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Posted on: March 20, 2011 5:55 pm
Edited on: March 20, 2011 6:04 pm
 

Heat G Mario Chalmers (knee) out up to 2 weeks

Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers could miss up to two weeks with a sprained right knee. Posted by Ben Golliver.
mario-chalmers-injury

The Associated Press reports that Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers, who has been starting for the club since late January, is expected to miss up to two weeks with a right knee sprain after undergoing an MRI on Sunday. 

Chalmers went down against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night. Here's how the Palm Peach Post described the injury. 
Chalmers, who started his 27th straight game Saturday, landed awkwardly after a Denver Nuggets possession late in the first quarter, then stumbled toward the scorers' table as his teammates sprinted upcourt.
Miami called time-out, and several Heat players walked over to observe and encourage him.
Any time a player is carried off the court because of a knee injury, a sprain is really the best case scenario. That Chalmers should be back in plenty of time for the playoffs is worth a big sigh of a relief for Heat fans. But his absence comes during the crucial stretch run, as the Heat, currently the Eastern Conference's No. 3 seed, look to make up ground against the Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls, who they trail by two games. 

The Heat recently signed veteran point guard Mike Bibby, who was waived by the Washington Wizards after being traded by the Atlanta Hawks earlier this year. Miami had to release point guard Carlos Arroyo to make room for Bibby.

Even with Bibby on board, Miami coach Erik Spoelstra will likely turn over additional ballhandling duties to forward LeBron James, who has assumed that role earlier this season well. 

The injury comes during a stretch of up and down basketball for Miami, as the Heat have split their last 10 games, going 5-5, with all five losses coming to playoff teams (Magic, Spurs, Bulls, Blazers and Thunder). If there's good news for Miami, it's that their schedule lightens up considerably with games against lottery teams like the Pistons, Rockets, Cavaliers, Wizards, Timberwolves, Nets and Bucks over the next three weeks. Chalmers or not, as long as the Heat show up they should be able to take care of each and every one of those opponents.
Posted on: March 5, 2011 3:45 pm
Edited on: March 5, 2011 11:58 pm
 

Celtics sign Carlos Arroyo

Posted by Royce Young

According to the Boston Herald , the Celtics have come to terms with point guard Carlos Arroyo on a pro-rated veteran's minimum contract for the rest of the season.

The thinking in signing Arroyo is to give the Celts some added depth behind oft-injured reserve Delonte West, who is currently out with a sprained ankle. 

Arroyo was, of course, waived by the Miami Heat earlier this week to make room for Mike Bibby. Arroyo was productive for the Heat, but not quite the offensive threat they were interested in, especially as their starter. So the Celtics get a quality backup point guard for the stretch run.

Center Chris Johnson, who was with the Celtics on a  10-day contract, was informed he wouldn't be given a second such deal. The Celtics were interested in a number of players in the buyout market, but hung back a bit, not opting to go for added depth inside.

The Celtics are banking on both O'Neals -- Shaquille and Jermaine -- to regain their health and contribute heading into the postseason. They used the last roster spot on Arroyo, thinking they would be fine on the inside with what they had. Obviously Danny Ainge figured depth behind Rajon Rondo was a more pressing matter.

Pending a physical, Arroyo could join the team as early as Sunday in Milwaukee.


Category: NBA
Posted on: March 1, 2011 1:17 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2011 4:47 pm
 

Heat waive Carlos Arroyo; Mike Bibby to Miami?

Carlos Arroyo did not attend practice on Tuesday and was later officially released by the Miami Heat.

Posted by Matt Moore and Ben Golliver.

Update 4:44 EST: The Heat have officially announced Arroyo's release in a Tuesday afternoon statement. 
The Miami HEAT announced today that they have requested waivers on guard Carlos Arroyo. "This was a very difficult decision to make because Carlos has done a great job for this team and this organization," said HEAT President Pat Riley. "He is truly a first class individual and professional. We wish him nothing but the best."
The Sun-Sentinel reports that the San Antonio Spurs might be interested in signing Arroyo now that Miami has released him. 

