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ReHeat: Spurs crush what's left of Heat 90-73

  • In a game where there was no TV feed and the likes of Dwyane Wade, Mike Miller, Udonis Haslem, Carlos Arroyo, Mario Chalmers and Eddie House were out of action for the Heat you might think last week's scrimmage to end training camp was more indicative of how this team stands. At least it gave Coach Erik Spoelstra a chance to give heavy minutes to the rest of the Heat hopefuls who want to make an impression on the coaching staff.
  • The Heat started LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Joel Anthony, James Jones and Patrick Beverley. Then the Heat went with Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Juwan Howard, Anthony Mason Jr, Kenny Hasbrouck and Beverley to begin the second quarter and never looked back.
  • Will Heat rookie Da'Sean Butler be the next steal in the draft like DeJuan Blair because of injury concerns? The names are similar. Blair is solidifying his place in the starting lineup for the Spurs and led all scorers in this game with 13 points, though it was just 1 point more than LeBron had in only 12 minutes of action in the first quarter.
  • Speaking of solidifying one's place, Beverley made a good case for himself with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists while playing almost the entire game. He also managed to nab his first double-double for the Heat this preseason. By getting extended minutes, the coaching staff likely were playing close attention to whether or not Beverley can be a legit NBA player. He grabbed 5 rebounds to go with 5 points and 3 assists in just 16 minutes of action against the OKC Thunder in the previous game. The scoring can improve in time but for an undersized rookie his game is showing promise and can only rapidly improve playing alongside his star teammates. The Celtics proved that having a core of younger players to compliment the established veterans will pay dividends in the future.
  • LeBron scored a point for each minute of play but no basket was more important than the one scored against Manu Ginobili that started with his back to the basket to the side of the paint. While backing down Ginobili with his superior strength, James drifted towards the paint only to spin the other direction quickly and lay the ball off the backboard with his right hand for the basket. The development of LeBron's post game will be fascinating to watch when Dwyane Wade is handling the ball from the perimeter. If the coaching staff does its job right, LeBron and Bosh could be nearly unstoppable if they are pushed to improve the few weaknesses in their game.
  • The Heat only managed one more point in the entire second half than they did in the first quarter when LeBron and Bosh saw their only action of the night. Suffice to say that 10 points in the fourth quarter won't be enough to beat any team but this is the preseason so let's maintain some perspective here.
  • Joel Anthony continues to underwhelm and only played 3 minutes with a turnover, 2 fouls and a rebound to his name. Since he thinks he can block every shot that comes near him he won't be grabbing many rebounds unless he learns how to float in the air. Juwan Howard had a nice first half hitting 3 of 4 from the field with 5 rebounds.