Originally posted by Joecool:
Originally posted by TheGoldStandard:
You can't stay at home on Miami's shooters because their answer to that is to play small. The spacing issues would be too problematic, like Joe mentioned, once Lebron starts his post you're going to have to double, either with the big responsible for Bosh (leaving him open) or with weakside help conceding the corner three.
I think the series comes down to Bosh. If he can match up with Timmy, the Heat can go small with reckless abandonment knowing Splitter won't be able to make them pay on the end. A lot of the Spurs advantages in this series go out the window if they have to take one of their bigs off the floor, I don't think they have the firepower on either end to contend with Miami in a small ball matchup.
Spurs can't play small ball? I don't agree with you there. Diaw has been money for SA. Matt Bonner has also been okay in small personnel. I think it would be more difficult for MIA to guard Tony Parker and Gary Neal on the court at the same time.
Remember, Golden State was probably the best small ball team and we out small balled them. Then we went into Memphis and out played their pound it with the bigs style.
MIA is a 3-point team. We are a better 3-point team but both teams have totally different methods to getting that shot open.
Its not that the Spurs can't play small ball, they play it very well, I just don't think that strategy is conducive to beating Miami.
We just saw Indiana give Miami fits their size, thats the Heat's weakness as I see it. Unfortunately, I don't think San Antonio can replicate what Indiana did because I don't see Tiago making Miami pay for going small when San Antonio is on offense.
And as much as I love my Dubs, I don't consider them the best small ball team by any means. We were forced to play small out of necessity and ended up with Barnes playing the 4 for the first time all season, you can't compare that to Lebron who's been playing the 4 for a solid year now, something he has become quite adept at, as shown in the Indy series.
Chalmers will be persona-non-grata this series as I think he has zero chance of checking Parker, so watch out for Norris Cole. If he can have any degree of success against TP (a huge undertaking, for sure), I think DWade can lock up Neal pretty effectively.