The Heat has only made one three-pointer against the Pacers through two games. What gives?
After Game 2, Pacers coach Frank Vogel credited his defense for shutting down the Heat's three-point specialists. Vogel contended that the Pacers' series against the Magic was a good warmup for his perimeter defense. Indiana's coach pointed out on Tuesday night that Erik Spoelstra's defensive schemes are almost identical to Stan Van Gundy's and the same goes for the Heat's three-point attack as well.
Even if that's the case, I'm not ready to give the Pacers all the credit for the Heat's shooting woes. Miami is just missing wide-open shots.
"We're getting looks,"Shane Battier said. "We have the guys we want to shoot. We're not going to overreact. If the shots are there the next game we're going to take them. It's been a great weapon for us all year."
Dwyane Wade didn't exactly call out his underperforming teammates after Game 2 but he did say the Heat needs someone other than himself and LeBron James to step up. One more three-pointer could have been the difference on Tuesday. The Heat was 1 of 16 from distance after going 0 of 6 in Game 1.
"We had our good looks tonight," Mario Chalmers said "We just didn't knock them down. We hit them early and the confidence comes."
Mike Miller is obviously playing injured. It was painful to watch him hobble around the court in Game 2. I don't know how much more the Heat can get out of Miller this series. More minutes for James Jones seems necessary. As for Chalmers and Battier, it's not like they have to carry the team. One or two three-pointers a game could be the difference in advancing to the Eastern Conference finals or going home early.