Every follower of basketball understands a simple rule of the game, “You live by the three, you die by the three,” and it was clear which team lived and which team died in the Madison Square Garden season opener.
The Knicks shot 52.8 percent from the three point line making 19 three point shots. The Heat shot just 35 percent from the three point line while making just seven three point shots.
On a night where LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were not in attack mode the Heat’s next best offensive threat is their shooters, who other than Rashard Lewis who made four out of his six attempted threes, all had poor shooting nights. Heat starters Chris Bosh, Shane Battier, and Mario Chalmers all attempted threes but made none. Sharp shooter Ray Allen made only one of his attempted three shots from beyond the arc, James Jones missed his only attempt, and a rehabbing Mike Miller did not even attempt a three pointer.
The game shows the type of play NBA fans and spectators should expect from the Heat in games they lose. If James get into his 2012 postseason attack mode, for the majority of this season the few nights in which the Heat’s shooters struggle, the Heat will lose. One of the Heat’s biggest flaws is there lack of a player who can consistently play and score in the post and even after supposedly adding the ‘Sky hook’ during training camp and the preseason James did not even attempt to go get easy buckets in the paint.
James is the Heat’s biggest key in executing the upgraded offense and if he decides to take the night off, the Heat’s shooters will follow.