Welcome to the new section I'm calling ReHeat where I'll recap Heat games. The game previews will now be called PreHeat (as you might have guessed).
- Just two games into a season still in its gestation phase and we've already been treated to possibly the most bizarre play of the season. In the third quarter the following took place: Patrick Beverly bringing the ball upcourt, LeBron James feeding Mike Miller for a missed three, Beverley getting the offensive rebound, back to LeBron who once again gives it to Miller for another missed three, Beverley with another rebound, LeBron again passing to Miller for yet another three point attempt that misses the mark, Beverley with a third offensive rebound and finally LeBron himself nailing the three. What does that say for the Thunder that the shortest player on the court at 6'1" is the one tracking down all these missed shots with his hustle and in the process grabbing half as many offensive rebounds in one play than the entire Thunder team did in the whole game?
- Looking at the Heat roster you realize that Udonis Haslem, Joel Anthony, Miller, LeBron, Chris Bosh and even Dwyane Wade are all fully capable of crashing the boards after a missed jumper, making the Heat positively deadly on offense even if shots aren't falling.
- Durant MVP? LeBron taught him an early lesson on how to fill up the box score with 22 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds. Durant had 21 points but more importantly only had 4 rebounds and 1 assist. Durant's defense may be improving but to be an MVP you need to have a hand in every facet of your team's performance on both ends of the floor.
- Daequan Cook may have been motivated to prove the Heat wrong for trading him away on the eve of this summer's NBA Draft with three early three-pointers. His shooting touch fell off in the second half but there is promise there for him to be a steady contributor for the young Thunder.
- How good would the Heat look now if they had drafted Russell Westbrook instead of Michael Beasley in the 2008 NBA Draft? No use in looking back when everything has gone right for the Heat this summer but still.
- The power forward duo of Bosh and Haslem continue to dominate. Both mixed in their consistent midrange jumpers with an effective inside game where they're getting garbage buckets with the defense having their hands full with LeBron. They combined for 40 points and 16 rebounds with neither reaching 30 minutes of play.
- Zydrunas Ilgauskas saw his first action as a member of the Heat and quickly grabbed three offensive rebounds and scored eight points in limited action.
- LeBron is simply unstoppable on the open floor. In about three seconds of play Haslem was able to grab a defensive rebound, fling it to the other side of the court for a speeding LeBron who feed Miller with a perfect pass for an easy layup. Just for fun, picture Wade on the floor with them.
- Once again, the Heat point guards showed little as far as creating plays for others. Once again, it didn't really matter.