Heat shooters complain about being wide open
by Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports
It’s a rough life being on top. You’ve got to wear rings. You get soaked with champagne. You have to play with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
The Miami Heat roster comprises those three stars, a few hard-nosed power forwards and a throng of shooters deeper than any team in the league. It makes sense: Opponents double-team James and Wade, and the shooters are open.
But now the Heat specialists are complaining about the rough life of being asked to make wide-open jumpers. Here is a small sampling of the quotes in this Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel story:
Newcomer Rashard Lewis, a former All-Star: “Got to get used to it because that’s the hardest shot in basketball. I may have to hold it for a couple of seconds, so I can get somebody closing out to me.”
Veteran forward Shane Battier: “When you get a wide-, wide-open three, you’re naked. You have time to think and rationalize, and that’s counterintuitive to how we normally play. We normally play instinctively — time to think and time to react only. But when you have time to think in basketball, calculation often leads to miscalculation.”
New center Josh Harrellson, who probably shouldn’t be taking threes anyway: “It becomes a thought process. ‘Oh, I’m this wide open, should I take a dribble for a layup? Should I take one dribble in for a jump shot?’ There’s a lot of thought that goes into it. If you’re that wide open, you really don’t know what you want to do.”
Leave it to Ray Allen to make some sense. The NBA’s career leader in three-pointers joined the Heat this offseason after five years with the Boston Celtics, and he’s relishing the chance at more easy shots.
But he’s also fairly zen about the whole thing.
“A shot is a shot, really, for me,” Allen told the Sun Sentinel. “It’s not really just the wide-open shot. It’s just really how the ball’s delivered to you.”
Open three-pointers are good. They allow for things like Miami’s 16-for-26 performance in a 120-98 win Jan. 17 against the San Antonio Spurs.
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