2013 NBA Playoffs: Despite Sloppy Play, Miami Heat Are Rolling

By Vytis Lasaitis
Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Seven games might be a small sample size, but it is one that very well reflects how the Miami Heat have been playing in the 2013 NBA Playoffs so far.

Since Miami quickly swept the Milwaukee Bucks, they have only played seven games in this year’s playoffs. Thus, their current postseason stats might be a little misleading. Having dropped just one game, the Heat boasts the highest point differential in the playoffs with +14.1, ahead of a distant second San Antonio Spurs who are a +8.5.

The Heat have continued their efficient ways in the playoffs and the stats also reflect that — Miami ranks first in the playoffs in field goal percentage at 49.6 percent, whereas the Golden State Warriors are second with 46.9 percent. Miami also ranks among playoff leaders in most other offensive categories.

However, one stat that also reflects on a reoccurring flaw in Miami’s game is turnovers. The Heat has shot themselves in the foot by being sloppy. In the regular season, Miami took care of the ball well and ranked sixth out of 30 teams in turnovers per game. So far into the postseason, the Heat are turning the ball over 15.1 times per game, which is only the 10th best figure out of 16 teams.

So, who is the biggest culprit you may ask? Quite understandably it’s LeBron James. There are only four players who average more turnovers in the playoffs than the 2013 NBA MVP, all of whom have already been eliminated.

With the amount of time James handles the ball, he will often have many turnovers, but he has been a little sloppy in the postseason even by his standards. Moving forward, the Heat has to do a better job taking care of the basketball.


Vytis is a Miami Heat and NBA columnist for RantSports. You can follow him on Twitter here: @VytisLasaitis

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