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**MVP LeBron James & World Champion Miami HEAT 2012-2013 Thread**

Originally posted by 49ersMyLife:
Great read...thanks Pete.

In your scenario...if I understand it correctly, I think it may be difficult for the big to get to the wing, no? Though that's a lot better than giving up wide open 3s. The opposing team will have to play small-ball in order to have a quick player guarding Bosh so he can get out to the wing.

End of the game lineup of...Lebron, Wade, Bosh, Battier, and Allen has been extremely tough to stop. IMO, Allen has been a tremendous addition because, unlike other 3 point shooters on the team...Ray Allen doesn't need to be completely wide open to knock down high % of 3s. Just half a step and he quickly pulls the trigger.

Defensively, you're always going to be giving something up. You're right that the close out is difficult for the big. That's the difficulty with skip passes, and LeBron is the best skip passer in the business, because he's accurate and puts a lot of steam on them. I think that giving up weakside wing is better than the weakside corner because there's an additional defender in the passing lane. When LeBron racks baseline, the guy who's defending the top of the key should be dropped down to around the FT line and in the passing lane between him and the weakside wing. LeBron can get that pass over the top, but IMO it's a tougher pass to make, and the increased arc that he'd have to put on the pass (because he'd have to get it over that FT line defender) gives the big a bit more time to close out. And he's still close enough to close out decently on the guy at the top of the key if LeBron goes there with the pass.

It's very much a "pick your poison" scenario, but I'd try to get Miami out of their comfort zone by switching things up a bit. They know exactly what to do against standard SSZ. SSZ is less effective when the offense starts at the top of the key, but Miami's offense is less effective from the top of the key as well. Again, try to take them out of their comfort zone. Much easier said than done though, and I don't think you could do that in the regular season...you'd need time to prep specifically for them.

Ideally you can closeout hard to the 3 point line and make Battier/Allen/Chalmers put the ball on the floor. You need speed on the perimeter to close out hard, and a good shot blocker down low to do that. OKC & the Knicks are the only teams that come to mind that have both. While Chandler's not a great shot blocker, but he's great at rotating and getting to the right position, so I'm including him. He was a big reason why Dallas beat Miami in '11.
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Originally posted by LA9erFan:
Originally posted by 49ersMyLife:
Great read...thanks Pete.

In your scenario...if I understand it correctly, I think it may be difficult for the big to get to the wing, no? Though that's a lot better than giving up wide open 3s. The opposing team will have to play small-ball in order to have a quick player guarding Bosh so he can get out to the wing.

End of the game lineup of...Lebron, Wade, Bosh, Battier, and Allen has been extremely tough to stop. IMO, Allen has been a tremendous addition because, unlike other 3 point shooters on the team...Ray Allen doesn't need to be completely wide open to knock down high % of 3s. Just half a step and he quickly pulls the trigger.

Defensively, you're always going to be giving something up. You're right that the close out is difficult for the big. That's the difficulty with skip passes, and LeBron is the best skip passer in the business, because he's accurate and puts a lot of steam on them. I think that giving up weakside wing is better than the weakside corner because there's an additional defender in the passing lane. When LeBron racks baseline, the guy who's defending the top of the key should be dropped down to around the FT line and in the passing lane between him and the weakside wing. LeBron can get that pass over the top, but IMO it's a tougher pass to make, and the increased arc that he'd have to put on the pass (because he'd have to get it over that FT line defender) gives the big a bit more time to close out. And he's still close enough to close out decently on the guy at the top of the key if LeBron goes there with the pass.

It's very much a "pick your poison" scenario, but I'd try to get Miami out of their comfort zone by switching things up a bit. They know exactly what to do against standard SSZ. SSZ is less effective when the offense starts at the top of the key, but Miami's offense is less effective from the top of the key as well. Again, try to take them out of their comfort zone. Much easier said than done though, and I don't think you could do that in the regular season...you'd need time to prep specifically for them.

Ideally you can closeout hard to the 3 point line and make Battier/Allen/Chalmers put the ball on the floor. You need speed on the perimeter to close out hard, and a good shot blocker down low to do that. OKC & the Knicks are the only teams that come to mind that have both. While Chandler's not a great shot blocker, but he's great at rotating and getting to the right position, so I'm including him. He was a big reason why Dallas beat Miami in '11.

