Chat about the Miami Heat
Welcome to SportsNation! On Monday, we will dip into the world of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the rest of the Miami Heat, as our gang from the "Heat Index" stop by to chat.
Brian Windhorst, Mike Wallace, Tom Haberstroh and Kevin Arnovitz all contribute to ESPN.com's home for everything Miami Heat. The Heat Index is a part of the TrueHoop blog network.
Send your questions now and join the chat Monday at 3 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (3:28 PM)
Hang on everyone. Looks like our Heat Index guys must have gotten tied up traveling back from the all-star game. Sorry about that. We'll have to reschedule.
Buzzmaster (3:35 PM)
Hold on! Tom is hopping in right now.
Tom Haberstroh (3:37 PM)
Hey all! Sorry for the delay... let's get right to it...
Ahmad Peekskill,NY [via mobile]
Do u see the heat making any moves before the trade deadline?
Tom Haberstroh (3:38 PM)
Ahmad: As much as the Heat may like to find upgrades at point guard or cetner, they just don't have the pieces to make a deal. Mario Chalmers and Dexter Pittman are marginal assets at the moment.
Tyler (New Hampshire)
Now I'm not a Heat fan, but I respect that they are very good and talented. But I just don't see them winning a championship with just 3 people, I don't see any depth on this team that will help them come playoff time. I don't even see them getting into the Eastern Conference finals
Tom Haberstroh (3:40 PM)
Tyler: They will need more from their supporting cast but we also haven't seen Udonis Haslem and Mike Miller at full strength yet. And we may never see that this season.
Matthew (Los Angeles,CA [via mobile]
Is James Jones going to benefit from the 3 point contest?
Tom Haberstroh (3:41 PM)
Matthew: More people will appreciate his treyball talents but I don't suspect he'll benefit from more eyeballs and/or confidence. He knows how good he is at drilling 3-pointers.
Chauncee Billups (Denver, NY, NJ, Mia?)
Is it possible I end up with the Heat? Will NYK let me leave like I want to if this drama ends with me in NY?
Tom Haberstroh (3:43 PM)
Chauncey: You gotta learn how to spell your own name. If this is really you (it isn't).
Do you think the Heat will be the number seed in the East?
Tom Haberstroh (3:47 PM)
Eduardo: As long as the LeBron/Wade/Bosh are playing, I don't see Boston holding off the Heat for No. 1 in East.
The heat have to get the 1 seed for a chance to the finals??? right?
Tom Haberstroh (3:50 PM)
Justin: Heat don't enjoy the huge home court advantage that other teams might and they're an excellent road team. In a word, no.
Do you think people still feel the need to bash LeBron for his decision?
Tom Haberstroh (3:51 PM)
B-rad: I've maintained that people don't have a problem with the decision as much as the way he did it. As that event fades, so too will that response.
LeBron should have got the MVP yesterday. He was the best player on the court by far.
Tom Haberstroh (3:52 PM)
Jake: Game MVP check list: 1) Which team won? 2) Who played best on that team?
Which team (other than the Celtics) will give the Heat the most problems in a playoff series?
Tom Haberstroh (3:54 PM)
Jon: Chicago. That defense has a chance to be special with Joakim Noah back in the fold. It's already the best in the league...
Jon (Murfreesboro, TN)
The Heat and the Celtics are obvious favorites in the east, but should they both be concerned with the Bulls sneaking up on them?
Tom Haberstroh (3:55 PM)
Jon: Yes. Thursday should be a great test for the Heat. LeBron and Noah (likely) will be back.
when did joakim noah become the next michael jordan?We're talking about a guy who's ceiling is Udonis Haslem as the guy that's gonna take the heat down.i'd take udonis any day over joakim
Tom Haberstroh (4:00 PM)
A better defender than Haslem. Growing offensive game.
Do you think LeBron's gonna get MVP? He deserves it, but will the media vote for him after what they did to his image in the summer?
Tom Haberstroh (4:02 PM)
JP: Derrick Rose is the favorite right now, I believe. I'll talk more about this later in the week, but Brian Windhorst wrote a great piece about the voter dilemma this year: http://es.pn/dOMGxt
Please stop answering ridiculous Haslem>Noah questions/assertions. Your pieces on Heat Index are GREAT. Was hoping chat would be more then "shouldn't Bron win MVP?" questions.
Tom Haberstroh (4:05 PM)
Ryan: Just answering the questions in the queue. Basketball-wise, LeBron is the most valuable player in the NBA, regardless who his teammates may be.
Have we seen some improvement in the Heat's play in the 4th quarter?
