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!
Tom Haberstroh (3:01 PM)
Greetings, folks. Just decided to not shave the beard I've got going which makes me think that I'm subconsciously growing a playoff beard for my first NBA playoffs coverage experience. Yay or nay? Let's dive into your questions this week...
Ahmad(peekskill,NY) [via mobile]
Is it possible that Pat Riley would consider making a coaching change next season if Spo doesn't get the team to the finals this year atleast?
Tom Haberstroh (3:03 PM)
Unless the Heat get swept in the first round, I doubt Pat Riley would consider axing his own protege. This is not a one year project.
kacey bridgeport ct [via mobile]
Do you think the heat could win it all
Tom Haberstroh (3:04 PM)
Yes. I picked them to start the year and I still think it's possible they win it. Like all teams, they need a ton of luck just to get there.
When the Big 3 formed I thought they would at least win 1 ring but I didn't have them winning this year. How the other teammates are performing and a new CBA I don't know if they can even get 1 ring because how will they improve. The only people they gonna be able to sign are minimum contracts and usually that's d-leaguers or veterans out of their prime so they might be in this predicament every year. What do you think?
Tom Haberstroh (3:07 PM)
What do I think? I think it's too early to speculate on the new CBA, and budget constraints within it. Look, the Heat need to make upgrades on the roster (particularly at PG and C) but as we've seen with LeBron, Bosh, Wade, Bibby, Miller, Haslem and Dampier, players will take less many to be a part of this organization (/South Beach). Ultimately, it will come down to each free agent and whether he is willing to take a paycut to join the team. I know Nene would be a perfect fit for the club but would you play for 30 cents on the dollar?
ken (Cleveland Ohio ) [via mobile]
Why should LBJ be getting any MVP consideration? Since he is now playing with the"most talented team he's been on" shouldn't he have to lead his team to atleast the 61 win mark when he won his MVP with the Cavs. He has never won the MVP with this many losses and this award always seems to account for more then just the current season.
Tom Haberstroh (3:10 PM)
Why: because he's the best in the game and scenery does not change that.
Isn't D-Rose winning March POM the perfect metaphor for his inevitable winning of this season's MVP? I mean, D12 put up unreal numbers (22 15 3, I think) and LeBron was out of his mind in March (58% from the floor) while D-Rose had perhaps his sloppiest month of the season (poor shooting, turnovers) and wins POM while his TEAM performed at a very high level.
Tom Haberstroh (3:15 PM)
You know, Chris, I've tried. I've tried to figure out a logical reason why Rose -- and not D12 -- won the March Player of the Month award. Rose: 25.6 PPG, 8.1, sub-30 percent from downtown. Howard: 22 PPG, 16 RPB, 3.2 BPG, 1.7 SPG. This is a purely individual award, unlike MVP, so I'm a little confused. Anyone have an answer for me?
Krish (Ann Arbor)
Which of the big three will be most valuable come round 2 and beyond?
Tom Haberstroh (3:17 PM)
Chris Bosh. The Heat are dealing with the possibility that they will be without Udonis Haslem. That stretches the Heat thin. Not to mention it would be his first Round 2 of his career. Put another way: Juwan Howard, 38, may play meaningful minutes in the playoffs.
I was reading Michael Wallace's insightful "Heat Check" the other day when he listed the 5 members of the Heat most likely to come back next year (other than the Big 3). Not on that list was Mike Miller. Would the Heat really give up on him after one year? I know he's underperformed but I think once he gets the thumb healthy he could really help this team
Tom Haberstroh (3:20 PM)
It's tough to say, but of all the Heat players on the roster long-term, I'd say he has the highest chance of being moved. But that's not saying much. He doesn't have strong Miami ties like Udonis, JJ or Dwyane and I think someone could get him at a discount (value-wise) considering his his off year.
Isn't it very possible that Lebron cares more about stats (and fame) than actually winning. Don't be surprised in 30 years when we look back at Lebron, and think he wasted his talent.
Tom Haberstroh (3:22 PM)
Really? If that were the case, then Miami (with two other ball-dominant stars and tiny sports market) would be the last place he'd go.
Anthony (Tucson, AZ)
Are we going to beat Boston on Sunday?
Tom Haberstroh (3:25 PM)
If by "we" you mean the Heat, yes, I think the Heat win this one. Could go either way but the two teams are on different slopes of a curve right now.
Why are you Le'Bron fans so mad at him losing a Player of the Month award. smh you guys are pathetic to even care about that..
Tom Haberstroh (3:25 PM)
Bill, read it again. I said Dwight Howard was snubbed. smh
Tom Haberstroh (3:28 PM)
He and Dwyane Wade are absolutely bullying the rim these days. It's a wonder it took this long. No one in this league outside Dwight Howard can consistently keep them away from the basket. It's a question of effort.
Corey Berman (Miami)
Do you think the Heat should feed the ball in the post more to joel anthony?
