'Ray of Hope': New Addition Ray Allen Clinches Game as Heat Defeat Nuggets

Vivek Wallace@vivekwallace747Contributor IINovember 3, 2012

Ray Allen delivers in clutch to save the defenseless Heat from Nuggets.
Ray Allen delivers in clutch to save the defenseless Heat from Nuggets.Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

There was no "D" in Miami, but thanks to a timely three-pointer from Ray Allen at the end of regulation, there was a "W" for the Miami Heat.

Allen walks away with his first game-clinching bucket for the team, but it was Chris Bosh who carried the squad with his best outing in a Miami Heat uniform, scoring 40 points and grabbing seven boards.

It's no secret that Bosh came into the season eager to elevate his game and prove his worth as part of the team's Big 3. When no one else in a Heat uniform could get it going, it was Bosh who couldn't stop it from coming.

The strong performance from Bosh was a continuation of what has been a very hot season, so far, but despite the victory, what remains evident is that the Miami Heat are far from the form it had at the end of last season when they walked away with their second franchise NBA championship.

Team chemistry should continue to improve as the season develops, but the biggest hole to fill at this time is defense.

When you look at the roster and see the likes of Shane Battier, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, clearly they have the talent and the know-how to slow teams down.

What's unclear is whether or not it's blown assignments or players simply unable to carry out defensive schemes. In any case, a change will need to come soon if they plan to repeat.

Miami will get a well-needed day of rest before stepping back on the hardwood to face the 1-1 Phoenix Suns on the eve of America's national election.

No time for politics in the Heat's house, but in apt fashion, home fans will desperately hope that they remain red hot, rather than ice blue!


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