Posts Tagged ‘Erik Spoestra’

‘Big 7′ lead Heat, in chase for 2nd NBA Title

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Hopefully, Raptors fans who doubted Chris Bosh’s ability and willingness to play the Center position for a high end team in the NBA have been paying close attention, now that Udonis Haslem [PF] and Mike Miller [SF] have resumed their rightful places in the regular rotation of the Miami Heat:

STARTERS
PG, Mike Bibby
OG, Dwyane Wade
SF, LeBron James
PF, Udonis Haslem
C, Chris Bosh

KEY SUBS
PG, Mario Chalmers
OG, James Jones
SF, Mike Miller
PF, Joel Anthony
C, Zydrunas Ilgauskas

RESERVES
OG-PG, Eddie House
PF-C, Juwon Howard

EXTRAS/OUTS
PF-C, Dexter Pittman
C, Jamaal Magloire
C, Erick Dampier

When Coach Spoelstra uses their personnel like he did in Game 2 and 3 against Chicago [i.e. with all hands now on-deck], then:

* Chris Bosh has the opportunity to play the game in a way which best reflects his true nature, as a person and a player, at the Center position, where he can effectively take advantage of [I] his relative quickness [i.e. offensively, defensively, and in terms of rebounding] and [II] his psycho-emotional stability, on a consistent basis … without having to be a dominant scorer, each and every night, which is actually incongruent with his personality/character;

and,

* Miami becomes a truly formidable contender to win this year’s League Championship, led by their “Big 7″:

i. Micky Arison [Owner];

ii. Pat Riley [GM];

iii. Erik Spoelstra [Head Coach];

iv. Udonis Haslem [Foundation Player #1];

v. Dwyane Wade [Foundation Player #2];

vi. Chris Bosh [Foundation Player #3];

and,

vii. LeBron James [Foundation Player #4].

How the Heat will need to adjust their Individual Match-ups, in order to beat the Bulls

Monday, May 16th, 2011

In last night’s Game 1, the Chicago Bulls dismantled the Miami Heat in the second half of the 3rd quarter and the entire 4th quarter.

Final Score:
Miami 82, Chicago 103
Box Score, Game 1

This is how the Heat chose to set their Individual Match-ups:

MIAMI HEATCHICAGO BULLS
PosMPPtsPlayerADVPlayerPtsMPPos
STARTERS
PG22+4Bibby-->Rose2838PG
OG3918Wade<--Bogans315OG
SF4115James<--Deng2144+SF
PF36+30Bosh<--Boozer1425+PF
C30+0Anthony-->Noah935+C
KEY SUBS
PG22+9Chalmers=Watson39+PG
OG244Jones=Korver316+OG
SF30Miller<--Brewer819SF
PF40Haslem=Gibson923PF
C102Magloire=Asik511C
RESERVES
OG22House=Butler0DNP-CDOG/SF
PF/C22Howard=Thomas0DNP-CDPF/C
EXTRAS/OUTS
PF/CDNP-IPittmanLucasDNP-IPG
CDNP-IDampierPargoDNP-IG
CDNP-IIlgauskasScalabrineDNP-IPF/C

What SHOULD have been a ‘slight Advantage‘ situation for the Heat actually played out as a ‘decided Disadvantage‘ situation when Miami chose to not use all of the resources at their disposal properly, by giving very little playing time to:

Mike Miller [MP/3]
Udonis Haslem [MP/4]
Eddie House [MP/2], and
Zydrunas Ilgauskas [DNP-I],

while giving significant amounts of PT to:

Mike Bibby [MP/22+]
Mario Chalmers [22+], and
Jamal Magloire [MP/10].

If the Heat persist with the type of rotation they used in Game for the balance of this series, then, unfortunately, their solid run in the post-season will soon come to an abrupt halt.

If, however, Miami decides to adjust their Individual Match-ups for the balance of this series … or, at least, until Chicago is forced to respond in-kind:

MIAMI HEATCHICAGO BULLS
PosMPPtsPlayerADVPlayerPtsMPPos
STARTERS
PG38?Wade=Rose2838PG
OG15?House=Bogans315OG
SF44+?James<--Deng2144+SF
PF36+?Bosh<--Boozer1425+PF
C25+?Anthony-->Noah935+C
KEY SUBS
PG9+?Chalmers<--Watson39+PG
OG16+?Jones=Korver316+OG
SF19?Miller<--Brewer819SF
PF23?Haslem=Gibson923PF
C10+?Ilgauskas=Asik511C
RESERVES
PGDNP-CD?Bibby=ButlerDNP-CD0OG/SF
PF/CDNP-CD?Howard=ThomasDNP-CD0PF/C
EXTRAS/OUTS
PF/CDNP-IPittmanLucasDNP-IPG
CDNP-IMagloirePargoDNP-IG
CDNP-IDampierScalabrineDNP-IPF/C

then, the Heat will significantly improve their chances of winning this series in 6 games.

Key player personnel decisions like these are where head coaches actually earn their money in the playoffs, or not.