The defending champion Miami Heat were in New Orleans Thursday night. It's preseason ball, but it looked anything but from a team that's hitting the ground running.
First-quarter action, about six minutes in, Jrue Holiday throws a lazy pass to Anthony Davis. LeBron James swats it, dribbles down court. One-bounce pass to D-Wade, who gives it right back and perfectly timed. LeBron dunks with authority.
These are two guys in lockstep. This is a team that is well aware of all the talk against them, aware of the targets on their backs.
And it's only the preseason. The regular season should scare you.