Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/17/14
After spending a week in the Bahamas for training camp, the Miami Heat looked smooth in their opening preseason game vs. the Atlanta Hawks. The Heat played without Dwyane Wade, Chris Andersen, Michael Beasley, Udonis Haslem, and Greg Oden. Wade was in the starting line-up but decided to sit himself out so he could rest. According to ESPN Wade said “I’ve been practicing very hard, going very hard. I could play, but I just think it’s smarter that in consecutive days of going so hard, just be smart today, rest a little bit, let my legs recover.” It has always been a concern if Wade will stay healthy enough to help the Heat. I think it’s smart that he sat himself out. It’s just preseason and if his body is tired, there is no reason to overdo it. If Wade continues to make good decisions on resting and pushing it, it will pay off come playoff time. Despite not having Wade along with the others, the Heat still got the victory and made it look easy. Chris Bosh led the Heat to a 92-87 win over the Hawks by leading the team with 21 points on 7 for 8 shooting, five rebounds, two assists, and one steal. It’s going to be interesting to see how Bosh plays this season. He’s off to a good start but can he get back to being a consistent high scorer like he was in Toronto? I don’t think he can score a lot every game but it will benefit the Heat if Bosh can find a way to consistently score 15 plus points and grab 7-10 rebounds a game. Last season the Heat got out rebounded a lot, so if Bosh and Oden can grab more rebounds, that problem will be solved. LeBron James scored nine points, along with five assists and five rebounds. LeBron looked smooth as he made some nice passes throughout the first half, highlighted by his no look pass to Bosh.  Roger Mason Jr. had a good opener with 14 points and Rashard Lewis added 11 points. The Heat never trailed the Hawks. After the 1st quarter Miami was up 25 to 16, and at halftime led 49 to 30. After the 3rd quarter the Heat led 72-56 then the Hawks rallied back to come within 2 points but the Heat held on to win 92-87. On October 10th, the Heat travel to Detroit to play the Pistons. Miami has a solid schedule for this preseason as they will play the San Antonio Spurs and the Brooklyn Nets in Miami so those games should be fun to watch. So far LeBron and the Heat looks cool, calm, and collected. They know they have a huge target on their back but they seem to be handling it well. Once they add Oden, and Beasley in the mix, it will be interesting to see how the Heat will implement them into their fast paced system.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Kentucky remains unbeaten after thrilling win over ND

John Calipari blasted for postgame interview

WATCH: MJ, Tom Brady play pickup game in Bahamas

WATCH: Wrong national anthem played for El Salvador

WATCH: Russell Wilson smashes HR in Rangers BP

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

John Fox: Jay Cutler will have to earn starting QB job

Report: Shaka Smart, Gregg Marshall candidates for Texas

Kurt Warner is helping to turn around Colin Kaepernick

Bizarre call allows Duke to cover spread against Utah

Saints love TE Josh Hill following Jimmy Graham trade

Darren Sproles' role is growing for the Eagles

Sam Dekker's hot shooting sends Wisconsin to Final Four

Mariners prospect dies from boat accident injuries

T.J. Ford sends heartfelt tweet about Rick Barnes

Bruins coach suits up as backup goalie

Tennessee fans show love for Bruce Pearl on campus rock

Louisville guard turned off phone after clutch NC State win

Steve Spurrier hung out with Kenny Chesney before concert

Winnipeg Jets prospect had a rough night on the ice

Did Dean Smith’s gifts to former players violate NCAA rules?

WWE unveils Ultimate Warrior statue

WATCH: Tom Brady jumps off tall cliff in Costa Rica

WATCH: 2 Chainz beats Dominique Wilkins in HORSE

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

John Fox: Cutler will have to earn job

Texas eyeing Shaka Smart, Gregg Marshall?

WATCH: Brady jumps off cliff in Costa Rica

WATCH: 2 Chainz beats Nique in HORSE

Elite Eight preview and predictions: Notre Dame vs. Kentucky

Elite Eight preview and predictions: Arizona vs. Wisconsin

NFL owners chose cost over game integrity

Be careful how loudly you cheer on Mo'ne Davis' olive branch

James Harden and the collective consciousness

Hottest coaching seats in NBA

Under-the-radar NL MVP candidates

Notre Dame’s coach makes first Elite Eight

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.