November, 8, 2010
By Kevin Arnovitz
- Chris Bosh's struggles, even in light of a better performance on Saturday night, continue to be a prominent theme in HeatWorld. When most athletes are confronted with their failings, their public responses generally reside somewhere between "I'm working through it" to "The only numbers that count are the Ws." Bosh has been unusually confessional in both language and tone.
- Wayne Winston places the Heat atop his November 6 power rankings and notes, "The Heat are 16 points better than average on defense."
- Devin Kharpertian of Nets Are Scorching on the Heat's win over New Jersey on Saturday night: "[T]he Nets shot 11-21 (52.7%) at the rim, exactly Miami’s opponent average thus far this year. The Heat? 14-17 at the rim (82.7%), and every shot at the rim was from one of the big 3."
- In case you missed the theatrics, here's one of those 14 field goals from Saturday.
- The Heat's second-most featured 5-man unit? Eddie House, James Jones, LeBron James, Udonis Haslem and Zydrunas Ilgauskas. In 38 minutes, they've outscored the opposition 85-72 and dominated the glass.
- Most contenders make adjustments over the course of the season, but it's pretty rare to switch flagship radio stations seven games into the NBA schedule. That's what the Heat did before the Nets game, after a dispute with Clear Channel Communications.
- Miami's interior defense makes Basketbawful's "Worst of the Weekend": "Okay, first of all, you know Miami's gaping hole at center? Have you ever heard the phrase "it's like throwing a hotdog down a hallway?" If not, now you have. And it fits the Heat. To wit: Emeka Okafor had one of the best games of his pro career, going off for 26 points (on 12-for-13 shooting!!) and 13 rebounds against the cardboard cutouts Pat Riley's team is standing up under his team's basket these days."
- Harlan Schrieber of Hoops Analyst: "As for the Heat, they have the best point differential in the East (+13.1), despite the fact that they have only the fourth best record in conference"
- LeBron James: A very unhappy Cowboys fan.