Wednesday, November 17, 2010
By Kevin Arnovitz
Raul Takahashi of Hot Hot Hoops, with video aids, documents a beautiful set from the Heat's Saturday night win over Toronto: "Using two of the best athletes in the world, Lebron James starts by using a screen from Ilgauskas and drives right. Simultaneously, Haslem sets a screen for Wade who begins his journey to Lebron in the opposite direction. Lebron then hands off the ball to the full-speed Flash who leaves the defense paralyzed in the cosmic moment. As a bonus, Ilgauskas positions himself in the paint to serve as a linebacker on intruders and James Jones stands comfortably in the corner as insurance. Wade ultimately finishes the play with a thunderous dunk which undermines the beauty of the basketball ballet that just occurred."
From Elias Sports Bureau on the most dominant Big 3 of the NBA thus far: "Which NBA team has the biggest 'Big Three' in the NBA, the Heat or the Celtics? It depends on your definition, but could that team actually be the Oklahoma City Thunder? Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh have accounted for 60 percent of Miami’s scoring so far this season. That’s a higher percentage than Pierce, Garnett, and Allen have scored for Boston (55%). But Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Serge Ibaka have produced 62 percent of the Thunder’s points."
Dwyane Wade to Scott Raab of Esquire: "If I come back, in my next life I'd like to be a trust-fund baby, where my parents made a lot of money and I could just fly under the radar."
Israel Gutierrez of the Miami Herald makes the case for starting Udonis Haslem against Phoenix on Wednesday: "Start Udonis Haslem on Wednesday. Make him the big man that defends Frye and makes sure the Suns don't run up the score. Make the adjustment to go small before it's too late and you're struggling to come from behind. It's not as if it's a lineup that has not worked well together. In fact, after that embarrassing between-the-legs pass James threw to Haslem in the second game against the Sixers, those two have developed quite the healthy chemistry. Sure, that doesn't leave the Heat with much in terms of forwards on the bench, but when the Suns go to their bench, they get a tad more conventional, with Hakim Warrick, a big man who actually does his work in the paint. That leaves the Heat open to coming back with one of its true big men."
How will the Heat and Lakers each deal with the pressure and scrutiny of the national microscope? Brian Windhorst responds: "They have attempted to take a guarded approach to the media and present a united front, even when it hasn't been the reality behind the scenes. None of the issues they are battling -- matchup problems, lineup changes and on-court chemistry -- are surprising at all for a team that has undergone as much change as they have. But the Heat default to a defensive posture as they go through their struggles and that is a direct result of feeling those expectations."