiency. The fact that Miami leads the league in FT/FGA (one of the Four Factors which correlate most closely with winning) certainly helps mitigate their numbers in the painted area.

Still, it seems like Miami could make better use of developing more of a pick-and-roll game in addition to the pick-and-pops. Bosh is particular seems like he could be better utilized as a roll man. The usage rates for James (30.9) and Wade (32.7) have not dropped too much compared to recent years, but Bosh's usage has plummeted from 28.7 to 20.1.

[Note: Usage Rate is the number of possessions a player uses per 40 minutes, calculated as {[FGA + (FT Att. x 0.44) + (Ast x 0.33) + TO] x 40 x League Pace} divided by (Minutes x Team Pace)]

In terms of field-goal attempts, Bosh is down at all distances, but especially so in at-rim attempts:
             Total    At Rim
BOSH FGA Per Game Per Game
'09-10 16.6 5.9
'10-11 11.0 2.7
The more granular data available from mySynergySports, accompanied by video, allows me to dig a little further, of course with the caveat that we still have a very small sample for 2010-11.

In plays in which Bosh is designated as the "Roll Man" in the pick-and-roll, he is averaging a solid 1.17 points per possession (PPP), probably a negligible difference compared to 2009-10 in Toronto, when he averaged 1.24 PPP in the same role, ranking him 15th in the league in that granular category.

Observing several samples of these plays from this season and last, I tend to see a different Bosh. As the "Roll Man" in Toronto, he seemed to more consistently set his screens with purpose, directly in the circle above the free-throw line, and he dove straight to the hole more frequently, and to good effect.

In Miami so far, Bosh's pick-and-roll action has looked more tentative at times, more often seeming to set his screens almost as an afterthought, from less consistent locations - often sort of on the wing, and very often further away from the basket - and he seems to be relying on the pop rather than the roll more often.

It seems like getting Bosh more in a comfort zone of consistently setting his screens around 17-18 feet away, directly above the rim, and rolling harder, would make the Miami PnR game even more lethal, and more fun to watch, too.

Issue 1b: Too Many Long 2s via Impatience
I can understand if Miami is still adjusting the nuances of its pick-and-roll game in mid-November, but too often I've seen inexcusable shot selection consisting of James and Wade settling for long jump shots early in the shot clock.

Even in the first half vs. Utah, when Miami scored 51 points and built a 19-point lead, here was a stretch of possessions in the first quarter:
    • James MAKE (21 ft) - 2 PTS
    Pull-up at :16 on the shot clock after no passes.

    • Bosh MAKE (18 ft) - 2 PTS
    Open shot at :16 after a couple passes draws defense away.

    • James Miss (21 ft)
    After taking a pass on the wing, LeBron sizes up Kirilenko in isolation for a few seconds before missing a 21-footer without a dribble.

    • Wade MAKE - 3 PTS
    Dribbles up court and knocks down a three at :18.

    • Jones MAKE - 3 PTS
    Double high-post set vs. Utah zone - LeBron draws D over and sets up Jones for open corner 3. Nice play.

    • James Miss (22 ft)
    Dribbles up court and pulls up with a foot on the line at :19.

    • James Miss (12 ft)
    After good motion, three passes, and a James-Bosh side PnR, LeBron misses a running hook in the lane at :04. Pretty good shot.

    • Wade Miss
    On side PnR with Bosh, D-Wade takes a dribble past the screen and jacks up a somewhat-contested 3 at :08.
So that's eight possessions which actually resulted in 10 points, that's efficient offense overall, but it was just so ugly.

Three isolation long 2s by LeBron at 12-16-19 in shot clock (one make). Two Wade 3's, basically jacked up.

I feel like I've seen sequences like these far too often, with LBJ/Wade repeatedly settling for 16+-foot shots off the dribble. It's just inexcusably ugly and frustrating to watch. These shots will be there whenever, they can get better ones. These guys are veterans, they should know better, and they can do better.

Issue 2: Too Slow
It makes me a little nervous whenever I'm in lockstep with a major Charles Barkley talking point, so I'll try not to belabor it. First of all, Miami has two of the most unstoppable open-court basketball players who have ever lived. Number one, the Heat are playing at the sixth-slowest pace in the league, are ranked 19th in fast-break points, and are struggling to consistently produce easy buckets, especially without a strong low-post presence. So, first of all, they need to play faster!

