Thanks for all the questions today on Twitter...
Yann LeDirach (@yannld23) asks, do you think Wade deserves to be suspended?
It was very close to being a flagrant-2. An valid argument certainly can be made for Wade being kicked out of the game and suspended for Game 3. I'm not going to lie, when I saw the foul sitting courtside on Tuesday I thought Wade was going to be kicked out of the gmae. Other players have been ejected and suspended for less. Wade flattened Darren Collison in the open court like a safety knocking out a receiver. OK, it wasn’t bad (only because that would be about as worse as it gets) but it was dangerous and reckless. What if Collison crashed headfirst into the stanchion and injured his neck? All because Wade didn’t get a call on the other end? Wade needs to learn how to channel his anger in a positive way. Like I said in an earlier post, Wade should know better. Luckily for the Heat, Wade was only tagged with a flagrant-1. Huge break for the Heat. I'm going to side with the league on this one. I don't have much experience as a NBA referee.
Daiana (@missdaiana) asks, do you think the Pacers ring ceremony will be during a Heat game next season? ;)
Now that’s some creative trash talk.
Naveen Ganglani (@naveenganglani) asks, do you think the Heat still wins the series/championship?
Certainly, the Heat had a shot before Chris Bosh went down with an injury and I think the Heat is still a favorite against the Pacers. And as long as LeBron James is wearing a Heat uniform, the Heat has a chance to win a title. Bosh’s injury certainly doesn’t help but I think Miami still has enough to get past the Pacers. If Joel Anthony scores four points or Shane Battier makes one three-pointer or Dwyane Wade makes that layup or LeBron James makes those free throws, the Heat would probably be up 2-0 heading to Indy. So, yes, I still think the Heat can win the series. As for the title, that’s a different question entirely. Oklahoma City looks pretty good.
Kyddhere (@kyddhere) asks, who is the worst coach in the NBA?
What a loaded question! I’m assuming you think Erik Spoelstra is the worst coach in the league. Well, I don’t think it has been a banner for Spoelstra but he certainly isn’t the worst coach in the league. Otherwise, Pat Riley wouldn’t have hired him, right? I trust Riley’s judgment a little better than yours. That said, Spoelstra didn’t receive a single vote for Coach of the Year this season and the Heat’s record on the road after the All-Star break was terrible. Still, Spoelstra coached the MVP this season and six players for the Heat participated in All-Star weekend. That should count for something.
Randy Azael (@randymoss01) asks, what do you think happens in offseason with the Miami Heat if they don't win it all?
Too early to entertain this question. More than likely, the world will keep on spinning.
Joe S (@hhh9191) asks, do you think in the short term would it benefit the Heat to bring Wade off the bench? I.E. like the Spurs do with Manu.
Way to think outside the box, Joe. With Wade coming off the bench, the Heat would have a legitimate scoring threat on its second unit. As it stands right now, I have no clue who the Heat’s best player is off the bench. Mike Miller can barely walk these days and Shane Battier is colder than a polar bear’s toenails. Norris Cole can create his own shot and he played well in Game 2 in a limited role but I don’t think Spoelstra is ready give him more minutes never mind starting him. So, if Wade comes off the bench, then who starts? Like I said, Cole isn’t an option and Miller is falling apart. I guess that leaves Shane Battier, moving LeBron James to shooting guard. It’s a thought, but I don’t see it happening. Why reinvent the wheel after just one loss? Now, if the Heat drops Games 3 and 4 in Indianapolis then it might be time to start changing things around.
Louis Merein (@306miamiteams) asks, when do you think Bosh is back?
Marlo (@marlostatus) asks, who gets traded Lebron,Wade or Bosh? And how much trouble is Coach Spo in with job security?
Step away from the ledge, Marlo. It was just one loss.
Bobby Doherty (@REALBobus) asks, of our three-point specialists, who do you see coming up big at Indiana?
Your guess is as good as mine, Bobby, but three-pointer shooting is where the Heat needs someone to step up to win this series. Miller walks around the court like he’s one bad sneeze away from a wheelchair. Seriously, does Miller get special treatment on commercial flights? Would he qualify for a handicap tag? I’m kidding, of course. In all seriousness, you’ve got to feel bad for him. He was in obvious pain on Tuesday. Something isn’t right. He would bend over in pain every time there was a stopping in play. At this point, I don’t think Spoelstra can count on Miller. He’s certainly no where near being the sixth man-option the Heat was hoping he’d be at the beginning of the season. Mario Chalmers has had a great season but he’s found it difficult to create space against more athletic (and long guards). What was LeBron thinking when he passed it to Chalmers in the corner late in the game? I’m talking about Chalmers’ second to last three-pointer of the game and not the one he missed at the buzzer. Chalmers was heavily covered and LeBron was in one-on-one isolation against Granger. Of course, as bad as Chalmers has been, Miller and Shane Battier have been worse. Of players remaining in the playoffs, Miller and Battier have the 3rd and 4th worst shooting percentages among players who have taken at least five shots. The bottom line here is that Battier needs to step up and make a shot. He was the Heat’s big offseason acquisition, after all. James Jones is an X-factor. He’s healthier than both Miller and Battier at this point in the season but is viewed as a defensive liability. With Miller in obvious pain every time he steps on the court, maybe Jones should get more minutes.
Camille Watkins (@tarcamwat) asks, do u think that dislocated finger is affecting Wade's jumper? It seemed to bother LBJ for awhile as well.
No. Wade hasn’t been the problem for the Heat. He’s playing great basketball and his jump shot was on in the fourth quarter in Game 2. I think Wade’s dislocated brain (the Collison foul) was more of a problem Game 2 than any lingering minor injury.
Josh (@UnbiasHeatFan) asks, why is Spo unwilling to make adjustments? Like leaving Joel vs. Hibbert entire 4th...no Pittman...no Cole...etc...
Josh, do you really trust Pittman and Cole in the fourth quarter? Joel helped hold the Pacers to 17 points in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough.
Michael Mangenello (@MikeManganello) asks, what team provides the worst game day for traveling media, in terms of food, accessibility and arena setup? Who is best?
I’m not too worried about the food. As a reporter who writes on deadline every night, my biggest concern at an arena is if there’s a reliable connection to the Internet. Arenas in Atlanta, Toronto, Washington D.C. and San Antonio are historically sketchy.
Jamal Ewing (@Jayway649) asks, why do Heat fans overreact to a loss like the national media. Did they lose the series last night?
Finally, someone who’s keeping things in perspective. Since I have a doctorate in fan psychology, I’m qualified to answer this question. Heat fans expect the Heat to go 16-0 in the postseason because they were led to believe it was going to be easy. Remember the Heat’s preseason pep rally last season? The Heat set the bar too high.