Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Heat Not Living Up to Preseason Expectations

As we are about a month into the NBA season the highly anticipated Miami Heat were expected to great things after the signing of Lebron James and Chris Bosh while retaining Dwayne Wade. Many saw the Heat as preseason NBA champions while everyone saw them at least starting out at least first in the Southeast but we see them today as a team that is 8-6, third in the Southeast, and has lost two straight to sub par teams, Indiana Pacers and Memphis Grizzlies. Could all of this early season trouble help out the Heat and give them a rude awaking or is this the start of a downhill season.

Is this problem just a team chemistry problem?

I really have a feeling that it's a chemistry problem. The Heat are 20th in the league is assists per game, Lebron has almost half of those with 8.1 per game. I think the problem is that they are going back to one on one basketball with Bosh, Lebron, and Wade while a lot of the team stands around or doesn't work to get open. They don't even go get rebounds, 19th in the league and 2nd last in offensive rebounds, plus the team leader in rebounds, Haslem, is out possible for the season. If the Heat keep this up I can see them falling even further into a slump. If the Heat want to turn this around they need to have more players be involved, not just Wade, Bosh, and Lebron, and they need to have more hustle.

Just for your information. The Big 3 in Boston went 20-2 to start out the 2007-2008 season.

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