Miami Heat Index: Brooklyn Nets

3-on-3 preview: Heat at Nets

January, 30, 2013
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Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty ImagesAfter their White House trip, LeBron and the Heat head north to Brooklyn to face Joe Johnson's Nets.
In another installment of the Heat Index's 3-on-3 series, our writers give their takes on the storylines before the Heat face the Nets on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET, ESPN).


1. Fact or Fiction: Chris Bosh deserved an East All-Star spot.


Tom Haberstroh: Fact. He's shooting 54.3 percent this season despite taking jumpers more than ever. His per-game numbers (17.2 points, 7.5 rebounds) don't scream All-Star, but that's mostly because his minutes are down. Sure, the rebounds could be higher, but funny thing: You don't hear complaints about Kevin Garnett's 7.3 rebounds per game, and he's starting for the East.

Michael Wallace: Fact. While Bosh's scoring and rebounds are down this season, he's on pace to shoot the highest field goal percentage of his career. His rebounding totals should be much better, but league coaches are smart enough to know he's the biggest victim of a talented, top-heavy roster in Miami.

Brian Windhorst: Fact. I've seen where people have said Brook Lopez should've made it over Bosh, but they were not in competition. Bosh is a sure-fire All-Star. His play has been uneven, but there are few players in the league like him, and he's having the best shooting season of his career. Lopez's quibble should be that two Bulls (Luol Deng and Joakim Noah) made it.


2. Fact or Fiction: Mario Chalmers is a top-10 point guard.


Haberstroh: Fiction. But Chalmers probably has a top-10 confidence level regardless of position. He probably isn't where he is today without thinking that he's better than he is. Confidence can go a long way in a sport marked by failure. But let's be serious: He might not even be a top-10 point guard in the East; he's 25th among East point guards in Estimated Wins Added.

Wallace: Fiction. Let me say it again: absolute fiction. But supreme confidence is what makes Mario the player and person he is. I can quickly name five backup point guards in the league who are better: Kyle Lowry, Jarrett Jack, J.J. Barea, Eric Bledsoe and Andre Miller. And I probably could keep going.

Windhorst: Fact ... in his own mind. This is Chalmers' greatest attribute, his confidence. Without it, he couldn't take constant abuse from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade and still be able to hit clutch shots. Of course he isn't in reality, but Mario is unburdened by such things.



3. Fact or Fiction: Deron Williams is a top-five point guard.


Haberstroh: Fact, if we only go by healthy point guards. Derrick Rose, Chris Paul, Stephen Curry and Rajon Rondo rank higher on my if-healthy list, along with Kyrie Irving, Tony Parker and Russell Westbrook. And you can probably throw Jrue Holiday in there, too. I'll say Williams sneaks in ahead of Damian Lillard and Mike Conley thanks to his strong play of late.

Wallace: Fact. Yes, he's having a down season, but the product of his entire career so far makes this an easy pick. If the list starts with Paul, Rondo and Westbrook, then Williams would slot into one of the next two spots along with Derrick Rose. But Irving, Holiday and Curry are nipping at the heels of that group.

Windhorst: Fiction. And I'm invested in "fact," too, because for years I argued I'd rather have him than Paul because of Williams' size. Then again, I also bet a friend once Ryan Leaf would have a better career than Peyton Manning. Williams actually has had a great month, but in the past three seasons, he has gone downhill offensively while Paul, Westbrook, Rose, Rondo and Parker have taken off.

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