The Heat's pick-and-rolls are getting predictable

The pick-and-roll is a reliable action with endless wrinkles, but unless Miami can start taking advantage of the gravity it produces — with more movement and passing — they are going to be more predictable than desired.

As halftime approached, the bottom-dwelling Chicago Bulls are giving the Miami Heat a run for their money. Goran Dragic and company are having trouble generating good shots, and Miami’s double-digit lead dwindles to 2 by half.

Rewind. Miami’s bench unit is on the floor at the beginning of the second quarter. Featuring Kelly Olynyk and Justise Winslow in the frontcourt, it’s without Miami’s most notable players — no Dion Waiters, Goran Dragic, or Hassan Whiteside. And that second unit created open shot after open shot.

Miami ran its offense through Olynyk — a simple read and react pick-and-roll. The Heat enjoyed offensive fluidity; the ball was popping, as NBA coaches might say.