The Miami Heat are off to a 3-0 start and are averaging 105.3 points per game. And watching the team, it is easy to see that they have come a long ways from the team that struggled early in the 2010-11 season when they averaged just 91.0 points per game in the first three games.
The Heat’s new up-tempo “Pace and Space” offence is a big reason. And the biggest impact may be on LeBron James, who is now more dominant than ever.
James is averaging 32.7 points per game early on, which would be a career-high. But he is doing it by taking only 18.7 shots per game, which would be a career-low. The difference is LeBron has yet to take a 3-point shot, after averaging 3.5 3-point attempts last year. And he is getting to the free throw line (12.3 FTA) more than ever.
If LeBron can keep up this early pace, the 2011-12 season may just be one long victory lap for the Miami Heat..
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