Playoffs 2011: On Second Thought Heat Bench May Be Better Than Celtics'


There was Miami squaring off with their rival, the one all of the media seemed to feel had the Heat’s number. The one with the load of talent and depth that would trump Miami’s three of a kind with a full house. Little did the Celtics know that the Heat may very well be sitting on a royal flush.

This next sentence may have seemed insane a few months or weeks ago but at this moment in time I would venture to say that Miami has three subs that are better than any Boston has coming off the bench.

That’s right Mario Chalmers, James Jones and Joel Anthony are providing more of a spark for the Heat than anyone in green coming off the bench.

Last game aside Chalmers has been on an impressive streak in which he has shown why Pat Riley chose to keep him when he made every other Heat player but Wade, Haslem and Anthony walk the plank. He has provided the Heat with clutch shooting, points and hustle when coming in for Mike Bibby.

Anthony has broken out a season long slump to play what is arguably the best basketball of his career. He has given the Heat a spark in every playoff game this year. Even drawing chants of MVP from fans in Miami. Granted that’s said tongue in cheek but it is also reflective of the appreciation Miami fans have for Anthony’s hustle and grit.

Then there’s Jones, the hero of Game 1. Jones managed to offset the Celtics hot three point shooting by making 5 of 7 from beyond the arc for Miami. By collecting 25 points Jones showed that Boston had better make some adjustments and cover him next game. This will only free up more space and one on one opportunities for Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.

All in all we’ve seen a bench that was once the ridicule of the league start of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals by outscoring Boston’s heralded subs. If this is a trend that continues Miami and their lack of depth will be moving on to dinner sooner than most expected.