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Your Morning Dump… Where chemistry matters

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Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

“Patience,’’ Rondo said, trying to explain it. “Knowing what’s about to happen. Seeing the play before it happens. It’s not easy. That’s the kind of chemistry [we have]. I know where Ray’s going to be, I know where he wants the ball. I can almost throw some blind passes once in a while.’’

“He had so many big plays with his passing,’’ said coach Doc Rivers. “The handoffs. He’s faking and throwing balls. He does things that you just don’t see with the ball. His vision is amazing.’’

It’s all instinctive.

“It’s a quick trigger when I find guys, but I pretty much know where Ray’s going to be, I know where Kevin’s going to shoot his shots. I know when [Pierce is] going to shoot. It’s just the luxury of playing with the guys so long,’’ said Rondo. “That’s why I’m glad everyone came back this year.

Globe: Once again, Rondo dials it up on the dish

"I think it's a reality now," said [LeBron] James. "Right now, we are talented enough to play against these teams, but the chemistry right now isn't up to the level of some of the better teams. That's why it's kind of difficult for us to stay on point throughout the whole game."

ESPN Boston: Postgame notes: Pierce's talent

It doesn't all come down to chemistry… but it really plays a big role.  

I said last night on Twitter that Rondo looked like Tom Brady bouncing around in the pocket just waiting…waiting… and then checking down to a running back for a big gain.  If he knows where everyone is going to be, then he can just wait… throw a fake or two… and then find the guy he wants when he gets open. 

Meanwhile, LeBron only seems to know that when the excrement hits the spinning blades, he needs to put his shoulder down and bull his way to the hoop. (seriously… how is THIS not an offensive foul every time?)  People have joked that in both games against the Celtics, LeBron has turned the Heat into the Cavaliers… and they're right.  

Will time turn that around?  Probably.  Of course, the Celtics also have the advantage of Rajon Rondo running the show as opposed to Carlos Arroyo.  Arroyo is a bit of a problem for them so they're going to be pulling the whole point-forward routine all year.  But regardless, time together will help their situation.  As for the whole weak point guard/front line issues…. Miami's on their own there. 

All I know is the C's can be a half step quicker than Miami because they know what their teammates are going to do all the time… and often even when plays break down.  Last night, the C's executed some gorgeous plays where the ball was whipped around the court in a blur leaving guys WIDE open for perfect shots.  It was a clinic at times.  And that's what chemistry can do for you.

On Page 2:  Woj eviscerates LeBron again

Lebron bitching

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With two horrific losses within three days at American Airlines Arena, the Heat are mortified to find themselves fighting to stay above .500, and Spoelstra is getting to know his superstar,LeBron JamesChris Bosh came and went, Dwyane Wade stood in the corners and watched. Most of all, James found himself in postseason shape, closing a loss to the Boston Celtics with a missed layup, two missed free throws and a corner 3-pointer off the side of the backboard.

The world’s bearing down, times are tumultuous, and James is the one Heat star in playoff form.

“For myself, 44 minutes is too much,” James declared. “I think Coach Spo knows that. Forty minutes for D-Wade is too much. We have to have as much energy as we can to finish games out.”

There you go, Coach Spo.

Get to know him well.

Two days earlier, James had done nothing in overtime and ultimately decided the difference was a Hall of Fame coach, Jerry Sloan, who knew exactly what the Heat were going to do. James never takes responsibility, never says, “I’m the MVP and I need to do more.” He didn’t do it in Cleveland, and he’s never going to do it in Miami. Now, 44 minutes in a grudge game with the Celtics is too much. Always an out, always an excuse.

Yahoo!  Heat folding under weight of season

Here's what seems to be happening with the Heat:

Their best leader is Dwyane Wade.  Their best player is LeBron James.  So when the Heat need someone to lead them in the tought times… they're in a bit of a quandry:  Do you give the ball to your best player and watch your leader stand off to the side?  Or do you give the ball to your leader and have your best player stand in the corner?  

They haven't learned how to be unselfish yet.  They're being unselfish bad spots.  They're being greedy for too long. 

And in the end, you can't change who these guys are at this point.  Bosh is going to be soft.  LeBron is going to blame everyone but himself.  And if you can take Wade out of it… then you're going to be in a good place. 

The rest of the links: 

ESPN Boston:  Morning snapshot: Day at the beach  |  First impressions  |  WEEI:  Ainge on Big Show: Health of O'Neals "a concern"  |  Fast break: C's beat Heat  |  Celtics make a statement  |  Herald:  Celtics have a ball in Miami  |  Ray Allen right on course  |  Banged up crew works interior  |  O'Neal's timing Jermaine to this decision |  Globe: Allen, C's beat Heat  |  Some bumps in the road for Miami's big 3  |  Not easy being Green  | CSNNE:  Pierce tweaks LeBron on Twitter  |  They're cool on the Heat  |  Heinsohn:  I'm so tired of watching LeBron  

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  • Josh

    Lebron’s strategy of putting his head down and running at the bigs to draw the blocking foul was awful to watch. An obvious desperate attempt at getting them out of the game so Miami could compete.
    It’s just not fun to watch a guy do the same thing over and over again. Selfish too. Celtics bigs should have accepted he was doing this and started delivering flagrant fouls. Make him truly earn those calls.
    Also, the man looks like has been shot after every foul…grow a sack and play with some dignity.

  • Stan

    Touche. How is it that Princess James doesn’t get a T for all the whining he does, but Nate gets one immediately for raising his hands?

  • My post before the game last night was all about team chemistry and how it will be the difference in the game. People should understand that putting LeBron alongside other all-stars does not mean he is going to magically incorporate them into the one person offense he has been accustomed to his entire life. Sure, he will drop 30 points on teams like the Nets and get some assists to D-Wade too, but against REAL playoff defenses like Boston’s, LeBron simply cannot win. I find it hilarious that he averages more points against the Celtics than any player in NBA history (Jordan, Kareem, etc.) yet they beat him just about every single time. Like I’ve been saying since “The Decision,” Team chemistry absolutely matters… just ask the 5-4 Heat. It isn’t just about how a team looks on paper, the NBA is no video game.

  • damn adrian really hates lebron!
    that was a great win and i’m sure everyone, not just the celtics, is tired o watching lebron shoot freethrows all night

  • LeBron’s mama ought to be proud of him getting to the front of the “welfare” (free throw) line.
    Are the nba officials Feds? LOL
    Personally, I’d be embarrassed to get gifted like he does..22 free throws? How can ya not get over 30 pts with that.

  • Classless

    To be fair, Woj from Yahoo! is an absolutely clownshoe of a writer. He’s reacts like the President has been assassinated after every Miami Heat game. Also remember he’s the one who claims Garnett’s trash talk will haunt him and affect his hall of fame chances. JOKE writer.

  • Mr Miyagi

    LeBum is not getting a ring until he plays on a team where he’s just another (and treated as such) SOLID player on a SOLID team. T.E.A.M. All the friendly whistles, hype and Charles Barkley (Head of the ‘King No Ring choir) will not change this.
    Chris Bosh: Is eventually going to get dunked on by Nate Robinson. You watch. Like he does.
    D-Wade: I still like, but he needs to be more careful of the company he ‘keeps’.
    Mr Miyagi out.