Three Suggestions for Erik Spoelstra
Let’s be honest: If the Miami Heat lose game 4 tomorrow night, Erik Spoelstra will be fired. The Heat are not going to recover from a 3-1 hole. I hate to see someone lose their job in these hard economic times. For that reason, I’m going to outline three things that would guarantee the Heat advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.
1) Stick with a lineup.
Dexter Pittman started at center for the Miami Heat last night. He played exactly 3 minutes and 29 seconds. Pittman amassed one personal foul, zero rebounds, zero assists, zero blocks, zero steals and zero points on two shot attempts. Let’s take a look at season averages for Dexter Pittman’s 2011-2012 regular season and post season.
Regular Season: 3.1 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 0.2 SPG, 8.6 MPG, .468 FG%, .643 FT%
Post Season (Before Game 3): 0.0 PPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 SPG, 0.0 MPG, .000 FG%, .000 FT%
In case that’s not clear, he was never inserted into a postseason game until the most pivotal game of the entire season.
Point 1A: Keep lineups consistent and let your veterans grind it out. Chemistry and trust is key.
Point 1B: Stop putting LeBron James at the 4 spot. This serves no purpose. If the Heat’s big men are that atrocious then forcing James to endure more physicality serves no purpose. Assigning James to the Pacers’ PGs makes way more sense. He’s faster, bigger and stronger than any of them.
2) Run Some Offensive Sets
John Kresse will explain to you how to score a basket without an offensive rebound, fast break, isolation, or pick and roll. Use this video in the film session tomorrow.
3) Relax. Don’t Panic. Don’t Get Punked.
The first quarter of Game 3 began with an 11-2 run by the Pacers. The Heat answered with ten field goals in a row, leading to a 24-6 run to end the quarter. There’s never a reason to panic when the team is capable of stretches like that (and that’s before watching the video).
The game was tied at halftime and then the Heat lost by 19. What happened?
Point 3A: The Heat stopped hitting wide open shots. It happens. That’s cool. What’s not cool is players yelling at the coach and whining to the refs every time contact occurs. Spoelstra is about to get fired if the Heat lose anyway. No point in getting cussed out in public too. Spoelstra can not help anyone keep composure if they don’t respect him. Better later than never.
Point 3B: The Heat have to stop allowing the Pacers to punk them out. They can start by getting Eddy Curry out of a suit and into a jersey. Just let him bang with players. He doesn’t have to score. Just scare guys into not touching James or Wade again.
Hope this reaches you in time.
From a NBA fan,