If there's anything that I've learned from these past 2 games, its how important a certain 36 year old tatted white guy is. Would Chris Andersen solve all the Heat's issues on defense against big men? No but he would certainly offer more of a front than what we've had so far. What he would offer in size is what Udonis Haslem would offer in strength. Last night yet again, both of these guys were unable to play against Al Jefferson, who is an even bigger problem than Dwight Howard.
The Rockets were better than the Heat before tip off. The Hornets were struggling but beat a team that played extremely sloppy. The final result was Charlotte beating Miami for the first time since 2010. Dwyane Wade led the team with 25 points, 7 asissts and also blocked someone for the 700th time. Chris Bosh had 23 points and 13 rebounds, but the issue here is the rest of the teams production. Luol Deng has averaged 14 points a game this season yet came up with only 9 last night. Norris Cole was on his way to averaging 10 points a game, but the last two games he's managed one bucket.
I was hoping Josh McRoberts would somehow impact this game against his former team and he managed to get one great dunk.....and that's it. Justin Hamilton proved again how much we miss Birdman. Miami was beaten on the boards by 19 last night (49-30) and that is an area even an injured Danny Granger could have helped in. Instead of blowing on anyone's face, Lance Stephenson just elbowed Mario Chalmers instead. At that moment is when I wish Haslem could do this again:
If there was a highlight to take away from the game other than our two stars producing, it's the patience that Coach Erik Spoelstra has with developing rookie Shabazz Napier through live action. Napier has highs and lows but each experience has been on an NBA floor instead of a practice facility or in the D-League. At the same time, you have to wonder if Spoelstra is resorting to this due to the lack of production at the point, instead of actual belief in Napier's potential.
I was hoping the Heat would win last night just so I can make a meme of the game and call it "BuzzKill". The Heat are going back at it next against a Minnesota Timberwolves team led by Ricky Rubio and Andrew Wiggins. They'll be wearing their home whites because so far this season we have no idea what a road jersey looks like. Regardless of the jersey color, we need to get to win a Saturday. - @MyNameIsBinoj