After a dominant opening night performance against the Bulls on Tuesday, Miami went on to lose to the Philadelphia 76ers the following night 110-114. Some called it an upset, wondering how and why Miami would take a loss to a team like the 76ers and so soon in the season at that. Don’t fret though Heat Nation, that loss shouldn’t have raised any eyebrows.
For starters, Dwyane Wade didn’t play as a precaution as the Heat put it. They say it’s not a rule that Wade won’t play in a second night of a back-to-back but that they are just treading safe considering his disabling knee issues in seasons prior.
Additionally, after being down 33-14 at the end of the first quarter, Miami went into the locker room at halftime only trailing by two. We’ve seen Miami do it time and time again. They will have a slow start, and seem to be disengaged, then flip the switch and flex their championship caliber muscle.
Of course they would want to avoid wasting time putting numbers in the losses column early, but had Miami been playing the Nets the night after the opener, regardless of “precautions”, do we think Wade would have still sat out? In my opinion, that game wasn’t too important to Miami and it showed by the way it started and the way it finished. If Miami wanted to handle the 76ers, they could have, and likely will when they meet again this season.