Howling with the Wolf - 01/04/11
By Britt Clement
Interview with Bucks Assitant Coach, Joe Wolf
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The Bucks get a two game Florida road trip rolling in Miami on Tuesday night. The Heat are indeed hot as LeBron and company haven't lost since December 20 and are 17-1 since November 29.
"Obviously, the big three of (LeBron) James, (Dwyane) Wade and (Chris) Bosh present problems for every team," coach Joe Wolf said. "We have to make sure we do a good job on Bosh's post ups and make sure he feels our presence. With James and Wade it's the pick and rolls. We can't allow them to get to the rim."
In addition to the Big Three (currently combining for 67.5 of their 101.7 points, 21.4 of the 42.8 rebounds and 13.5 of the 20.0 assists), the Bucks need to make sure that the Heat's role players don't have big games from them Wolf notes "We have to make sure that we take away the guys that have benefited from those three: James Jones and Big Z (Zydrunas Ilgauskas) have done a great job of getting open shots and Carlos Arroyo beat us last time without missing a shot. We have to make sure that it's not only the big three, but the players who have benefitted from playing with them."
In the first meeting the Bucks did a decent job on James, Wade and Bosh as they combined for "just" 60 points, 14 assists and 32 rebounds. The boards were an issue as Miami held a 48-35 advantage over Milwaukee. However, as Wolf mentioned, Carlos Arroyo had 18 points on 6-6 shooting (2-2 from three and 4-4 from the line) in providing a big boost to the Heat lineup.
Through all the team's star power, the Heat's defense may be overlooked. Through Sunday's games they're third in points allowed (92.3), first in defensive field goal percentage (42.5), second in defending the 3-pointer (31.8) and have held a league-best 28 teams (out of 31) under 100.
Wolf addressed Miami's defense. "They do a nice job of maintaining a tight shell. Teams are having a hard time getting into the paint and scoring there. Once they get in there, Ilgauskas, Bosh and Joel Anthony are there and blocking shots. They play with a nice shell and stop the ball in pick and rolls and they seem to be on the same page which is a help on the defensive end."