By phillipnaessens on August 24, 2014
LeBron James took his talents back to Cleveland, but the Miami Heat has reloaded the gun, retooled, and are ready, willing and able to make a run at their fifth consecutive NBA Finals appearance. Here are five early important games that will tell us just how good the Miami Heat really are.
Right off the bat the young talented Washington Wizards come to the American Airlines Arena to take on the Heat in what should be an interesting season opener for both teams. The Miami Heat will absolutely be looking to impress their hometown fans and make a statement to the Wizards and the Eastern Conference that they have no plans of going away softly into the night.
The young guns invasion into American Airlines Arena continues when the young and ready Toronto Raptors come to town to take on the Heat. The big question will be how the Heat fare playing two running, gunning young teams in the same week. This game will definitely answer that question for us, and for them as well.
This contest will be another very real test for Eric Spoelsta and company when the Miami Heat visit the Charlotte Hornets. The Hornets have added Lance Stephenson to the mix, and it will be interesting to see which Heat player Stephenson decides to get fresh with now that LeBron James is no longer with the Heat.
This should be a good road test for the Miami Heat when they head to the “Big A” to take on the Atlanta Hawks in an incredible Friday night contest. Both teams have high hopes for the season, and this early contest will be a good indicator of where both teams are headed and possibly how the Southeast Division will look in terms of standings.
The Brooklyn Nets were the first team in four seasons to sweep a season series against the Miami Heat. In turn, Miami knocked the Nets out of the playoffs four games to one, so there is a bit of a rivalry between these two clubs. The big question that will be answered is how the Heat players, especially Dwyane Wade, is how they respond to their fourth back to back set of games in a row.
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