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Your Morning Dump… Where Miami’s bickering with one another

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) June 3, 2013 Around the NBA 25 Comments

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.

“We’ve got to do a good job of making sure me and Chris have our opportunities to succeed throughout the game,” Wade said. “That’s something we’re going to have to look at as a team.”

[...] “We’ve got guys individually who want to play better,” Wade said. “But we’ve got to try to help each other out in this locker room and not leave it up to the individual to self-will it.”

Following the game, James tried to explain this shift in strategy.

“I mean, we can state the obvious; they’re both struggling,” James said of Wade and Bosh. “When you’re struggling, the best thing to get is a layup or a dunk. [Wade] missed a couple of them … Chris is struggling with his shot and him hurting his ankle didn’t help.”

ESPN: Dwyane Wade wants a bigger role

On a day where no Celtics news exists, it’s fun to take a quick peek into the NBA playoffs and see that our good friends down in Miami are getting along so swimmingly.

With Wade dealing with a bone bruise in his right knee and Chris Bosh dealing with a sore ankle, the Heat have gotten almost all of their offense from LeBron.  In fact, LeBron has scored 387 points in the playoffs so far… while Wade and Bosh have combined for 378.   Bosh has scored 19 points in his last 3 games combined.

But it’s Wade, more than anyone, making waves right now.  And here’s why:

He averaged 15 shots and 16.8 points over the first four games of the Eastern Conference finals. He has gotten a total of 19 shots and scored a total of 20 points in the past two games. Wade was 3 of 11 for 10 points in Game 6.

As we head into tonight’s Game 7, the Heat are facing a very real possibility of becoming the Cavs, an image LeBron already invoked when he said he want back to his “Cleveland days” after willing Miami to a Game 5 win.  LeBron is trying to do it all himself because he feels like he has to.

Meanwhile, Wade, especially, is sitting there thinking “you realize I’m still Dwyane Wade, and not Sasha Pavlovic, right?”  That sets up an interesting possibility of Wade sabotaging the Heat’s chances for a repeat by trying to prove to everyone that he should be getting more shots by taking ill-advised ones.  I mean, do you honestly think Dwyane Wade is going to sit there and watch someone else carry his franchise, the one he’s played for his whole NBA life, in a suddenly desperate Game 7 at home?  You think he’s really going to play some bit part in LeBron’s summer blockbuster?

The Heat might win this game tonight.  But they might lose.  That’s a very real possibility which was inconceivable a few weeks ago.  And even if they do win tonight, that sets them up for a serious challenge in the Spurs, who are waiting, resting, and drawing up game plans to take advantage of the hobbled and bickering Heat.

This is why the Celtics Big 3 worked as long as it did.  Because the older Celtics stars all knew they needed each other to get the rings they so desperately wanted.  Because they all understood how to sacrifice.  The Heat stars are too young to do it the same way.  And even in Boston, hurt feelings got in the way and broke things up.  But it took a long time to happen here.

Questions about Miami’s long-term viability are already creeping up.  If they lose tonight, get ready for an offseason full of “should we break this up?” talk from Miami.  Chris Bosh makes the exact same amount of money LeBron makes.  And Wade makes a tiny bit less.  They all account for nearly $60 million of Miami’s $86 million payroll next season.  So decisions will have to be made at some point soon about that team.  Bickering…. and a loss tonight… could accelerate them.

I wonder what Ray Allen is thinking right now.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/chuck.mckenney1 Chuck McKenney

    Ray’s numbers for Indy series: 28% FG, 29% 3 FG.

    Worse than Jason Terry.

    • eddysamson

      Granted he is older, and Terry has a pretty shiny clean injury history. It still pleasures me greatly to know this with how bad Terry was for most of the series.

    • Step

      I really want the Heat to lose, but I REALLY wanted Ray to not have an impact on this series. I don’t think I could stomach them winning because of one of his late 3’s.

    • RED`S LOVE CHILD

      Ray was washed-up long before DA offered to ridiculously overpay him {$12M} a year ago.

      If Miami loses tonight, Ray`s only “joy” this season stems from ridding himself of Rondo…seeing Rondo get injured…slapping Rondo with the reputation as the guy who chased HOF Ray from the Celtics, thus causing further damage to Boston attracting top FA talent.

