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LeBron James at the point?
Posted By Paul Flannery On September 20, 2010 @ 10:46 am In General | 3 Comments
One of the persistent criticisms of the Miami Heat  is that while they are overloaded with LeBron James , Dwyane Wade  and Chris Bosh, they are weak at point guard and center. That’s if they run a conventional lineup.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra  suggested that wouldn’t be the case recently when he told the Miami Herald that James will play point guard  and handle the ball extensively. [Read the full story here .]
Here’s the key quote: “He will be a playmaker. But he has also been a scoring champ. He will be at the end of plays to finish them. He will be a facilitator. He’ll be so many different things. We want to take advantage of all his skills.”
This is smart. There is no reason for Spoelstra to use a regular lineup when he has such unconventional talent. James is one the best playmaking forwards in the league and Wade has also run Miami’s offense. Both James and Wade have played on teams that demanded they take a huge percentage of shots, but both are also excellent passers. The Heat don’t need conventional players. They need shooters on the perimeter and a compliment to Bosh inside.
A lineup with Wade, Miller and James along with Bosh and Udonis Haslem  is probably Miami’s strongest and one that leaves the traditional positions all mixed up.
Coming up with counters for the Heat will be a constant challenge and the Celtics  have options. Doc Rivers  experimented with a backcourt of Rajon Rondo  and Nate Robinson  at times last season, but it didn’t really take. Perhaps with a full training camp at their disposal it could have time to jell.
That would be a serious speed advantage, but obviously a gamble in terms of height. But in spots, or with Avery Bradley  in the mix, it could be an interesting way to change the tempo, especially defensively.
The Celtics also have numerous options up front with Kevin Garnett , Jermaine O’Neal , Shaquille O’Neal  and Glen Davis . Rivers said he prefers a set frontcourt rotation during the regular season, but he does have the pieces to play with in terms of matchups.
We don’t have much longer to find out. The Celtics and Heat open the season on Oct. 26.
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URLs in this post:
 Miami Heat: http://media.weei.com/basketball/miami-heat.htm
 LeBron James: http://media.weei.com/basketball/lebron-james.htm
 Dwyane Wade: http://media.weei.com/basketball/dwyane-wade.htm
 Erik Spoelstra: http://media.weei.com/basketball/erik-spoelstra.htm
 will play point guard: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/09/18/1831335/spoelstra-expects-to-use-lebron.html
 Mike Miller: http://media.weei.com/golf/mike-miller.htm
 Mario Chalmers: http://media.weei.com/basketball/mario-chalmers.htm
 Carlos Arroyo: http://media.weei.com/basketball/carlos-arroyo.htm
 Udonis Haslem: http://media.weei.com/basketball/udonis-haslem.htm
 Celtics: http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm
 Doc Rivers: http://media.weei.com/basketball/doc-rivers.htm
 Rajon Rondo: http://media.weei.com/basketball/rajon-rondo.htm
 Nate Robinson: http://media.weei.com/basketball/nate-robinson.htm
 Avery Bradley: http://media.weei.com/basketball/avery-bradley.htm
 Kevin Garnett: http://media.weei.com/basketball/kevin-garnett.htm
 Jermaine O’Neal: http://media.weei.com/basketball/jermaine-oneal.htm
 Shaquille O’Neal: http://media.weei.com/basketball/shaquille-oneal.htm
 Glen Davis: http://media.weei.com/basketball/glen-davis.htm
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