The International Blogtable: After Finals, Should Heat Freeze?


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If the Heat win Thursday, should they stand pat with their roster?
Pawel Weszka
Editor, NBA Africa

I don’t see a major reshuffle on the cards, but these NBA Finals and Miami’s previous series against Indiana have revealed the Heat’s problems in the paint. They were being outrebounded by the Pacers by 20 at times and also have struggled in the Finals. Apart from Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Udonis Haslem did not show offensive and defensive consistency, although Andersen had his good moments. Bosh elevated his offensive game, but the man needs help. The question is, with over $50 million invested in Big 3 this season, how much money will they be able to spend?
Adriano Albuquerque
Blogger, NBA Brasil

I don't think they even can. Is Ray-Ray still gonna be playing? Rashard Lewis? This is still the best team the Big 3 has had around them, but it would still be wise to improve the bench and the post. You always have to be looking to one-up what you did last year...
Hanson Guan
Editor, NBA China

Regardless of what will happen in Game 7, I think the Heat need tinkering more than overhauling. Compared to two seasons ago when the Big Three began to work together, Lebron James is now more grown-up and versatile, although both Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are on the decline. However, this doesn't require a major change. The battles in the series exposed the weak parts of Heat, though; they should improve their interior, and they need a player like Omer Asik to do so.
Philipp Dornhegge

Three players on the Heat's roster have player options, which makes Chris Andersen the only guy with an expiring contract. The only way to shake it up would be through trades then. I believe their role players are virtually untradeable. But the numbers certainly don't lie: Wade and James can't play together anymore. It might be enough for bad regular season opponents, but not for the Playoffs, which will only be tougher next year. So win or lose, Miami has to explore options for Wade if they want to be as good as or better than this season. Pau Gasol could be a perfect fit. I think these Playoffs have probably hurt Wade's value significantly, though, so there might not be anybody that wants his contract.
Eduardo Schell
Editor, NBA España

Three Finals and two rings, not bad. The formula works but also has shown the Big Threetanic can sink easily. Again it will be crucial to make the correct signings of veteran players that are willing to take a huge pay cut to try to win. If the Big Three becomes the Big Two it might be due to economic and cap issues. In that case, CB will be the most expendable piece, but also the less attractive for other teams.
Stefanos Triantafyllos
Editor, NBA Greece

It's proven over the last Playoffs series that the Heat did a good job supporting LeBron James and Dwayne James with good shooters (Allen, Miller, Chalmers, Lewis, even Battier can shoot the ball, in contrast with his recent three-point percentage), but on the other hand they cannot entirely rely on playing small. They need size inside the paint. But who are we to judge the two times champions?
Karan Madhok
Blogger, NBA India

Yes. And they should stand pat with their roster if they lose, too. If there’s anything that Miami should learn from their Finals’ opponent San Antonio, is that familiarity breeds success. The Spurs have been together for over a decade and continue to over-achieve every season. Miami won 66 games this season after all, revolutionized small ball, and went on a 27-game winning streak. So it’s true that they’ve had trouble in the last two series, but this is still a team composed of some of the world’s greatest players. They should make small upgrades to replace aging players, but win or lose, they should strive to keep their core together for as long as possible.
Davide Chinellato
Editor, NBA Italia

I think they should trade Bosh for a good center or a point guard and find out the degree to which Wade’s knees can still support him. But they need a change because other East contenders are getting better and almost everybody in the NBA has figured out how to give them hard time