      Miami losing pushes LBJ one step closer to using his early termination option next year…”bringing his talents to Manhattan Beach”, while Kobe gets amnestied and LAL clears serious roster space/salary.

    • wil

      Difference between them is Jet is a smarter player than ray allen. Terry still moves around the court well. In short JET still got feet though him and ray dont have the hands anymore

  • ShawnCVD

    Fingers crossed for a Pacers upset…

    • frank

      Amen

  • Nathan

    Its funny how, i obviously really want the pacers to win. But if they do, i wont watch every game of the finals, probably just the ends of most the games, where as if the heat do move on, I’ll be going out of my way to watch most games and root against them.

    • Red’s Cigar

      That’s exactly why the heat will win. You can thank Dave Stern

      • KGino

        Ugh, sadly this is the case for most NBA fans and why the Heat are given more calls than any other team.

        Do what I do.. Watch only the final 5 minutes. If the games not close, change the channel. I don’t know how anyone can tolerate watching 48 min of flopping, the amount I see in 5 min is all I can bare.

        • Step

          I think we have the same way of watching the Heat..lol. If they’re losing or the game is close I’ll watch until the end. If they’re winning I’m changing the channel.

          • KGino

            Haha good!! I wish more fans should take our approach so the Heat aren’t such a big draw.

            I vowed never to give the Heat my ratings after that BS game 2 of last years ECF. I don’t think I’ve ever been angrier after a game. I didn’t watch a single second of the finals last year. I prefer not to subject myself to watching other teams suffer thru the same flopping, perfectly timed momentum swinging referee calls, and no calls. It’s infuriating. They’re lucky I even tune in for the final 5 min lol, it contradicts my vow. But how can you miss the opportunity to watch Bosh collapse to his knees and cry like a baby? Or Lebron choke and suffer a beat down from the media? Go pacers!

          • Step

            I feel like we’re the same person right now..lol. That’s exactly when I changed my views on watching the Heat, right after G2. I can’t even watch recaps of Rondo’s “big” game because it brings back some raw emotions. I REFUSED to watch the Heat celebrate winning last yr and I didn’t get on ESPN until after draft night. I can’t watch that team.

          • KGino

            Haha exactly! The story of that series should have been Rondo in Game 2, not Lebron in Game 6!

    • cassld

      I’m actually really excited about the possibility of a Spurs vs. Pacers Finals (knock on wood). The match-up has some really exciting possibilities. Plus Paul George has been a joy to watch.

      If it’s the Heat, I’ll probably just switch it on during commercials to keep my blood pressure in check. I can’t deal with watching LeBron flop and whine for 48 minutes anymore. Or listen to the announcer talk about Wade’s knee.

  • KGino

    If the Pacers are gonna knock them out, they gotta do it themselves and set the tone early. We all know they won’t get help from the refs.

    Here’s hoping they are unconscious all night.

  • kobe

    @ John – Red’s Army – shouldn’t you be talking about fishing by now?

    • KGino

      @Kobe — No, because we couldn’t hold a candle to how many fish the Lakers have caught by now. And as you know, we are accustomed to having MORE than the lakers =)

      • LA Flake

        Actually, KGino, they have one more rapist than we do.

        • KGino

          haha duly noted sir

  • http://twitter.com/djKahnNYC Kahnstantine

    We Celtics fans especially should not be surprised by Ray’s disappearing act after a strong start. He’s not getting any younger. Which leads to a question: how long can Ray possibly stick around for a title if they lose this year? And will he feel stupid for giving up a great thing (and more money) and not retiring in Boston?

  • Eddie Allen Powe

    Ray Allen is thinking “I had it bad in Boston? I can’t even instruct Mario Chalmers, much less contribute in a huddle”

  • Guest

    Hahaha yes! This makes me feel good inside. Now if the Heat will just implode tonight maybe my nuts will stop tingling from when Ray kicked them last summer!

  • frank

    The big 3 thought it would be a cake walk and they’d win not 1 championship, but more than they were even under contract for. This warms my heart to see them finally facing adversity. Hope they lose, though I wouldnt bet on it.

  • Joanne Tran

    If Pacers win the ECF, I expect them to break up the Miami Big 3