With a 13-5 record, the Heat are still considered by most to be the best team in the NBA. Even with Dwyane Wade out, they have still managed to win and continue their success. LeBron has been playing like an MVP and Bosh has been playing extremely aggressive and producing more than people expected. Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole have done an excellent job running the point so far and the bench has done a great job. Joel Anthony has been solid and Mike Miller’s comeback has been great, but where in the world can the Heat find a way to improve?
In the wins, the Heat have made 42% of their 3 pointers and in losses just 32%. Erik Spoelstra needs to use his shooters more. James Jones needs to play more and Mike Miller needs to stop giving up shots and passing. When the Heat are shooting well from 3 point land, they’re hard to stop because of LeBron, Wade, and Bosh, all of whom are average 3 point shooters and just kick it out.
Another recurring problem recurring for the Heat this year in losses is free throw percentage. In the games that they lose, they shoot under 70%. Everyone pictures LeBron bricking free throws because he shoots 74% from the line for the season. When you are considered to be MVP of the league, you need to shoot better than that. When Wade has been in the line up, he has shot terribly too. The Heat get to the line so much and not making free throws has taken them out of games. They need all of the free points they get.
The last thing they can do to improve is eliminate turnovers. . The Heat are averaging 18.25 turnovers in losses this season and 15.54 turnovers in victories. Turnovers are the reason the Heat ever lose. The more they have the ball, the more they win. Time of possession is key for the Heat.
Overall, the Heat look very solid. Eliminating turnovers and making free, open shots will make them unbeatable. Look for a strong, slashing team with D-Wade back in the lineup and strong performances from the point guards. If things keep up, the Heat will be the champions by season’s end.