Tag:Miami Triad
Posted on: October 5, 2010 10:59 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 11:01 pm
 

Highlight Factory: Notes on Heat preseason debut

Heat win hugely important game that does not count in standings against mediocre squad. LeBron James is good at basketball.
Posted by Matt Moore and Royce Young


Some thoughts from your F&R staff after the Heat's 105-89 win over the Pistons to open the Miami Triad era. Dwyane Wade left the game in the first quarter with a strained hamstring and did not return.


Royce Young: One thing mildly interesting: With Carlos Arroyo on the court, he typically ran the offense but when Mario Chalmers was in the game, LeBron seemed to control things a bit more. I don't know if this was by design or coincidental, but it seems the Heat are set on letting LeBron operate much in the same way he did in Cleveland. Now this (preseason) game isn't the best indicator because Dwyane Wade only played a few minutes and really all it turned into was the Cavaliers with Chris Bosh, but still, the usage of the point guard was minimal.

Matt Moore: Interesting that you mention that, because I thought the offense flowed a lot better with Chalmers in the game. He wasn't dictating the ball by bringing it to the timeline or setting things on the perimeter as much, but Chalmers was a through-point for the offense, and his shot looked much cleaner than Arroyo's. It's not just that this team can operate with James or Wade at point, but they may actually need to.

RY: Chalmers handled his duties pretty well though. Ten points, seven assists and just one turnover in 19 minutes. And he's coming back off a light ankle sprain. He'll be seeing more like 25-30 minutes this season but if that type of box score becomes semi-consistent, this team will be pretty awesome.

MM: Much better than I was expecting. Arroyo on the other hand was dreadful, even with a better line (4 of 6) than Chalmers. He just seemed like such an athletic downgrade from Chalmers. Then again, it's preseason, which is what I like to call "Marioworld."

RY: If you're even a casual fan of the NBA, it was hard not to be a little star-struck watching Wade, LeBron and Bosh all on the court at the same time. It was kind of surreal. Everyone has their feelings about this Miami team but even if you're on the side that absolutely despises it with every fiber of your being, watching Dwyane Wade try and follow a missed LeBron layup was something else. I wonder how long it's going to take for this newness to wear off and we can all start watching them just as a basketball team. I kind of think it might not really happen this season.

MM: It definitely had that All-Star feel to it. I kept waiting for Usher to break out at halftime. Bosh I thought was the weirdest part. He's doing what Chris Webber called "the dirty work" by cleaning up misses (and man is he going to get a ton of points that way this season). This is a premier offensive player in the league, and he's essentially playing the Anderson Varejao role. Of course, Bosh's line was great (20 points, 6 boards), but he had significant trouble with both the double-team and setting up in the block. He looked much more comfortable face-up on the wing, which isn't surprising if you've done your homework, but betrays what he's supposed to be for the Heat, which is the man down low. I would have liked to see more pick and roll with LeBron from them tonight, as well as more high-post work from Bosh.

RY: The DNP's for the Heat: Eddie House, Kenny Hasbrouck, Juwan Howard, Jamaal Magloire, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Mickell Gladness and Da'Sean Butler. Probably not too much to read into there because the notable ones (House, Howard, Magloire and Ilgauskas) are old veterans and are probably being limited in preseason.

MM: I thought more interesting was that Patrick Beverly got as much time as he did (a good nine minutes) as well as Dexter Pittman. The Heat are obviously still giving the youngsters a look in preseason.

RY: For a player like Udonis Haslem who is near automatic on an open 12-foot baseline jumper, LeBron is going to be incredible for him. Haslem was very good finishing with 14-13 and hit 6-9 from the field. More than likely, Haslem will become the rock on the Miami bench and in some games may prove to be that difference maker on the second unit instead of Mike Miller or Eddie House, who most think needs to step up.

MM: Z lived off of drive and kicks from LeBron for years, but Haslem is more athletic and has a closer range (Z has to have space to allow time to set up his shot at his age). I think Haslem's got a ton of potential to be the difference maker for this team on both sides of the ball. The best thing about him is he's reliable. Well, except for last year against the Celtics. That'll be a storyline down the road.

RY: Joel Anthony is set as the Heat's starting 5 right now and here was his line: 20 minutes, zero points, one rebound, two blocks, 0-0 from the field and four fouls. When you're Joel Anthony on the roster built like this, you better get used to lines like that.

MM: I almost feel like Dexter Pittman's 8 points, 4 fouls, 2 rebound performance was better. The effort was there from Pittman which is what the team needs. Anthony's not going to fill up the point totals, but he better get to rebounding and fast. This team absolutely must dominate the glass if they want to get where they're going, because they're not flush with elite size.

