Tag:Joel Anthony
Posted on: January 25, 2011 1:14 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2011 1:25 pm
 

Bosh to miss 1-2 weeks with high ankle sprain?

Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh will be sidelined for an extended period of time with a high ankle sprain. Posted by Ben Golliver. chris-bosh-socks

Back on Jan. 15, Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh got really carried away, upset that Chicago Bulls forward Omer Asik for falling on him and spraining his ankle. It's been 10 days since the injury already, and Bosh has yet to see the court for Miami. This wasn't totally unexpected, as the Heat have enjoyed a big time lull in their schedule, but Bosh's return doesn't appear imminent either.

The Miami Herald reports that Bosh "could be sidelined for an extended period of time" and that he has not yet been able to run on a treadmill or participate in practice.
“It’s quite boring to be me right now at work,” Bosh said. “I’m still just trying to feel it out. It’s a different situation. I’ve never had a high ankle sprain. I don’t really know how to gauge anything.”

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra even said Bosh suffered "some damage" during his incident with Asik, which doesn't sound like great news.
“It’s different than an ankle sprain when you sprain your ankle and land on somebody’s foot,” Spoelstra said. “He had somebody land on his leg and it twisted it awkwardly, so it’s a little bit different than that. Those ankle sprains could take a lot longer, but there was some damage to it.”
The paper also noted that Bosh could potentially miss "one or two more weeks."

Miami's upcoming schedule is mixed, but fairly busy. In the next two weeks, Miami faces four playoff teams and three lottery teams. Could be better; could be worse.

On Thursday, they'll kick off a four games in five days stretch with a high-profile match-up against the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden. From there, they'll visit the Detroit Pistons on Friday, the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday and then return home to play the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday to close out January. If Bosh were to miss two full two weeks from today, he would also sit during Miami's visit to the Orlando Magic on Feb. 3, the Charlotte Bobcats on Feb. 4 and a home date against Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 6.

The three games that jump off the page are the Knicks, Magic and Clippers, as Bosh's absence will make it that much more difficult for Miami's thin frontline to defend power post scorers Amar'e Stoudemire, Dwight Howard and Blake Griffin, respectively.

The Heat are 1-1 so far in Bosh's absence, leaning heavily on Joel Anthony in both games. They have also turned to LeBron James in the power forward position.
Posted on: December 1, 2010 12:16 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:09 pm
 

Wizards' Armstrong suspended for flagrant foul

The NBA has suspended Washington Wizards forward Hilton Armstrong for one game without pay for his flagrant foul on Miami Heat center Joel Anthony on Monday night. Posted by Ben Golliver

The NBA announced today that Washington Wizards forward Hilton Armstrong has been suspended for one game without pay for his Flagrant Foul 2 against Miami Heat center Joel Anthony during the third quarter of Monday night's game between the two teams.
Hilton Armstrong of the Washington Wizards has been suspended one game without pay for his Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two against Joel Anthony of the Miami Heat, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President Basketball Operations.

Armstrong is set to serve his suspension on Wednesday night, when the Wizards travel to Toronto to face the Raptors.

To earn the suspension, Armstrong shoved Anthony out of the air during a lay-up attempt with both hands, causing Anthony to crash to the floor like a character from The Matrix. Heat forward Juwan Howard then rushed to Anthony's defense, pushing Armstrong to the ground from behind, which led to some jawing between the teams. Armstrong was assessed a Flagrant Foul 2 and immediately ejected from the game. Howard was also ejected after a video review of the incident. The altercation occurred at the :32 mark of the third quarter, with the Heat leading comfortably, 80-68.

