Thankfully, no reputed sources claimed the Heat could make a legitimate run at an impossible record of 82-0, but it didn’t prevent some rabid fans from actually filling up various blogs and chatrooms with such nonsense.
Well, that’s over.
Pretty anti-climactic too, at least for my tastes. But hey, it's not like the other extreme is much better.
Some outlandish predictions have the Heat as low as the fourth or fifth seed in the East; expect those notions to be laid to rest every bit as soundly.
As the Heat showed tonight, they are not without their weaknesses. They showed absolutely no offensive post-presence tonight and didn’t offer spectacular post defense either.
Worse, they still haven’t figured each other out.
With all that said, they still only lost by eight points. After being down by as many as 19 to the angriest team in the league on their own home floor, they managed to cut the deficit to four before the Celtics pulled away on a few late jumpers.
Soak all of that in.
The only member of the Heat to play well tonight was James; the roster is still largely unfamiliar with each other, and they only lost by eight.