Miami's problem with the zone defense

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    Re: Miami's problem with the zone defense

     Miami still shot the ball 50% against it so I consider it a fluke. Miami was coasting at the time and probably overconfident. Thinking that this will be the secret weapon to defeat Miami in the playoffs is a bit much in my opinion. Miami has shown in the past that they have trouble closing games out. A mild bump in the road at best.
     
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    Re: Miami's problem with the zone defense

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    It wasn't a fluke. It was a modified zone that we used to defeat Lebron when he was in Cleveland.
    Posted by Kirk6


    Dallas used it extensively last year in the Finals.  Worked pretty effectively.  I am pretty sure Miami will start seeing a lot more of it.  Hope we start using it on a regular basis.
     
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    Re: Miami's problem with the zone defense

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    In Response to Re: Miami's problem with the zone defense : Were you abused as a child?
    Posted by Kirk6


     Priceless!!
     
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    Re: Miami's problem with the zone defense

     It was definately a fluke. Some of Miami's best perimater shooters did not get off the bench. Miami is not Cleveland, Dwayne Wade and Bosh are miles better than anything that was on the Cavaliers. Miami still won by plenty. Miami beat the Celtics handily in the playoffs last year and most likely are improved. Does anyone think this Celtics team is better than last years? Deluding yourself into thinking a zone defense that lowered Miami's shooting percentage for one quarter from 70% to 50%is somehow a panacea for Celtic defensive problems is going to lead a lot of blow out losses. The Celtics did not have to resort to such desperate measures in the past is because they were a better team then. Without Pierce this team is not very good.
     
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    Re: Miami's problem with the zone defense

     I'm not saying an occasional use of the zone defense won't work, but it worked more as an unexpected surprise. Miami will still be heavy favorites in the east despite last night. If you have good outside shooters hitting shots (Miami did hit shots, and they did win despite leaving some of their best outside shooters on the bench) a zone is easy to defeat. Spoelstra may not be a great coach, but Pat Riley is. Miami will be better prepared for it next time.
     
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    Re: Miami's problem with the zone defense

     Shane Battier is also an excellent outside shooter, probably their second best after Jones.
     
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    Re: Miami's problem with the zone defense

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     Shane Battier is also an excellent outside shooter, probably their second best after Jones.
    Posted by ccnsd

    plus mike miller, plus chris bosh(who has an excellent outside touch and drained a 3 against the celtics

    the zone will be figured out because thats what good teams do
     
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