Feel sorry for Lebron. It was 1 v 5 out there. The rest of the team were garbage. He's been carrying them for 2 seasons, at least.
Yeah he had like 30 games off and heaps reduced minutes. Couldn't happen to a better guy.
The sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament.
i understand your point but they would've killed for 25 points from anyone else in the series.
I don't think Melo is going to shoot 45% in the long run with them. He'll get efficient just as Lebron, Wade and Bosh did under Spo. But IMO they need a rebounding presence as much as they need another reliable scorer. I mean, it's getting ridiculous now...4 seasons without an interior defence is negligence.
Lebron's averages for the finals were: 28/8/4/2 on 57/52/79 ...those are brilliant figures. He was the best player in the series by far but clearly in the worst team but it will all be forgotten because his teammates couldn't help him...like at all.
Having said all that...Spurs deserved it...they were amazing defensively and offensively. I'm not sure you'll see better shooting performances from a team again.
Last edited by Ikki; 16-06-2014 at 07:00 AM.
Yeah look, the 'LeBron has no help' rhetoric works out this time around because a) Wade missed 30 games to rest and still sucked in the playoffs and b) as duffer said Spo doesn't know how to use Bosh, but to say he's been carrying them for 2 seasons at least is just disingenuous. LeBron had plenty of help in 2012 and only had to play out of his mind in maybe 2 playoff games in order to win it all. Last year there was a lot of Miami Cavaliers rhetoric from ESPN because we had seen Wade's slump starting and Heat struggling as a result. But the fact is Wade and Bosh, while not getting impressive numbers, demanded a lot of attention and made key plays when it mattered. He didn't have that in Cleveland so it was an unfair comparison and I remember bitching about it here.
We don't need to look at the averages to see that Wade and Bosh were garbage this year, and I'm sure if there was ANY real competition in the East, Miami may not have made it to the finals. But duffer makes a great point that the coach has a lot to do with it. Kawhi ran around and put up great numbers because the system allows it and because the coach gave him the freedom. If Spo is going to park Bosh on the perimeter because he's more likely to make a three than the other two, how is it solely down to Bosh that he doesn't get the numbers you expect of him?
Anyway, I actually really felt bad for LeBron last night and thought he acted very classy after the loss even through the press conference. The only way forward has to be to make Bosh a proper #2 to LeBron, I've always felt that would be the better strategy than having James and Wade taking turns running iso. Pick up a young 2 guard (no idea who's available) and have Wade come off the bench, but yeah, to Ikki's point, they finally finally need to try and fill the front court gap. No idea how they get that accomplished without trading Bosh or something.
Last edited by nightprowler10; 16-06-2014 at 08:31 AM.
Whether it is Spo or not, a team that has 2 other players (Lebron apart) who could be 1st options on another team should not be heralded for doing what a 3rd/4th option in any other title challenging team can do. Bosh had 0 points in Game 7 last year and the Game 6 before only made a handful of plays (important plays but it should never come to that if he plays to his ability). Wade is inconsistent going from below average to above average every other game but that's not what should be happening with these players.
2011 and to a lesser extent 2012 were the only seasons that they played together where the other two actually showed up most of the time. They lost 2011 because Lebron lost it himself, but from then on he's been the clear #1 while the other two have continuously faded. It's easy to see and it's even clearer when you look at some of the stats. The last two years playoffs stats for the big 3:
2013 - 2014
Lebron: 26/8/7 on 49/38/78 - 27/7/6 on 57/38/75
Wade: 16/5/5 on 46/25/75 - 18/4/4 on 50/38/77
Bosh: 12/7/2 on 46/41/73 - 16/7/1 on 52/34/82
The funny thing is the stats this year are better than last year And this is a team that is not really deep, they rely on older players having a good series here or there. They need those guys to basically cover the scoring load since they are so top heavy. That's the whole point of the big 3 in this instance and they've utterly failed him. I wouldn't blame Lebron if he opted out.
Last edited by Ikki; 16-06-2014 at 08:52 AM.
Pacers 2012, OKC 2012, Spurs 2013. They picked up the slack when LeBron was shrinking and LeBron picked up the slack when they were. That's why LeBron wanted Miami, so when he gives up after having carried the team, the team can carry him. Unfortunately for them, he was completely shut down in 2011 robbing Wade of a potential finals MVP, and unfortunately for him they were completely shutdown in 2014.
And again, if you watch the games you see how marginalized Bosh's role has always been. He's a PF turned into a spot-up shooter, what the **** do you expect him to do?
BTW, the stats you posted are still very good help for anybody, granted you have a good coach and system.
Last edited by nightprowler10; 16-06-2014 at 09:28 AM.
Anyway, we all know the real reason Heat sucked. This was Wade's revenge.
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