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5 Remedies for the Miami Heat to Get Out of Their Own Way in 2014 NBA Finals

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5 Remedies for the Miami Heat to Get Out of Their Own Way

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I’m not sure if anyone ever told the Miami Heat this, but it’s not their birthright to be in the NBA Finals every year. It’s a privilege that some of their players seem to be taking for granted, and there's enough blame to go around. Which is why I took the time to give you five remedies for them to get out of their own way.

5. Resurrect Their Point Guards

Miami Heat Mario Chalmers Norris Cole 2014 NBA Finals
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5. Resurrect Their Point Guards

Miami Heat Mario Chalmers Norris Cole 2014 NBA Finals
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"I think everybody else is doing their job and I'm being that guy that's not helping out. I don't want to be that guy," Mario Chalmers said after the game.

They may not seem like a huge part of the Miami Heat offense, but the ability of Chalmers and Norris Cole to knock down shots and set up plays allows Dwyane Wade and LeBron James to play off the ball a little bit more -- which means that the two point guards have to at least show up.

4. Limit Turnovers

LeBron James Miami Heat 2014 NBA Finals
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4. Limit Turnovers

LeBron James Miami Heat 2014 NBA Finals
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As a result of poor point guard play and James and Wade’s carelessness with the basketball, the Miami Heat are averaging 16.3 turnovers through three games while feeding the San Antonio Spurs' easy fast break opportunities.

Ball protection is the key.

3. Abandon the Slow Starts

Miami Heat  Dwyane Wade 2014 NBA Finals Game Three
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3. Abandon the Slow Starts

Miami Heat  Dwyane Wade 2014 NBA Finals Game Three
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The champs need to realize that first quarters are important and make them count.

Too often do they find themselves coasting through the game's initial 12 minutes as if they don’t actually matter much. Dwyane Wade, for one, has been spending most opening quarters smiling, complaining or rolling around on the floor. And at one point in Tuesday night’s game he couldn’t even receive or pass the ball.

2. Exhaust the Forgotten Players

Miami Heat 2014 NBA Finals Shane Battier
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2. Exhaust the Forgotten Players

Miami Heat 2014 NBA Finals Shane Battier
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Erik Spoelstra simply can’t be left off the hook. With no point guard play and no defense being played, how can you not question his coaching decisions?

For example, why is James Jones on the court when he’s not contributing anything to the team? And where is Udonis Haslem?

Although he rarely scores, his ruggedness usually makes a magical difference to their defense, and Shane Battier certainly deserves a chance to prove that he can do both.

1. Defensive Confidence

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1. Defensive Confidence

2014 NBA Finals Miami Heat Defense
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Miami’s defensive deficiencies have been well documented throughout the first three games of this series. Now it's on them to find the heart to stand up to San Antonio’s excellent ball movement.