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I think a zone defense will be useful against Miami again now that they have gone back to Udonis Haslem as a starter instead of Battier. Haslem's jump-shooting has been dreadful this year. He is not even making one jumper a night. Providing Miami with no floor spacing. Effectively Joel Anthony offensively. With that bigger lineup (Haslem, C.Andersen or J.Anthony + Bosh) and two slashers in LeBron + Wade on the wing, it is difficult for Miami to get enough three point shot making on the floor to beat the zone.
One trend in games where the Celtics beat the Heat is Wade generally has a poor offensive game, making a low percentage of shots from the field while getting to the line fewer times than usual.
Quote from: LooseCannon on February 07, 2013, 12:05:21 PMOne trend in games where the Celtics beat the Heat is Wade generally has a poor offensive game, making a low percentage of shots from the field while getting to the line fewer times than usual.Yeah, I think stopping Wade is key to beating Miami. I am happy enough to let LeBron do his thing and live with whatever damage he creates.Miami doesn't utilize Bosh well offensively and their role players are mostly limited creators. So if Wade doesn't have it going, they often become too one-dimensional (LeBron) offensively and vulnerable.
Quote from: Roy H. on February 07, 2013, 08:05:09 AMKneecap Lebron?Pretty much.The only way to beat Miami is for LeBron to be hurt. The guy is at the peak of his powers and if he is playing at 100% then only OKC has a chance b/c they have a similar talent.Just think how wide open the East would be if LeBron was somehow unable to play in the playoffs.
I think have good talented big men and try to force the Heat away from small ball. The Heat is loaded in terms of swing stoppers.I think they are much more limited in trying to stop low post threats.