Tom Haberstroh (3:29 PM)
No. Exhibit A: http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/miamiheat/post/_/id/1420/how-joel-anthony-trended-on-twitter
I feel like you get asked the same questions every week, its exhausting even for me and I'm not the one being asked the questions. Anyway, are Bibby's defensive woes a lack of athleticism/length/quickness or more of a fault in effort? Does he have the capacity to improve his D by any stretch?
Tom Haberstroh (3:31 PM)
No, not at his age. He has the lateral agility of a train.
Eric Dampier (Miami)
I had an awesome game last night. Double-double anyone? Yeah! Do you think it was a fluke or will I be of any significant use in the post season?
Tom Haberstroh (3:34 PM)
Leaning towards fluke. Although I won't be surprised if he regains some rebounding ability from last year. Remember, this the same guy (a year older, yes) that tallied 11.3 boards every 36 minutes last season. This year? 7.9 boards, or about the same as Mike Miller.
d rose (chicago)
b/c all i do is win gamesand how many games has howard and james took over in the fourth qtr. cus i'v taken over a lot of them
Tom Haberstroh (3:35 PM)
There are three other quarters in a basketball game.
Are you saying we won't see LeBron play major stretches at the 4 if Haslem is out? That small line-up with LBJ at the 4 has worked pretty well recently.
Tom Haberstroh (3:38 PM)
I agree, that's something they'll go to but they'll need to pick their spots if they want to keep LeBron fresh. Sure, starting Roy Halladay every third day would be great, but there's an exhaustion factor here as well.
Why does Chalmers get so much disrespect? He is a decent defender, ballhandler, passer, and 3 point shooter and is still very young and benefiting a lot from playing w/ the Big 3
Tom Haberstroh (3:40 PM)
That's a very generous scouting report, especially with regards to his ballhandling and passing skills. Also, name me someone who wouldn't benefit a lot from playing with the Big 3.
Only way Heat can upgrade over the next few years is to part with one of Wade/Bosh/Bron....no one wants Miller, Halem or Anthony...
Tom Haberstroh (3:42 PM)
If there's some form of a mid-level exception in the next CBA, then the Heat will use that to sign an FA. Otherwise, you're right, they don't have much wiggle room.
Will Udonis Haslem be back before the playoffs?
Tom Haberstroh (3:42 PM)
My take? Doubtful. That he's not willing to give a timetable should be a red flag.
Tom you going to cry before the chat ends or after?
Tom Haberstroh (3:45 PM)
Nice one. In related news, still haven't received a rationale on Rose-March vote.
Anthony (Tucson, AZ)
Everyone keeps saying the Heat need a PG & C. Which do you think the Heat need more?
Tom Haberstroh (3:46 PM)
C. LeBron and Wade can't help there.
jamal (queens new york )
why would the heat start bibby knowing they will have to play against a lot of good point guards in the playoffs
Tom Haberstroh (3:48 PM)
Because they think that LeBron and Wade can cover them down the stretch, which isn't out of reason. Spoelstra loves what Bibby brings to the offense (and so do I) but they will try to hide him like an regretful tattoo.
MVP has always been as much about picking the player who captures the zeitgeist as it's been about choosing the best player. The world saw the trainwreck last summer, and 80% of us were repulsed by what we saw. Right or wrong, Rose is perceived as kind of the opposite of LeBron-a superstar doing it the "right" way. Also, he's been really really good. March POM is still indefensible though.
Tom Haberstroh (3:51 PM)
I guess that's what you get when you put the media at the wheel.
What is the most encouraging thing a Heat fan should take away from how the team is playing right now?
Tom Haberstroh (3:53 PM)
How they're mercilessly attacking the rim. A sure-fire sign that they're not coasting.
Enjoyed the article on the Heat's first round matchup...feels good to finally be able to meaningfully discuss the playoffs. Would NY or philly pose a bigger threat to the Heat?
Tom Haberstroh (3:56 PM)
Philly. That's a team that plays on both ends of the floor and doesn't have all its eggs in three baskets. Although Lou Williams' injury does set the Sixers back considerably. Last I checked he's done for the regular season and "hoping" to be healthy for the playoffs. Not a good sign for Philly fans.
Who would win a 2-on-2 game between you/Wallace vs. Arnovitz/Windhorst?
Tom Haberstroh (4:01 PM)
Much respect to Kevin and Brian, but I've played with Mike a couple months ago and he's like Chuck Hayes out there. Can't move him, great ball IQ and athleticism.
do you think Mia would be a good team w/o lebron? i mean, i've been watching games, they are close to terrible when he's not on the floor
Tom Haberstroh (4:07 PM)
Good observation. In fact, the Heat have been a losing team with LeBron on the bench this season. Conversely, the Heat have been able to sustain a positive point differential when Bosh or Wade sit. Wade and Bosh do so many big things for this team but LeBron does/handles even more.
Tom Haberstroh (4:09 PM)
Alright, folks. I gotta run. Thanks for the great questions. I'm sure we'll have a lot to talk about this time next week after the Celtics come to town. Cheers.