Miami had just opened the season with an impressive victory over the replenished Chicago Bulls and received their new championship rings.They were on top of the world, and even though it was the latter of a back-to-back, the 76ers were already written off as a victory.
Even though Dwyane Wade took the night to rest his sore knees, everyone thought Miami would walk out of Philly 2-0. With the retirement of 76er great Allen Iverson, there was something magical in the air. Led by rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams, they jumped out to a 19-0 lead on the Heat.
It looked like Miami was shell shocked and caught off guard. No one expect a franchise under construction would open up a double digit lead on the bell of the ball. No one expected that Carter-Williams would have 22 points, 12 assists, nine steals and seven rebounds in his professional debut. Not just the Heat, but everyone was caught off guard by this game.
There is good news and bad news to take away from is 114-110 loss for Miami.
The good news, it is only the second game of an 82 game season. April and May is when it counts. The bad news, Miami might be too comfortable and not that focused.
Overall, the Heat played well last night. They shot just under 50 percent as a team and the bench combined for 42 points. Even Chris Bosh and LeBron James had double-doubles.Offensively, Miami played well.
The biggest factor that hurt the Heat was their slow start. Throughout last season, Miami struggled in the first half and seemed to start the majority of games slow. Wednesday night, they started very sluggishly and it came back to haunt them. Miami must realize that every NBA team wants to beat them; every player and coach wants to be able to say “we beat the Heat.” No game will be a cake walk for them this season, and they must show up ready to play night after night.
Wade’s absence had nothing to do with this loss, Miami simply overlooked Philadelphia. The Heat should learn their lesson now while the season is young — do not overlook any team, any game. Go into each game with the mindset that it is Game 7 of the finals and all the marbles are on the table.
There is a target on Miami’s back and every team wants a piece.