Averaging 39 rebounds per game, Miami is the NBA’s second-worst rebounding team.
Dating back to the team’s Christmas showdown against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Heat have been beaten on the boards in six of its last nine games, and have only registered 50-plus rebounds twice.
This remains the most-divisive issue on an undersized but ultra-talented team.
Reigning MVP LeBron James insists that Miami does not need outside help to solve this dilemma.
“This is who we have,” said James. “Ain’t nobody outside. Who’s out there? If there was somebody out there, he would have been picked up. As a collective group, we’ve got to figure it out.”
However, the Heat is one of multiple teams being linked to injury-prone center Greg Oden. The seven-footer reportedly has South Beach atop his wish list. While there are doubts the former number one pick will be able to play this season, should he be able to return to the court, he is certainly worth taking a flier on.
As can be seen in the same article where James’s quotes come from, Chris Bosh believes a change in philosophy will lead to an improved performance on the glass.
“We get placed in a system and we try to play to the system to the best of our abilities,” Bosh said following a loss to the Pacers, in which they were outrebounded 55-36. “Some days, it’s good. Some days, it’s bad. Most days it has been bad for us on the boards. I don’t think it’s about effort. We’re trying our best.”