Tom Haberstroh (4:07 PM)
Cindy: Yes. The Big Three aren't afraid to make the pass when teams double-up and feed their open teammates. When the supporting cast hit those shots (Detroit, Oklahoma City, etc), it did wonders to build that trust. But don't expect LeBron, Wade or Bosh to become too unselfish. Not in their DNA.
fred (toronto ontario)
it seems that miamis biggest problem down the stretch is psycological, do you agree?
Tom Haberstroh (4:08 PM)
Fred: Not qualified to know what's going on upstairs.
Can you please shed some light on how much cap flexibility the Heat will have in the next few years? I know the new CBA is a question mark, but do you think they will be able to add the necessary complementary players to create a true dynasty?
Tom Haberstroh (4:10 PM)
Josh: You said it. The new CBA is a string of question marks. If the mid-level exception is maintained in some form (and there's reason to believe it won't), they should be able to build around the core with Mike Miller, Udonis Haslem types. But they may be forced, flexibility-wise, to gamble on some rehab projects a la Greg Oden.
How come when derrick rose scores 42 points its world news and he's the mvp yet when lebron scores 41 with 13 rebounds and 8 assists we act like he's supposed to do that?
Tom Haberstroh (4:12 PM)
LeBron has been there before dozens of times. Derrick Rose hadn't.
Miami's biggest problem is their lack of interior defense and overall toughness in the frontcourt.
Tom Haberstroh (4:14 PM)
Derek: Best basket protecting team in the NBA, in terms of FG% around the rim. Not a fatal flaw in my opinion.
Is miami's biggest issue right now turnovers? Wade and LeBron are both turning it over at a higher rate than previous years. And the fact that they have to play Chalmers doesn't help...
Tom Haberstroh (4:18 PM)
Jon: You know, that second quarter against Boston was some terrible basketball and not enough has been said about it. A litany of careless passes, pushing things that weren't there. I do wonder if LeBron will ever cut down on his transition turnovers this season. But you may have to stomach all the charges, just so he doesn't lose his velocity.
Assuming the mid-level exception is still in the new CBA, who would the Heat ideally sign with it?
Tom Haberstroh (4:19 PM)
JP: Nene. If he wants to take a pay cut for a chance at the title.
I know +/- is not an end all be all stat, but Lebron has the highest individual /- in the league. Shouldn't that be a strong indicator to show how valuable a guy is to his team?
Tom Haberstroh (4:23 PM)
Steve: It's one of the many metrics in his favor. Highest PER (26.6) as well. I wouldn't glean too much from plus-minus alone but he's making it harder and harder to find ways to discredit his case for MVP.
I believe NBA teams have better defensive metrics than we are privy to, even though you often hear that defensive analysis is the shortcoming of metrics. Do you know anything about this that we don't know!?
Tom Haberstroh (4:27 PM)
Josh: The key to defensive metrics is charting. Teams have the personnel to dedicate multiple people to dissecting defense. Synergy Sports Technology, an analytics/video warehouse, sheds light on pick-and-roll defense, zone defense, and other aspects you can't find in the box score. Teams (I know the Heat do this) use Synergy along with their own proprietary analysis to improve their defensive knowledge.
Ia Mike Miller as good a rebounder as he appears to be? His shot might not be falling, but his board work has been invaluable when he's played.
Tom Haberstroh (4:29 PM)
Jon: This is still amazing to me, but Mike Miller has a better defensive rebound rate than every single one of the Heat centers. He'll regress a bit but it won't be because of effort. The guy goes all-out.
Why is Chris Bosh scared of the rim? Albiet at a high percentage, he's taking an incredible amount of 20 footers for a guy his size.
Tom Haberstroh (4:33 PM)
Flo: It's a topic I tackled in my column today (http://es.pn/hx6iUH). Part of it is due to his role in the offense (elbow facilitator) and part of it is due to with his nearly automatic J. But a tall shooter isn't anything new in this league.
Nick (new york)
When do you think the Heat are going to make their next major move? Do you think there role players as of now will be suitable for the long term or do they need to think trade?
Tom Haberstroh (4:35 PM)
Nick: They can't do anything until the off-season because they have nothing outside of the Big 3 that teams covet. I like Miller and Haslem as complementary pieces, but they should go hard after a rebounding/defensive center (if new CBA allows them).
Otis Smith (Disneyworld)
Will Pat Riley win Executive of the Year?
Tom Haberstroh (4:40 PM)
Otis: Riley deserves it based on engineering the impossible (3 max players on the same team). Although, Exec of the year typically goes to the team that snuck up on the media. Keep an eye on RC Buford of the Spurs.
Tom Haberstroh (4:40 PM)
Alright, folks. I gotta run. Thanks for stopping by! Until next time...
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