Thursday, December 08, 2022

Ask an IRA: Is Summer Cutting Down on Size?

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Q: Opponents’ points are up in the paint, and the heat is consistently getting out of late. Has Eric Spoelstra Ended the Big Two Experiment? – Kane, Coral Springs.

A: Did it ever really start? If you play two big men in today’s NBA, it’s because one of them has the type of 3-point range that retains the honor of defense. That heat was with Kelly Olinic, and to a lesser extent, Meyers with Leonard. Even with Dwayne Deadmon showing off his occasional Three or Omar Yurtseven such range in limited minutes, it’s not like it would certainly open up lanes for Bam Adebayo or Jimmy Butler. This roster is not made for grown-ups. The problem is, when counting PJ Tucker and Caleb Martin, the power ahead is decidedly low. Ultimately, Bam Adebayo just has to come big on the boards on a nightly basis.

Q: Love Bum Adebayo, but she’s ready to switch to Perimeter players. He does it without the effective screen on it. This leads to a cascade of problems: 1. Our great energy spends chasing guards, which has to take a toll on their offense; 2. It creates mismatch inside; 3. It leaves us weak on the glass, with our best rebounders not matching the rebound. I’m not blaming the balm for our poor defenses lately. Over the course of the year, teams find ways to exploit you on both ends of the court. The competition is now in the hands of our coaches. – Robert, Weston.

A: Absolutely. He’s not on Bam Adebayo. That’s the system. And, yes, it often leads me to brag about how the Heat only fuels the matchup craze of offense. When you have five top-tier defenders on the court, it’s one thing to switch everything up a lineup Erik Spoelstra can certainly achieve. It’s another thing when you freely allow opponents to line up the likes of Duncan Robinson, Tyler Herro, and Max Strauss.

Q: Ira, do you think there’s anything to do with this awesome stretch of basketball and an extended home stand with fewer games? – Juan, Denver.

A: It’s almost as if summer needs adversity. When they were shorthanded when they were climbing the standings, when they were on the road, when they lacked rest and practice time, this run of 11 of 11 ended Monday night at the FTX Arena. A resolution was not observed during kings. Perhaps the ensuing brutal street road to Boston, Chicago and Toronto will reinvigorate their resolve.


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