The Miami All-Stars opened the 2010 season with a resounding thud on Tuesday night in Boston. Heat fans everywhere were wondering what happened in the 88-80 loss to the Celtics. Wednesday night brought a little comfort as Miami dominated the 76ers in Philadelphia, although Philly did make it a little close in the end. Now the Orlando Magic come to town for the Heat’s home opener and the AAA(American Airlines Arena) should be something of a circus atmosphere tonight. So the questions loom. What happened in Boston? What will happen tonight? And the biggest question for Miami fans is will this “superteam” constructed by Pat Riley win a championship this year?
The game against the Celtics is good example of a bad game. The trio of LeBron, Wade, and Bosh could not hit a shot in the first half as Boston built a 45-30 lead. James wound up having a good game in terms of scoring, ending up with 31 points. He also had 8 turnovers to go along those points. Miami was able to close the gap to three points with a minute to play in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t stop the Celtics in the end. This game should not have been a shock. Dwyane Wade was playing in his first action since injuring his hamstring three minutes in to the preseason, Boston is very good defensively, and as I pointed out going in to the game, the Celtics present a size problem for the Heat. Once Wade is back to normal and the “Miami Threesome” gets a chance to play together, I suspect they will be able to win against Boston.
“Flash” certainly looked better against Philly as he scored 30 points and that all by itself bodes well for the Heat as they host Orlando tonight. In fact, Wade has averaged 29.9 points per game versus the Magic during his career. Thats his highest ppg against any team in the NBA. In addition to Wade scoring here are a few things Miami needs to beat the Magic tonight. James can’t continue to turn the basketball over, as he had 9 TO against the Sixers on Wednesday. Chris Bosh doesn’t need to score 25, but he needs to help down low with Dwight Howard. Miami doesn’t really have an answer for the Orlando big man other than putting him on the free throw line. Maybe the most important part of the game for the Heat will be three point shooting. Heat guard James Jones looked great as he went 6-9 from beyond the arc in Philly. Another performance like that would be welcome, but even more important is keeping the Magic from hitting from downtown. They have been among the best in the league at 3pt scoring over the last couple years, while Miami has had serious problems at defending the three. Just ask Ray Allen.
I think that Orlando, not Boston provides the biggest challenge for Miami this year. Tonight however, the Heat will simply be too much for the Magic. Miami Heat 101-88 over the Orlando Magic.
About the Author
Written by Sean Eckhardt
Univ of Alabama alumni. Born and raised outside Chicago, IL. Currently live in Florida. Some of my favorite teams include the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Heat, and the Florida Panthers. My interests outside of sports include music, outdoor activities, and anything with a motor(cars, bikes, boats, etc...).