Update 1:55 p.m. EST: The South Beach Post reports that it's a done deal, Arroyo's gone from the team, and that Bibby will be signed when he clears waivers Wednesday, as we've said before

Carlos Arroyo missed practice this morning, and as he is healthy, that's strange timing. With Pat Riley to make an announcement within the next hours, that pretty much guarantees that Mike Bibby is headed to South Beach. 

Bibby is a considerable upgrade to Arroyo. Despite being older, he's a better distributor, a more well-balanced point guard, and a better shooter. He makes for a significant improvement and may prove to be the point guard the Heat have been searching for after relying first on Arroyo, and then inconsistent Mario Chalmers. His defense is an issue, but with both Wade and James to help on the perimeter, Bibby's lack of athleticism at this stage in his career will be mitigated somewhat. 

Arroyo might be able to get another spot on a team headed for the playoffs. Most of the contenders are stocking up for depth so the end-of-the-bench players are expendable to get a veteran like Arroyo, as misguided as that logic may be. It's partially surprising the Heat elected to cut Arroyo and not Jamaal Magloire or Dexter Pittman, but it may be simply a matter of where the minutes need to be kept in case of injury. 
Posted on: February 28, 2011 3:42 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2011 3:48 pm
 

Wizards buy out Mike Bibby; Headed to Heat?

The Washington Wizards have reportedly bought out point guard Mike Bibby and he could be headed to the Miami Heat. Posted by Ben Golliver. mike-bibby-wash

Last week, the Washington Wizards traded point guard Kirk Hinrich to the Atlanta Hawks in a five-player deal that brought back point guard veteran Mike Bibby. Monday morning, we noted that the Wizards were getting close to buying out Bibby.

Monday afternoon, Yahoo! Sports and ESPN.com both reported that the Wizards completed their buyout of Bibby. Yahoo! Sports reported that the agreement included a big-time concession from Bibby: "Guard Mike Bibby agreed to give up entire $6.2 million salary for the '11-'12 season to get buyout with Wiz to play for winner, source says."

The Washington Post reported that "Portland, Miami, Boston, San Antonio, the Los Angeles Lakers and possibly Denver are believed to have interest" in signing Bibby once he clears waivers.

Sam Amick reports, however, that the Heat are the leader in the clubhouse. 
Mike Bibby, who will reportedly reach a buyout with Wash. and give back more than $6 million for next season, intends to sign with Miami. He has to clear waivers first and there's the standard disclaimer that something could go awry, but his intent is to join the Heat. For protocol's sake, I obviously have a source. Just ran out of characters. In case that wasn't clear.
Bibby is a playoff-tested point guard who is averaging 9.1 points and 3.6 assists in 29.4 minutes per game this season. While he's no spring chicken, he's an upgrade over Mario Chalmers and Carlos Arroyo, Miami's two current options at the point. 

The Palm Beach Post says the Heat should make a run at Bibby.
He’d start here immediately. And his brother-in-law, Eddie House, is on the team. He’s not close to what he was as a defender, and his assist totals have been modest the past few seasons. But he was shooting a career-high 44 percent from three. He’s played in plenty of close and critical games, first with Sacramento and then with Atlanta. And, as was evident late in the loss to the Knicks (when New York could leave it to Chauncey Billups to take control), the Heat desperately needs another cool hand on the floor with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, both of whom tend to force the action.
While this could turn out to be a great get for the Heat, the trade and buyout is already a definite positive for the Wizards, who were quietly one of the big winners of the trade deadline. Not only did they get out of Hinrich's $9 million contract this year and $8 million contract next year, they reportedly save $6.2 million of future money to Bibby, got a young prospect in Jordan Crawford and added a draft pick too. For a team that needs maximum flexibility and youth so it can build around franchise point guard John Wall, that's a pretty nice haul.
Posted on: November 14, 2010 7:35 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2010 8:46 pm
 

10 games in, Heat struggle with identity

Ten games into the Era of the Triad for the Miami Heat, big questions have arisen, even as they show flashes of brilliance.
Posted by Matt Moore






The Heat has played 480 minutes of basketball under the Triad's new era of alleged greatness. And so far? The results have been less than incredible. Miami isn't a bad team. That's important to state right off the bat. It's nearly impossible to be a bad team with the kind of talent they've assembled. But if we're looking at them honestly, game by game, there are significant weaknesses on a team that some thought would compete for 72-10. And they go way further than just "they're getting used to each other."

