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.
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