May 30, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) and power forward Udonis Haslem (40) celebrate in the fourth quarter of game five of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Indiana Pacers at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won 90-79. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Udonis Haslem Helped Win Game 5

If you check out Udonis Haslem’s regular season shot chart, he can only shoot from about three spots on the floor.

Haslem’s Regular Season Shot Chart

1.  Underneath the basket.

2. About 15 feet away from the basket, on the left baseline.

3.  About 15 feet away from the basket, on the right baseline.

And even though he’s restricted to these three areas, he knows how to pick his spots — especially of late, as Haslem has been shooting 61% this month.  In fact, his shot chart from the past month is nearly identical to his short chart from the regular season.

Haslem’s Shot Chart From The Past 30 Days

Haslem’s ability to hit the outside jumper does two things for the Miami Heat.

First, it spaces the floor since Haslem usually sets up shop about 12-15 feet from the basket, which means that the big man guarding Haslem is a couple feet from the basket.

This spacing leads to driving lanes for the likes of Mario Chalmers and LeBron James who either drive and finish at the basket, or drive, force the defense to collapse on them, and then kick it to one of the Heat’s many shooters, like Udonis Haslem, for an open jump shot.

Haslem, much like he was in Game 3, was on fire in Game 5, scoring 16 points on a very efficient 8-for-9 shooting.

While he won’t get as much recognition as LeBron will for their respective Game 5 performances (and rightfully so, as LeBron contributed his regular 30 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists — yawn) Haslem deserves as much credit for playing his part as the Heat’s bench spark and enforcer (see 0:29 for a classic Udonis “Eff-You”) in Game 5 as LeBron James gets credit for being the superstar and leader of the Miami Heat.  Put another way, it’s no coincidence that Haslem played well in Game 3 and Game 5  — and Miami won big in Game 3 and Game 5

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