Originally Posted by Homer Bailey
Cleveland had Mo Williams taking big shots when LBJ was double-teamed. Wade, Bosh, and Mike Miller will be taking those shots this year. It's a very different team than that Cleveland team.
I agree that Mike Miller is going to be a nice option when he gets into the lineup. But I also agree with Flyer that the Cavs were content to spread out and give LeBron the room to operate. The Heat are going to have to be willing to do that to be successful. Bosh, Wade and LeBron were getting in the way of one another last night. I don't suspect they will do that all year, but they have to be able to figure out how to work well together.
I honestly don't think the Heat could have played worst, at least not in that first half. And they were trailing by 3 with a minute to play. Lebron had 8 turnovers, Wade had 6.... and they almost won! Bosh was probably the worst player on the floor last night as well.
I think the Heat are going to be somewhat similar to our Reds. The average to mediocre teams have NO SHOT against this team. However, these guys may struggle a bit with the Lakers/Celtics, and maybe even the Spurs/Thunder/Magic, but there's just no way teams like Golden State, Sacramento, Chicago, etc. can stay on the floor with them. Celtics are the most defensively sound team in the NBA, and they couldn't stay in front of them once they got hot. That's my opinion.
I don't expect them to win the title this year. The Lakers matchup too well with them. However, if someone else somehow comes out of the West, they may have a shot.
They played poorly, but they also trailed almost from start to finish. So while they did make a run to get close, there were very few moments the entire game they looked like they could win. I do agree because of the talent, there will be games they look like world-beaters. And they're a shoe-in for 60 wins.
All I'm saying though is that these issues are ones that are a big deal in the postseason. And for me, it's the postseason that separates the contenders from the pretenders. The big three might be good enough to carry them through the playoffs. I won't discount the possibility. I just think the probability is that will be a little too much to ask given their lack of interior presence and having so few quality options off the bench.