As if the rest of the NBA needed some more bad news concerning Miami, the Heat look like they found a point guard in rookie Norris Cole. You could hear the fans inside the AAA chanting M—V—P, as Cole stood at the free throw line at the end of Tuesday night’s game. Yes, it’s a little early, and yes, these same fans did that chant for Joel Anthony last season. But you can’t blame Heat fans for being excited. This “dream team” has had issues at the point guard and center position since being put together last year. If Cole is able to perform consistently, PG problem solved.
The rookie dropped in 20 points against Boston, 14 of them coming in the 4th quarter. He did not look nervous at all. In fact he looked more comfortable as it was tightening up at the end of the game then LeBron did. LBJ had another excellent outing with 26 points, 6 rebs, and 5 assists, but it was Norris Cole that came through at the end for Miami. Dwyane Wade had a stat line that wasn’t anything unreal(24 points, 8 assists), but the offense did seem to flow better with him on the floor. The Celtics started their rally at the end of the 3rd quarter with Wade on the bench. They also ran a zone defense from midway through the 3rd until the end of the game.
The other issue that should concern Heat fans is that the Celtics shot 63% from the 3pt line. Ray Allen, who has torched Miami several times, was 6-8 from downtown and wound up with 28 points. Former Heat fan favorite Keyon Dooling went 4-6 from behind the arc. Coach Spoelstra will certainly make the guys work on their perimeter defense. Game 2 of the regular season, watching the 3′s drop is annoying, but Game 2 of a postseason series it could be a disaster.
In non-Heat observations, Charles Barkley looks almost in shape enough to put on a uniform again(almost). Congrats Chuck. The Celtics don’t look big and old anymore, just old. They might grab a 4 0r 5 seed just because most of the teams in the East have gotten worse than last season. Miami and Chicago are the two exceptions. Speaking of the Bulls and the Heat, Wade once again displayed one part of his game where he is better than Michael Jordan; shot blocking. Dwyane blocked four Boston shots on Tuesday, and continues to demonstrate why he will go down as the best guard ever in terms of blocks. Next, Miami will look to improve to 3-0 as they travel to Charlotte to take on the Bobcats Wednesday night. Maybe Wade and Mike will play a little 1 on 1.
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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...).