Thursday, January 6, 2011

Hot Points: Heat Still Have Room to Grow

January 6, 2011

The Miami Heat have won 19 of their last 20 games and stand at 28-9 for the season. However, the team still has room to improve despite their recent success. Here are today's hot points:

The Real Mike Miller
  • Mike Miller still has not found his groove with the team and has played only about eight minutes per game this season.
  • In Miller's six games played, he has only made one field goal on 13 attempts but is a career 46% shooter. 
  • Once Miller eases into the rotation he will attempt more shots - most of which will be wide open - and begin to make an impact on Miami's offense.
Haslem Set to Return
  • Udonis Haslem recently announced that he wants to return by late March, early April, which would add more depth the the Heat front court. 
  • Haslem was averaging eight points and eight rebounds this season (13 games) before falling to a foot injury.
  • Currently, Miami's front court back-ups (Juwan Howard, Joel Anthony and Erick Dampier) are not averaging Haslem's numbers combined.
  • The Heat should only improve once Haslem returns to the line up, both statistically and physically. 
Big Three Still Growing
  • Although Dwyane Wade and LeBron James shared Eastern Conference Player of the Month Awards for December, they, along with Chris Bosh, have not reached their peak potential together. 
  • James is averaging a career worst in turnovers (3.65), which means he has not fully adjusted to his new team yet. 
  • Although Wade has James to assume the play-maker role at times his assist numbers are at a career-low (4.2); they could slightly improve once reliable scoring options like Miller and Haslem return.
  • Bosh is performing up-to-par with Miami's expectations (averaging 18.4 points and 8.2 rebounds) but could benefit from the steady improvement of his two star teammates and a healthy Miller and Haslem.

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