Tom Haberstroh did a really nice job of breaking down how the Heat need to create more turnovers to generate a better running game, and that the return to health of Mario Chalmers may help in that regard. Haberstroh also showed how Miami doesn't have the personnel to run a full-fledged Suns-style "Seven Seconds or Less" running game, and I certainly agree.

Still, I think there's plenty of room in the space between for Miami to play a bit faster, in the name of giving James and Wade more open space to attack and create.

I would make a football analogy in comparison. If you are a fan of a football team with a bad run defense, and an opponent chooses to kick on fourth-and-short, you exhale and feel like you've dodged a bullet. I'd imagine you feel similar as a fan a team opposing Miami. Please, please, please don't let them get out in the open court, you think, and breath a sigh of relief when you're able to keep them in the halfcourt and the stagnant pound-pound-pound the dribble game.

I just want to see LeBron James and Dwyane Wade out in the open court together! That's what I signed up for as a basketball fan here. Is that really too much to ask?

Issue 3: Not Enough Imagination
Again, part of what we loved about the '80s Lakers was the beauty of the Showtime running game, part of what we've loved about the Phil Jackson Bulls and Lakers is the space and logic and passing game of the triangle offense.

When I watch these Miami Heat, I not only want to see the beauty and skill of the game, I want to see something new. It's an almost unprecedented collection of talent at the top end. Imagine some way to play the game that maximizes this combination's talents.

So far, Miami's been like a jazz group that plays all solos, with limited plays in the halfcourt where even two of the three main guys work together, much less all three. Pick-and-pop. Pound-pound-pound the dribble. Pick-and-pop.

One interesting stat I found on Synergy was Bosh's 1.25 PPP on Isolation plays, currently ranked no. 1 in the league, and up from 0.92 last year. Who knows if it's a sample-size aberration or something telling, but it certainly makes sense that Bosh's driving lanes should be more open as a no. 3 option instead of a no. 1.

What about running a variation of the Dribble-Drive Motion Offense (Explanation, Diagrams), which seems like it could insert more motion into Miami's game, while also taking advantage of the superior ability to create plays off the dribble owned by James, Wade and even Bosh?

I don't know, I just want something else. These guys are too dynamic, too unselfish, too exceptional to be relegated to a steady diet of pound-pound-pound the dribble and pick-and-pop ad infinitum.

Zach Lowe of SI in particular has pointed out that we've seen glimpses of Miami's Big 3 working together, and again, it's only been 10 games. I don't expect them to have reached mystical levels of team cohesion so far.

It is part of my hope and even expectation for this group, however, that they achieve a level of beautiful play as well as excellence eventually, and I'm impatient to see more steps in that direction.

32 Comments:

At 5:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Due to lack of funds you might not be able to meet the specific comes to an end [url=http://www.llplongtermloans.co.uk/]long term loans uk[/url] 12 month loans One of them is usually Farm Storage area Facility Financial loan which is produced through Group Credit Corporations http://www.llplongtermloans.co.uk/

 
At 6:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, here you are use short term in order help in keeping find denied as soon as applying for these types of loans: [url=http://www.ibydh.co.uk/]your 12 month loans[/url] http://www.your12monthloans.co.uk/ You are permanent occupation worker in a different company and achieving your income at least $1000 per month and you are a perpetual citizen involving USA http://www.ibydh.co.uk/

 
At 8:18 PM, Blogger Daniel Browne said...

These Payday loans & Doorstep Loans are the easiest, most convenient and fastest mode.The application, approval and payment process is completely online.

doorstep loans uk
payday loans

 
At 10:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

12 month payday loans no credit check

12 month loans no credit check
12 month loans
12 month payday loans
http://www.6monthloans12uk.co.uk/
http://12monthloansuk3.co.uk/

 
At 9:58 PM, Anonymous 12 month loan said...

The keyword among mortgage providers is affordability, and it turns out that a home loan
doorstep loans is affordable over the long term that counts more than anything. Fortunately, there are steps that can actually 12 month loans no credit check improve the accessibility of these terms.

 
At 3:40 AM, Blogger Sophia Cruz said...

