Chat about the Miami Heat
Welcome to SportsNation! On Monday, we will dip into the world of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the rest of the Miami Heat, as our gang from the "Heat Index" stop by to chat.
Brian Windhorst, Mike Wallace, Tom Haberstroh and Kevin Arnovitz all contribute to ESPN.com's home for everything Miami Heat. The Heat Index is a part of the TrueHoop blog network.
Send your questions now and join the chat Monday at 3 p.m. ET!
Mayo (Washington DC)
Does last nights loss give coach Spo the leverage to make D. Wade (or Lebron) play point guard?
Kevin Arnovitz (3:17 PM)
Mayo: It's a proposal Mike Wallace suggested a couple of weeks ago. The thing is: Both LeBron and Wade already effectively are playing the PG on the sets that matter most. Do the Heat need to go 'de jure' with something that's already a de facto condition?
Would the signing of Mike Bibby, post-buyout, alleviate the issues we are seeing with Miami, or is the point guard issue just a red herring?
Kevin Arnovitz (3:18 PM)
Kris: Personally, I don't think Bibby gives them much more than insurance, but that's not nothing. What Bibby would bring is a different look -- a guy who can both handle and shoot the 3, but who has gi-normous defensive liabilities.
What about Troy Murphy? Would he be able to make an impact?
Kevin Arnovitz (3:20 PM)
Alec: Whose minutes would you give to Murphy? Bosh is already penciled in for 40 at the PF. Move Bosh to Center and you could play Murphy in a super-stretchy small ball lineup, but does that get the Heat what they need?
Wade can't play point because he has shown no interest in defending opposing point guards. This has become a problem against Rose, Billups, etc...
Kevin Arnovitz (3:21 PM)
Ken: To be fair, he'll pick up that responsibilities in spots, but you're correct in that Wade doesn't want to defend the ball for 70-75 possessions per game.
Michael (Philadelphia, PA)
The Heat lost to a top team in the east again last night. Should they be worried?
Kevin Arnovitz (3:22 PM)
Michael: I think they should be more concerned that they couldn't score against a decent team that has serious defensive issues.
Keith (Chicago (South Side))
There is alot of talk about the Heat getting Bibby after a buyout from the Wizards, but I ask would it make much of a difference? There was an ESPN article about the Heat needing a PG, but IMO LBJ and Wade do not play well enough off the ball for a PG to matter! What are your thoughts on the addition of a PG (in particular Bibby) to the Heat?P.S.As a Bulls fan I am loving it!!!
Kevin Arnovitz (3:24 PM)
Keith: I don't think Bibby brings an enormous amount, but I will say that if ever there was a team that can hide his perimeter defense, it's the Heat. The Heat don't like to switch pick-and-rolls at the top of the floor, but they could with Bibby involved. They could cross-match both Wade and James and they also play a pretty decent brand of zone.
As Kevin outlined in his breakdown of the final possessions vs the Knicks, would you say that this team has the right coach drawing up plays, but lacks the execution in crunch time?
Kevin Arnovitz (3:26 PM)
Mical: Spoelstra is the right coach for this team. If LeBron threads the needle on that bounce pass with 2:50 and Bosh doesn't go all Dwyane Wade jump-pass, we might not be even having this conversation. I like what Spo drew up last night down the stretch, the final possession the exception.
It seems like Lebron is doing his own thing at the end of game...what can be done to change this? I thought wade was the scorer/finisher
Kevin Arnovitz (3:27 PM)
Justin: He's damned if he does, damned if he doesn't. Some were ripping him for making passes to Eddie House (DET, OKC) and Miller (BOS). When he keeps the ball, he also gets ripped.
To be fair though, the Knicks lost to the Cavs just a few days before their road win last night. You can't let one game panic you.
Kevin Arnovitz (3:28 PM)
JB: Please don't bring logic into a chat. You're just hurting the ballclub.
Frank (Palm Beach)
What do you make of the Heat's seemingly unpredictable center rotation? Which of the three should be getting the most minutes?
Kevin Arnovitz (3:30 PM)
Frank: I don't dislike what Spo's doing there. Tom Haberstroh likes to say that Spo uses his centers the way a manager uses his bullpen. There are going to some matchups that demand Damp's bulk. But others, like Amare, that require Anthony's speed. In a perfect world, the Heat have a bulky agile center like Tyson Chandler. But I'm generally okay with the way Spoelstra has played the hand he's been dealt.
Eric Rosenthal (Tucson, AZ)
Heat play best when Bosh has been at Center this year. Bring in Murphy at the 4 and Bibby at the 1 and you have your Eastern Conference champions do you not?
Kevin Arnovitz (3:32 PM)
Eric: That's the elephant in the room: Bosh at the 5. I tend to agree with you, though there will be nights (vs. Howard) when Murphy-Bosh up front could get someone hurt.
Would it really make a difference if Bibby "takes his libilities to South Beach?"
Kevin Arnovitz (3:32 PM)
Tim: Can I use that?
