Chris Bosh had an awful game. LeBron James scored “only” 21 points. The Brooklyn Nets led the Heat 59-50 at the half and it looked like Miami’s perfect record at home was in serious jeopardy. Something funny happened on the way to that first home loss. Dwyane Wade showed up. You remember this guy, right? The young gun who was the Finals MVP in 2006. The same guy who entering last season was regarded as one of the three best players on the planet. Yeah, that guy. Well for only the second time this season, NBA fans got a chance to see that DWade make an appearance as he lit up the Nets for a season-high 34 points on 14-20 shooting. The Heat erupted in the second half behind Wade and took down Brooklyn 102-89 to stay perfect at home.
It is early in the season, but in many ways the Heat look like they are in midseason form. LeBron is in MVP form pretty much night in and night out. With the exception of last night, Chris Bosh has been very consistent and really started to play stout defense in his third year under Eric Spoelstra. Last night Bosh had a poor offensive performance(8 points), but still managed to contribute 3 blocks to the Miami defensive effort. And Ray Allen has looked like the best free agent signing since Reggie White went to the Packers. Sure that’s an exaggeration, but Allen has been superb and threw in another 13 points off the bench last night. Those points came on 5-7 shooting. Throw in the continuing development of second-year guard Norris Cole(12 points) and the Heat look very formidable right now.
Miami has compiled most of their 12-3 record either without Dwyane Wade on the court, or just without him playing like himself when he has been out there. Media members including none other than Charles Barkley have told us that Wade is on the decline, or even “washed up”. Judging from last night’s performance, it appears that the reports of the demise of Wade’s game may be premature. It is only one game, but it certainly demonstrated that when healthy, the old Flash can still emerge. Coach Spo will be monitoring the health of Wade and his entire team for that matter. Let’s face it, NBA basketball is fun in December, but it doesn’t really matter until about March or April. Unless of course, they want to make a run at 70 wins. Hmmm……..
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...).