Opening Night in Miami
Wow, what a feeling it is to be back. I know it has been a while since I have posted anything in a long time but I figured that with the start of the new season, I would try and start up again.
The 2013-2014 NBA season opened up tonight with three games, the Orlando Magic at the Indiana Pacers, the Chicago Bulls at the Miami Heat, and lastly, for all those west cost folks, the Los Angeles Clippers at the Los Angeles Lakers.
While there were three games tonight, I can only talk about a half of one game today. There are many reasons for this, the first being that I was in my psych lecture during the entire Pacers Magic game and first half of the Heat Bulls game. I am also out east now for University (yay!) so that means the battle of L.A. takes place much too late for me to watch. So as you can expect, I raced home to catch the second half of the Heat Bulls game to watch many incredible story lines unfold.
On a night where the two-time champion Miami Heat received their championship rings, Derrick Rose also made his return to the NBA for the first time in over a year. Typically speaking, the team receiving their championship rings on opening night usually gets swept up in the emotion and forget about the game at hand, often this results in the home team getting blown out… This however was not the Miami Heat. While the heat did come out of the gates slow, as they finished the first quarter only up by two 17-15.
But that was all they needed to shake the rust, as they came out in the second quarter and showed why they are the two time champs. They came out of the short break and exploded for 37 points and held the Bulls to only 18. Shooting 51% from the field overall and 55% from distance, the Heat didn’t look back. The Bulls did make a valiant effort in the fourth quarter as they poured in 37 points in an effort to close the gap, but fell short. The final score saw Heat beat the Bulls by a final score of 107-95.
In his first game back after his ACL tear, Rose finished with 12 points and 4 rebounds, while ESPN’s top ranked player LeBron James finished with 17 points 8 assists and 6 rebounds. Whats more, is that 7 of the 9 Heat players who saw action tonight were able to score in double figures, this is extremely noteworthy because Dwayne Wade and LeBron James went a combined 10-24. Sure, that not horrible shooting, but nevertheless that’s only 10 makes. Eric Spolstra must be happy that he can count on every one of his players to provide production at any point, especially against a top defensive team like the Bulls.
Now the one question that everyone is going to be asking: how much of this can we read into? How much can we take from today? Well the short answer is, nothing. We already knew that the Miami Heat were going remain being the best team on the planet, and it doesn’t take a doctor to tell you that–despite Rose’s strong pre-season–he would struggle to get back into real game speed.
All of this being said, I can’t believe that the wait is finally over and we can start watching basketball, as I’m sure a lot of you share the same feelings as me, this is one of the greatest games on the planet and we are so lucky to be witnesses of such amazing athletes and watch history unfold nightly. While I’m more busy than ever before, I will try my best to have a post out at least once a week, and of course, any support I get will only increase activity.
Enjoy the rest of the games, and the rest of the season, talk to you next time!