There is a swagger about the Miami Heat. They don’t seem too cocky, but don’t seem to have any worries about this upcoming season either. Going for a 3-peat can be a distraction and the media isn’t helping, but so far the Heat as a team and organization are handling it well.
To some people preseason isn’t that big of a deal because the star players don’t play a lot and it’s not as exciting as the regular season, but it’s important.
The Miami Heat once again made it look easy, as they should. The Detroit Pistons never led in the game. The Pistons opened the preseason up on Tuesday against Maccabi Haifa, who was the Israeli Super Basketball League champions last season. The Pistons won 91-69. Coming off of a good victory on Tuesday, I figured the Pistons would give Miami a good game. They did when it was bench against bench towards the end of the game but overall, the Heat controlled the game. After the 1st quarter, the Heat led 23-19. At halftime the Heat led 55-46 and the final score was 112-107. During the final seconds the Pistons almost tied the game with .6 seconds left.
Chris Bosh led the Heat with 28 points as he continues to prove that he will make a bigger impact this season. Bosh was 12 for 16 from the field, had seven assists, and grabbed three rebounds. This season is already looking better for Bosh. After not scoring one single point in game 7 of the finals last season, Bosh got criticized. Critics were saying it’s a “Big 2” not a “Big 3”. Bosh is a solid player and could rank among the best centers in the league if he plays like this all season. He’s capable of scoring as he proved in Toronto, but he needs to find a way to score consistently, especially when LeBron or Wade is on the bench.
LeBron James had nine points, seven assists, and three rebounds as he looked calm during the 23 minutes he played and let Chris Bosh shine. Norris Cole started at point guard and added nine points and six assists. Shane Battier was in the starting lineup and added eight points, four assists, and four rebounds.
Dwyane Wade decided to suit up this game instead of resting like he did last game. Wade had a solid performance with eight points, four rebounds, and four assists with only 21 minutes of playing time.
According to ESPN, Coach Erik Spoelstra said “He’s been practicing the whole time and the explosiveness will come as we go along.”
James Jones added 12 points along with Michael Beasley scoring 9 points. Beasley added some energy during his nine minutes played. He had a quick foul but had two rebounds and two steals to add to his nine points. It will be exciting to see how Spoelstra will use Beasley throughout his bench rotation.
Overall the Miami Heat looks smooth and confident. They travel to Kansas City today to play the Charlotte Bobcats in the Sprint Arena tonight at 8:30. Mario Chalmers will be the starting point guard; Wade is set to start again, Udonis Haslem will start instead of Battier, and Bosh and LeBron will start. I don’t expect to see LeBron or Wade play a lot of minutes but I do expect to see Chris Bosh continue to show that he can be a top center in the league.
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