P.R (Akron OH )
Akron Hates You
Kevin Arnovitz (3:33 PM)
Perhaps. But I'm a god in Youngstown.
Use away just make sure you spell it right.
If Bibby does go to Miami would that make their pg situation similar to their Center situation (Bullpen strategy)?
Kevin Arnovitz (3:36 PM)
Tim: I could see that. Spoelstra is a pragmatist and we all know there are nights when Bibby doesn't hurt you so bad at the 1. Maybe because you can zone up behind him against certain teams, maybe because the opposing 1 doesn't demand all that much.
JeremyB666 (Traverse City, MI)
Hey guys: If the Pistons buy out Tayshaun Prince or Richard Hamilton do you see either one making their way to South Beach? I would think Prince would make an excellent addition since he is such a great defender.
Kevin Arnovitz (3:37 PM)
Jeremy B: The Heat don't have minutes to distribute on the wings.
Lebron,Wade,Miller,Haslem ans Bosh. Thats a championship crunchtime lineup for me. Your thoughts?
Kevin Arnovitz (3:38 PM)
Melvin: That was the plan from the outset.
Keith - again (Chicago (South Side))
IMO the Miami play calling is a bit too loose! I understand that they need this because of the dynamic players on the team, but it seems to me when the games turn into half-court ball (which the Playoffs will) they tend to get stagnated! I think the solution is a post player, and even more to the point the best solution is LBJ in the post! If he worked on his post game he would be truelly unstoppable! Thoughts?
Kevin Arnovitz (3:39 PM)
Keith: He's actually making more catches down low. It's been incremental and probably not as fast as you or I would want, but he's doing more now below the foul line than he has in past seasons.
I feel like we won't see the real Heat team untill the playoffs. It seems as though they lose focus/interest after taking control of a game. Last night knicks had 16-0 runs and 9-0 run in 2nd and 4th quarters. Do you think this is true?
Kevin Arnovitz (3:41 PM)
Gregg:I tend to believe the overall trajectory for this team is upwards, despite the setbacks. The fear if you're a Heat fan is that Chicago's trajectory is even higher and that Boston stays rested and healthy.
Kevin, please tell me why the 3pt shoot out winner James Jones wasn't on the floor for the final play? Why was Bosh their, he's not going to take that shot (unless it's the All Star game).
Kevin Arnovitz (3:42 PM)
Antonio: I don't have a definitive answer for you, but Jones tends to be at his best as a standstill shooter and/or as a trailer. That last-possession scenario tends to require that a guy make a shot on the move, etc. That's my theory at least.
Keith - again (Chicago (South Side))
Agreed on that point, but he is not very comfortable down there and they don't utilize it enough. If there was someone down in the post who was an actual threat then that would open up the floor even more than LBJ/Wade on the wings, would it not?
Kevin Arnovitz (3:44 PM)
Keith: "He is not very comfortable down there and they don't utilize it enough. " Therein lies the conundrum. It's like that old Woody Allen joke. One old lady complains: "The food is so bad!" The other says, "And in such small portions!" There probably isn't enough LeBron in the Post because he's not very comfortable...but how can he be comfortable if he isn't down there?
Juan (Washington, DC)
Do the heat get a win when Chicago comes to Miami? Don't you think the Heat would of one that game if Bosh had made at 40% of his shots.
Kevin Arnovitz (3:47 PM)
40 percent would've been an additional 10 or 11 points. let's do the math.
Agree with Gregg that this team tends to lost interest after taking control of a game. Wade, for one, doesn't seem to be trying 100% on the defensive end. I think they'll pick it up in the playoffs.
Kevin Arnovitz (3:50 PM)
Alex: Wade's defensive issue is that he's a bit of a rover - which is a really nice instinct some nights, but can be treacherous (see Deng, Luol, Feb 24)
The elephant in the room for Miami is that in the half court, they simply stink offensively. How many more possessions must we witness D Wade dribbling the shot clock down to seconds before another ill-advised jump pass into row 3? And how many possessions must consist of LeBron standing idly in the corner? CUT!! Move without the basketball!! Please!!! I find myself screamin at the TV far too frequently
Kevin Arnovitz (3:52 PM)
Jay: In fairness, I think they were moving last night. They were just coughing the ball up. Simple entry passes, kickouts, bounce passes were flying all over the place. On those possessions down the stretch -- before LeBron's two solo voyages -- the Heat ran some of their best stuff of the night and Wade never stopped moving.
knicks fan (miami)
hey kevin--love the x's and o's stuff you bring to the table. i wanted to ask what about the knicks d gave miami fits last night?
Kevin Arnovitz (3:53 PM)
Knicks: They were disciplined. A lot of teams throw extra bodies at LeBron and Wade too early at the top of the floor. The Knicks waited. The switched up top, then trapped along the sideline. They were quite methodical. Honestly? I was stunned.
Kevin Arnovitz (3:54 PM)
Tom Haberstroh is going to take it from here. Thanks for all the questions!
Tom Haberstroh (3:55 PM)
I know this is a Heat Index chat, but the Knicks did play a fairly decent game last night. Is it possible that the defensive capabilities of Melo and Amare' have been greatly underestimated due to their small market dissatisfaction?
