Originally posted on In The Neutral Zone  |  Last updated 11/2/13
We’re all a little bit shocked after seeing Miami slump to a 1-2 record after their first three games of this season, plenty of people expected the Heat to come out of the blocks firing as they opened a season which could see them win their third successive NBA Championship, but somethings cooling the air in South Beach. Lebron and co. haven’t been working in tandem to start the season (Courtesy csnne.com) The Heat have only won one game so far, against the Chicago Bulls, which is no doubt the only bright point of this extremely young season considering their shock loss to Philadelphia, and failed effort against Brooklyn on Friday. You could argue that the Heat haven’t played well, or that the teams they’ve played have been playing extremely well or even that Miami haven’t had luck go their way. But after seeing the games, you have to say it’s a combination of all three. During their first game, Miami looked to have set right back from where they left last season, moving the ball well, playing strong defense on the likes of Derrick Rose and utilizing their bench players effectively. But look ahead to the shock upset away at Philly and you see a completely different story, Philadelphia got out early and looked dominant in the first quarter, going on a 19-0 run to start the game. Yes, Michael Carter-Williams played out of his skin, nearing a quadruple double and exploiting some shoddy passing from the Champs to help give Philly the 110-114 win, and Miami were without Shooting Guard Dwyane Wade, but should we be expecting Philadelphia to do this to the reigning Champs? We don’t think so. The biggest part of the game though was Miami’s inability to stop a team who are arguably one of the worst in the league (no offence intended to Philadelphia fans). Miami got over their poor start to lead by nine going into the final quarter, but could not stop the 76ers young team, who took advantage of an awful fourth quarter shooting performance by the Heat (only 5-22). Many Heat fans will say it was a ‘freak’ result, something which if played a hundred more times would not end with a Philly win, but either way, it happened. The Heat then travelled to Brooklyn to face the new-look Nets, who are considered one of the most legitimate challengers for the title after their recent acquisitions and fell again, this time 101-100. Miami again looked sluggish, only really pushing Brooklyn close towards the end of the game, but the Nets battled through the late rally to secure the win on their home floor. The Heat were outplayed and out-sized by Brooklyn after finding themselves in foul trouble, and failed to recover late on, leaving them with a not so expected 1-2 record so far this season. Again, this could be chalked down to bad luck, maybe some iffy calls from the refs, but either way the Heat failed to cruise by Brooklyn like some people expected, although arguably Brooklyn will offer the best challenge to Miami in the East this year. But when push comes to shove, the blame has to be put on Miami, they simply haven’t been as effective as last year, and it’s showing on the court. But we have no doubt we’ll be seeing Lebron, D-Wade and Chris Bosh find their form and make a run similar to last years’ on their way to a relatively comfortable playoff birth confirmation. Hopefully though they will be getting out of this slump pretty soon, otherwise people may be throwing more and more questions about Miami’s chances of a three-peat this season across the forums. Either way, we doubt we’ll be seeing this poor form last much longer… 2 total views, 2 views today Read More NBA at Bouncy Orange Ball
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