RY:  Granted, just one preseason game so it's way too early to start crowning this team, but that didn't stop me from thinking about 25 times, "Dang, this team is good." Wade only played three minutes so that's not a big taste of what it will be like, but with LeBron cooking there's just no stopping them. I think while we all questioned how Wade and LeBron would co-exist this summer we kind of forgot what an unselfish and great passer LeBron is. Yes, LeBron needs the ball in his hands just like Wade, but at the same time, LeBron is such a creator that you can picture them working fabulously together.

MM: How about that jab-step dribble and jump-whip pass to Bosh for the dunk in the first quarter? That's the kind of stuff you're going to see a lot. I think a lot of people put too much emphasis on one game of LeBron's career (Game 5) and forgot that this really is the best player in the NBA. He's still able to get to the rim whenever he wants. Having Bosh is good for him because he can finally trust the guy to get it done. The Wade-James experiment is still in testing phase with Wade's injury, but it's a matter of how it will work, not if. This is a preseason game, so there's going to be heavy limitations from what we can take away from it. But if you're a hoophead, you watched this team and it struck you. We have a new powerhouse in the NBA and teams better get ready to contend with them.

I will say this in closing. The chemistry on court seemed good, but there was a concern. Bosh seemed a bit awkward and out of place early on when he wasn't just given the ball in ISO to work. That's going to come in time, but right now, it's something they need to work on. And if you noticed, James took a hard hit on his right elbow in the first, grimaced, cursed, then missed two free throws (finished 0-3 from the line). I'm not convinced the elbow is better. I am convinced the Heat are going to be not only good, but interesting to watch develop this year. As overhyped as they may be.


Posted on: October 5, 2010 8:30 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 8:38 pm
 

BREAKING: Dwyane Wade not seriously hurt at all

Miami star will not return to preseason game versus Pistons after straining hamstring.Posted by Matt Moore

Well the good news is that LeBron James is off to a hot start, scoring 12 points in the opening quarter. The bad news is that Dwyane Wade left just minutes into the first preseason game between the Miami Triad and the Detroit Pistons. Wade was treated on the bench before heading back to the locker room. He has been diagnosed with a strained right hamstring and won't return, via KB .

Wade has had a plethora of injuries throughout his career since winning the title, mostly on account of his fearless style. The injury of course is ridiculously minor, but since every single thing any of these players do is huge news, it's probably going to be analyzed. Wade's won't return in tonight's game and since it's preseason, expect him to miss a few more as the training staff is insanely cautious with him.

But hey, LeBron looks good!

To your right, you'll see a look at the healthy version of Dwyane Wade's hamstring. We've got all your Heat coverage, right here!

Rumors cannot be confirmed at this time that Wade faked the injury in order to catch "Glee." Here's some more information about hamstring injuries. Science!


Posted on: October 4, 2010 1:10 pm
Edited on: October 4, 2010 1:10 pm
 

Heat Stroke: ESPN hits warp speed on Heat

ESPN launching global initiative to track every conceivable detail of Miami's first season with the Triad. Posted by Matt Moore

You knew this was coming. If you're feigning outrage and shock, stop now. ESPN covers big stories with exhausting girth. That's their thing. They take the biggest stories, the ones likely to pull in the most people, and then they swallow them whole in a giant media albatross mouth. So it's only natural that they've now announced their plan for the Heat, and it is similarly behemoth.

You know why? Because we're all reading it. That's why. No matter how much people say they're sick of LeBron James, they're still in love with commenting on James news just to say how sick they are of it. No matter how much we argue they haven't won a single game, the fact is that all their games across the league are selling out and people are predicting record ratings. The Heat are going to sell. And ESPN has taken full advantage of that fact. It started with "The Decision" and it continues with the "Heat Index."

ESPN announced today that they are launching a special coverage initiative called "The Heat Index" which is, honestly, massive. It features now-former Cleveland Plain-Dealer reporter Brian Windhorst, who has covered LeBron since high school, Mike Wallace of the Miami Herald , Kevin Arnovitz, who runs ESPN's TrueHoop Network, and Sebastian Martinez-Christensen to provide ESPN Deportes coverage.

The package itself is huge, with a running tracker of how the Miami Triad stack up against other Big 3's throughout history, Heat-related Twitter aggregation, any Heat content from across ESPN and the TrueHoop Network, 24 hour live streaming feed of LeBron's house, a 3-D hologram display of how much merchandise is being sold at the arena, and health meters attached to the players. Okay, those last three I made up.

When we launched this here Heat Stroke, it wasn't just to bring you Heat news, it was to show you just how completely ridiculous the coverage of this team is going to be on a daily basis, more than any other story in the NBA, including the 16-time-and-defending champion Lakers. That's the irony. We recognize how ridiculous the coverage of the Heat is and will be, and at the same time we're a part of it. Why? Because you want to know.

