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The Heat gets plenty of uncontested shots, but can it make them?

There's been a lot of talk about the lack of fluidity in the Heat offense, and who is blame for that. Many fans point to Erik Spoelstra, while others mention Dwyane Wade, Hassan Whiteside or others.

But the statistics show that the Heat does get a good share of uncontested shots, which is typically a sign that the offense is functioning reasonably well.

SportVU cameras track this statistic, so I went back through the last 10 Heat games. For some reason, the Heat's romp against Washington wasn't recorded by "player tracking," so I'll exclude that one, though I do remember Miami getting more of the easy looks than the Wizards did.

Here's how it breaks down, over the other nine.

Miami has had more uncontested shots in five of the games, including nine more in Saturday's loss at Utah.

The teams have had the same number in two of the games, the ones between the Heat and Memphis/Brooklyn.

And two opponents -- Orlando and Phoenix -- has more uncontested shots, though both lost to Miami.

The totals?

Miami is 156-for-346, which is 43.8%.

The nine opponents -- excluding Washington -- are 133-for-308, which is 43.1%.

So Miami is getting more of those opportunities lately, and shooting about the same.

What does it mean?

Maybe the narrative is a bit mistaken.





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