Tom Haberstroh (3:57 PM)
Cos: Heat's errors, on the whole, were self-inflicted. The Knicks did sag in the paint once shots weren't going in, but the Heat were generally turning it over without provocation.
Hey tom, honestly if the heat do get Bibby, we finally have a PG who can hit the 15 to 18 footer consistenly, but is it enough to put us over the top? I myself am not as worried about the bulls as everyone else is, on the road they are 14-13, that is not ELITE.
Tom Haberstroh (3:58 PM)
Rahul: Bibby is not a savior. Especially if he lives in the mid-range. He'll spot-up from 3 or he'll be useless to the Heat.
greg (Canada Eh)
TOm, what are the realistic chances for the heat to get bibby and troy murphy??
Tom Haberstroh (4:00 PM)
Greg: I could see both ending up in Miami but I wouldn't bet on it. Although, speaking purely in terms of roster spots, I say Bibby and Murphy > Juwan Howard and Jamaal Magloire.
jamal (queens , new york )
could bibby be the heats new tim hardaway
Tom Haberstroh (4:01 PM)
Jamal: Are we sure Tim Hardaway isn't better than Bibby right now?
Chad Hollenkamp (Cincinnati)
The Heat's offense was almost unstoppable against the Bulls and the Knicks in the 1st quarter while running. Why do they go away from this in quarter's 2-4?
Tom Haberstroh (4:02 PM)
Chad: It's all about getting stops. Turnovers are the ignition to transition (right, Mr. Frazier?).
Tom/Kevin, thanks for taking my questions. What are the chances James Jones and Eddie House make a wide-open 3-pt shot over the course of the next few weeks? Based on recent history, I'd pin the odds at about 1 in 10
Tom Haberstroh (4:05 PM)
Jay: The Heat desperately need spot-up shooters to show up against top teams. If you're looking for a source of blame these days, start looking at the 3PT column.
Would you say the Knicks 'Big Three' are just about as good overall as the Heat's 'Big Three?' Seems like it if you really think about things.
Tom Haberstroh (4:07 PM)
J.B.: I'm really thinking about things and it doesn't seem like it at all.
For the love of god why to people show up late for a game against the Knicks?
Tom Haberstroh (4:08 PM)
Sean: Traffic. Or sunny 80s on South Beach. Either one.
Why does it seem like Wade isn't playing consistent basketball like past seasons? Do you think he is still getting used to the players?
Tom Haberstroh (4:10 PM)
Bob: Remember, Wade could shoot 20 more times if he started off poorly in past years. This year, he doesn't have that luxury. With two other stars to share the ball with, it may be the touches that are inconsistent, not the results.
Billy D (Des Moines)
What happens if the HEAT simply cut Joel Anthony after the season? Are we stuck with his 3yr/$18 million deal? Or would we at least get some cap relief? Any chance Riley admits to the Anthony mistake (and the reason it will keep him from winning executive of the year)?
Tom Haberstroh (4:12 PM)
Billy D: The Heat won't cut Joel Anthony. They believe in him. He does a lot of things that don't show up in the box score (excellent pick and roll coverage, the main one) and the Heat wouldn't play him if they didn't think he didn't brought something to the table.
lebron or rose for MVP?
Tom Haberstroh (4:13 PM)
Dave: Selfish plug! http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/miamiheat/post/_/id/4755/a-closer-look-at-lebron-vs-d-rose-mvp-debate
Do you honestly think that Murphy or Bibby have anything to bring to the table for the Heat? I just can't see either one doing much of anything!
Tom Haberstroh (4:14 PM)
Zack: It's all relative. Ask yourself: Do Juwan Howard and Jamaal Magloire bring more to the table?
Looking at the stats, I'd say the Knicks 'Big Three' look pretty close and in some cases better than the Heat 'Big Three.' You may want to think just a little harder (no disrespect intended here).
Tom Haberstroh (4:18 PM)
J.B.: Like a coin, there are two sides to the basketball court.
I know this sounds simplistic, but on paper the Heat are by far the best team in the NBA. Yet, they're probably only the fifth best team in the league. If you had to give one reason for this, what would it be?
Tom Haberstroh (4:20 PM)
Ben: Good question. Can I give you four? 1) Supporting cast; 2) Injuries; 3) Unfamiliarity; 4) League banning House's celebration dance.
David (New York)
Time for another "Fan Up" campaign, what a joke last night. LeBron at the line with the game on the line at home, getting booed out of the building.
Tom Haberstroh (4:21 PM)
David: Loud "New-York-Knicks" chant after the game, too.
John (Iowa )
How many loses to decent teams until sportswriters consider that maybe there is something truly flawed here? I know everyone is afraid to admit this but perhaps having 3 stars and no supporting cast isn't the direction the league needs to go.
Tom Haberstroh (4:22 PM)
John: I have more thoughts on this coming up in an article on Heat Index. I have to run and finish that up. Thanks for the questions, all! Until next time...