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Miami Heat’s Strong Start
- Updated: November 4, 2015
For the sake of not sounding way too over enthusiastic about this season, I’ll just say this, the Miami Heat are doing good, very good. At a 2-2 record, you can easily argue my statement, but here is why it would be foolish to do so. Miami turned their team around completely and like any other team, it takes time to really get their chemistry going. Look at the opening season when Miami signed LeBron. They went 9-8 to open up the season and finished 2nd in the standings and made it to the NBA Finals that year. Of course, we all know they came up short that year when they lost to the Mavericks, but in retrospect they really didn’t have to wait too long to taste championship victory right away the following two years.
Now I see a team similar of doing exactly just that. Miami has managed to keep all of their core players while adding the right key pieces to make Miami a deep threat in the East. Their second unit is not too shabby with Mario Chalmers running the point. Hopefully, Miami will decide to stick it out with Rio rather than seeing what major trade assets Memphis has at the moment. I love how Miami’s playing right now. Yes, their 2-2 record definitely isn’t something to be proud of, but c’mon guys it’s barely four games. They will get it together and soon. I mean how can they not?
Wade, despite his migraine issues, is averaging close to 20 points per game and is finding a great flow to the game with this new lineup. With Dragic running the point he’s able to drive in and dish out to wade so he can then create his own shot. Even with that, they have Whiteside and Bosh for those great pick and roll situations and even have Deng and Dragic for the corner three-pointers. I mean on paper that’s just pure genius. Now it’s all up to their team chemistry to put it all together. I admit, their transition defense wasn’t great in this last loss to the Hawks, but then again they weren’t playing a sub par team to begin with. The Hawks have a great offensive strategy opening up the floor and have great shooters all around them. I can’t honestly take this loss that bad. Hawks are easily a top 4 team in the East.
I know this is a new season and it might be too early to predict rankings and standings, but I think Miami can easily give Cavs a run for their money. They might not end up in first or maybe not even in second, but they can be a top 3 team in the East making them a viable threat. Their bench is stacked, in my opinion, and have a great starting lineup. All they need is time and patience. Whiteside is proving to be a defensive beast and he is only going to get better throughout the season. His stat line last game was ridiculous: 23 points and 14 rebounds. With more practice, hustle, and guidance from Wade and Bosh, he can probably be on track for defensive player of the year. Okay, maybe not, but it doesn’t hurt to dream.
I think the major point that I’m trying to get across right now is for the NBA not to sleep on Miami. They had a rough bounce back season last year with the departure of LeBron James and being plagued by injuries, but have made the right moves to be able to contend this year. The Cavs are the top dogs in the East and have a lot of teams in the hunt. The Raptors are improving, the Hawks haven’t lost a step, and if the Bulls can stay healthy, they have as much riding on this season as anyone else. But Miami is the team that’s going to surprise this year. I’m calling it. At 2-2 it’s still super early in the season to tell what the outcome will be, but all we can do is hope for the best and stick by Heatnation one game at a time.
Heat are on the road Thursday and Friday versus Timberwolves and Pacers before coming back home Sunday night to face the undefeated Toronto Raptors.