Miami Heat Kryptonite: Will Facing Elite Point Guards Cause Miami’s Downfall?

November 6th, 2010 by John Friel Leave a reply »
Two elite point guards have been faced and the Heat are 0-2 against each of them.

Whether it was Rajon Rondo orchestrating the Boston Celtics or Chris Paul making Emeka Okafor look like Hakeem Olajuwon, the two upper tier point guards the Miami Heat have faced so far have been the reason why the Heat are at 4-2 rather than 6-0.

The two point guards combined for a total of 36 assists with Rondo having 17 and Paul finishing with 19, nine of the dimes coming in the first quarter where the Hornets held a 12-point advantage after one.

Any analyst or fan could have told you prior to the beginning of the season that the Heat had two key weak spots in the starting lineup, the point guard and the center. The center position is a debilitating problem that can unfortunately not be fixed without a trade taking place or the team traveling back in time to grab Erick Dampier when they had the chance.

The point guard position, however, is a void that can easily be fixed.

For the first quarter of last night's 96-93 loss to the New Orleans Hornets, coach Erik Spoelstra decided to go with his usual starting lineup of Carlos Arroyo at point, Dwy ...

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