Usually it is LeBron James or the “Big 3” who get blamed when the the Miami Heat lose, but it is hard to blame them for Wednesday night’s tough loss to the Brooklyn Nets, 96-95. Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and James combined for 65 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists. Mario Chalmers added 14 points and 9ninerebounds, making it tough to blame the starters. I will tell you who I do blame.
Instead of taking the easy way out, I blame the Miami bench. Four players combined to shoot 4-of-15 from the field for a grand total of 13 points, including Ray Allen, who went 0-for-3 from the field and only had one point from a technical foul free throw. The starting five were able to put up 82 points as a group, but the role players could only manage 13.
When a bench performs as poorly as the Heat bench did Wednesday night, the result is usually a big fat L. It is upsetting that those four players could not come up with 20 points as a group. Is that too much to ask? The Brooklyn bench was able to score 36 points, triple the Miami role players.
When you look at the box score, it all comes out pretty even. The rebounds, turnovers, shooting percentages and assists are all about the same. It is when you look deeper into the statistics and find the horrendous truth: The Heat bench simply wet the bed on this one, for lack of a more appropriate term. There is nothing the “Big 3” can do if they do their part and the role players don’t keep up.
Shane Phillips is an NBA Writer for RantSports.com. Follow Shane on Twitter @ShaneRantSports, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also email Shane at ShaneRantNBA@gmail.com.