When the Heat signed Shane Battier this offseason, there was little doubt from anyone that it was a very good pickup. Not only could was he smart and a good shooter, but also an excellent defender. As the season started, Battier struggled to find his role with Miami and many were saying he was just getting too old.
At the beginning of the year, he looked a little old and sluggish and he was shooting very poorly. Miami knew that he could play defense, but they had also signed him to bake some big shots. Unfortunately, Battier was throwing up bricks for about the first month and a half of the season. Nothing was going down and his defense was worse than expected, but that’s until February, his best month with the Heat so far.
After the Heat’s last loss to date, against the Magic on February 8th, Battier has stepped it up and become his old self. The next game Battier went 3-6 from 3 point range and 6-9 overall to score 15 points against the Wizards (Yes, I know, Wizards. Big deal, but at least he found his form). Since then he has been lights out and playing great defense. In the last 8 games, he has shot 56.25% from 3 and filling up a lot more holes in the stat box.
I’m sure everyone in the Heat organization was worried if Batter was too old and if he had lost it, but if you have seen Shane over the years, you know that he is a competitor. Like a true veteran, he has stepped his game up and helped this team win 8 straight games. It’s that competitiveness and leadership that Miami wanted on their team, and the attributes that no opposing team wants to see come off the bench come playoff time.