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Charting the Heat: Five ugly trends

4/2/2012

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade AP Photo/Elise Amendola

Things aren't looking up for Dwyane Wade and LeBron James recently and we'll show you why.

After the Heat lost another big game on the road in front of a national audience, it's time to bust out the stethoscope and diagnose what's wrong with the Heat. Here are five charts that tell the story. (Geek note: lines are presented as trailing 10-game averages.)

1. LeBron James isn't relentlessly attacking the basket

Remember when LeBron was punishing the basket earlier in the season? Not anymore.

LeBron James' Basket Attacks Average(personal fouls drawn + shots at rim) Powered by Tableau

2. Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers' shooting has fallen off a cliff

Can't stress enough: Miami's point guard production has plummeted from All-NBA to the NBA's basement.

Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole's Shooting(field goal percentage) Powered by Tableau

3. Dwyane Wade's tendency to settle in losses

Noticed Wade has suddenly fallen in love with his jump shot? It's a symptom of stagnant offense.

Dwyane Wade's Perimeter Shooting(Shots outside 16 feet per game) Powered by Tableau

4. The Heat's dramatic drop-off in tempo

Tired or not, Miami has abandoned the high-paced attack as the condensed season has rolled along.

Heat's Pace(possessions per 48 minutes) Powered by Tableau

5. Chris Bosh's rebounding pales compared to his peers

Once one of the top rebounders at his position, Bosh now trails the competition on the boards.

Chris Bosh's Rebounding Rate(Compared to average PF (30+mins per game) Powered by Tableau

Statistical support for this story from NBA.com.