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Thursday, October 11th, 2012 at 9:40 am  |  18 responses

Miami Heat Three-Point Shooters Complain They’re Too Open


The Miami Heat have an abundance of long-distance marksmen, and thanks to LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, those guys will have plenty of open looks. Which, it turns out, could be a slight problem. Reports the Sun-Sentinel: “Got to get used to it,’ Rashard Lewis said. ‘Because that’s the hardest shot in basketball. I may have to hold it for a couple of seconds, so I can get somebody closing out to me.’ [...] ‘When you’re playing a game, you’re so used to playing instinctively,’ Shane Battier said. ‘When you get a wide-, wide-open three, you’re naked. You have time to think and rationalize, and that’s counterintuitive to how we normally play. We normally play instinctively — time to think and time to react only. But when you have time to think in basketball, calculation often leads to miscalculation.’ With so many scorers elsewhere on the court, there is plenty of time for calculation for the Heat’s 3-point shooters. As a rookie last season, point guard Norris Cole couldn’t believe how open he was at times. ‘Sometimes you’re surprised that you’re that wide open,’ he said. ‘Normally, when you shoot shots, you just shoot in repetition. But in a game, when you find yourself just wide open, it kinds of shocks you.’ [...] ‘I think if you’re waiting on the 3-point line, that’s probably the toughest shot,’ Ray Allen said. ‘You’re waiting, you’re waiting, you’re waiting, and then you have to kind of reposition your feet. That to me is probably the toughest shot, because there’s not really a rhythm shot. When you catch in a rhythm, you’re learning forward. So if you don’t get it, you got to make sure you kind of get your momentum going back into that shot.”

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  • shutup

    Sounds like a good problem to have.

  • Feez_22

    Rashard lewis, Shane battier and Ray allen… TROLLing at its perfection

  • bike

    I’m having a hard time believing that isn’t something they could get used to, and enjoy, pretty quickly.

  • Max

    I sometimes have that problem too.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    #trollsohard
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    i hope nobody believes this, these are some of the best shooters in the world, the more time they get to shoot, the more likely they are to make it. The more time they get to shoot, the more time they get to make sure their balance is right and rhythm is fluid. Sure they will overthink a wide open jumper every once in a while, but that is a better problem then needing to get the shot off as soon as possible.

  • Caboose

    They’re either: 1. bitching because Wade is rubbing off on them. 2. preemptively priming an excuse for why they keep missing shots during the regular season.

  • Ash

    Misleading title this is not a complaint

  • spit hot fiyah

    sounds like bs, but actually isn’t. i had teamate that would shoot your eye out when u contested him. but when he was left alone and had that extra second he really struggled.

  • pposse

    i agree with shane battier’s comments…i think he makes a good honest point. Still not a good enough excuse to miss shots, but it makes sense

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    no excuses for bricks fellas

  • Alex

    I’m a heat fan and I don’t like this. Is this a joke? 2 preseason games , I hope they don’t think its going to be easy

  • LoganMarada

    It’s not a problem. Battier, Allen, and Lewis all are aging veterans with expensive contracts. Now don’t get me wrong, they can all knock down the long ball like it’s nobody’s business, but they’re still role players. When you’re on a team of all-stars you’ll find yourself without the ball quite a bit, and when your purpose on the team is to knock down shots when the star player isn’t open, you’ll have to be patient. Especially when your team has 3 star worthy players.

  • LoganMarada

    It’s not a problem. Battier, Allen, and Lewis all are aging veterans with expensive contracts. Now don’t get me wrong, they can all knock down the long ball like it’s nobody’s business, but they’re still role players. When you’re on a team of all-stars you’ll find yourself without the ball quite a bit, and when your purpose on the team is to knock down shots when the star player isn’t open, you’ll have to be patient. Especially when your team has 3 star worthy players.

  • Quan1

    Great point. Just have to project forward to the swooshing sound of that basket going down!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1602832844 Michiboo Meticulous

    Exactly. But I guess that headline was used to bring u and I here. Still misleading though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1602832844 Michiboo Meticulous

    I think Shane, Lewis and Ray Allen comment were about shooting 3 pointers in general. Norris Cole was the only 1 who made a specific reference, and it was to last season. So I dont get the idea that they were talking about the 2 preseason games. The headline is misleading though. Cause I thought they were complaining. Hw after reading the article, I’m not left with that answer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1602832844 Michiboo Meticulous

    Nothing like what u said here. From what they said, maybe u can learn a thing or 2. AND THEY WERENT COMPLAINING. U read the article, I presume. Did u get that impressions?

  • http://www.facebook.com/qcollingwood Interdico Scriptor

    That is a filth shooting cast on the wings but… miami do look unstoppable at the moment. It’s kinda scary

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