This may become the most common reoccurring theme for the defending champs this season: a team with a significant size advantage once again beat the Miami Heat. The Heat were not only out-rebounded by 10, but gave up a near season-high nine offensive rebounds to the Indiana Pacers‘ frontcourt.
When looking at the Heat’s six losses, they have all come against teams that tower over them in terms of size in the frontcourt. Although Michael Beasley didn’t play last night (his offense would have been huge), the fact of the matter is that the Heat just don’t have the personnel to compete with very large teams. This isn’t exactly an end-all situation for the Heat because their fast-paced offense typically balances out any deficit down low they might have.
The Heat knew going into this game that they would lose the battle on the boards. That wasn’t the problem. The Heat’s major issue that ultimately resulted in their sixth loss on the season was their low shooting percentage. The trio of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh all shot below 50 percent from the field and only had 23 rebounds between all three of them. James actually racked in 14 of them on his own.
Couple that with the poor performance of their role players, and you can see why the Heat let such a large lead slip so easily during the second half.
If the Heat are going to give up the size advantage on the glass, they have to make their shots, otherwise the result will always be a loss. Shooting just 42 percent from the field as a team just won’t cut it, especially not against the best defensive team in the league.