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Studs and Duds from the Miami Heat's First Slate of Games

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Studs and Duds from the Miami Heat's First Slate of Games
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There are a lot of positives to take away from the Miami Heat’s first six games.

The defending champions are off to a strong 5–1 start, having taken down several teams who are expected to be contenders.

Even on the best of teams, though, there is room for improvement. The Heat are no exception.

Sure, they’re putting up big numbers, averaging 110.0 PPG (as of Thursday, Nov. 8), but they’re opponents are also scoring at an average rate of 99.8 PPG.

So far in the 2012–13 season, the Heat have also given up more steals than they’ve made—a stat they dominated last year.

The team’s lack of an experienced center also has their offensive rebound numbers down quite a bit to 34 per game, or 26th among the league’s 30 teams.  

You can bet that plenty of other teams would kill for the kinds of problems the Heat have in 2012.

Among the highs and lows are the players who have stepped up to the challenge and the ones who have fallen flat on their faces. Every team has some of both, and following are the Heat’s studs and duds.

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