But to ignore the good is to fall into a very easy trap these days: overreacting to the weaknesses of a team that still has a winning record and has been within range in each of its losses of pulling it out. It's based on an emotional reaction by some to the grandiose approach the Heat gave to announcing their new superteam, most notably Lebron's little television fiasco and the whole "rising from the floor like you're some sort of wrestling superstar" bit. For others? They're simply cashing in on the easy pageviews trashing the Heat garners.

So what have we learned, ten games in? That in terms of X's and O's, this team is superb inside the rotation and weak out (as in great 2-3-4, and weak out, 1 and 5), and mentally they're superb out and weak in.

The Flames On The Floor


Watching the Heat, it's not as if you're left with nothing positive. There's a ton that you look at with this squad and marvel at. Particularly, the fast break with these kinds of athletes. There have been several times in the Heat's first ten games where LeBron James or Dwyane Wade would slip out on the break off the outlet pass, forcing the defense to overreact in abject panic as they sprinted up the floor. As the defense turned concave to guard them from getting in the paint, they gave up the backdoor to the other one sprinting, only realizing what was happening as the alley-oop sailed over their heads. Furthermore, there is not a single team in the league that possesses their kinds of players in isolation. Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, man-up? Impossible to guard.

Those elements are why offensively, Synergy Sports has them pegged with shooting 62% in transition, in the top 10 teams in the league in that category, and 42% in isolation, which is in the top half of the league. The latter will almost undoubtedly rise as the season continues and 20% of their games aren't taken up by playing the best isolation defense team in the league in Boston, who constantly sends help.

Then there are the spot-ups. The Heat is the fourth best team in points per possession in spot-ups. You can probably figure out why. With LeBron James and Dwyane Wade driving and kicking to the perimeter, the defense is forced to collapse, and the Heat shooters find themselves wide open. This strategy is brilliant against teams that can't close out and don't have sound defensive principles. But against the good teams in the league, like the four teams the Heat have lost to? It's not working out so well. In wins, the Heat is shooting 45% from the arc. In losses? 31%. That's a huge difference in their games. But this element is greatly impacted by the absence of Mike Miller. Miller will have to be a better shooter than James Jones and Eddie House have been, particularly in the big games. If he's not, James and Wade will have to start taking more shots instead of jump-passing on so many plays that are contested.

But that's an element that's not clearly a disaster. What is a disaster? Their point guard play and interior defense.

Carlos Arroyo is not getting it done. Period. Arroyo is shooting fine, at 49%. His turnover ratio is low, losing the ball on less than 10% of all possessions. But he's averaging 3.3 assists per 40 minutes, 1.8 per game. The only point guard playing 20 minutes a game who's been worse at creating or teammates is... Eddie House. The idea coming into camp and that Erik Spoelstra has turned to is to let LeBron James play point guard. Which seems like a terrific idea, him being the best player in basketball.

But James too often is simply trying to bowl over opponents. Against teams like the Celtics who have the book on him, he's forced either into jump passes that go wild, off-balance leaning layups that carom off front-rim, or charges. He's not creating masterful plays like Magic Johnson. He's just running towards the rim, jumping and then throwing it in a general direction. Playing point means managing the offense, not simply lighting a fuse and hoping the charges blow.

Mario Chalmers is not the answer, that's pretty clear. But it's hard to argue that having a younger, more aggressive point guard would really be a worse option at this point. At least Chalmers will be able to give a full effort versus Arroyo, who seems largely overwhelmed by the task at hand.

Speaking of overwhelmed , how about Chris Bosh? When Bosh was taking calls from teams this summer, there were rumors that he was adamant about not playing center. Those talks simmered after he signed with the Heat, because obviously, he was expected to be the top big man on the team. The problem? This is no longer a big man's league, and even acceptable centers are hard to find. Meanwhile, Bosh looks lost on both sides of the floor. For some reason the Heat isn't using him in pick and roll situations, despite him being perfect for pick and pop scenarios. He's not rebounding, not attacking, and unable to fight like you need your primary big to .

