The Miami Heat were able to snap their two-game losing streak on Sunday by beating the Washington Wizards at home, 103-93. Even though the Heat were ultimately out-rebounded 41-32, they still dominated the scoreboard for most of the game. The key to the Heat’s success was how often they shared the ball. Miami had 32 assists on 37 made field goals, plus had nine of the 10 main rotation players rack up at least one assist.
Although the concept of sharing the ball isn’t new to this championship-defending roster, there have been times this season when certain players like LeBron James try to carry the team on their back offensively, and it limits what the other players on the team can do. The Heat’s offense is the most devastating when multiple players are touching the ball, swinging it from one side of the court to the other, keeping the defense on their toes.
When a team is able to share the ball so well on the court, it typically leads to higher shooting percentages from the field. The Heat shot 52.9 percent on Sunday, the highest mark of the season for the defending champs. Is it a coincidence that the Heat hit such a high mark while also assisting on 82 percent of those shots? I think not. This has to be the formula that the Heat use throughout the entire season if they are to attempt to win a third straight championship.
The days of figuring out whom the alpha dog is, or who is going to get the last shot are over. This team has played together for three-plus years, and has won two championships together. This is more an issue of complacency than lack of skill set. By truly playing as a team, the Heat will make winning a third championship a whole lot easier for themselves.