- John Carroll, Scouts, Basketball Recruiting
Heat Offense: Controversial NFL receiver Keyshawn Johnson coined "Give me the damn ball!" several years ago. I say, give Shaquille O'Neal the damn ball. O'Neal was shooting approximately 66 percent coming into the NBA Finals and then he went out in Game 1 and shot 8-for-11 (73 percent). Shaq is 7-feet, 350 pounds. You cannot miss him, but somehow the Heat do. They sometimes forget and go away from their most dominant offensive weapon. The ball should touch his hands almost every time down the floor.
The second offensive option for the Heat should be Dwyane Wade. His attacks of the rim in the first quarter were unstoppable. He had 13 of his 28 points in the first quarter, making 6-of-7 shots. Four of those baskets came on blow-bys of Adrian Griffin and hard drives to the rim. The Mavericks have no one who can guard Wade. He must take his man off the dribble and get into the paint for baskets or free throws.