Monday, 12 July 2010

Beat the Heat

Bulls signing Carlos Boozer said Saturday night that teams "cannot afford to fear Miami." A true point.

By fearing the Heat, their opponents would take a step back, giving Wade and James that crucial extra half second and extra yard to create something from nothing and destroy inside the paint. By fearing the Heat, they will win. Easily.

Strategy for beating them? In-your-face Basketball.

I know that they haven't fully finished their roster yet, so things could change. But so far they have no defensive figure to look to. They have no Gasol, no Noah or Shaq to speak of. If things don't change, getting baskets on the Heat should be not as tough as first thought. Imagine, James, Wade and Bosh trying to defend say, Pau Gasol? Never going to happen. The Heat have no height right now, no "Big" that can break up a play like Noah or Shaq, just by being there.

The other method, is being very direct in defence. Wade and James will rip you a new one if you give them just a little hole to aim at. By getting up in their face early on in the shot clock, you will give away some easy points, but you will also cut Wade/James' ability to cut and slash inside. I'm not just talking intense D, but also double teaming on the two playmakers. Getting the hand in the face to put him off. Take out the potential of Lebron and co to score buckets of buckets, and then hit them hard on the counter where they have no defensive players.

Can anyone actually do this? The Bulls could, Lakers could. Boston? We'll see how their ageing line-up holds on over the season.

But one thing is for sure, the Heat, can be beat.

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