Well, that could have gone better. In what the Boston Celtics state was the most sought after ticket for a season opener, the Miami Heat failed to live up to expectations as the fell to Boston 88-80.
Miami put up nine points in the first quarter and went into the half with only 30 points, both totals lower than their lowest outputs from last season. The Heat looked sloppy on offense and Dwayne Wade could not find his shot all night.
Miami Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra said at halftime that the teams offense was "atrocious" and that even though this is their first game together he said that their shot selection and ball movement needed to be better. The heat shot 7-27 in the first half and finished with a 36.5 FG percentage.
LeBron James did what he always does and put up 31 points. However, he only had four rebounds and three assists. But he took over in the third quarter and was the only reason that the Heat were even in the game toward the end.
However, while the debut of the Big Three did not go quite how the Heat had in mind. But, is this what we should expect this year? The answer is easy, no way. This Miami Heat team will dominate games. Even against last years Eastern Conference Champions the Heat were able to play uninspired basketball and manage to be down three with 1:15 left in the fourth.
But being able to stay in close games against good teams does not always equal success.
The Heat will make the playoffs. That much is guaranteed. But, if they want to make any noise in the playoffs and try to compete, they are going to need to do a couple of things. First, they need a big man. Miami had no one that could compete inside with Shaquelle O'Neal and Glen Davis.
In the playoffs they will need someone who can give them an inside presence against teams like Boston and Orlando, who have dominate players in the paint. Second, they are going to need a Point Guard who can create better than Carlos Arroyo. When Arroyo is in at PG, the Heat offense just looked stagnant.
There was a lot of standing around and waiting for someone to create their own shot. Finally, the Heat need to figure each other out, meaning, they need to figure out how to play with each other. This is something that will take a couple of weeks to iron out, but Miami needs to decide how they are going to play when the Big Three are in at the same time.
There are 81 more games left to play. The Heat will figure it out. But at the same time, we saw that the Heat are not just going to be handed the Eastern Conference title. They have work to do.
But so does anyone who wants to compete with the Heat.
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