Los Angeles Clippers at Miami Heat
American Airlines Arena
November 20, 2014
5:00 p.m. PST
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1. Why are Chris Bosh’s percentages so far down this year?
Hayley Byrnes, HotHotHoops, (@haylohaylz): Without Dwyane Wade there to help balance the offense (Wade has been out with a hamstring injury), it’s allowing the defense to focus in on Bosh. Part of his struggles has simply been missing shots that he would normally hit, but he’s admittedly been pressing a bit to correct his shooting woes. I don’t think it’s anything to worry about but it would be good for the offense to make a concerted effort to make plays for Bosh instead of asking him to create everything himself.
Fred Katz, (@FredKatz): Is saying, “He’s just slumping a bit” too boring? Yes? It is? OK, well in that case, I’ll reference that Miami is relying on Bosh a little more this year for actual shot creation. With LeBron there in the past, Bosh was almost purely a catch-and-shoot jump-shooter. Now, he’s a little more than that within an offense looking to make up for a whole lot of play creation. But yeah, it’s mostly a slump. He’s Chris Bosh. He’ll be just fine.
Andy Liu, (@AndyKHLiu): The easy answer is LeBron James, right? That’s probably it, but there’s some muscle memory factor to this. It’s been several seasons since Bosh has taken contested jumpers and post-ups. He’s still awesome, so his efficiency should only go up the more he plays.
2. Shawne Williams has gone from afterthought to significant role player. What is he drinking?
Byrnes: He’s drinking opportunity! Erik Spoelstra and his development staff have put Shawne Williams into the same revival program that they did with Rashard Lewis. Williams is tall and he can shoot from the outside. They’re not asking him to do more than hit open jumpers and move the ball. As long as he sticks with the agenda, he can be zombie Rashard Lewis, or maybe we can call it Zombie 2010 Shawne Williams?
Katz: He must be drinking whatever is good for losing weight. Doesn’t Williams look significantly slimmer than he ever has before? Am I taking Mugatu’s crazy pills or is this real? Also, if you’re going to be a stretch 4 who almost exclusively takes threes, Erik Spoelstra is a good man to look to for help.
Liu: Spoelstra is a really good coach. Spacing is a steroid for teams that hold players with limited offensive skill sets but reliable jumpers. Williams has taken advantage of said spacing, and the more Josh McRoberts plays, the more likely he can sustain this. Smart passes like Luol Deng and Bosh flanking the system doesn’t hurt, either.
3. What’s going on with the Clippers’ offensive rebounding?
Byrnes: Amazingly, they’re just as bad as the Heat when it comes to offensive rebounding. With the Heat, you can blame it on a lack of size. Maybe it’s just that both coaches are so concerned with transition defense and that end of the floor that they’re not asking their players to really go after them. The Clippers can’t really blame a lack of size or athletic ability but they can point to Doc Rivers as someone who isn’t concerned with crashing the glass over getting back on defense.
Katz: I’d say the Clippers are more concerned with getting back on the defensive end than they are at crashing for offensive rebounds, but it’s not like the defense has been all that effective in the halfcourt. And they’re still getting beat back down that end of the floor, sometimes even after shot makes. When we look at rebounding woes on this team, we usually mention the wings, who board at below-average rates, but Blake Griffin’s plummeting rebounding rate is becoming a real area of concern.
Liu: Blake Griffin is quite obviously not 100 percent yet. DeAndre Jordan can’t do it all himself. Spencer Hawes is, well, Spencer Hawes. And Big Baby is not very good. I’m on the panic bandwagon but don’t think offensive rebounding is the larger part of the issue. It might be the lack of creativity that’s killing the team right now.