Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Heat Produced: The Winning Numbers from the Weekend Were 30-10-50

LeBron James (33 points, 10 rebounds), Chris Bosh (31 points, 12 rebounds) and Dwyane Wade (30 points, 11 rebounds) return to the state of Ohio tonight after becoming the second trio in NBA history to have each player score more than 30 points and grab more than 10 rebounds, and it can be argued their feat was more impressive than the one pulled off by Wayne Embry (37 points, 13 rebounds), Jack Twyman (32 points, 17 rebounds), and a rookie Oscar Robertson (31 points, 11 rebounds) for Ohio's original NBA team, the Cincinnati Royals, 50 years ago.

Based on statistical projections from WhatIfSports.com and this formula, the Cincinnati Royals averaged an estimated 121 possessions per game in 1961. Obviously, the more possessions a team has in a game, the more opportunities there will be to score points and grab rebounds. There were only an estimated 97 possessions in the Rockets-Heat game on Sunday. So the Three Kings pulled off the same feat as two Hall-of-Famers and a five-time All-Star in 24 less possessions — that's more than one quarter of basketball in an average NBA game this season!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Miami Heat Podcast: Point Guards, Centers, Defense and Dancing

Bloggers from the Miami Heat Index and Hot Hot Hoops held their weekly podcast before Sunday's Rockets-Heat game. They discussed Mike Bibby's first week as starting point guard, Chris Bosh's return to playing center, Mike Miller vs. James Jones as backup swingman, the most likely path to the title and the Heat Dancers.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Off the Index: Chicago Bull$#!t, Melo Mind Games and March Madness Millions

If it’s the weekend, then it’s time for another Wages of Wins Network podcast!

You can listen to the podcast one of three ways:

The cast:

Friday, March 25, 2011

Miami 100, Detroit 94: Heat Produced & Back to the Future with Bosh at Center

The Heat Produced Page was updated with stats from Miami's 100-94 win over the Detroit Pistons and a new feature with data on the effectiveness of various Heat lineups.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Heat Shit List: Let's Have a Toast to the Pistons Fans

As the unofficial stenographer for LeBron James' mental notes, I'd like to introduce a new feature on the Miami Heat Index — Heat Shit List Rankings!  Since the Miami Heat play the Pistons tonight in Detroit, let's begin the inauguration of the Heat Shit List Rankings with a toast to the Pistons fans, one of 25 haters to appear on the Heat Shit List more than once (75 total haters are listed).

Monday, March 21, 2011

Heat Produced: Back-to-Back Wins over the Hawks & Nuggets

The Heat Produced Page has been updated with stats from Miami's wins over the Atlanta Hawks and Denver Nuggets. It was the team's 17th back-to-back set this season and the 103-98 win over the Nuggets pushed the Heat's record to 13-4 on the second night of back-to-back games.

Podcast: Chris Bosh's Decline and the Rising Heat in the East

Bloggers from the Miami Heat Index and Hot Hot Hoops discussed why Chris Bosh's numbers declined moving from the Raptors to the Heat, why the Heat will finish with at least a #2 seed in the Eastern Conference, what the lineups should be in the playoffs and crunch time as well as good times at the Heat Family Festival.

The podcast can be downloaded HEREyou can subscribe to the RSS feed HERE or you can check it out at iTunes.

Here's a detailed breakdown of the conversation:

Friday, March 18, 2011

Heat Produced: Miami 85, Oklahoma City 96

The Heat Produced Page has been updated with stats from the Heat's 11-point loss at home to the Thunder.

Heat Check: Time to Hunt or Be Hunted

It seemed like the Miami Heat were destined to be the third seed in the Eastern Conference after losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder 96-85 on Wednesday night and then I got a tweet from Heat fan @DaHaitianBeast:

@MIA_Heat_Index I think we could still get da #1 seed

sent via Twitter for Android
On Twitter: http://twitter.com/DaHaitianBeast/status/48229974154547203

I thought it was just a typical fan comment until I looked at the schedules for the Heat, Celtics and Bulls.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Off the Index: The Pursuit of Happiness in March Madness

Since I've been tweeting about March Madness action for 2011 since it officially tipped off a little after 12:15 PM today (see the sidebar), I decided to post an explanation for the picks in my bracket.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Heat Produced: Miami 110, San Antonio 80

The Heat Produced Page has been updated with stats from the 30-point blowout of the Spurs.

Heat Check: LeBron James Is In A Better Place Now

There's been some content floating around the Wages of Wins Network debating whether the Heat are better than last season's Cavs and whether or not LeBron James actually has better teammates in Miami than he had in Cleveland.


...If you're still reading this after rolling on the floor laughing, then let's quickly debunk this nonsense.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Podcast: Heat Haters & the Potential for Greatness

Bloggers from the Miami Heat Index and Hot Hot Hoops got together for a podcast to discuss the Miami Heat.

The podcast can be downloaded HEREyou can subscribe to the RSS feed HERE or you can check it out at iTunes.

There's a breakdown of the conversation after the jump.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Heat Produced: Miami 94, LA Lakers 88

The Heat Produced Page has been updated with stats for games played through March 11.

The Heat ended their five-game losing streak with a 94-88 win over the LA Lakers. Here's a spreadsheet with estimated wins produced stats for last night's game.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Podcast: Are the Miami Heat Still Contenders?

I joined some of my fellow Wages of Wins Journalists Andres Alvarez and Arturo Galletti on a podcast Monday night to discuss where the Heat stood after the Bulls game in relation to the other title contenders.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Adjusted Plus-Minus: Hustling Outside the Box Score?

The Sloan Sports Analytic Conference took place this weekend and one of the popular topics there has always been player evaluation metrics. One of the player evaluation metrics that seems to garner a lot of discussion there is Adjusted Plus-Minus (APM).

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Did Losing to the Knicks Push Arroyo Out and Bring Bibby In?

The rumors started shortly after the Miami Heat suffered their worst loss of the season. The New York Knicks were leaving Biscayne Boulevard with a 91-86 win and Mike Bibby was on his way to give the team what they so desperately needed.

Wait... what?!?

How can a team that added LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in the off-season need anything Mike Bibby has to offer? The same Mike Bibby that the Atlanta Hawks determined wasn't as good as Kirk Hinrich? Why would anyone think that he was needed in Miami?

I think you have to understand that loss to the Knicks in order to understand why Heat fans and management thought Bibby was desperately needed in Miami.