ASK IRA: Will Heat-Celtics be more chess than checkers?


A: A lot to unwrap here. While the Heat can go with defense-intensive lineups — for example, with Bam Adebayo, Jae Crowder, Jimmy Butler, Derrick Jones Jr. and Andre Iguodala — you have to balance that against the need to score. That’s why at the ends of games you likely will have Goran Dragic and Tyler Herro on the floor, or even both. But even against the Celtics defense that stifled the Raptors, the Heat should be able to score, as long as they are hitting shots. It doesn’t necessarily have to be Herro or Dragic, and just as well could be Duncan Robinson or Kendrick Nunn. As for a Kelly Olynyk contribution, that could be a factor of Erik Spoelstra weighing offense vs. defense, similar to how Brad Stevens has his limits with Enes Kanter. There are plenty of moving parts in play in this season, and likely plenty of moves to be made from game to game, period to period, and minute to minute.

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