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Spoelstra talks adjustments for NBA Finals Game 5

Posted on: June 9, 2011 2:35 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2011 6:35 pm
 


Posted by Matt Moore

DALLAS -- The Heat are not going to go into a pivotal (okay, more pivotal than the other pivotal games in the NBA Finals) Game 5 Thursday with the same gameplan they went into Game 3 with. It would be natural to look at a game they lost by a bucket and think they don't need adjustments. But head coach Erik Spoelstra laid out some of the things they planned on doing differently Thursday after shootaround. For starters, Spoelstra followed up on what we wrote about yesterday -- the issue the Heat are having of running up against the clock due to the pressure the Mavericks are putting on the Heat both on the inbounds after a bucket and at mid-court. Spoelstra said the Heat had worked in the last 36 hours on not letting the Mavericks get them into what Mike Miller termed "9-1-1 shots." 

"Something we definitely worked on was to get into our offense earlier against their pressure so we have more time to exploit those options," Spoesltra said.

The Heat have constantly run up against the shot clock, with James as primary ball-handler sometimes having to run sets with less than 13 seconds left. In that situation, when the Mavericks shut down the initial set, be it pick-and-roll or otherwise, the Heat are trying to reset and run a second set with less than six seconds. That results in long jumpers, contested shots, and turnovers. Some of that comes down to composure, some of that comes down to execution, but a lot of that comes down to simply creating more time to give themselves outs. It's like poker: Never go in without the best hand if you don't have outs. And against a Dallas defense primed and ready to attack the Heat's best hands in LeBron and Wade, they need those outs. 

Spoelstra also commented on the work the Mavericks did against the pick and roll and how they have to counter Dallas' efforts. 

"We have to have all five guys live," Spoelstra said, "and sometimes a quick pass out of that to exploit it on the weakside. The right thing to do sometimes is to be aggressive and try and get around two guys. We've seen virtually every kind of pick and roll coverage you can see throughout the course of the year. We just need to do it better and more efficiently."

James' struggles with the pick-and-roll largely come from two angles. One, he's largely rollling passively up and out to the high baseline, forcing a jump-pass which is a turnover-probable attempt. Second, while Wade's burst gets him to split the double, James has the added complication of creating contact with the fact that he's the size of a freaking truck. The concern is that this can result in a turnover on an offensive foul if the Mavericks step in and take the contact. James needs to pass quickly out of the double team to burn them for employing it and then his teammates need to knock down shots. On the second, James can't be concerned about it and has to force the officials to make an offensive foul call in Game 5 of the Finals against one of the league's biggest superstars. 

The Heat's ability to convert these adjustments will be what determines their success in Game 5. It's more than effort. It's adjustments.
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Since: May 5, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 7:03 pm
 

Spoelstra talks adjustments for NBA Finals Game 5

Spoelstra looks like a little kid out there.  When the Mavs win this series, how many more years will he be coaching this team?  I would guess not too long. 



Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2011 4:26 pm
 

Spoelstra talks adjustments for NBA Finals Game 5

THIS SITUATION REMINDS ME OF THE MOVIE "FOUR BROTHERS" WHEN VICTOR SWEET SAYS "I ORDERED OUT OF TOWN SHOOTERS AND WHAT DO I GET FOR MY MONEY IN TOWN SHOOTERS AND IN TOWN TROUBLE"  LEBRON HAS PLAYED FINE BUT SPOELSTRA IS CORRECT WHEN HE SAYS THAT HE HAS NOT PUT HIM OR HIS TEAM IN POSITION TO SUCCEED.  DALLAS IS PACKING THE ZONE AT THE END OF GAMES
AND WHAT DO WE DO. WE WASTE THE WHOLE SHOT CLOCK TRYING TO BREAK THE ZONE AND THEN HAVE OUR INSIDE "INTOWN" SHOOTERS
HOISTING BAD OUTSIDE "OUT OF TOWN" SHOTS.  MEMO TO SPOELSTRA: WHEN THEY PACK THE ZONE HAVE YOUR OUTSIDE SHOOTERS JAMES JONES WHO WON GAME 1 AGAINTS BOSTON WITH 25 POINTS AND IS THE CURRENT 3 POINT KING, EDDIE HOUSE WHO SCORED 35 POINTS IN THE LAST GAME OF THE YEAR TO GIVE YOU HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE IN THE FINALS AGAINTS DALLAS. 

THIS HAS BEEN A TEAM EFFORT ALL YEAR LONG SO WHY THE HELL WHEN SOME OF YOUR PLAYERS ARE OBVIOUSLY STRUGGLING ARE YOU RIPPING "THE TEAM" APART AND NOT RELYING ON YOUR GREAT OUTSIDE SHOOTERS JONES & HOUSE.  THIS IS A TOUGH DEFENSIVE SERIES BUT GUESS WHAT THE BEST DEFENSIVE TEAM ON THE PLANET WILL NOT STOP NOWITSKY AND TERRY FOREVER AND THE ADJUSTMENT OF J.J.BEREA HAS BOOSTED THEIR OFFENSIVE FLOW A LITTLE BECAUSE THE ATTENTION HE DRAWS TO HIMSELF ON DRIVES TO THE HOOP.

I KNOW RILEY LIKES SHORTEN ROTATIONS FOR PLAYOFFS AND IF HE IS PUSHING THIS IDEA ON SPOELSTRA RIGHT NOW IT IS KILLING US!
PLEASE, PLEASE HEAT COACHING STAFF IF YOU WANT LEBRON TO STEP UP STEP YOUR GAME UP!  YES LEBRON NEEDS TO BE MORE AGGRESSIVE AND GO TO THE HOLE BUT HE NEED TO HAVE HIS SHOOTERS IN THE GAME THAT CAN KNOCK DOWN SHOTS! 






Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2011 3:25 pm
 

Spoelstra talks adjustments for NBA Finals Game 5

The cHeat? Wow, that's very clever. You say that because Miami has three stars on one team? Meanwhile, your Mavericks have Dirk, Terry, Kidd, Butler and Marion -- a group of veteran stars that joined together for a championship run.

Seems to me you're just a hating hypocrite rooting for a team also built to win titles. The difference is your team's window is miniscule. Miami ain't going anywhere, fella.

DEAL WITH IT!



Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 3:09 pm
 

Spoelstra talks adjustments for NBA Finals Game 5

If the cHeat win, this neanderthal should have an asterisk next to his name for being the winning coach of the cHeat..

I'd love to know what he has done....  hmmm....  that'd be absolutely NADA!!

Beat the cHeat!!


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