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THE BOOK an opposing team's scout sizes up the Heat
Ian Thomsen
October 30, 2000
"It may seem like the Heat overpaid Brian Grant, but Pat Riley was positioning himself for a three-year title run. If Miami wants to stay among the top two or three teams in the East without Alonzo Mourning, Grant has to play like an $86 million player.... Everything was pointing to Mourning having an MVP-type year. He was going to cover up a lot of their defensive problems, get the rebounds to make the transition game go and, with the lack of quality centers in the East, probably have a breakout year offensively.... Don't forget, they have to replace P.J. Brown, too. He was a huge part of their identity as a defensive team, a rebounding team, a tough team.... They have a great situation with Tim Hardaway and Anthony Carter. Hardaway gives them great shotmaking and playmaking. Then you get that energetic defense off the bench from Carter, who can also make the tough shots.... They can still be one of the top three teams in the East because of Anthony Mason. They'll run a lot of the offense through him and control the tempo that way."
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October 30, 2000

The Book An Opposing Team's Scout Sizes Up The Heat

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"It may seem like the Heat overpaid Brian Grant, but Pat Riley was positioning himself for a three-year title run. If Miami wants to stay among the top two or three teams in the East without Alonzo Mourning, Grant has to play like an $86 million player.... Everything was pointing to Mourning having an MVP-type year. He was going to cover up a lot of their defensive problems, get the rebounds to make the transition game go and, with the lack of quality centers in the East, probably have a breakout year offensively.... Don't forget, they have to replace P.J. Brown, too. He was a huge part of their identity as a defensive team, a rebounding team, a tough team.... They have a great situation with Tim Hardaway and Anthony Carter. Hardaway gives them great shotmaking and playmaking. Then you get that energetic defense off the bench from Carter, who can also make the tough shots.... They can still be one of the top three teams in the East because of Anthony Mason. They'll run a lot of the offense through him and control the tempo that way."

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