Just one day after Dion Waiters and Erik Spoelstra pointed to the Heat’s screen-setting as an issue, center Hassan Whiteside had another take on the subject. “I mean, it’s just, it’s just, man, the guys aren’t being patient,” Whiteside said when asked about the issue after Tuesday’s practice. “Me and D-Wade showed that all year long. We ain’t had no problems. It’s just being patient, man, just be patient, wait for the screen and let guys set you up and make decisions. “There’s so many lobs and those lobs just don’t make themselves. It has to be something.” But Miami’s starting backcourt of Goran Dragic and Waiters believe the screen-setter is at fault. “It’s really important,” Dragic said. “If me and Dion want to get in the paint then of course we need good screens so we can get there and break down the guys and try to spray it or finish. When there’s no screen then it’s really tough because then you have two guards, two players with nowhere to go. So that’s why it’s really hard to get open shots and create open shots.” Screening is a big part of the Heat’s drive-and-kick offense, as it allows penetrators like Dragic and Waiters to get into the paint. Miami entered Tuesday ranked second in the NBA with 52.9 drives per game. The Heat average 8.6 screen assists per game, which is 12th most in the league. James Johnson (2.3 per game), Kelly Olynyk (2.1 per game) and Whiteside (2.2 per game) all rank in the top 50 in the NBA in screen assists.
Dragic, Whiteside disagree on cause of Heat's ball screen woes
Palm Beach Post | Nov 21