This is nothing new; we knew this about Bosh coming in . But the team is trying to get him to be someone he's not , and in the interim, have no one to take the reins. For whatever reason, the subject of Erik Spoelstra's blame in the Heat's center problems has fallen on Joel Anthony. This despite being no worse than Zydrunas Ilgauskas and more capable of getting up and down the floor. Zydrunas Ilgauskas is a pick and pop shooter. That's what he does. And he can do it against teams like the Raptors who don't close out. He cannot do it against teams like the Celtics who do, even with Shaquille O'Neal on the floor.

In wins, the Heat actually does pretty well inside. It's only against teams which challenge them that they struggle. Kevin Garnett, Paul Millsap, Emeka Okafor. These players are getting what they want and it's simply been too easy. Either Joel Anthony or Chris Bosh will have to step up, or the Heat is going to have to find another option at Center.

The Spark

The biggest problem with the Heat, however, has less to do with their ball movement and such. Their defensive numbers have been good, but fallen off against good competition. The problem has been mental. They have lacked the aggression of a team that seeks to go out and dominate. Instead, they seem meek, confused at most times, and uncertain. Their ball movement is tentative, and their offense most times seems most like a group of players trying to convince themselves to make something work they're not really sure of. That will surely improve as they learn the offense more fully. But in the interim, they need fire.

The Celtics smacked the Heat in the face. Twice. Without a home court advantage to speak of , this team of promise is going to have to look inside, to all that anger they talked so much about in regards to the haters. They have to play with passion, with desire, and most importantly, with urgency. When the Hornets came out and blitzed them, they simply went through the motions. When the Jazz stormed back on them, they acted shell-shocked. And when the Celtics blasted them from start to finish, they made their close to finish the game, but lacked the intensity to prevent the gap from being insurmountable, and the drive to finish the job. If the Heat wants to become the team they assembled to be, the team they were promoted to be, the answer is simple. They are going to have to want it more.


Posted on: October 31, 2010 5:45 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:17 pm
 

Miami Heat look to upgrade point guard position?

The Miami Heat are reportedly interested in trading for a point guard before this year's trade deadline. Posted by Ben Gollivercarlos-arroyo There aren't many question marks on the Miami Heat these days, not with perennial all stars Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh in the starting lineup. But the point guard position does seem to be of some concern when assessing Miami's ability to win a title this season.  Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has named Carlos Arroyo the starting point guard, and while Arroyo has looked fine during the Heat's 3-1 start, he's being judged against the high standard set by Boston's Rajon Rondo and Orlando's Jameer Nelson, the two teams Miami that will stand between Miami and the NBA Finals. Adding to the fact that Arroyo doesn't possess top end talent, questions are circling about his backup, Mario Chalmers. Spoelstra recently told Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel that Chalmers would not be a part of the Heat's regular rotation for the time being.
When it comes to point guards, Erik Spoelstra's focus is singular. The Miami Heat coach said Sunday that he likely will utilize only one per game for the foreseeable future.
For now, that has Carlos Arroyo in the starting lineup and Mario Chalmers on the outs. Otherwise, Spoelstra said he would turn to LeBron James and Dwyane Wade as his primary ballhandlers.
"I'm only playing one point guard now," Spoelstra said before Sunday's game against the New Jersey Nets at the Prudential Center. "And that is Carlos. And I'm divvying up the rest of the minutes between LeBron and Dwyane with our shooters."
ESPN's Ric Bucher proposes one solution: trade Chalmers and change prior to this season's trade deadline for an upgrade at the point guard position, thereby solidifying the positional depth and potentially finding a replacement at starter for Arroyo.
From Bucher: "Two different team executives said they expect the Heat to dangle $3 million and second-year PG Mario Chalmers to a lottery-bound team looking to shed the long-term contract of a mid-priced spot-up shooting PG. Riley's objective is to find another shooter to space the floor, a la BJ Armstrong or John Paxson in their Chicago days playing alongside Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen." Bucher lists Toronto's Jarrett Jack and Cleveland's Daniel Gibson as potential targets.
The Raptors could be open to moving one of their point guards, as there aren't sufficient minutes for both Jack and Jose Calderon. But Jack seems the better fit for the new-look Raptors, who are building for the future around young athletes like DeMar DeRozan and Ed Davis. If he was available, though, Jack, who was college roommates with Bosh at Georgia Tech, would be a solid upgrade over Arroyo for the Heat and he possesses the size and quickness to make both Rondo and Nelson work. He isn't a pure knockdown shooter in the Paxson mold, however.  Gibson better fits the space-clearing spot-up shooter role, but his overall game isn't nearly what Arroyo's is, so he would simply be a marginal improvement over Chalmers. Gibson does have the added benefit of familiarity with James during their time together in Cleveland, but that relationship isn't going to stop Rondo in crunch time. Surely, the Heat will have other options come trade deadline season. Miami could well discover that once wing Mike Miller returns healthy the need for shooting from the point guard position isn't as severe. That could make Jack, or a Jack-like point guard with size and quickness on the defensive end, the right fit.
Posted on: October 6, 2010 1:51 am
Edited on: October 6, 2010 9:41 am
 

