Originally written on StraitPinkie.com  |  Last updated 11/18/14

The Miami Heat have had a lot of expectations to live up to, some fair, some not, and some self-created.

The talent at the top is second to none. LeBron James is arguably the best player in the game. DeWayne Wade is certainly one of the top 15 players in the game. Chris Bosh’s importance has been clear since his injury with the team going 5-4 in this years playoffs without him. Their two regular seasons have been successful but as the team advanced deep into the playoffs, both last year and this year, a glaring error in the makeup of the team has emerged. This team is missing a true point that can match up offensively and defensively.

In last year’s Finals, the trio of Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, and J.J. Barea were able to control the game and lead the Mavs to victory over the Heat. Even though, Nowitski was the leading scorer, the trio was able to dish the rock and shoot the trey which allowed Dirk to find his spots without the ball. It wasn’t because these players are current elite PG’s but they were talented enough that the Heat couldn’t just lock down the big German. They stretched the floor with their outside shot and were able to find the passing lanes.

In this year’s run the Celtics are giving them fits because of the point guard play. Rajon Rondo has been able to control the tempo, get to the basket, and make the passes. The Heat can matchup against everyone but Rondo at the point. This doesn’t mean the Heat can’t win or even that they won’t but this issue has to be addressed.

Elite point guards aren’t the problem, it’s good guard play accompanied by a high level scorer as the Mavs did last year. Rondo has been able to score and drop dimes to his team. He has 25 assists to only 5 turnovers in games 3 and 4, both Celtics wins. If the Heat are able to get past the C’s, the two teams in the West have the perfect makeup to beat the Heat. Westbrook can score, control the game, and has a go to scorer in Durant. The Spurs have Tony Parker, who can have the same effect scoring or passing the rock. The Heat can win and win a title with the current team but if they want to accomplish 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 titles discussed in the pep rally 2 years ago they will have to upgrade to a much more competent point guard.

The other thing the Heat have to do is hit the big shot. LeBron James has been criticized more than any other great player for not taking the “big shot”. Yet, the playoff record for James and his teammates on these types of shots has been miserable…actually it couldn’t be worse! James has taken the shot but has missed, along with the rest of his teammates. In shots under 24 seconds to tie or take the lead the team is 0-11 in the last two playoffs! Wade is 0-4, James is 0-3, and the rest of the team is 0-3 in these situations. You can’t win when you don’t hit the game winners! I think better PG play would help the Heat get better last second shots. Even though James is a distributor, it would make a huge difference when he gets rid of the ball the guard receiving the ball is a threat to shoot or create.

I think the Heat can still win, but I can’t see a long dynasty run if they don’t improve the guard play around James, Wade, and Bosh.

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