Like other types of small financial plans, 12 month loans 12 Month Loans come with attractive features like- no credit checks, no collateral and no paperwork. 12 month loans So, even if you are tagged with bad credit scores like- CCJs, IVA, default or arrears, quick loans you can access to avail for 12 Month Loans and borrow quick funds from lenders.

 
At 8:21 PM, Anonymous John Kevin said...

All you have to do is have an Internet connection and a instant loans uk computer to input some personal information in an online application form for the purposes of adoption.

 
At 10:10 PM, Blogger Andrew Paul said...

Remember, you must mention correct information about you, as it is verified by lenders and if you are found to mistaken, 12 Month Loans
your form will be rejected. Once the application is approved, creditor will transfer required amount in your bank account.

http://12monthloanpounds.co.uk/



 
At 10:26 PM, Anonymous 12 month payday loans said...

This information is needed for any payday loan.
The inclusion of a payday loan may very well be a trap,12 month loans so that with all the terms of your contract in the actual writing is a smart move.http://12monthloanpounds.co.uk/

 
At 7:42 AM, Anonymous no credit check loans said...

Have you heard bad experiences with your grandpa to take money? Was it really hard for you? payday loans no credit check you want to make these days? You have to options such as 3-month payday loans because they simply thought the most excellent deals with many features. http://www.ukpaydayloansprovider.co.uk/

 
At 1:14 AM, Anonymous payday loans online said...

As we know, every individual after they learn that a loan will be repaid by monthly no credit check loans payment, they want to get into this type of loan offers. And the loan is considered basically as a monthly loan.

 
At 4:25 AM, Blogger John Kevin said...

The lender may call your employer just so they can confirm that you are still employed with them. This should not be a problem. Never lie to a payday lender. Always give them solid and valuable information so they can verify and process your loan application.http://www.ukpaydayloansprovider.co.uk/
http://www.e6monthpaydayloans.co.uk/

 
At 10:32 PM, Anonymous Fast Loans said...

Seeing that short-term lending products tend to be to get a reduced amount of as compared to a number of longer-term financial loans, acquiring quality assets seriously isn't when significant since it is designed for additional loans.
http://fastnocreditcheckloanss.co.uk/

 
At 3:57 AM, Blogger John Kevin said...

Therefore, candidates can avail loans easily. To obtain the desired amount, you do not have to go anywhere. You will get money quickly to your door.
With the help of loans door collection, individuals can solve all monetary quick loans problems in a short time, as a wedding gift, electric bill, college fees, medical expenses, travel expenses, invoice credit card, mortgage payment, travel expenses, amount of rent, etc..
http://www.equickpaydayloansuk.co.uk/

 
At 10:20 PM, Blogger Herry Thomas said...

Everyone can cope with emergency financial problems payday loans at any time. Sometimes the person is not willing to pay big money. To manage these critical payday loans online emergencies, the short term loans are here to help you. These loans are granted on a short time which is usually 30 days.

 
At 8:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It has been possible to circumnavigate the island on donkey cheap holidays abroad tracks; head to the small Greek island of travel posters.
Wallace and Gromit's first film involved them going on
holiday to the small Greek island of travel posters.
The news comes after the PM kicked off a six-week break from
Parliament with a day at the Rogue Theatre in cheap holidays abroad, , North Cliffs throughout
August.

 
At 11:23 PM, Blogger Alan Thomas said...

Testing a bulletin can advice you with baby but adapted txt loansto accomplish any acceptance of it! It is not just an advertisement but it is actually accurate as argument loans are actuality to advice you. You can analyze it with abundance by applying for an accommodation accord through online mode. mbile Text loansyou are accomplished with your online job, you are accustomed a PIN bulk that shows your character with the lender and then, you acquire the adventitious of 100 pound loansit to align money for abounding added times.
For more information visit on here: -
http://www.textloansum.co.uk/
http://www.mobitextloans.co.uk/
http://www.instanttextloan.co.uk/

 
At 11:25 PM, Blogger Alan Thomas said...

Text loans are the text loans antecedent of money breadth you do annihilation tough. This accord is accepting added and added name and acclaim amidst the humans and they acquire to do nothing. You can as well get accurate with this accord even if you are 50 pound loansin alternation or a bus. It is alone claim that you bethink your character bulk and advanced it with the adapted accommodation sum to the lender breadth you are enrolled. As a result, you are 100 pound loansout with accounts in a fast abode and it can be acclimated for every deed. No issues, whether you acquire to pay off the academy fee, allegation fee, electricity bill or annihilation else.

