There is no other way to describe what happened to the Heat on Tuesday night. If you have two of the best players on the planet, are playing at home, and as a team blow a twenty-plus point lead, you have choked. Yes, Miami had trouble with another elite point guard. Yes, the Heat had trouble with a power forward again, but this one is certainly not considered elite. He scored plenty on this night though.
46 POINTS!!! Are you kidding me. This was not Duncan, Garnett, or David West. It was Paul Millsap. Who? Exactly. Apparently, at halftime coach Eric Spoelstra instructed his team to stop playing sound defense, quit boxing people out, and under no circumstances should Miami players be seen crashing the boards in search of rebounds. It is truly amazing that on a night where Dwyane Wade scores 39 points, LeBron James records his first triple double as a Heater, and Miami was on the verge of blowing the Jazz back to Utah for much of the game, we are talking about Paul Millsap. But it is true.
It is obvious that the Miami Heat have some holes to plug before they can assume the position of greatness that most seem to think is their destiny. The Heat have to find someone that can defend the upper-echelon point guards in the league. Carlos Arroyo is not the answer and while both Wade and James spend some time in front of the point during crunch time, neither will be doing it full time. It would sap energy and take too much away from their offensive game. Also, as quick as LeBron is for a forward/bigger player, a player like Chris Paul poses a mismatch in terms of size and quickness. It would be great if they had a veteran player that could pressure the ball consistently. Maybe a guy who would come off the bench for 20-25 minutes a game and really harass the opposing PG. Someone like say, Allen Iverson. Of course, I have already preached that gospel, but Miami needs to find somebody. Size inside is important, but if the Bulls of Jordan could win with Longley, Perdue, Cartwright, and others, the Heat can win with what they have down low. The point guard problem, however, is real. An elite point guard makes every player on the floor better and there is more good news. Miami gets to face Rajon Rondo, along with the rest of the Boston Celtics on Thursday night.
About the Author
Written by Sean Eckhardt
Univ of Alabama alumni. Born and raised outside Chicago, IL. Currently live in Florida. Some of my favorite teams include the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Heat, and the Florida Panthers. My interests outside of sports include music, outdoor activities, and anything with a motor(cars, bikes, boats, etc...).