Miami-Boston: Bad Beginning for LeBron, too

I calculated the Raw Marginal Win Scores for every player in the three games last night using’s “Game Flow Charts”.

I’ll split the numbers into three posts, beginning with this one on the Heat-Celtics mudbath.   Dwyane Wade was obviously terrible, but the underreported story from that game was the performance of LeBron James.  Yes, he racked up points, but he had an unspeakable 8 turnovers.  More importantly, he was outplayed by his Boston counterpart Paul Pierce, who had an outstanding game.  Of the “Big 3” for Miami, LeBron had the most comparatively poor performance.

For Boston’s “Big 4”, the news was much better. Paul Pierce and Ray Allen were both very, very good.  Rajon Rondo was also good.  Kevin Garnett was pretty bad.  And Shaq was nowhere near as good as it seemed.  Oh, and Jermaine O’Neal was really, really bad.  But he’s been on the downside of his career for a long time now.

A quick thought on how the Big 3 meshed together last night.  Not well.  LeBron and Dwayne did not compliment one another.  Each used possessions to go one-on-one, and when that failed, then they would look for the other… often out of desperation, and often resulting in poor passes that resulted in turnovers.  One of the two has to assume the role of playmaker and let the other be the “one-on-one” guy.  Otherwise they will end up like the 1977 Philadelphia Sixers — a team of individual parts that didn’t quite make a better whole.  But its early, and you could really tell that Wade missed the pre-season. 

As for Bosh, it looks like his attitude at the moment is “I’m not going to get my usual touches, so I better shoot whenever and whereever I can”.  He better loose that mindset and figure out that in South Beach he is the low man on the totem pole.  He has to kind of evolve into a more garbage oriented player.  He would do a lot more good for the Heat in that role. 

Final Thought:  I was stunned to see how much weight Ilgauskas has lost!  That is remarkable.  You do not usually see that from a player.  Does anyone have the backstory on how he did that?

Here are the raw Marginal Win Scores accumulated per minute by each participant in that game, in the order of most productive per minute to least productive per minute:

Miami Heat 80 — Boston Celtics 86
1. Joel Anthony, C…(+.323)
2. Paul Pierce, SF…(+.305)
3. Ray Allen, SG…(+.192)
4. Udonis Haslem, PF…(+.177)
5. Marquis Daniels, SG/SF…(+.154)
6. Rajon Rondo, PG…(+.151)
7. Zy Ilgauskas, C…(+.091)
8. Baby Davis, C/PF…(+.066)
9. Eddie House, PG…(+.000)
10. Chris Bosh, PF/C…(-.053)
11. Shaq O’Neal, C…(-.083)
12. Carlos Arroyo, PG…(-.115)
13. James Jones, G/F…(-.134)
14. Kevin Garnett, PF…(-.157)
15. Dwyane Wade, PG/SG…(-.230)
16. LeBron James, SF…(-.279)
17. Nate Robinson, G…(-.281)
18. Jermaine O’Neal, C…(-.384)

3 Responses to “Miami-Boston: Bad Beginning for LeBron, too”

  1. palamida Says:

    Still early, but if this trend continues, I wonder what the “usage” crowd will say about this;
    I mean, they should have been unstoppable and working in synergy, right?
    No team can guard LBJ when it has to worry about Wade and Bosh as well, wasn’t that the spirit?
    not to mention Our 3 mega scorers should be soaring in scoring efficiency now that they don’t have to carry all the load (and as a result have defensive schemes designed specifically to stop them) :p
    Again, still early.

  2. tywill33 Says:

    The Celtics just packed the middle with their size and dared the Heat to shoot jumpers, which the Heat could not make and then stopped trying.

    Both James and Wade wanted to penetrate. But instead of swinging the ball and moving the defense, James and Wade each tried to individually penetrate. When it didn’t work they would blindly throw the ball back out. They looked sloppy and they made each other kind of redundant.

    It was like watching an army try to charge a well-fortified defensive bulwark without any coordination. First the left wing would advance and get slaughtered, then the right wing would advance and get slaughtered.

  3. jbrett Says:


    I had that very thought watching the game; are we looking at Jordan-Pippen II, or is it Erving-McGinnis II? I believe these two are better players than George and Doc, and I think they will figure out how to play together, but I wonder if it will be later rather than sooner.

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