Amazing how just having that presence inside changes things. Joel challenged 2 shots inside and both missed.
:lol:Joel needs to get back in the rotation.
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We agree DZ.Hold your horses, it's not like Joel is really "big ball".
His Defensive presence is definitely welcomed but I don't see him as an example of "big ball".
With that said, I do think that having him in the rotation is a good thing, even if he doesn't start.
Very good point. If one of Wade or Bron were a shooter like Kobe or Durant, Joel would most likely start. Same thing is Bosh was a beast in the low post offensively with a power back to the basket game.We agree DZ.
With Joel in the rotation we had one of the fastest and most versatile defenses in the NBA in years. Steve Kerr (who is usually our biggest critic) was saying we played faster and better than the old Bulls teams with Scottie and Michael.
Joel is the scapegoat for a lot of the deficiencies in Wade and LeBron. Their weak outside shooting forces us to go smaller and spread the floor to compensate. Otherwise teams will just Dallas us and pack the paint and dare them to shoot.
LOL, Smitty. You've bought into the national narrative. Peep this:From last night;
I still stand by the Heat will eventually realize this small ball stuff won't work. We don't defend this year.
It worked last year because the Celtics were fatigued and the Thunder didn't have a 4 who would attacked our small man.
Small ball and "positions" have existed for a long time for a reason. Spoelstra is trying to reinvent the wheel and he's getting shown his place by the basketball gods.
The player he goes on to blame is Ray. It's not about "small-ball." Shane and Chris are holding their own. Our guards are just playing like sieves right now. Cole is the only one that can defend anyone, but everything else he does is diarrhea.2. Don't blame the starting lineup.
Shane Battier is a commonly used scapegoat. He's the undersized 33-year-old who is now starting against power forwards like Zach Randolph, Blake Griffin and Josh Smith. Obviously that's a losing battle, right?
Wrong. The dirty little secret is that the Heat's starting lineup has been terrific defensively. According to NBA.com/stats, the starting lineup of Wade, James, Battier, Mario Chalmers and Chris Bosh has held opponents to 94.0 points per 100 possessions in 104 minutes of playing time. For reference, the Knicks lead the NBA in defensive efficiency at 93.6 points per 100 possessions. Moreover, as Couper Moorhead of HEAT.com pointed out recently, Battier has been scored on once in the 11 post-ups that he has defended.
The starting lineup has not been the problem. If we're going to diagnose the ills of the Heat's defense so far, you have to look at the bench. More specifically, you have to look at a certain Heat newcomer.