Before I begin my article, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat are currently off to it’s the best start since the Big 3 era at 22-8, seeding them 3rd in the Eastern Conference. Miami is HOT at home with a 13-1 record and have solid road wins against the Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors, and Philadelphia 76ers. With all said and done, there are still things Miami should and must do in order to have a successful season in goals to win the NBA Championship.
1) Keep Playing Heat Basketball:
Miami depth is full of young talented players. Players like Bam Adebayo, Justice Winslow, Tyler Herro, Kendrick Nunn, and Duncan Robinson haven’t gone through situations late in the season as they compete for seeding to have home-court advantage in the playoffs. Other then Bam Adebayo and Justice Winslow, no other young player on Miami have played in the Playoffs before. It is important for players such as Jimmy Butler, Udonis Haslem, and Goran Dragic to take leadership roles throughout the entire season so they could be mentally prepared for a team like Boston or Milwaukee. Miami can’t let this early start get the best of them or it will end up affecting them late in the season.
2) Stay in the Top 4 of the Eastern Conference at the end of the season:
Home-court advantage is going to be very important for Miami when it’s time for the NBA Playoffs. Seeing how good Miami is when they are at home, it could be an X factor in the best of seven series against a team like Boston, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia who are all very successful at home. Hopefully, Miami stays strong record-wise throughout the entire season to have home-court all playoffs long.
3) Pat Riley, please don’t force any trades:
Miami is in full win mode this season, they fully believe they have the players to go deep in the NBA Playoffs this season. Many say it will be impossible for a team to win with only one all-star in Jimmy Butler. Rumors have surfaced of the Heat interested in trading for Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday in order to add a solid veteran who can give Miami more experience and talent in a playoff run. My only beg to Pat Riley is DON’T FORCE ANYTHING! Miami might not have more than 1 all-star currently but they sure do have all-stars in the making in Tyler Herro, Bam Adebayo, and Kendrick Nunn. Miami has 6 players averaging 10+ PPG, the depth they have is something no other team has. Giving up a player like Derrick Jones Jr. via trade would be an awful idea as he is someone who provides athleticism to the court along with great defense when playing big forwards such as LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, and others. The only young talent I could see Miami trading to get a player like Jrue Holiday is Justice Winslow, who is inconsistent at times, especially at the free-throw line. Miami has also played well when he was out with a concussion earlier in the season. I could see Winslow along with a couple of First-round picks for Jrue Holiday, but other than the there is no rush for the Miami Heat. Unless it is obvious to come to the Trade Deadline that Miami needs to add something to the team there is no need to force a trade.
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