In one night, the Miami Heat managed to answer all the questions being asked about them, and then some.
Let's just say this right off the bat: I know it's crazy to draw grand conclusions from one preseason game. I'm not betting my life savings on the Heat as NBA champions just because they beat a lowly Pistons team by 16 points in their first preseason game on Tuesday night.
With that said, the Heat did pass their first meaningful basketball test together, with flying colors. Despite an injury that knocked Dwyane Wade out of the game after three minutes, the Heat, led by none other than LeBron James, kept right on rolling over the hapless Pistons.
By the second quarter, it had already become a double-digit blowout for the Heat, and the Pistons could never claw their way back into contention.
Let's review what we learned about the Heat, and why Jeff Van Gundy may have been smarter than anyone gave him credit for earlier this summer…