Here's the must-watch video of the entire incident again.
Posted on: November 30, 2010 1:24 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:06 pm
 

Heat forward Udonis Haslem eyes April return

Miami Heat power forward Udonis Haslem eyes an April return from  foot surgery. Posted by Ben Golliver udonis-haslem Back on Nov. 21, Miami Heat forward and co-captain Udonis Haslem tore a ligament in his left foot. He underwent surgery two days later and was ruled out for an indefinite period of time, with some reports speculating that the Heat enforcer could miss the entire 2010-2011 NBA season. The Associated Press reports on Twitter that Haslem said Monday night that there is "no" chance his season is over and that he is looking "more at April than March" for a return to the court. The Heat conclude their regular season on April 13, but an April return would make Haslem available for a playoff run. (Assuming the Heat avoid the lottery.) Haslem's confidence is good news for the Heat, who badly miss their enforcer. Reserve forward Juwan Howard had to step up on Monday night to defend center Joel Anthony following a nasty flagrant foul by Washington Wizards forward Hilton Armstrong, and the physical tests for Miami's weak front line are surely just beginning.  As badly as Miami misses Haslem's physicality, Haslem misses the rough stuff that has buttered his NBA bread. The Sun-Sentinel reports on Twitter that Haslem said on Monday that he wished he could have been out there during the Heat/Wizards game. "I would have loved to be out there tonight, with all the pushing and shoving," the paper quotes Haslem as saying.
Posted on: November 29, 2010 9:52 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:06 pm
 

Video: Miami Heat scuffle with Washington Wizards

The Miami Heat and Washington Wizards scuffle after a flagrant foul by Wizards forward Hilton Armstrong on Heat center Joel Anthony. Posted by Ben Golliver During the third quarter of their Monday game, the Miami Heat and Washington Wizards got into a bit of a brouhaha after Wizards forward Hilton Armstrong shoved Heat center Joel Anthony out of the air during a lay-up attempt, causing Anthony to crash to the floor. Heat forward Juwan Howard immediately rushed to Anthony's defense, shoving Armstrong to the ground from behind and causing a minor scrum and jawing between the two teams. Here's video of the incident. Armstrong was assessed a Flagrant Foul 2 and immediately ejected from the game. Howard was also ejected after a video review of the incident. The altercation occurred at the :32 mark of the third quarter, with the Heat leading comfortably, 80-68.
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.


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Posted on: September 20, 2010 12:26 pm
Edited on: September 20, 2010 1:42 pm
 

The Heat will stretch the X's and O's

Posted by Matt Moore

We knew the Heat were going to be different. That's to be expected when you import two superstars onto the same team to join another. But we're now learning that it's probably going to push even further than we expected.

Ira Winderman of the Miami Sun-Sentinel spoke with Pat Riley a few days ago and the Heat head honcho "strongly hinted" that LeBron James or Dwyane Wade would do considerable work at point guard . Erik Spoelstra then spoke with the Miami Herald and said that James and Wade would "handle the ball" a lot. Wade has been adamant that him running point wouldn't be a big differential from what he's done at the past, but there's always been a "true" point guard on the floor bringing the ball up-court.

How does a Heat team ran at point by James or Wade look like? Well, it's different, that's for sure. A lineup that may see considerable time for the Heat features Mike Miller at shooting guard. You can expect Miller to camp on the perimeter and wait for his man to commit to a double-team or subsequent recovery help. The center's irrelevant here. Joel Anthony, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, doesn't matter. They're rebounding  and setting off-screens. That's it. Here's the kink in this system. If we suppose Bosh is in the post (where, honestly, he's not at his strongest, versus face-up), and James is running point, is Wade in the high post? Or is he on the perimeter as well? His perimeter shooting isn't good enough for that to be a viable strategy. The backdoor cut is obviously a high-potential opportunity. But then you're risking injury as Wade's in an elevated, high impact position, focused on catching the lob while the guys underneath try and kill him.

This is the problem with Wade at point-forward. With a talented true-center, he could run the two-man game. But is Bosh able to work that way out of the post? Bosh in the high pinch post with James at point playing the two man game may be the best option, with Wade floating off back-door screens, then driving inside for a kick and drive.

Lots of options. Wade at point may be the better one.

James in the high post may be the right merger of his skills. Gives his top-level passing the ability to go low to Bosh, out to Miller, or off the cut to Wade. Wade working with Bosh feels like it would make more sense, on plays that allow James to take a possession "off." The biggest issue will be creating space without allowing teams to cheat inside and just smack them around in playoff-style basketball.

Oh, and there's Mario Chalmers...

Moving on.

The Heat are going to have a lot to figure out when they head to camp in a few weeks.
Posted on: July 22, 2010 9:24 am
Edited on: July 22, 2010 12:40 pm
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