The Miami Heat's 11-5 start hasn't gone according to plan, but we can all agree on one thing: the beginning of this season is a whole lot better than last year's.
Also, injuries have continued to play a key part with Dwyane Wade falling victim to the injury bug. Ankle, calf and foot injuries have deterred him from playing at full strength as he's currently averaging career lows across the board. He's only played in two games at 100 percent, and the Heat are taking this on a day-by-day basis.
The Heat are also attempting to integrate Mike Miller and Eddy Curry into the offense, while Udonis Haslem and Shane Battier also adjust.
The record isn't all that impressive, but the Heat are making their point. Even though they've been dealt embarrassing losses to the likes of Golden State and Milwaukee, they've also secured wins over Dallas, Boston, Indiana, San Antonio, the L.A. Lakers and Philadelphia, each team nearly being a lock for the postseason.
Being 16 games into 66-game season, we offer up a first quarter grade for the key players of this Heat team.