In the first game in the series against the Miami Heat, the Charlotte Bobcats turned the ball over 15 times. In the second game on Wednesday, they turned the ball over 12 times for 18 points in just the first half. You can talk about how the Bobcats held their own, and would have made even more noise if Al Jefferson was healthy, but it’s the Bobcats’ lack of execution and ultimately the Heat’s ability to capitalize on turnovers that will make this a sweep in round one of the 2014 NBA Playoffs.
It’s also the reason why the Heat will get to the Finals in 2014. The Heat will face decent offense and decent defense all the way through. The Bobcats proved that they can score, but even when the Heat are not fully pouring it on offensively, they still will almost always score off turnovers.
Everyone knows LeBron James and Dwyane Wade can dish and finish in transition, but it’s also the ability to hit threes in transition off turnovers that can be big-time daggers against teams with even mildly struggling offenses. Rashard Lewis, Ray Allen, Mario Chalmers, Chris Bosh, Norris Cole, Shane Battier and James Jones can all hit threes in transition. That’s just too many options to deal with, and the floor remains spread no matter what.
Another example is how smart they are on fast breaks. Allen was on a major scoring drought through the first game, with not a single point in 23 minutes against the Bobcats, but he still played well. He made great passes and was solid on defense throughout.
In the first quarter of Game 2 against the Bobcats, he made two great passes to Chris Anderson for flying dunks. That’s not just scoring from other players outside of Wade and James, that’s chemistry between other role players. Chemistry is what allows teams to be successful in transition, and therefore dominant off of turnovers.
Any team the Heat play in the playoffs or the Finals, who turns the ball over, will lose. However, the Heat are not blowing out the Bobcats as people might have assumed. It will be interesting to see how the rest of the Heat’s game improves once they meet a stronger opponent.