Like he has been doing throughout his career though, Allen would hit a clutch baseline three-pointer to give the C’s a six point advantage that the Heat could not recover from. Boston would go onto win the game 88-80 behind Allen’s 20, Pierce’s 19, and Glen Davis’s 13 off the bench. LeBron James led the Heat with 31 points on 10 of 21 shooting while Dwyane Wade would struggle with 13 points on 4 of 16 shooting.
It was an all-around sloppy game for the Heat. It was obvious that Wade was coming off of an injury as he limited his drives and forced contested jump shots. Bosh looked horrid on the offensive end as Garnett and Davis hounded him to the tune of eight points on 3 of 11 shooting.
Yet, the Heat still nearly came back and won. This will probably be the worst game you will ever see from Miami the rest of the year considering this is the first full regulation NBA game that the big three have played together. They will continue to form a chemistry and Wade will get healthier as the year goes on.
In a roller coaster of a game where just about everything that was supposed to happen didn’t, there were still some positives amongst the obvious negatives every NBA fan witnessed from the Heat tonight. Here are a few positives and negatives from the Heat’s 88-80 season opening loss to the Boston Celtics.
LeBron James running the point is how the Heat should go the rest of the season.
Carlos Arroyo was abysmal as the Heat’s starting point guard. The offense never ran fluent with him on the court and it was only when LeBron ran the point late in the third quarter that the Heat began to make a run and make a game out of it. Arroyo only played 12 minutes and finished with three points on 1 of 3 shooting.
It never once appeared that the offense was smooth when he was on the court and it was obvious that James should continue to run the point. With the ball in his hands, LeBron was able to create the tempo to his game and it would be the driving force that would turn a 19 point deficit into six going into the fourth quarter.
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