They never did it under Pat Riley, or Stan Van Gundy. Eric Spoelstra has yet to do it. Kevin Loughery, Alvin Gentry, or Ron Rothstein were not able to do it either. The Miami Heat have never started 5-0. On Sunday, they have a very good chance of accomplishing that as they host the Charlotte Bobcats.
To be clear, this is not a guaranteed victory. Miami is coming off back-to-back last second wins against Minnesota, and yes, Charlotte. Those two games were on the road, but the Heat trailed for much of those games. Maybe the most important factor is Dwayne Wade’s injured foot. LeBron is great at putting up numbers, but when it comes to winning, Wade is the guy. He has had the game winning shot the last two games, and it is not by accident. James is great, yet Wade is the guy with the ball at the end of games. That’s fine. It’s the way it should be.
Most teams are lucky to have one great player. Miami has two, sometimes three. It is expected that the Heat will simply overcome most opponents. Many times they will, but something else has happened on South Beach. The Miami Heat have become a team with depth.
Wade, James, and Bosh. That is all anybody concentrates on. The Heat, however, have a whole lot more when it come to valuable pieces. Miami fans know about Joel Anthony and of course, Udonis Haslem. But now the whole world is getting to know guys like Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers. Then you throw in players like Shane Battier and Juwan Howard, and you just have to marvel at how Riley has put together a team like this. Haters want to talk about how this “dream team” was assembled, but the real core of the team is from the draft. Wade, Chalmers, Haslem, and Anthony are all home grown players. Bosh, James, and Battier are great aquistions and by the end of the season, all will be wearing NBA Championship rings.
Right now, fans should not be alarmed. Miami will lose games, and some of those games will be to bad teams. That is the way of life in the NBA. Heat fans should be concerned about the health of Dwyane Wade though. He is this team. LeBron can score 50, but the team needs Wade during the final 20 seconds. It is what it is. So far, Miami seems to be managing that. In June, we’ll see if Coach Spoe and the group stayed the course.
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...).