Heat Stroke: Heat-Knicks to go 3D

ESPN plans to broadcast Heat game on ESPN 3D, take overhyped team into overhyped technology scope.
Posted by Matt Moore


Just in case you haven't had enough of the Miami Heat in two dimensions, you'll be able to get them in the third for the first time. The New York Times reports that ESPN will broadcast the first 3D NBA game on December 17th , between the New York Knicks and the Miami Heat. The network will air the game on their newest venture, ESPN 3D, not to be confused with ESPN 3, their online component, or ESPN 8: The Ocho . From the Times :
Steve Hellmuth, the N.B.A.’s executive vice president for operations and technology, acknowledged that these experiments produced mixed results. He said producers were still determining how best to shoot games in a way that maximized the advantages of the medium. For basketball, Hellmuth said, this would probably mean fewer of the high, wide shots common in standard broadcasts, and more shots from the “low-slash position,” captured from a camera at the corner of the baseline
Oh, so the game will actually have its own look and feel. Neat. We're pretty excited about this. In fact, we've already put together a list of things we're excited to see in 3D for the first time in this game:
  • Carlos Arroyo's strange, carney hands. We think they'll look like tentacles, only not quite Rondo-esque.
  • Dwyane Wade's various sleeves, braces, and wraps. It'll feel like we're so close we can actually smell the hospital.
  • Amar'e Stoudemire's dunks, which we're pretty sure in 3D could actually give viewers PTSD.
  • Mike Miller's hands. After all, maybe in 3D we'll see what's wrong with them that he keeps passing instead of shooting.
  • Mike D'Antoni's mustache. It'll get us ready to eventually see it in the fourth dimension where it belongs, amid the cosmos.
  • Chris Bosh's defense. Maybe it'll seem more real that way.
  • LeBron James' ego. We're hoping the third dimension actually brings it into the physical dimension and it looks like a shadow player playing behind him.
  • Gallinari, because really, what's better than a 3D rooster?
Posted on: October 6, 2010 1:22 am
Edited on: October 6, 2010 9:41 am
 

Wade may be "a couple of weeks"

Triad star says he may be out " a couple of weeks."
Posted by Matt Moore


So Dwyane Wade strained a hamstring after only 3 minutes in Tuesday night's preseason opener. It's no biggie, but after the game, Wade went ahead and gave a timetable for his return. As in, he will not be bouncing back immediately; it is preseason, after all. The Palm Beach Post blog Heat Zone first reported Wade's comment:

Wade said that he would see how what he called a “hamstring pull” responded to treatment… in about a week.

“In a couple of weeks, I’ll be back and running,” Wade said.

So fans on the Heat's miniature tour of the country, including a Friday stop in Kansas City can go ahead and simmer on those plans of a first glimpse at the Triad. It will have to be the dynamic duo of James and Bosh for now, if in fact those two decide to go in the other preseason games.

Wade's making the right call, naturally. There's zero reason for him to rush coming back. The team certainly needs to establish chemistry, flow, and its principles. But even if they rushed to prepare themselves for the season opener in Boston, no one will credit them until May. That has to be their focus, playing for June. Everything else is secondary. And from what we saw in the preseason opener, they're well on their way regardless.

(HT: SBNation.com )
 
 
 
 
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