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Food for Thought: Miami Heat vs Big Centers

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Since the 2010 off-season, the Heat have been smaller than most of their top level opponents. They've managed to overcome that size disadvantage more often than not, to the tune of two championships in the last 3 seasons. I do not doubt that they will find ways to overcome this season as well.

That being said, after watching the Heat vs the Bulls, Pacers, Nets and Pistons, it is clear there is still work to be done. As a fan, I know when I am seeing this team play right into an opponent's hands. And I know when I am seeing them take an opponent's tendencies and using it against them.

Any team with a defensive-minded center poses a threat to the Heat... but that center also creates opportunities. If the center is obsessed with challenging every layup or dunk attempt at the rim, the Heat have a golden opportunity for an easy bucket. Every single time that center rushes to block a shot, the guy he is defending just has to follow right behind him, stop on the opposite side of the rim and be ready to receive a pass or grab an offensive rebound. If Chris Bosh, Chris Andersen, or whomever the opposing center was guarding would do that every time, then the Heat will get easy looks at the basket or a trip to the foul line over and over. Its not rocket science. It should be right in the back of their mind to do that. Especially when the Heat are facing shot blocking centers who are itching to block Dwyane Wade or LeBron James.

Here's an example

I thought this was basketball 101 type stuff that I am talking about right here... but it apparently isn't, since it is not very often that we see this type of play from the Heat. It is there all the time. Take advantage of it every chance you can. Stop sitting 18 feet away from the hoop when you can follow your defender right to the bucket. These opposing centers aren't even thinking about our 4s and 5s. That'll change when our 4s and 5s dunk a few times or get easy layups because those opponents are so obsessed with trying to block shots.

Now, I am not claiming this is a total solution to all the Heat's problems. But for this specific issue... it is a useful and viable tool. It may open up different scoring opportunities once that center starts realizing he can't just abandon his man at will. I truly hope to see more of this type of action in future games versus big centers. Or if not this, something else. Anything else, really. No more standing around watching from a spot where your driving teammate can't even get you the ball, por favor. (I'm talking to you, Bosh.)

This is a fan-created post on HotHotHoops.com. The opinions here are not necessarily those shared by the editorial staff at Hot Hot Hoops.

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