The Miami Heat are coming off of their first loss of the postseason, and that is enough to get Lebron James looking for answers.
In Game 3 against the Nets, Brooklyn lit the Heat up from the 3-point line, making a franchise playoff record 15 trey’s in the 104-90 win. On the flip side, the Heat shot 8-24 from downtown, meaning the Nets outscored them by 21 from beyond the arc.
While most of the team struggled to hit from deep, James Jones went a perfect 3-3 in his 9 minutes of action. Jones hot shooting didn’t go unnoticed as Lebron voiced his opinion to the Sun Sentinal that the sharp-shooter needs even more minutes as the series moves forward.
“It’s the space that he provides, and his ability to shoot the ball,” James said of continuing to push for more of the veteran forward. “You can’t do both when he’s out on the floor: You can’t help on my drive and try to contest the threes on him. You have to keep an eye on him. We have to find some minutes for him. I don’t see why he shouldn’t play. He’s huge for us when he’s in the lineup. He’s big time.”
Prior to Game 3, Jones had made 31-68 shots on the season, but a closer look at his shot chart shows how lethal Jones was from 3. Of those 31 makes, 28 were from downtown on 52% shooting.
While James might be stretching things a bit by calling Jones ‘big time’, it does make sense that he would want the floor-stretching forward on the court with him. The good thing about shooters is you have to account for them, and that will help Lebron on his drives to the basket. It will be interesting to see if Heat coach Erik Spoelstra listens to his superstar moving forward.