[Insert cliché here] I’m going to go with, “the monkey is off our backs”. The much anticipated first real showing of the “Three Kings”, “Trio-Five”, “Miami Thrice”, or whatever other name was given to the Heat’s offseason acquisitions is finally over with. Maybe now we can get back to focusing in on basketball. Last night it was a Boston trio that has been together for about four years that focused in on only basketball.
Tuesday morning in Miami leaves us wondering which was worse. The hype leading up to the first game, or the knee jerk reaction to what happened after. The truth is apparent that the way the Miami Heat played last night is not a glimpse of what is to be expected the rest of the way.
It would be mindless to think that LeBron James would turn the ball over eight times every night, or that Dwyane Wade would shoot an uncharacteristic 4 of 16 from the field every night. It would be even worse to think that Chris Bosh would average 8 PPG for the season.
Dwyane Wade said it best when he said, “This is one of 82”. To think that the opening game of any professional sport is a must win is as pointless as hitting the game winning shot in the summer league. Just as meaningless, was Rajon Rondo declaring after the first game of the season that the Celtics are the team to beat in the east.
What is more important was holding the Eastern Conference champs to just 88 points on 46.4% shooting. Also, LeBron James mounting a comeback and leading all scorers with 31 points on a night where the Heat could not get any offensive rhythm going. There is no such thing as a perfect season in the NBA, and to get that realization sooner that later is a blessing in disguise.
No more talk of a super team. No more talk of hate for James, no more talk of NBA records. Now the Miami Heat can focus on the court and playing good basketball. Lets all take a deep breath and stand behind our team. Tune in tonight at 7:00PM ET for some real Heat basketball.