It took me a bit longer then I would've liked, but I finally got through the Miami Heat's preseason game against the Orlando Magic. The crowd at the AAA was pumped to see the Heat back in action following the lockout that consumed what should've been the first two months of the season. Miami's first exhibition game went about as well as you could've hoped, with the offense clicking and the defense making very few mistakes, as the Heat dominated the Magic 118-85. It helped that Orlando seemed content with chucking up lots of outside jumpers, but that just goes to show that at this early stage of the season their offense hasn't evolved much.
It was very nice to see everyone on the Heat in very good shape and seemingly ready to get the lockout-shortened season started. Each of the Big 3 looked like they would be fine if the season began tomorrow, with LeBron James 19 points leading the way. Dwyane Wade dropped in 14 points and rounded them off with 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
Miami also got solid play from the point guard position. Starter Mario Chalmers scored 8 points on 3-of-5 shooting to go with 5 assists and no turnovers, doing a good job of running the offense when given the opportunity. Rookie Norris Cole also scored 8 points and added a team-high 8 assists, though he also led the Heat with 4 turnovers. There is still a major upside with the youngster out of Cleveland State.
Another guy who has turned some heads in an attempt to make the final roster is guard Terrel Harris. The former Oklahoma State Cowboy who went undrafted in 2009 went 4-of-5 from downtown, finishing with 16 points and 4 rebounds. He looked very comfortable out there, playing the game at a fast pace both on offense and defense. We'll see if he can make the cut as the Heat have to trim their roster down to 15 by the season opener on Christmas. His final chance to show his stuff on a big stage comes on Wednesday night when the Heat travels to Orlando for their final preseason game.