Coming off a morale-boosting victory, which saw newcomer Ray Allen hit the game-winning shot and Chris Bosh continue to make strides at the center position, the forecast for the Miami Heat appears cautiously bright.
Offensively, the Heat are firing on all cylinders, ranking first in team offensive statistics, shooting a league-leading 51 percent from the field at home, and, impressively, are improved across the board in each shooting percentage category (FG, 3-pt. FG, FT) as compared to last season's averages.
Defensively, however, they are still a work in progress, standing at or below the middle of the pack in categories of rebounding and blocks. The one saving grace? They rank sixth in steals on the road.
Now, mind you, the sample size that these numbers are based on is markedly limited at three games.
But, if you're keeping score, they certainly seem to have confirmed every belief and suspicion that many Heat fans had coming into the season.
Allen is shooting a career high beyond the arc.
Bosh is averaging more rebounds and points than he did during his last two seasons now that he is at center.
LeBron James is, well, LeBron James.
But have all those concerns about Dwyane Wade that started late last season gone away?
Here are initial report card grades for each player on the Miami Heat.