With the Heat’s 98-93 win last night over the Nuggets, they moved to 7-3 and currently sit on top of the Southeast Division. This certainly isn’t a surprise. Miami is the defending NBA Champion and has added some very nice pieces to this team. Both Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis have been solid contributors right away, while the Heat’s core players have all played very well, with the exception of Dwyane Wade. DWade has been limited so far this season due to being banged up. He skipped the Olympics and underwent a minor procedure in the offseason with the intention of being fully healthy right from the beginning of the regular season. Wade looked great in the season opener against Boston with 29 points, but since then has suffered a foot injury and has not looked like himself. He didn’t play in Denver last night.
The Heat have not lost a game at home yet(4-0), however, the team has struggled on the road(3-3). This is one of those things that should improve over the course of the season, but a mild concern nonetheless. A much bigger concern is the Heat’s defense, specifically as a relates to the 3-pt shot. Miami is again at the bottom of the NBA in defending the three, with only Phoenix and Toronto worse at this point. This has already led to the Heat giving up some big leads late in games, including last night against the Nuggets. Coach Eric Spoelstra needs to make some sort of adjustment defensively.
It is very early in the NBA season and Miami looks very strong out already. As the season progresses, the team should continue to evolve and improve, but there are two big concerns moving forward; 1) The health of DWade. The Heat need to sit #3 for a little while and make sure this foot injury doesn’t keep nagging him throughout the season. 2) Defending the 3-pt shot. Miami has got to get better in this area of defense or it might cost them games down the stretch, or worse yet in the playoffs. The Heat’s expectations are simple; another NBA Championship. So far, so good.
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...).