After rookie Norris Cole's late game heroics against the Boston Celtics, by scoring 14 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter. Basketball is all abuzz about just how great the Miami Heat can actually be this year.
I know it's only two games into the NBA season, but the Miami Heat have sure looked great. I think it's time to look game-by-game to see when the Miami Heat might realistically lose their first game.
Coming up next, the Miami Heat are riding the Norris Cole bandwagon into Charlotte, NC to play the undefeated Charlotte Bobcats. The Bobcats are coming off of a big season-opening win against the Milwaukee Bucks. But they won't be so lucky against the Miami Heat. LeBron, Wade and Bosh will all score double-digits in an easy win against the young Bobcats and the Miami Heat will move to 3-0.
Next on the schedule, is a cross country-ish trip to Minnesota to play Dr. Love and the Spanish sensation Ricky Rubio. Unfortunately for the Minnesota Timberwolves, they still have SF/PF Michael Beasley. He has no comprehension of wise shot selection, shooting 17-40 (42.5 percent) for the year. Miami Heat will cruise to an easy win against the faltering Timberwolves, and the Miami Heat will move to 4-0 effortlessly.
After putting a whooping on the Timberwolves, the Heat will Travel back to South Beach to play the Charlotte Bobcats for the second time in less than a week. Even though this game is the first for both teams in the New Year, it will still have the same result. Wade will be the difference maker this time around, and the Miami Heat will easily move to 5-0.
Here comes the hardest games of the Heat's 2011-2012 schedule so far, matching up with the athletic Atlanta Hawks, who looked pretty solid against the New Jersey Nets in their season opener. The Hawks will give the Heat a run for their money, but LeBron will prove once again that he's a changed man in 2011-2012. He will hit clutch shots down the stretch, and help the Heat hand the Hawks their first loss of the season. The Miami Heat will struggle, but move to 6-0.
The Heat get a day off, which will be much needed after playing the Hawks, before traveling to Indiana to play Danny Granger and the Indianapolis Pacers. This game will not be close; as the Pacers just don't have the talents the Heat have on their roster. Chris Bosh will have the best game of his 2011-2012 season, leading the Heat to another win. The Miami Heat will roll to a 7-0 record.
After an easy win against the Pacers, the Heat must immediately travel in Atlanta to face an extremely dangerous Hawks team. They certainly have the potential to end their winning streak, and hand the Heat their first loss of the 2011-2012 NBA season. The difference maker in this game will once again be Norris Cole coming off of the bench, and his ability to spark the Heat by outplaying Hawks point guard's Jeff Teague and Jannero Pargo. The Heat will win a nail biter against the Hawks, and the Miami Heat will sneak to 8-0.
The Heat will need an easy game after almost losing to the Atlanta Hawks. They'll get just that when they travel to New Jersey to take on the Nets. It's feasible that the Nets might be on a long losing streak when they face the Miami Heat. LeBron will have no problem helping that losing streak stay in place. LeBron will outplay every defender the Nets try to throw at him to score his highest total of the 2011-2012 season. He will help the Heat earn yet another win, and they will easily move to 9-0.
After crushing the New Jersey Nets, the Heat will travel to the west coast to start a three-game road trip, which will start with the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors are a dangerous team, with enough offensive fire power to beat any team in the NBA. The problem for the Warriors is their inability to play team defense, which will expose them against the star studded Miami Heat. Udonis Haslem and Chris Bosh will overpower the Warrior's front court, helping the Heat start their west coast trip with a nice win and move to 10-0 overall, with ease.
Next up on the west coast tour for the Heat is a matchup with "lob city" itself, the Los Angeles Clippers. This will be the most ridiculously hyped up game of the 2011-2012 season. And it will undoubtedly live up to the hype. The difference maker in this matchup will be the lack of chemistry that exists among the Clippers' starting five. The Heat understands what that's like from experiencing a lack of chemistry first hand last year. The experience will help the Heat bring "lob city" crashing to the ground, and dominating their way to 11-0 overall.
To finish off the west coast trip, is a matchup with the Denver Nuggets. This game has the potential to be the game where the Miami Heat finally slip up and lose. The Nuggets are playing good basketball right now, with a foundation of strong defense. The key to this matchup will be how well Chalmers and Cole can play, in hopes of stopping the dominant play of Ty Lawson. There will be enough coal in the Norris Cole train to help lead the Heat again to a big victory against a western conference foe, and the Miami Heat will move to 12-0.
Here it is, the first loss of the Heats' dominant 2011-2012 campaign, and it will be at the hands of the veteran San Antonio Spurs. Why will the Heat lose to the Spurs? First of all the Heat have to lose sometimes and the Spurs have the veteran experience it will take to do so. Duncan will be too much for the Heats' front court to handle. The duo of Ginobli and Parker will outplay the duo of Wade and LeBron. The Heat will lose to the San Antonio Spurs in a close one. The Miami Heat will finally fall ending their impressive winning streak. The Miami Heat will move to 12-1.
The Miami Heat will end the season with the best overall record in the NBA, and it will be in large part due to their hot 12-0 start to the 2011-12 season.
You better hop on the hype train now, because it is about to reach unrivaled levels in the upcoming weeks.