Posted: 1:10 pm Thursday, June 13th, 2013
By Ethan J. Skolnick
Shane Battier has had a different view of the NBA Finals than he anticipated, out of the rotation and playing limited minutes.
That’s largely because he’s lost the touch on his shot during the postseason.
Still, no one on the Heat has a better grasp of offensive and defensive principles, and so he seemed a good person to approach to ask what’s happening, and not happening, when Miami’s offense has gotten off track — the way it did in producing just 77 points in Game 3.
“We have not been able to create space effectively, so as a result we are allowing them to have multiple guys in the paint,” Battier said. “We just haven’t found an effective way to space them, to allow our attackers driving lanes. And it seems like a lot of the shots we get are tough shots. We are asking a lot without those lanes. The way we get those lanes is we have to run our offense at a higher pace, get into it quicker, move the ball side to side, and then we are able to run more effective offense.”
LeBron James has two guys waiting for him in the paint.
“Again, it’s about creating space,” Battier said. “There are different ways to do that, and we have not done that effectively.”
So what happened on defense, and all the Spurs’ 3-point looks.
“That was their best game of ball movement,” Battier said. “And it starts with our ball pressure. If we allow drives and a lot of penetration, then we’re forcing the help situation. And every time moves the ball better at home, but this team especially. We have to contain the ball, keep it out of the paint, and that will flatten them out a little bit more.”
We’ll see whether they can do that tonight.