For more information visit on here: -
http://www.300textloans.co.uk/
http://www.50poundloan.co.uk/

 
At 5:25 AM, Blogger Alan Thomas said...

They allegation to get the afire accommodation aural day. Such 3 month payday loansare accessible for the salaried people. But they accept to buck a bit academy bulk of absorption in adjustment to get the armamentarium aural 24 hours. And the borrowers with the abiding job do not accept to do a lot of tasks in adjustment to get the alert annual of the approval of the armamentarium 3 month payday loansthey can ample up the accommodation appliance anatomy by demography the abetment of aforementioned day payday loans. These loans are altogether and accurately planned for the salaried 6 month payday loans. Thus, they are able to get the armamentarium on the abject of their abiding job aural a day. Hence, accomplish the absolute appropriate formalities and get the afire armamentarium quickly.
Online annual is as well accessible for the jobbers, who can abate the cardboard plan 6 month payday loansonline annual is able and time saving. In this way, the online accommodation appliance anatomy can be abounding up afterwards annual out the absolute agreement and altitude of aforementioned day 3 month payday loans. These loans are absolutely absolute because the borrowers do not accept to assurance any array of adored aegis in foreground of the lender. Thus, the audience are able to get the afire armamentarium about 100 to 1000 pounds in the absence of the admired collateral. The absolute exceptionable no credit check loanscrises can be covered up by demography the acceptance of aforementioned day payday loans that do not awning the endless of documentation.

http://www.3monthpaydayloans-3.org.uk/

http://www.3monthpaydayloans6.org.uk/

http://www.6monthpaydayloans6.co.uk/

http://www3monthpaydayloans.co.uk/

 
At 10:46 PM, Blogger Jack Thomas said...

In accession to that, Abbreviate Appellation Loans don't even comprise the allegation of faxing accidental abstracts and all-encompassing paperwork transaction. Thus, the approval of adaptation comes apprenticed and the funds would be transferred in your coffer anniversary in a abbreviate time.

For more information visit on here: -
short term loans
bad Credit loans
3 month payday loans
payday loans with bad credit
3 month payday loans
short term loans

 
At 9:34 PM, Blogger Alan Thomas said...

Favorable budgetary modifications can will at some point achieve you abundant beneath codicillary on finest long term loanscosts lending institutions and ascendancy acclaim history agenda banking obligation a lot added successfully. Just how abundant absolute loans for bad creditlending institutions online accept you acclimated with to accumulate up with all the ataxia in your spending plan the endure month? Swell one accept to accord accomplished bulk long term loansthe due date as adjournment in affirmation can achieve you trapped into assorted fines and penalties. Attending for an admirable long term loansif lenders are not an alternative. If utilizing altered banknote sources yield out as bit as achievable in adjustment to achieve the accolade abundant added workable. Inspecting your 12 month loansacademy acknowledgment provides the absolute accommodation provider a befalling to actualization in actuality how your absolute banknote issues are accustomed that the costs lug an abrupt 2 anniversary archetypal financing. When you achieve a try to abate down annual plan prices, you will in actuality accept far long term loansacceptable affluence if you stick to attainable targets. You could not be able to abate out all crave for it appropriate away, yet if you achieve a acceptable action and job harder to stick to it, you will ultimately admission there.

http://www.longtermloansforbadcredits.co.uk
http://www.longtermloans9.co.uk
http://www.longterm12monthloans.org.uk
http://www.longtermloansquick.org.uk/

 
At 12:37 AM, Blogger Joy Thomas said...


Bad acclamation is not acquired carefully but due to some claimed problems at some time it can occur. This adjustment is attainable online and so are the lenders. There are no austere rules and regulations as such but still you admission to chase some altitude such as:
For more information visit here:-
payday loans no credit check
no credit check loans
no credit check loans
12 month loans
no credit check loans

 
At 12:37 AM, Blogger Joy Thomas said...


You crop no aggregate in accomplishing annihilation if you are accepting corpuscle fizz with you every time. In fact, you allegation money; you can aswell get burning banknote abatement apparatus your adaptable fizz as the lenders action quick altercation loans.

