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  1. How Ray Allen Will Help the Miami Heat

    Sebastian Pruiti

    Over the weekend, Ray Allen chose to leave the Boston Celtics' original big three to join the Miami Heat's villainous big three. Since Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James joined forces, the Heat have sorely missed having a knock-down shooter. M...

    Blog | July 09, 2012
  2. Could Any Team Stop This Miami Play?

    Sebastian Pruiti

    For all the isolation sets the Heat ran for LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, they also ran some beautiful plays. Toward the end of the first quarter, they went to a staple of their offense (and a favorite of mine) from which they scored 10 points on jus...

    Blog | June 22, 2012
  3. Can the Thunder Stop LeBron James?

    Sebastian Pruiti

    During Game 4 on Tuesday night, Miami executed their plan to post up LeBron James. He essentially played point guard, with his back toward the basket. James caused havoc for the Thunder, leading to many opportunities for himself and his teammates. ...

    Blog | June 21, 2012
  4. How James Harden's Hesitation Cost the Thunder

    Sebastian Pruiti

    Against the Miami Heat, James Harden hasn't looked like the James Harden we saw in the regular season or the James Harden we saw earlier in the playoffs. Harden has struggled in the Finals, only scoring in double-digits once. Harden's worst night ...

    Blog | June 20, 2012
  5. How Chris Bosh Became a Threat in Game 3

    Sebastian Pruiti

    If you only look at Chris Bosh's line from Sunday night — scoring just 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting and posting a -7 — you would think that he had a bad game. But Bosh actually made a big impact both ends of the court. he played great he...

    Blog | June 18, 2012
  6. Oklahoma City's Bigs Problem

    Sebastian Pruiti

    Because the Oklahoma City Thunder managed to win Game 1, their problems from that game were overlooked. They made some errors, especially with regard to their lineups. The Thunder started the game with two bigs even though Miami's center was Chris Bo...

    Blog | June 15, 2012
  7. Turns Out Miami Really Missed Chris Bosh

    Sebastian Pruiti

    With one minute left to play in Game 2 against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Miami Heat led by five points. They had possession of the basketball, seeking to score a game-clinching basket. They set up a Dwyane Wade–LeBron James pick-and-roll, ...

    Blog | June 15, 2012
  8. What Does Miami Need to Do to Win?

    Sebastian Pruiti

    Much like their defense, the Miami Heat's offense was a tale of two halves in Game 1. In the first half, and the first quarter especially, the Heat thrived, moving off of the basketball, cutting with precision, finding the open teammate, stretching t...

    Blog | June 14, 2012
  9. Why Did the Heat Abandon Their Game Plan on Defense?

    Sebastian Pruiti

    At halftime of Game 1 on Tuesday, the Miami Heat led the Oklahoma City Thunder by seven because of a strong defensive showing. The Heat held the Thunder to 22 points in the first quarter, trapping the Oklahoma City ball handlers on pick-and-rolls, fo...

    Blog | June 13, 2012
  10. NBA Finals Preview: Can the Thunder Beat the Heat?

    Sebastian Pruiti

    The Oklahoma City Thunder's pick-and-roll play is integral to their offense, which you might remember from my Western Conference finals preview. Of the Thunder's 1,304 half-court possessions in the playoffs, 426 were pick-and-rolls, according to Syne...

    Blog | June 12, 2012
  11. Miami's Go-To Fourth Quarter Play

    Sebastian Pruiti

    The Oklahoma City Thunder are not the only team with a damaging fourth-quarter play. In Game 7 against the Boston Celtics, the Miami Heat went to their own unstoppable set that could be very problematic for the Thunder. The Heat use LeBron James off ...

    Blog | June 11, 2012
  12. How Did the Heat Botch Their Final Possession?

    Sebastian Pruiti

    At the end of overtime in Sunday's Game 4, the Miami Heat were down by two points with 14 seconds left. With LeBron James on the bench after fouling out, Dwyane Wade took the final shot. Make no mistake though: This was not a designed isolation play....

    Blog | June 04, 2012
  13. How the Miami Heat Live and Die With Their Defense

    Sebastian Pruiti

    After close games like Wednesday night's Miami Heat–Boston Celtics Eastern Conference Finals Game 2, analysts usually want to dissect the plays run on offense. But Miami almost lost and ultimately won this one as a result of their defense. Towa...

    Blog | May 31, 2012
  14. How Did Miami Adjust to Indiana's Defense?

    Sebastian Pruiti

    The Miami Heat struggled offensively in the first three games of their series against the Indiana Pacers. Even in Game 1, which they won, they failed to to crack 100 points, and in the two losses they scored just 75 points. Game 4 was a must-win for ...

    Blog | May 21, 2012
  15. Was Miami's Final Play a Good Idea?

    Sebastian Pruiti

    At the end of Game 2 on Tuesday night, the Miami Heat trailed the Indiana Pacers by three points with 8.3 seconds left in the game. The Heat had to inbounds the ball from the corner, which makes setting up a play more difficult. Instead of going for ...

    Blog | May 16, 2012
  16. How Miami Defended Indiana's Side Pick-and-Pops

    Sebastian Pruiti

    Last week, I wrote that David West would play a pivotal role for Indiana in the Pacers' second-round series against the Miami Heat. Because of his ability to run pick-and-pop plays (which have hurt Miami all season long), I thought that if West playe...

    Blog | May 14, 2012