The Miami Heat have moved to 4-2 on the season after defeating the early season Western Conference favorites, Doc Rivers coached, and Chris Paul run Los Angeles Clippers at home in the comfort of American Airlines Arena.
A marquee victory like this should be enough to calm the frantic media that all too predictably overreacted to back-to-back losses to the now vastly overrated Philadelphia 76ers and still coming together Brooklyn Nets.
It’s been a rather interesting first six games for the defending champions. After getting their rings and putting the 2012-2013 season behind them, the Heat started off the 2013-2014 by looking Derrick Rose look like a shell of the MVP he was three years ago. Miami blew Chicago out with a 37-18 second quarter and sent out the bench to end the game with a 107-95 win at home.
Following the win, the Heat had to fly north to Philadelphia and play the second game of a back to back on the road… never something that helps teams succeed. Miami blew a 9 point lead to start the fourth quarter to the 76ers who went on to bask in the glory of their 114-110 win over the Heat. Not only did this drop the Heat a few spots in Week 1′s power rankings, but it also shot Philadelphia up to #1 in numerous rankings.
The Heat then took the short trip to Brooklyn where they lost to the Nets in Deron Williams return by a score of 101-100. The Heat dropped to 1-2. This loss broke a long streak that the Big Three had going ever since their first game together way back when.
Since the Big Three lost their first ever game together on opening night in the 2010-2011 season, the Heat record had not fallen below .500 during the regular season.
As expected, this wasn’t much of a cause for concern as the Heat have now won back-to-back-to-back games over the Washington Wizards, Toronto Raptors, and Los Angeles Clippers. With the Heat on the upswing as we dive into the heart of November, let’s take a look at some of the positive signs from the Heat early on this season.