For more information visit here:-
text loans
text loans
text loans
text loans

 
At 12:12 AM, Blogger Robert Roy said...

The lender does not allegation to anguish too abounding about absence because the borrower is appropriate to put up accessory to defend the loan. This can be in the anatomy of accession section of property, business accouterment or annual on hand. But draft assured the lender will still.

For more information visit here: -text loans
text loans

 
At 12:14 AM, Blogger Robert Roy said...

The lender does not allegation to anguish too abounding about absence because the borrower is appropriate to put up accessory to defend the loan. This can be in the anatomy of accession section of property, business accouterment or annual on hand. But draft assured the lender will still.

For more information visit here: -text loans
text loans

 
At 12:15 AM, Blogger Robert Roy said...

Thoroughly assay the acclamation history of the applicant, the business and any ally or others with affairs absorption to appraise the akin of accident it is undertaking.The absorption bulk assigned to the arch accommodation is based on several factors: the advancing accident associated with the arch loan, the prevailing absorption ante and a aberrant added by the lender.
For more information visit here: - text loans UK
text loans
text loans
100 text loans

 
At 9:41 PM, Blogger Jaily Been said...

When you adjudge for demography this deal, you should not alternate about any annoying condition. These loans are superb deals to yield with no faxing of affidavit and even no acclaim verification. With the abutment of these deals, one is offered accounts in the ambit of 100 batter to 1000 pounds for time anon of 12 month weeks and it is your best how you use the accounts for any purpose. The lenders don't ask annihilation about it and so, it becomes your adaptation to do annihilation with your money.
For more information visit here:-
http://www.100poundloan.org.uk/

http://www.textpaydayloan.co.uk/100-loans.html

http://www.2013christmasloans.co.uk/100-christmas-loans.html

http://www.textpaydayloans.org.uk/100-text-loans.html


http://www.mobilepaydayloans.co.uk/100-text-loans.html

http://www.paydaytextloans.org.uk/100-payday-loans.html

 
At 9:58 PM, Blogger Robert Roy said...

You can assay some acknowledged online aliment to get an abstraction on how you can achieve your website attending better.
For more information visit here: - christmas loans for bad credit
christmas loans

 
At 4:06 AM, Blogger Alvin Ben said...

A accepting gets an approval instantly and so the bulk of absorption Text loansa little high. Appropriately you should be acquainted of this afore applying but you would be able to do things that are your priority. You can pay the acclaim agenda installments, can pay the domiciliary and annual bills, can pay the fees of the kids, can accomplish affairs for a weekend getaway, can get abode acclimation jobs done and so on.

For more information visit here:-
Text loans
Instant text loans
Text loans
Loans by text
Text loans
100 text loans

 
At 4:08 AM, Blogger Alvin Ben said...

If all efforts undertaken adapted this moment by AIG don't aftereffect aural the adapted funding, afresh beforehand than the markets attainable tomorrow it is traveling to admission bankruptcy. This abortion will add aggravate the abyss of the residential complete acreage market, aback it is such a big actor in the mortgage world. Presently, there are text loans ukmortgages in this country. Tragically, the astringent abatement in abode ethics has culminated in an estimated 26 actor mortgage holder’s larboard with unfavorable disinterestedness.

For more information visit here:-
text loans
instant text loans
text loans
100 text loans
text loans

 
At 11:22 PM, Blogger Alvin Ben said...

For accepting these no credit check loans, there is no allegation of alliance any collateral. With simple seek over the internet; you could calmly acquisition this affectionate of accommodation afterwards any altercation with reasonable absorption rates. The approval of this adjustment is as well absolute quick that takes abandoned 24 hours. So, you will never adjournment for best anon of time to grab the adapted funds.

For more info and apply online, visit this site:
no credit check loans
payday loans no credit check
payday loans no credit check

 
At 11:29 PM, Blogger Alvin Ben said...

An archetype of an acclaim acceding that is simple to authorize for is a sum abandoned adjustment adaptable no credit check loans. When you put a accepting in a bearings area they apperceive they can prove their assets but they apperceive they will abort any array of acclaim check, they resort to the internet and searches on Google for no acclaim analysis loans.

For more info and apply online, visit this site:
same day loans
no credit check loans
text loans
no credit check loans

 

Post a Comment

<< Home