Definitely, over the top pass will give a split second more for the defender and it's a tougher to have the same accuracy as the skip pass. I'm sure teams will employ something like this during the playoffs when they can study the Heat and plan accordingly. I agree, you can't let Allen, Chalmers and Battier shoot open 3s all day. They will hit high % of those shots.

I think something that doesn't get enough attention is improved movement by both Lebron and Wade when they don't have the ball. That has been so refreshing to watch this year and it makes it so difficult to defend this team. This is something now several players have started doing and is a nightmare for defenses. I've a feeling Ray Allen is the reason for much better movement off the ball.

I can't wait for the playoffs to begin. Knicks are definitely a team that can give Miami a tough match-up. Pacers and Chicago are other two teams that can give Miami some problems because of their rebounding prowess. .
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No. 1 seed throughout playoffs locked up. Next time I want to see Lebron play is in game 1 of the 1st round series against the Bucks.
Congratulations to the 2013 NBA Champions.
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Originally posted by H41L5ATAN:
Congratulations to the 2013 NBA Champions.

Way way too early! OKC looks real good. The Finals last year were very close and couple of them could have gone either way.
Originally posted by 49ersMyLife:
Way way too early! OKC looks real good. The Finals last year were very close and couple of them could have gone either way.

You think OKC is better or worse than last year? I think most people would say worse becasue of the obvious loss of Harden. Also, I think Miami is even better this year. Somehow, Lebron got better. Their defense is great and the role players are fitting their roles perfectly. I think the Heat can handle OKC easier than last year.
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Originally posted by sacniner:
Originally posted by 49ersMyLife:
Way way too early! OKC looks real good. The Finals last year were very close and couple of them could have gone either way.

You think OKC is better or worse than last year? I think most people would say worse becasue of the obvious loss of Harden. Also, I think Miami is even better this year. Somehow, Lebron got better. Their defense is great and the role players are fitting their roles perfectly. I think the Heat can handle OKC easier than last year.

Yes, it may seem like OKC is worse than last year because they traded Harden, but Durant, Ibaka, and Westbrook are better this year too. Harden played terrible in the Finals last year anyway. Had he made a big impact in the series, I may have a different view on this.

I also think having made it to the Finals last year will help them this year. All it takes is couple of unbelievable games from Durant, something he is fully capable of. Same goes for Westbrook. That's why I don't think you can count them out.

Miami looks great right now. They got so many 3pt shooters, and it won't happen often that none of them are firing. Lebron is just unbelievable right now. It wouldn't surprise me if he shoots 60% and averages 30+ in in the playoffs. It will be difficult to beat the Heat right now, but OKC got the weapons to do that IMHO.
Originally posted by 49ersMyLife:
Yes, it may seem like OKC is worse than last year because they traded Harden, but Durant, Ibaka, and Westbrook are better this year too. Harden played terrible in the Finals last year anyway. Had he made a big impact in the series, I may have a different view on this.

I also think having made it to the Finals last year will help them this year. All it takes is couple of unbelievable games from Durant, something he is fully capable of. Same goes for Westbrook. That's why I don't think you can count them out.

Miami looks great right now. They got so many 3pt shooters, and it won't happen often that none of them are firing. Lebron is just unbelievable right now. It wouldn't surprise me if he shoots 60% and averages 30+ in in the playoffs. It will be difficult to beat the Heat right now, but OKC got the weapons to do that IMHO.

If any team has a chance it would be OKC. But its pretty obvious that the Heat have been the HEAVY favorites all year.
I think 4ML's spot on. I'd still think Miami is about a 3-to-1 favorite to win a head to head series against them though. And the 3rd best team in the league (whoever that is) is MILES behind those two squads. I'd be shocked if the Finals aren't a repeat of last year.
Right now, the Heat have to be the favorites, but the Thunder match up very well as do the Clippers. Should be interesting. But at this point, I'd be really surprised if the Heat don't win.
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MVP MVP MVP

Ok, everyone knew that back in feb. Can't wait for 2nd round. I want the Bulls!
Lets go bulls
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Originally posted by marshniners24:
Lets go bulls

Can't wait to beat the Bulls. Should be a fun series. I expect a fight or two.
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[ Edited by 49ersMyLife on May 9, 2013 at 12:55 AM ]
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