The Miami Heat introduced its starting lineup for the first time Tuesday night, but ultimately fell to the Washington Wizards 100-82, dropping its first preseason game of the season.
The Heat, with its full starting five for the first time since winning the NBA Championship, came out and were rather sloppy committing some early fouls and turnovers.
The Heat committed 23 turnovers in the game and 23 fouls.They also struggles to close out on the Wizards shooters, with Bradley Beal leading the pack with 29 points including 4 of 8 from three.
Miami was led by Dwyane Wade and Shane Battier, who each had 14 points.
Really, there is no need to worry for Heat fans. LeBron James had just 10 points, and that won’t be the case most (if any) game this regular season. The Heat showed flashes of regular season form in the game, especially on some early fast breaks and transitions.
The Heat will surely get up for Thursday night’s matchup with the Brooklyn Nets, which will air at 8 p.m. ET on TNT.
- Dwyane Wade, who was rested after not playing against Charlotte, was spry and showed some lift.
- Bradley Beal can ball. If John Wall’s shoes don’t lie, the Wizards may end up riding Beal’s shot more than John Wall.
- Al Harrington looked good coming back from his staff infection (only played in 10 games in Orlando last season).
- Roger Mason Jr. has a very good chance of making this team (13 points, 7 rebounds, assist).
- Chris Andersen being in the Heat rotation for the full regular season has been a very underrated story line.
- However, he may be the only one who grabs an offensive rebound all season. The Heat still have no interest in offensive boards — and that’s fine. It is by design and offensive rebounding is overrated anyway. I note this now because this is the first time we saw the starting five this season.
- Speaking of…
- Not sure how much longer Haslem can hold on to the starting power forward spot. He may start games there, but Battier, Rashard Lewis and Beasley could end up taking more minutes.