It’s early, but it appears that Erik Spoelstra made a very good decision to start Chris Bosh at center with Shane Battier, rather than Udonis Haslem. Bosh’s presence has opened up the floor for the Heat offensively, which has been huge for Dwyane Wade in particular. Wade already has one layup on a pick and roll and nearly got another after a strong basket cut.
Wade’s making a concerted effort to use the open space, but it’s critical that the open space be there. It wasn’t in Game 1.
Other early observations:
-LeBron James is on Kevin Durant, and so far, the Heat are asking him to fight through every screen. No more switching. Save for one Durant jumper in transition, James has done a great job.
-Really liked the transition pick and roll between James and Wade that got James a layup. Need to see more of that.
-The Heat aren’t trapping Durant coming off curls, which is a departure from their normal strategy.
-Kendrick Perkins has been very good inside, grabbing offensive rebounds with Battier guarding him. Given how much the Heat have gained elsewhere by going small, though, I think they’ll live with that.