The International Blogtable: What's Wrong with the Heat?


Every week, the International Blogtable brings together some of the best basketball minds from around the world, posing a burning question to writers and editors from the NBA's fleet of international web destinations. It's a BIG world, after all.
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Half-empty: What ails the Heat? Shouldnít they be running away with this?
Pawel Weszka
Editor, NBA Africa

Bosh and Haslem have gotten beaten up a night in and night out. Badly. Also, the Heat donít move the ball enough. Going against this tough Pacers defense is not going to get any easier and, letís face it, Miamiís shooting extravaganza from Game 3 will probably not happen again. They have to toughen up, rebound (a lot), draw Hibbert and West out and unlock the paint. Theyíve got to draw fouls. The reality is, if not for Jamesí clutch in Game 1, the Pacers could have been up, 3-1. Itís been Hibbert and Westís show so far.
Adriano Albuquerque
Blogger, NBA Brasil

The Pacers are a very good, very well-coached team that gave the Heat lots of trouble during the regular season. I expected a tight series. What the Heat have been doing wrong is the same they have done throughout the season: starting slow and only play up to their level in spurts. Especially at the defensive end, they need to play with more energy the whole game. On the offensive end, more LeBron in the post and a little more consistency from the role players will probably do the trick.
Hanson Guan
Editor, NBA China

Dwyane Wade, at a position where the Heat should have greatest edge over their opponents, is the key to the rest of the Pacers series. However, after going 5-for-15 in Game 4, it marked the fourth time in nine games in which he hit fewer than 50 percent of his shots. In those four games? The Heat have gone just 1-3, including Game 2 of this series. The Pacers are tough, and with the Heatís chances hurt by inside weakness, they have to bring their strengths into full play. James has done what he could; now it's Wade's time to rise to the challenge and push Miami through.
Philipp Dornhegge

At this point the Heat have basically gone from the Big Three to a one-man show. Chris Bosh is being manhandled by Hibbert and West and Dwyane Wade simply isnít himself. And as great as Miamiís supporting cast is, they really donít have the guys that could step in and play like stars. Indianaís philosophy is to not let three-point shooters beat them and to dominate the boards - which is exactly the way to beat Miami. Itís obviously easier said than done, but with the underwhelming way that Bosh and Wade have performed so far, itís possible.
Eduardo Schell
Editor, NBA EspaŮa

Chicago, despite all its injuries, showed that the Heat were 'touchables,' and I truly think that created some identity and self-trust problems in Miami: no plan B if LeBron its not awesome. The Heat should advance but Indiana was two layups away of a 3-1 lead, instead of a 2-2 tie. This fact must produce some shivers in Miami, so let's see how they deal with it in crunch time.
Stefanos Triantafyllos
Editor, NBA Greece

The Heat are being bullied by the Pacers' big fellas, especially by Roy Hibbert. They have lost the battle of the boards in each and every game and they are not protecting their paint, which their opponents have done quite well. The Heat have stuck to small-ball type of basketball, but haven't managed to increase the tempo of the game. They only did it in Game 3 and we saw the results. From here, they have to get more physical and, starting on the defensive end, make the Pacers feel uncomfortable and get on the break for some easy buckets. In order to do so they have to get the rebounds, continue pressing and put a body in front of George and Stephenson when they attack the rim. They have to make the series into a game of speed, not a game of power.
Akshay Manwani
Blogger, NBA India

Miamiís biggest problem is that their bench isnít contributing at all so far in this series. Ray Allen is 9-for-32, Shane Battier is 2-for-14 and Norris Cole is 5-for-18, which puts those three key reserves cumulatively at 16-for-64 (just 25 percent) from the field. Even Chris Andersen, who has been a perfect 13-for-13 in three games, didnít put up a single field-goal attempt in Game 4. Also, with the Pacers pounding the boards in four games (they've outrebounded Miami 176-136), there is little chance of the Heat running away with the Eastern Conference Finals.
Davide Chinellato
Editor, NBA Italia

Someone is finally exposing the Heatís lack of size. The Pacers are dominating the boards and controlling the paint with the 7-2 Roy Hibbert, who's back to an All-Star level after a tough start to the regular season. Miami doesn't have an answer for him and David West (neither for reserves Tyler Hansbrough and Ian Mahinmi, for that matter), largely because guarding West takes too much out of LeBron on the defensive end, and the Heat need the MVP to run their offense. Miami is still the best overall team here, but to win the East they need more from Wade (concerns mount around his knee) Bosh (3.3 rebounds per game, down from 8.6 against the Bulls) and their long distance shooters (Ray Allen is 29.4 percent from downtown, Shane Battier 15.4 percent, and Norris Cole is at 28.6 percent after hitting 81.8 percent against Chicago).
SelÁuk Aytekin
Editor, NBA Turkiye

LeBron is playing at the same level every game, but the problem is that he hasn't gotten the help that he needs from the rest of his team. Dwyane Wadeís and Chris Boshís performances have wavered, and the Heat simply do not scare Pacers. Indiana has kept fighting. Now, they're poised to go a step further.