As Chris Bosh said, the players want to chill, while coach Eric Spoelstra wants to drive them hard. They are both right. The perfect mix is almost always a compromise. The bottom line is that Miami came out of the game with a win on Friday night. The other good news is that the “tres grande” and co can’t really celebrate anything, as they will be playing in Memphis later tonight. I’m sure Wade, Bosh, James, and the entire team will try to keep the motivation table stable. Hmm. Weird, but true.
There were plenty of good things going on in the game too. Miami finally hit somebody. Basketball may be viewed as a non-contact sport, but South Florida fans always seem to tolerate more than asked. Ever since Mr. Marino left town, the QB position has been a serious concern. On the basketball side of town, toughness down low has been an issue since the days of Zo and Shaq. Right now, the bigs in Miami aren’t really that big, and are still a work in progress. Chris Bosh seems to be adjusting little by little and Udonis Haslem will always scrap down low, even if he is undersized. I would like to see Dexter Pittman in uniform at the very least. Give the big rookie some minutes. At 6’11″, 308lbs, he would definitely be a size upgrade and while the coaches might worry about his inexperience, that youth will also bring some much needed energy in the paint.
The bottom line is that the Heat got the win. They finished a six game home stand 6-2 and now sit at 8-4. Are they perfect? No. Are they one of the best teams in the East right now? No. Will they be scary in January or February? HELL YES!
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...).