– The Miami Floridians vs. the New York Nets. I love the 70’s retro throwback jerseys.
-This game was all about Chris Bosh
– The Net’s were without their second best player as Brook Lopez remained inactive with an ankle injury. Given the lack of their front court presence, the Nets looked to compete with their perimeter play
– The Heat looked very excited to be back home, playing in front of an electric, sold out crowd at the American Airlines Arena. Lebron James even tweeted about it, check here.
– The Heat had great early ball movement and rotation on their defense. The Nets were cold from the perimeter, particularly from beyond the arc.
– This game was over before it started.
– Marshon Brooks is a promising young talent for the Nets. He was able to make space for himself with Wade guarding him. He is the second highest scoring rookie in the league.
– Wade, James, Bosh, Chalmers… Anthony. If any contender was in need of a serious upgrade it is Miami. Joel is a decent defender and hard worker, but he has no business starting on this team. He would be a fantastic element to the second unit behind… Chris Kaman… (Fingers crossed)
– Stating the obvious, but D Will is such a Baller. (That is Baller with a capital B) He will have a very bright future if he remains with the Nets. He’ll be the face of a franchise that will eventually contend. Their move from Jersey to Brooklyn sets him up with the ability to be the basketball god and hero to the most populated borough in the largest city in America. They have a great coach, a great organization, a young team, and cap space to sign free agents. He would be stupid to leave the Nets.
– Bosh played inspired basketball both offensively and defensively.
– James played as efficient as ever.
– Wade highlighted the night with a completely ridiculous falling-no look-sideways layup. Over or under, number two on ESPN’s top ten tomorrow. (skip to 18 second mark to see)
– Miami played extremely fast off the break tonight. Jersey didn’t even know what hit them.
– The Heat ended the first quarter up 30-17 on 70% shooting
– The 2nd quarter was lead by Cole, Mattier, Miller, Haslem and Bosh
– The ball rotation was simply gorgeous, highlighted by a Bosh-to-Miller-to Battier-to-Cole-for-three play
– This unit put Miami up by twenty two points, capping a 15-0 run
– Bosh was 7 for 10 halfway through the second with 14 points
– The NBA has the best marketing team out of any professional sport. The cinematography is stunning, the ideas are always compelling, and the message is always clear.
The bobblehead commercial to kick off the NBA season was classic
The “NBA Forever” commercial still sends chills down my spine
And I saw this Dirk commercial for the first time tonight. Brilliant.
– Norris Cole played well offensively, finishing with 13 points on five for seven shooting. He had no chance in hell guarding Deron Williams though
– Dexter Pittman finished with 10 points and Joel Anthony scored on an off balanced eight footer… Is this heaven?
– Avery Johnson had no answers. You almost felt bad for the man as he played all eleven of his eligible players midway through the second quarter. He tried different lineups, tweaking something here, changing something there… Nothing could stop the Heat as they lead 64-37 at the half on 66% shooting and holding the Nets to 38% shooting.
– Any hopes the Nets had of opening the second half with a burst of energy and knock off some of their deficit, were immediately shot to shit as Chalmers nailed a three, extending the lead to thirty points
– Battier and Chalmers did well guarding Williams. After netting 57 last night he was held to 16 points and 4 assists. Granted he didn’t play much in the fourth quarter.
– Wade rolled his ankle for the second time in the past two games, the same ankle that sidelined him for six games earlier this season. He went out early in the third and never re-entered. The injury does not look serious, as Wade was on the bench, smiling through the final quarters and dismissing the personal trainers. More news to come
– Deron Williams has one of the fastest releases in the game. It’s just flat out stupid. He will catch the ball from a pass, and a millisecond later, it’s bound for the rim… usually ending in a field goal
– If the Nets can acquire Dwight Howard and get a a few decent role players, it’s over. That will be the greatest 1/5 combo in the history of the NBA.
– Lebron finished the third quarter by banking a buzzer beater (some nifty alliteration there for you) some fifteen feet past the three point arc, sending the American Airlines Arena into a frenzy. It would be his last action of the game.
– The fourth quarter lineup consisted of Cole, Johnson (yes), Miller, Haslem and Pittman. When you hear those names combined in the same sentence, it’s probably the 4th quarter of a Heat blowout win.
– And then when you see Juwan Howard in, it’s definitely the 4th quarter of a Heat blowout win.
– Heat vs Hawks tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.