The Miami Heat's preseason has gone terrifically to this point. And that's not just because they are 3-0.
Two guys whom Miami probably needs on its final 15-man roster, Michael Beasley and Roger Mason Jr., have played well. James Jones, who may be asked to fill Mike Miller's role, has been lights-out from outside. Norris Cole has continued his hot shooting from the 2013 playoffs. Chris Bosh has dominated offensively. The list of players performing to a satisfactory level goes on and on.
Still, no team is perfect. There remain a couple of Miami players whose preseasons haven't gone as well as hoped.
Let's take an in-depth look at those players' struggles.
We're dealing with an extremely small sample size, given that the Heat have played just three games. That sample size is even smaller for Chalmers because he sat out the Heat's second contest.
He's only taken five three-point shots, but 'Rio has come up empty on each of them. Miami was dominant from downtown in the 2012-13 season (39.6 percent from three), and Chalmers was a big part of that (40.9 3PT%).
Hopefully, for the team's sake, this is just a tiny cold streak.
But Chalmers' preseason problems don't just come from beyond the arc. He also turned the ball over five times in the Heat's preseason opener. Mario really cut down on his turnovers (1.5 per game in 2012-13 after 2.2 TOPG in 2011-12) and the boneheaded mental mistakes last season.
'Rio became someone the Heat could legitimately count on in 2012-13. It would be a shame for Miami if he started reverting back to his old ways.
Again, we're dealing with the tiniest of sample sizes here, but 'Rio just hasn't had it going through two games.
Preseason success shouldn't mean much to a 17-year veteran like Allen. When the regular season gets going, Allen is likely to do what he's done throughout his Hall of Fame career: convert 40 percent of his three-point attempts.
Still, that doesn't mean Ray hasn't underperformed this preseason.
His shots just haven't been falling; he's shooting 15.8 percent from the field and 33.3 percent on his three-pointers. In the Heat's most recent game, Allen hit just 1-of-7 shots, failing to take advantage of some really good looks.
Ray Allen having a night of point-blank misses at the rim. Smiling, though. It's just preseason after all, not Game 6 of the Finals.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) October 12, 2013
Allen's value to Miami stems almost solely from his shooting. So while he doesn't appear concerned with his misfortune from the three-point line, it would be nice for the Heat if Ray could see the ball go through the net some more before the Heat's season opener on Oct 29.