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Wade/LeBron Creating Open Shots For Teammates

In General NBA on March 30, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Good article in the Miami Herald

At times, it seems Heat shooters are so open they could eat a snack before the nearest defender offers resistance.

“It’s like practice,” Mike Bibby said.

The attention drawn by Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh has had a predictable effect: The Heat is in the top four in the league in the number of unguarded catch-and-shoots, with the Spurs the only team that has taken significantly more.

Miami has had 920 unguarded catch-and-shoot field-goal attempts, according to synergysportstech.com. By comparison, the Lakers have had 712.

“I’ve always attracted so much attention that guys get open looks,” James said Wednesday. “When I have new teammates, it’s a harder adjustment at the beginning because they’re not used to getting so many open looks. Mike Bibby, Mike Miller, [ James Jones] — these guys are getting so many open looks because me and D-Wade attract so many eyes.”

The article continues

To appreciate the increase in open looks, consider: Last season, 40.6 percent of the Heat’s catch-and-shoot jumpers were unguarded, and Miami shot 41.2 percent on those. This season, 57.9 percent have been unguarded, and the Heat has shot 46 percent on those attempts, second best in the league.All of the Heat’s players, predictably, shoot better unguarded than guarded on catch-and-shoots.

House has been left alone on 57.6 percent of his catch-and-shoots, compared with 41 percent of the time with Boston last season.

Very interesting, albeit expected, results for Miami’s shooters.

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