November 5th, 2013 at 11:26 PM
By Ira Luke
It took three tries before the Miami Heat could get their first road win of the season. The Heat defeated the Toronto Raptors after a sluggish start to win 104-95. LeBron James had his first monster game of the season and Dwyane Wade continued to improve with another 20-point game. The Big 3 visited Air Canada Centre for the first time without former Raptor Chris Bosh. His services were not needed as his team took care of business and picked up its third victory of the season.
LeBron James was very efficient in the game and he was picking up the slack with the absence of one of the Heat’s superstars. He scored 38 points, grabbed eight rebounds, handed out eight assists and added a block for good measure. James made 13 of his 20 shots and was able to get to the rim at will. The stat that the reigning MVP may boast the most about is being a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line.
Wade is showing signs of good health early in the season. He has scored at least 20 points in the last three games. The remaining stat line consisted of six rebounds and five assists including finding James for an alley-oop in transition for one of the highlight plays of the night.Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 31st, 2013 at 10:54 PM
By Ira Luke
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade should be ready to go for Friday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets. Wade missed the team’s second game of the season, a 114-110 loss against the Philadelphia 76ers. He was resting his knees which have caused him to miss games in the past few seasons. Wade has also missed preseason games to keep him healthy. The team could rest him in back-to-backs at least until December and it could work in his favor especially when the Heat need him most and that is in the playoffs.
Wade scored 13 points in the season opener against the Chicago Bulls and looked a little rusty in his season debut. He was able to contribute and help the team jump out to the big early lead against the Bulls. It was an encouraging sign that he made it through the first game of the season without any serious damage occurring.
Then, during the walkthrough prior to Wednesday’s game against Philadelphia, Wade’s knee was not feeling quite right. Team trainers examined the soreness and it was deemed that he should sit out the second of a back-to-back set of games to start the season. Miami officially listed Wade as out for the Sixers game due to rest.Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 30th, 2013 at 11:13 PM
By Ira Luke
Just two games into the season and the Miami Heat have a 1-1 record. Some may be starting to panic especially after Wednesday’s 114-110 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. The Heat started the season with a convincing victory over the Chicago Bulls and tried to convert on back to back wins in Philly but came up short. It’s just possible when the Sixers handed them their first loss, that they may have been fatigued. Here are five things we have learned about the Miami Heat in the first two games.
The Heat can still “flip the switch”- Miami was a bit sluggish to start the season opener against the Bulls and gave up nine points after scoring the game’s first two baskets. Then, it was like a scene that became familiar during last season when Miami would go on a scoring run. Those runs would essentially take the opposition out of the game. Last night was no different as a 13-6 run gave them a slim lead after one quarter. In the second quarter, the game began to get out of hand as the Heat outscored the Bulls 37-18 and before anyone could blink, there was a 20-point lead heading into halftime.Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 29th, 2013 at 7:20 PM
By Ira Luke
The Miami Heat will begin their second straight title defense on Tuesday evening as they take on the Chicago Bulls at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. The last two league MVPs, LeBron James and Chicago’s Derrick Rose will go head to head in what should be an exciting game to start the season. Rose had his 2012-13 campaign taken away from him due to a knee injury. Meanwhile, James racked up consecutive NBA MVP awards in the regular season and the NBA Finals en route to back-to-back championships. The Heat will also receive their championship rings before tonight’s game.It should be a very cheerful night for the fans on South Beach as they get to see the team for the first time since they captured Game 7 in last year’s Finals against the San Antonio Spurs.Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 24th, 2013 at 10:54 PM
By Ira Luke
The preseason is coming to an end and it’s time to start looking at the regular season and what players could stand out during the season. The usual suspects of LeBron James and Kevin Durant are likely to be mentioned in the talks of Most Valuable Player during the course of the year. Heading into the 2013-14 campaign, there are three other players that are favorites to take home the award at season’s end in no specific order.
Carmelo Anthony (NYK) – Melo has established himself as one of the league’s best scorers and will enter this season looking to capture consecutive scoring titles. Anthony is always very valuable to his team because of how he dominates the ball. He must find a way to get his teammates more involved and show that his game has evolved. Last year may have been his best chance to take the MVP away from James. Despite leading an injury riddled New York Knicks team to its first division title in over a decade, he only had one first-place tally in the MVP voting. A repeat performance with a dose of good health can and will keep him in the discussion this year.Read more... Join the Conversation...