The Heat do not need a center to win a title

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The Heat do not need a center to win a title

The Miami Heat are beginning to play some great basketball and look to maintain it all the way into and through the NBA finals. But questions have come up from fans and analyzed by sports media that the Heat have a weakness at the center position. And possibly it will affect them making it through the Eastern conference if they do not address it by the trading deadline, March 15th. Joel Pryzbilla has been linked to the Heat as well as Chris Kaman to possibly join Miami and solidify their starting five. Miami though is a team that does not need a center. Similar to Chicago in the mid-90′s, Miami can get points in the painted area from their guards and forwards.

Easily it can be seen in today’s first half of the Heat vs. Magic game where Dwayne Wade & Lebron James both drove directly into the ‘teeth’ of the Magic defense and scored plus got to the foul line. Both players are so strong and attack the basket with so much speed that it would be equivalent if not more effective than having a ‘space-eater’ at center. Wade and Lebron are only improving with their post-up games (back to the basket) and along with Bosh would more than makeup for a deficiency of production at center. This is where the true strength of having Wade & Lebron, both similar players in talent and basketball acumen, on the same team.

Both players are at their best in the open court driving and attacking the basket. Opposing players have no choice but to foul them as they gain speed or try to get back on defense as fast as they can to block their momentum. Together with this, Shane Battier and Mike Miller have begun to produce on offense with their ability to create shots as well as shoot jumpers. Mario Chalmers is having the best season of his four year NBA career and rookie Norris Cole anchors the second team offense with his inspired play.


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