Chris Bosh believes that the Miami Heat need to slow down the tempo.
Bosh is right. The small-ball Heat team that thrives off spacing the floor and revolves around the ability of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade to get to the rim, is not built for to be played in faster paced and less intense regular season. In a seven game series that team is hard to beat and the many flaws that the team has will not hold the team back but over the course of an 82 game season the Heat are extremely vulnerable.
The Heat struggled in half-court and playing at a slower pace in the 2010-2011 season mostly because of chemistry but two seasons later that is arguably the best way for them to play and the hardest way to defend them. The offseason additions that the Heat brought in are not players who excel in an up tempo offense, at least not at this point in their careers. In fact the four most important pieces surrounding James, Wade and Bosh are players that are all over 30 years old. Ray Allen, Shane Battier, Udonis Haslem and Rashard Lewis all are players with versatile roles that enable the ‘Big 3’ to play exceptionally well together. It is no secret that a faster pace is not to the advantage of these players.
Since the Heat are playing faster their defense and rebounding have taken the biggest hit which has resulted in them not playing as well. Miami is ranked 25th in the NBA in points allowed and 29th in the league in rebounds per game. Faster playing style has made them a more lethal offense but that has not resulted in being a better overall team.
Bosh may be correct in his disapproval of the way the Heat are playing since they have lost back-to-back games for the first time this season and have been blown-out by the New York Knicks twice before Christmas.