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Wade says the Heat figured it out; have they?

Posted on: August 26, 2011 2:28 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Chemistry is overrated. Or it's underrated. A lot of people have a lot of different opinions on it. But it's hard to ignore that good chemistry means something on the basketball court.

I don't think anyone would deny that at times, the Miami Heat's chemistry last season was pretty rough. And we should've all seen it coming. At the beginning of the season when any of the three stars were asked who would get the ball in late game situations, they'd said, "Whoever's hottest." Which is most definitely the incorrect answer.

But it was Season 1 of a five season TV show in Miami. Those 82 games were the first 82 those three had really played together. And chemistry doesn't happen overnight. It's not like dating. Learning to play five-as-one on the court takes some time. The more reps you get, the better feel for each other there is.

Which is probably why Dwyane Wade feels like the team has figured it all out. He told ESPN Radio, via the Sun Sentinel:

"We figured it out. I think we did a very good job," Wade said during an appearance on ESPN Radio, as he promoted his charity event this weekend in his native Chicago. "It didn't hurt. LeBron was still third in the league in scoring. I was still like fifth in the league in scoring."


"It really didn't change much of our ability once we got comfortable," Wade said. "Me and him are very good friends. We're two guys who want to make it work, who wanted to make it work for our teammates to be successful, so we did."

Figured it out, he says. And I can see why he'd think that. Both he and LeBron finished in the top five in scoring (Wade was actually fourth), the team won a bunch of regular season games and lost in six games in the NBA Finals. By all appearances, there's reason to feel like they had started to get a feel for each other.

But that's missing the point. Because I don't know even know what Wade means when he says they "figured it out." Yeah they won a bunch of games and almost a championship, but I'm not entirely sure a lot changed from when they were just swapping turns late in games and coming up short in tight contests. All that changed really in the postseason was that a lot of those shots went in. I mean, LeBron shot close to 50 percent from three before The Finals.

The Heat mostly won last season because they could overwhelm teams with their talent. Against lesser foes, they dominated. But against premium opponents, there was a reason they struggled. Because that chemistry, that understanding of how to play together, wasn't really there. They faked us out in the Eastern playoffs because they were making shots. Nothing had really changed though.

This isn't to say they can't or won't actually get there. But for Wade to just say they have seems very premature. It's not about taking turns or going with the supposed hot hand. It's about playing quality team basketball. It's about involving Chris Bosh in every set. It's about utilizing Mike Miller and Udonis Haslem is late-game sets other than just kicking out to them while the shot clock runs down. That's figuring it out. That's the kind of chemistry that Walter White would approve of.

We know LeBron and Wade are all-world players and scorers. And that's the reason I know that Wade's wrong. If they truly have figured it out, then it's all over. You can't beat a team with that much talent if they actually get it.

Since: Nov 23, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2011 3:00 pm

Wade says the Heat figured it out; have they?

I don't see why everybody's is expecting so much from the Heat.  Wade, James, and Bosh are individual players.  The Heat also missed key pieces during the season but still made it to the finals.  How many teams can say that?  The Heat at least won 3 games against the world champion Mavericks, where as a team like the Lakers didn't.  All the Heat need is a center that is over 6 foot 10, and can count without using his fingers.  This is also the Heat's first season with their 'big three' so of course there will be some problems.

Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: August 30, 2011 6:35 am

Wade says the Heat figured it out; have they?

I say if you've figured it out then go and work it out, we dont need updates on what you've figured out to keep the miami soap oprea on the air who gives a damm just go out and hoop. Thats why people despise them so much because they have turned the heat into  "The World Turns South Beach Edition". Instead of informing the public every time your feelings are hurt or that you guys are the best basketball team in the world and are going to win 9 championships or adressing why chris bosh is a lame and needs man hugs after he crys in the locker room or colapses in the tunnel after they lost the finals or why lebron constantly folds up in the clutch or at least the last 20 seconds of games or constantly beefing with charles barkley about what he gets paid to do. Just stop all the bafoonary and PLAY BALL.

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: August 27, 2011 6:18 pm

Wade says the Heat figured it out; have they?

Baby talk! Giberish! Goo goo ga ga....

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: August 27, 2011 2:03 am

Wade says the Heat figured it out; have they?

The Heat didn't get much out of Bosh, Miller their PG'S and others because there was no flow to their game. It was more like Wade, Lebron taking turns- although Lebron did at times make an effort to be a passer/ playmaker.

Guys like Bosh will never perform well if they touch the ball every fourth time down the floor. Nor will shooters bury shots. Everyone knows that scorers need to have a feel for the game and get lots of touches to produce. It doesn't work to wait your turn.

That being said, Miami has only been together for one year. They will figure each other out more going forward but I think Wade is referring more to Lebron/ Wade figuring it out rather than the whole team.

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: August 26, 2011 11:32 pm

Wade says the Heat figured it out; have they?

If they really figured it out he wouldn't be making a statement that they've figured it out. This is something you wait to say after you win a championship. I liked Wade before Lebron got there. Then again I don't really care for the NBA much any more anyway.

Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: August 26, 2011 4:58 pm

Wade says the Heat figured it out; have they?

I agree with Wade, I do believe the Heat figured it out. They did reach the NBA finals! Basketball is about making shots, unfortunately for Lebron his shots didn't fall in the finals. The Heat got good looks off of penetration and good passing, they just didn't make open shots against Dallas. The Mavericks made shots when they counted the most which is why they are champions. I like the Heats chances if we have a basketball season this year, it was a good learning experience, no doubt they'll be hungrier than ever.

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