Prior to Game 4 of the 2014 NBA Finals, Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade spoke to Doris Burke on what the Miami Heat need to do to improve their efforts in hopes of tying the series 2-2.
Each point made, Wade has made a fluid point. After a reported 2-hour video session, there’s no doubt that Erik Spoelstra made sure the Heat saw each and every flaw mishap made and doubled down on how to fix it.
As Wade pointed out, turnovers were a huge issue in Game 3. The team finished with 20 turnovers, seven coming from Lebron James, five coming from Dwyane Wade and the other eight coming from Mario Chalmers, Ray Allen, and Norris Cole. And on those 20 turnovers, the San Antonio Spurs scored 23 points. While the points scored off the turnovers is an issue, coughing up the ball kills what the Heat do systematically. On made baskets, Miami is allowed to set up their defense with each player on the right matchup, but on a turnover, they’re forced to rush back, the entire defense out of wack. And against a team like the San Antonio Spurs, that’ll surely be taken care of.
Offensively, the Heat have to move the ball more. Per NBA Stats, the San Antonio Spurs (362) passed the ball 100 more times than the Miami Heat did (256). And as a product of bad ball movement, Chris Bosh’s impact was limited, only touching the ball 28 times the entire game. In comparison, Chris Andersen, in 15 less minutes, had 19 touches.
It’s gonna take a lot of the Heat to bounce back in this series, but if they stick to what Dwayne Wade said they worked out, it’ll be 2-2 going into Game 5.