With so many things a ‘work in progress' for the Heat, it's understandable that they have jumped out to this kind of start. On both sides of the court we've seen some of what the Heat are capable of, but I think they have just scratched the surface of the amazingness that is ahead for this team. The only way they are going to get to that point will be by playing games, so I can be patient.
Against the Nets on Saturday the game started exactly the same as the rest, with Miami stumbling out of the gate. The team was executing but unable to finish, getting good looks all over the offensive end. New Jersey was sustaining their pace by getting offensive rebounds, gobbling up the 2nd chance points.
The Heat finally got going mid-way through the 2nd quarter, led by Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. They led Miami on a 14-2 run that turned a 2-point deficit into an 8-point lead. Unfortunately they couldn't sustain it through the end of the half and went into the break up by just 4.
The 3rd quarter was when Miami began to run, all over the Nets. After a slow first 5-minutes of the 2nd half, the Heat went on a 25-10 run that pushed New Jersey out of contention for this one. It all came to a head for the Nets with in the final minute of the quarter, with the Heat up by 14, Terrence Williams put a body check on LeBron as he ran towards the basket, sending James a few rows deep into the stands.
James would be fine and finished the quarter with a pair of triples that gave Miami an 87-68 lead after 3. That would do to this game what I imagine will happen many times throughout the season, making the 4th quarter more of a formality then something fans should be watching on the edge of their seats.
For the first time this season the ‘Big 3' all reached the 20-point mark. D-Wade led the way with 29 while LeBron scored 23 and Bosh had 21. It's still going to take some time before they are completely comfortable with each other and their surrounding teammates, but getting by on ‘just talent' isn't that terrible of a thing.
- A rough night for Joel Anthony, playing only 12 minutes after getting abused on the glass. This coming a night after he was rendered damn near useless in New Orleans. The best games are certainly ahead for Joel.
- The lack of production from the point guard position is troubling. I'll be satisfied with hitting open shots...
- Another game, another couple trey's for James Jones.
- Eddie House had a cold-shooting weekend, hitting just 3-of-14 and missing all 9 of his 3-point attempts.
- Big Z grabbed 8 boards in 17 minutes, his best rebounding game for the Heat.
The Heat get back at it Tuesday night when they host Utah, then Thursday night is the first re-match against Boston.