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Do You Agree with Phil Saying the Heat Play like a XBOX Video Game?

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Do You Agree with Phil Saying the Heat Play like a XBOX Video Game?

Before thursday's game against the Heat.Lakers coach Phil Jackson said he enjoys watching the Celtics & Spurs becuz they play more of a team concept..And the Heat play like a XBOX Video game..Jackson says he's not a fan of the Heat's style of play..He would like to see everyone involved in the game..Jackson says most of the Heat offense only involves 2 or 3 players and the other guys just stand around...Basketball is a team game and thats what i try to teach..Not that 1 on 1 crap or XBOX games or whatever those games are called....

Asked about Jackson coments after the game Lebron was silent ,while Wade laughed and said he could care less what someone says about them...

It's interesting that Miami's Video game offense has won the season series gainst Jackson's team...


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Wait.

Phil Jackson had a point, but what Miami played last night wasn't video game offense. The bench out scored the Lakers bench, there was ball movement, and Miami played great D as usual. (Though they've been slacking on the perimeter lately) So in fact yes, Phil was right when he said their video game offense doesn't work. But the way they played last night, was anything but video game offense.

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I see alot of NBA Jam in

I see alot of NBA Jam in them.

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I think Phil was referring too

The fact that they do indeed seem to focus on isolation with Wade and James over running a multiple option offense. It is hard to disagree with him, honestly. I find the Heat tend to be at their worst when they do not move the ball around, and if you play X-Box basketball, well, moving the ball is usually not the first thing on your agenda. Miami plays its best basketball when they are passing the rock and getting role guys in rhythym, not just going ISO back and forth between James and Wade. Phil Jackson's teams have had some definite ball dominating ISO players, but at the same time their consistency amongst role players was incredibly effective. In the end, basketball is a team game and even if you have the best player, which the Heat may very well have (though Kobe Bryant will always have something to say about it), the best team will win. Getting contributions from the bench, whether it be Bibby's two late three's or Mike Miller's solid contributions, were integral to the Heat winning that game.

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have both been having fantastic seasons really. The problem is, they have had a lot of trouble getting the team involved, and I blame them more than I do the role players at this point. They really do have to trust their team mates and really should be able to create more opportunities for them. Both have been guilty of looking off of players when they are having trouble scoring. I do understand that they are at their most dangerous driving to the basket off of the dribble, but it becomes incredibly predictable at times and usually is the cause of scoring droughts for the team more than the solution. The Heat are near dead last in the league in assists, which is not the end of the world, but I think is a perfect display into their lack of getting everyone involved. They should be constantly moving the ball and in the process, they will create fantastic openings for shooters. We saw this with Mario Chalmers, Mike Miller and Mike Bibby last night, not to mention two knock down guys in Eddie House and James Jones who can hit those shots at a really high rate.

Phil is mainly saying this to get an advantage or to play with their head, heck, he does this stuff all of the time. Still, he definitely has a point, and the Heat were able to prove him wrong thus far in both of their games against them this season. However, if the Heat do not find a way to get everyone involved on a consistent basis, they might not get a chance to prove Phil (or Popp, or whoever makes it) wrong in the finals. The Lakers are in general a much better team at distributing the ball, which has lead to much more consistency in general than the Heat have displayed. Their records may be similar, but the Lakers do not have nearly the same issues that the Heat do, and while the Heat arguably have more talent at the top, the Lakers players 4-12 are WAY more consistent (-ly involved). But, all in all, Phil makes a great point, but he does not have to be right. Either the Heat do play better team basketball, or they can probably look to their "X-Box offense" as being their downfall.

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The Heat would surely be playing an

NBA Live offense then.

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They mustve listened, they

They mustve listened, they closed that game with great team defense, and excellent efforts from every player on that court against LA. It looked like Kobe couldnt believe it.

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Ball movement hasn't been as

Ball movement hasn't been as big an issue as player movement. I hate when they give lebron that high post iso and everyone stands and watches. In the LA game I saw Wade moving a lot with the ball not in his hands and lebron did more than usual but still not enough. Also Bosh growing a pair (even if only for a game) is always nice.

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Bosh should have been guarded

Bosh should have been guarded by Bynum. I know the new LA defensive scheme is to keep him down low, but Pau just does not guard Bosh very good. Regular season games mean nothing to me.

If the Heat players are gonna cry over some regular season games because of how easy they thought it would be, imagine them if they are forced seven games and are about to face elimination to a lw seed. Are they gonna be able to battle through adversity? Are they mentally strong enough? I'm not so sure. The Heat should really hope to miss the Knicks first round.

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Bosh should have been guarded

Bosh should have been guarded by Bynum. I know the new LA defensive scheme is to keep him down low, but Pau just does not guard Bosh very good. Regular season games mean nothing to me.

If the Heat players are gonna cry over some regular season games because of how easy they thought it would be, imagine them if they are forced seven games and are about to face elimination to a lw seed. Are they gonna be able to battle through adversity? Are they mentally strong enough? I'm not so sure. The Heat should really hope to miss the Knicks first round.

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