Ask IRA: Does the Heat exaggerate personal defensive weaknesses?

Ask IRA: Does the Heat exaggerate personal defensive weaknesses?

Q: Ira, I think we can all agree that Tyler Herro is never going to be a lockdown defender. Yes, he needs to improve, but he needs to be invincible most nights to really break Hero into the elite level. He was not particularly in the last third of the season this year as he had to face many defenders. I’d like to talk about averaging 24 points, six assists, and seven rebounds over the next year, “Hey, did you see how Hero locked up player X or Y?” To take the Heat to the next level, Hero’s offensive game must be wow-wow and his defense is just enough. – Brian, Fort Lauderdale.

A: Agreed. The league has a lot of aggressive elite players who are subpar defenders (Stephen Curry is currently front and center in this regard). This is an era when good offense can outweigh good defense. Which is why while Duncan Robinson was a great 3-point shooter, he was a starter. So, yes, Tyler Harrow needs to be close to an elite level with his offense so he’s unlikely to emerge as a defensive par excellence. It’s not a curry-level offense, but it has to be consistent and at high productivity.

Q: Hey Ira, I thought the Warriors would be invincible, but seeing how they look pretty weak this time around, how much of a chance did we miss to get a ring for this 2021-2022 heat group? I think the playoffs Jimmy Butler and vocal bombshell Adebayo plus whoever can hit a few thirds will be enough to challenge a Warriors team that isn’t looking nearly as impressive in 2015-2017 (let’s count the Keven Durant years) do not). So it seems like a real missed opportunity. I hope he can stay healthy and make better use of these opportunities next season. -Philippe, San Francisco.

A: As I watch the NBA Finals, I agree. The NBA had no mega teams this season. Thought it might be the sun, but then they started spending money. So, yeah, if Jimmy Butler hit that Game 7 shot two weeks ago, the Heat certainly could have competed in these finals against the Warriors. Maybe that’s what is fueling them at this very moment for another charge next season. There’s no worse feeling than just being short in the game.

Q: So you say Erik Spoelstra has Omar Yurtseven needs to work on his defense, but isn’t it Erik’s job to make the most of everyone’s talent, not just those players for whom he vouchers. , Also, when Omar started while Bam Adebayo was gone, his defense was good enough to help keep Miami afloat and in many ways ended up getting Miami the number one seed in his game at either end. was important. The child should have played more than he was allowed, and needs to get used to the next session. He is too skilled to sit on the bench as a spectator. – Darryl, Fitzgerald, Ga.

A: Which is why, at least, I believe he gets the role of Dwayne Deadman next season. Again, it doesn’t have to be instant, timing and a rotation role play a rush. There was some slow play with Bam Adebayo as well. The goal is to get a player to a level where he can be relied upon at playoff level. But (as in today’s topic), I agree. There needs to be more omer yurtseven to keep up the heat. An argument could be made that what he provided on offense and boards was what Hassan Whiteside provided for defense and heat on the boards in an early version.

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