Heat vs. Bucks: Biggest Takeaways for Heat in Comfortable Game 1 Victory

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIApril 21, 2013

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 21:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat looks on during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at  against the Milwaukee BucksAmerican Airlines Arena on April 21, 2013 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Not that it was ever really in doubt, but the Miami Heat showed just how strong they're going to be in the 2013 NBA Playoffs with a 110-87 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks at home in Game One.

The win itself wasn't at all the strongest we've seen the kings of South Beach play this year, with 19 turnovers a testament to that fact. However, having seen just how dominant the Heat were despite the turnovers showed just how strong they'll be later on in the playoffs, in games when the turnovers and missed opportunities don't dominate their game.

Read on to see the biggest takeaways for Miami from an easy Game One victory.


Chris Bosh's Outside Game Will be Huge X-Factor in Playoffs

Chris Bosh might not be the most imposing center/forward in the league this postseason, and it's that matchup that has many wondering whether the Heat will struggle against the Pacers and/or Knicks.

However, what Bosh showed against the Bucks in Game One was how prolific his outside game was and how solid he can be shooting the basketball outside of the key—something that could well be an X-factor for the Heat moving forward this year.

With Bosh unable to dominate inside as well against, say, Indiana, as he might like, his ability to get outside and knock down jumpers (and three-pointers, even) will be something that the Pacers' big men won't be able to cover well. They just don't have the range and athleticism of Bosh, which means that the star forward could well find himself with several good opportunities throughout the postseason.

Obviously Miami needs Bosh inside and he can't just spend the whole night on the perimeter, but it certainly does give the Heat a big advantage against other big teams in the playoffs—not that having LeBron James wasn't already advantage enough.


Miami Will Need Their Bench to Step Up Down the Stretch

Chris Anderson and Ray Allen definitely stepped up at points against the Bucks, but we didn't see the same consistency we've come to expect from the Heat's bench throughout this one.

Allen missed a number of his early attempts, and both Shane Battier and Norris Cole struggled to establish themselves as go-to players off the bench—something that definitely has to change if Miami is going to repeat their championship success from last season.

The likes of Battier coming off the bench last year was one of the biggest reasons why they were able to clinch that elusive title, and they are seemingly in a strong position to do so again this year—as long as their bench starts to prove their worth once more.

Shooting three-of-16 from deep isn't the ideal way to start the playoffs.


Excessive Shooting is Not the Way to Beat the Heat

As much as everyone would no doubt love to #BeattheHeat, Milwaukee showed throughout their first game against Miami that excessive shooting is not the way to go about chalking up a surprise win.

Both Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings chalked up big performances in terms of raw numbers (22 points and 26 points respectively), but they did so boasting only 46-percent shooting, including just five three-pointers made from 16 attempts on the night.

Despite scoring 23 points less than Miami, the Bucks shot 14 more attempts, which in the end proved to be their downfall against a dominant offense like the Heat's.

Miami's swarming defense might give the impression that shots need to be taken as soon as possible and to some extent, that's true. But to chalk up that many shot attempts is simply ridiculous from the Bucks, and it showed on the final scoreboard at the end of the night.

Milwaukee—and other teams that will face Miami in the playoffs—needs to be more effective with the ball if they're going to beat the Heat.

Launching up shot after shot just isn't the way to get it done.


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