With two tough challenges lined up for the Miami Heat to start the season, they batted them both down looking much improved in the process. Although they almost lost the game after the Boston Celtics stormed back from a 20-point deficit, the Heat battled back and were able to finish what they started.
At this point, it's safe to say that Miami will avoid a sluggish opening to the season, something that really hampered them last season. Being in mid-season form early in a compacted season is going to play a crucial part in a huge jump start in the Eastern Conference, so look for Miami to keep this momentum going forward and drawing plenty of analysis and attention.
With the Heat traveling to Charlotte to play a game Wednesday night, let's check out what we learned from a victory over the Boston Celtics.