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#1 MDI

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Posted October 13, 2012 - 10:48 PM

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Erik Spoelstra has apparently decided upon a starting lineup for the Miami Heat for the coming season, with Shane Battier at power forward.

Chris Bosh will start at center and LeBron James will slide down to small forward.

Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers will start in the backcourt.

Battier finished last season as an undersized power forward.


Lets see how this small ball experiment goes over the course of a full season

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Posted October 13, 2012 - 10:49 PM

Small ball hmmmm sounds cute lol. Lets see them handle dwight and pau down low :glasses:

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Posted October 13, 2012 - 10:55 PM

battier and bosh will get bullied inside

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Posted October 13, 2012 - 11:09 PM

It only works at times because Wade and Chalmers and Bron are good enough to not let their guys get passed them to do damage down low. It definitely won't work with us. No chance they get away with Bosh or Battier guarding Dwight.

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Posted October 13, 2012 - 11:10 PM

They'll get abused by teams with guys that can score down low.

Imagine when they play the Lakers or Knicks and Battier is guarding Pau or Stoudemire, they'll have to adjust and put Haslem or Joel Anthony in the game.

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Posted October 13, 2012 - 11:30 PM

So basically we will rape them if we play them. I cant wait to put this whole heat era [expletive] to rest. The reign of the big man is coming back :rock: :rock:

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Posted October 14, 2012 - 06:12 AM

lol I were them I would play Lebron at PF, not Battier :laughing: Lebron is more physical and athletic therefore a better defender in the post. We even saw him defending Pau on a number of different occasions in the Olympics when team USA played small ball.

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Posted October 14, 2012 - 08:43 AM

The sad part is that it might work because the East has so few power forwards and centers. Every good big is in the west. Dirk, Pau, K. Love, Aldridge, Griffin, Jefferson, Duncan, you can go on and on (and these are just the PF's).

Only good centers in the East are Bynum, Chandler and Hibbert. PF's...Maybe just Josh Smith.

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Posted October 14, 2012 - 09:34 AM

Goodluck with that :P

I prefer lebron on PF than being SF and putting battie on PF


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Posted October 14, 2012 - 10:48 AM

lol I were them I would play Lebron at PF, not Battier :laughing: Lebron is more physical and athletic therefore a better defender in the post. We even saw him defending Pau on a number of different occasions in the Olympics when team USA played small ball.

and he got abused.....

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Posted October 14, 2012 - 11:24 AM

imo spo is kinda of a bad coach. why not start lebron at pf? when we play them i would very much be looking forward to it.

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Posted October 14, 2012 - 12:43 PM

and he got abused.....

I can't recall if he was abused or not, but he'll do a much better job than Battier on defense. The offense will be the problem .. You can't just take one of the best players in the NBA out of his spot and play him in as a power forward. I don't think small ball will work very well against tall teams. But thats Heat's problem .. Let them handle it. We have our own problems and we shouldn't worry about the others right now ..

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Posted October 14, 2012 - 03:12 PM

It'll probably work well for the most part, just because of all the shooters they have. But like NYC said, when they play against some real big men, they'll have to put in Haslem or Anthony, and that's how we'll [expletive] them over.

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Posted October 14, 2012 - 07:23 PM

so bosh guarding Howard and Battier guarding Gasol?

good luck with that :whistle: :whistle:

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Posted October 20, 2012 - 09:46 AM

Incredibly stupid. Why give teams a whole season to study and prepare against it. The heat would've made the playoffs regardless. Why not be smart, play a big lineup to prevent wear and tear and them spring the lineup on everyone the deeper you get in the playoffs

Now everyone will see the lineup and have 82 games worth of tape to adjust and find weaknesses

Just stupid

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Posted October 20, 2012 - 10:55 AM

the only match up that concerns me is the Shane Battier and Pau Gasol Matcheup

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Posted October 20, 2012 - 11:11 AM

the only match up that concerns me is the Shane Battier and Pau Gasol Matcheup


Why? It would be just like when Pau guarded a perimeter player in Rashard Lewis in the 09' Finals. Battier isn't a dribble penetration type player at all, but he would obviously have to be accounted for on the perimeter. Are you concerned because Battier would theoretically keep Pau outside of the paint on defense?

I really don't see Miami playing with this line up against the Lakers, but you never know.

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Posted October 20, 2012 - 11:21 AM

Why? It would be just like when Pau guarded a perimeter player in Rashard Lewis in the 09' Finals. Battier isn't a dribble penetration type player at all, but he would obviously have to be accounted for on the perimeter. Are you concerned because Battier would theoretically keep Pau outside of the paint on defense?

I really don't see Miami playing with this line up against the Lakers, but you never know.


09 Pau is long and gone and Pau will not run out to the 3 to contest most of those shots... our best bet against the Heat with a small ball lineup would be a zone where dwight and pau roam the paint while metta nash and kobe just guard the wing players

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Posted October 20, 2012 - 12:11 PM

Well they did win the championship with this same lineup. When you look at it I think when they play against the bigger teams like the Lakers they'll adjust accordingly.
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Posted October 20, 2012 - 12:50 PM

Why not just start Haslem at the 4?... Let Battier sub LeBron and Lewis sub Haslem...




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