Everyone's obsessed with this team. They're genuinely excited about the combination of talent on board, or they love to complain about the coverage, and in order to do so, they have to seek it out. Not that finding it is going to be very hard. Get used to it, this is the new NBA world for the next 12 months. All Heat, all the time Until next summer, at which point it's all lockout, all the time.
Posted on: September 27, 2010 4:39 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2010 12:07 am
 

Heat Stroke, Volume 1: Media Day!

Posted by Matt Moore

The Heat are the NBA's biggest story. And in case you weren't aware of that, there are four thousand daily reminders of it. So while we're simultaneously participating in the completely ridiculous over-coverage of the Miami Heat, we'll strive to bring you examples of that coverage itself. This is your Daily Heatstroke.


The Heat held Media Day today in Miami before shipping off to Hurlbert Field in the panhandle for camp. The whole cast of characters was on stage, and the presser actually featured the Big 3 together on one stage. On the one hand, it meant that reporters could ask questions to all three of them at a time. On the other, it meant that the Triad didn't have to answer questions for too long. Which was a good thing, since the three seemed to be feeling affects of all the negative attention they've recieved. Their answers were about what you'd expect.
  • ESPN kicked off their coverage which promises to be as over the top as possible this season by breaking to the presser live. After coming on nearly thirty minutes late, the Big 3 commented very little on the season, but the tone was clear.
  • They are not happy with how they've been criticized, and have every intention of taking it out on the rest of the league. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel has a full rundown of the presser , courtesy of Ira Winderman:
  • James on the criticism he's received from NBA greats like Charles Barkley, Magic Johnson, and Michael Jordan: "I make my own decisions. I still respect Mike, I still respect Magic, Charles."
  • James on the hype around the Triad: "We understand this is an ultimate team sport. I know that by example."
  • More from James on the criticism he received: "I've moved forward. I don't want to dwell on the past. There's a lot of things said about me."
  • (James also told ESPN's Rachel Nichols that he has made a written list of all the people who criticized him this summer.)
  • Chris Bosh on expectations: "You play 82 games; you're not going to have 82 good games. We're going to have fun, make sure we have fun."
ESPN will have coverage, every single day, of every single practice, during Heat training camp. Hope you guys aren't burned out yet. Get it? Burned out? On the Heat? Get it? Because they're the Heat? ...I'll be quiet now.
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Posted on: September 10, 2010 5:03 pm
Edited on: September 10, 2010 5:12 pm
 

Pat Riley wants you off the Heat's back

Heat president fires back at critics.
Posted by Matt Moore


Pat Riley's mad as hell and he's not going to take it anymore. Well, okay, he's probably going to take it but he's going to be really snarky about it in the press. Riley today spoke with reporters for the first time since pulling off the coup d'etat he managed back in July. In an interview with Ira Winderman of the Miami Sun-Sentinel , Riley fired back at all the people who have been taking pot shots in public towards the Miami Triad and Riley's new superpower.

A few tasty cuts from Riley's fatty cow of incredulity:
  • "Charles Barkley, to me, went way over the top," Riley said. "I think Charles is probably the only guy in the league that can get away with what he gets away with.
  • "Stan (Van Gundy)'s out there making comments about Chris Bosh being a lap dog to Dwyane Wade," Riley said. "I don't know what happened to some of these guys along the way."
  • "I take a little bit of umbrage from some of the things that came from people in our game," he said.
There's a lot more in Winderman's piece, but that gives you a sense for how Riley's feeling. There's going to be a lot more of this stuff over the next nine months, so prepare yourself. Until the world becomes accustomed to the new reality the Heat have made for themselves, and process whatever catharsis they need to if the Heat win or if they lose, this is what we'll be dealing with. The anger of the decisions. The reaction to the anger. The reaction to the anger over the reactions to the anger. Ad nauseum. This is the universe that has been made, with everyone taking a side on whether this is being overly criticized or if it really is indicative of a downfall in character.

The character issue is perhaps the most stunning. Sacrifice is most commonly referred to in hushed tones, and with reverence. But for some reason, the Triad doesn't come off as sacrifice at all. Instead it reflects in many people's eyes as weakness, excuse-making, celebrity-chasing. The answer is likely somewhere in between.

Riley had to expect this, though. Especially from Van Gundy. Asking "what happened" to Van Gundy? Pat Riley did. And Barkley taking strong sides is nothing new. But this is just the beginning. Every loss to a major team will be played as a revelation that this team isn't ready to really sacrifice and play together. Every win will be dismissed unless it's in the Finals, and then it will simply be discussed as "They should win! They have the talent!"

This is the cost of pulling off something like Riley did. There will be fame, popularity, wins, and money. Lots of money. But there will also continue to be people dead set against the Heat. Riley needs to accept it and let these pot shots keep coming. That motivation is what the Heat need more than anything, the drive to go out and destroy everyone who's dismissed, insulted, or marginalized what they've done and who they are.

"The Decision" is over. The fallout will continue for months, maybe years.
 
 
 
 
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