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Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 at 8:50 am  |  116 responses

Post Up: And They’re Off

Though Miami didn’t go too far.

by Adam Figman | @afigman

I was in the midst of introducing this post with some FINALLY NBA SEASON sentiment when I realized, if you’ve visited this website (or any hoops/sports site) at all during the past week, you’ve probably been fed more than enough hype. Well, it’s here. The season, and The Post Up. Let’s get right to it. (But yeah… FINALLY NBA SEASON.)

Boston 88, Miami 80

So, this happened. After months and months of waiting for the Miami Thrice (Are we officially calling them that? Can we not?) to commence their journey to an as-of-yet unknown promised land, we get an 80-point performance and a half-decent showing from only a single member of the newly-formed South Beach triumvirate. Boston came out firing, and—with the exception of a late run that brought the Heat close but not close enough—dominated from the jump. LeBron James did what he could, dropping 31 on 10-21 with 4 boards and 3 assists, but there was simply no help to be had. Dwyane Wade was hungry, attacking the hoop and putting up shots from all over the court, but nothing would fall, and he finished with 13 points on 4-16 from the field. Chris Bosh was kind of apprehensive, seemingly unsure when to fire away and when to defer to his friends; he tallied just 8 points and shot 3-11. We’ve all assumed depth and outside shooting would be the team’s biggest issues, and we were proved correct—nobody from the bench (or the other two starting positions, for that matter) stepped up in the slightest (though Udonis Haslem did rebound fairly well), and a handful of wide-open J’s clanked off the rim. Chemistry—the squad’s third problem—can and will be worked out, but only time will tell if anyone steps up to assist in fixing the other two.

Meanwhile, the Celtics looked great. Rajon Rondo quarterbacked his ass off, distributing 17 dimes in beautiful fashion. I was hoping he’d added some offensive moves (read: a jump shot) this summer, but he wasn’t really pressed to put the ball up himself anyway. And yeah, that ability of his to find crazy passing angles just keeps improving. The Big Three were effective, as Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett (scoring 20, 19 and 10, respectively) each performed their assigned roles well, and while the Heat could barely throw five productive players on the court, the C’s rotation was a solid nine guys deep, and will be 10 when Perkins returns. They just need to stay healthy.

Portland 106, Phoenix 92

You might have missed it (though League Pass is free this week, so you shouldn’t have), but this was a great game. And that score doesn’t really do it justice; this was an exciting back-and-forth until the Blazers took off in the middle of the fourth. Portland has such an awesomely random cast of contributors, it’ll be interesting to see who steps up on any given night. Last night Nicolas Batum (19 points, 11 boards) was huge, and his buckets propelled the final-quarter run that won his team the game, but Wesley Matthews, Dante Cunningham, Armon Johnson and Rudy Fernandez all put in good minutes. Brandon Roy led the team with 24 points, while Marcus Camby (13 and 10) refuses to age. The Suns—with their abundance of small forwards and lack of big men—just can’t rebound or defend very well, which is a pretty big problem in a professional basketball league. (They were out-rebounded 48-30.) With Steve Nash (26-4-6 and 10-19 from the field) at the helm, they’re still incredibly fun to watch, but they won’t be more than a middle-of-the-pack franchise if the rebounding and defense woes continue. Without Amar’e, they can’t afford to be so weak in those areas and expect to win. Jason Richardson was Phoenix’s swingman du jour, hitting 9 of 13 for 22 points.

Los Angeles 112, Houston 110

I guess the first night of NBA action had to end with a nail-biter, right? This one was another back-and-forth contest, and with a chance to tie the game in the final seconds, Aaron Brooks couldn’t squeeze a lay-up through Steve Blake and Lamar Odom’s flailing arms. Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol led the Lakers in a very Kobe-and-Pau-Gasol-like fashion, as Kobe put up 27 points, 7 assists and 5 boards and Gasol went for 29 and 11. Shannon Brown caught fire in the fourth, scoring 14 of his 16 in a seven-minute span to help L.A. grab the lead in the final minutes. For the Rockets, both Kevin Martin and Aaron Brooks were great (26 and 24 points, respectively), while Luis Scola grabbed 16 rebounds. Yao Ming fouled out in 23 minutes, which was all good, given his team-enforced 24-minute limit. He had 9 points and 11 rebounds in his return.

That’s it for now, folks. Tonight we’ve got a packed schedule, so tomorrow there should be plenty more to talk about. One quick note before I’m out: The SLAM authorities gave me free range to write The Post Up however I feel comfortable, and I’m still trying to figure out the best way to do so. I might be tweaking the format in the next few weeks, and maybe adding some features (a nightly award or two?), so if you have any preferences or ideas, feel free to hit me with ‘em in the comments. Thanks, fam.

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  • http://www.twitter.com/notebooknick NotebookNick

    The Suns are screwed until they can get rid of Turkoglu or stop playing him at the 4. And sadly, everyone else at the 3 in Phoenix is better than him.

  • namik

    Great job Adam. If (more like when) the Heat figure it out, they’re going to be scary good. December sounds good to me.

  • RobbieJay

    well they lost but d wade hadn really played a game yet; bosh was awful, but lebron proved that he is focused & ready for the season ahead. and boston is pretty damn good.

  • michael

    got a feeling the rockets are going to be very decent this year, they are really deep, yao or no yao

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    I’m sure Miami will get it together eventually, but chemistry? Please. Remember, when Boston first assembled their “Big 3,” they won their first 8 games, 18 of their first 20, and the NBA Championship in year one. Coaching matters. Still, it’s only 1 of 82, so no need to panic. Moving forward, they won’t play nearly as bad as they did last night and I expect the Miami Heat to improve as the season progresses. They are talented, but they aren’t very deep. That could prove problematic in the long run.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    All the credit to the Celts……I’ve said it since July, if any other team wins the title this year, I hope it’s the Celts. I love the way their team plays. The Heat looked horrible for two quarters….then they started to put things together……slowly. Eddie House looked good. That’s nice to see. Dwyane looked bad. Bosh was ok, except he couldn’t hit a shot. Lebron forced passes too much, but his offense looked fine. Free throws still suc*ed. Rondo looks too weird without his headband. He played a great floor game. Ray should have shot like that against the Lakers and they would have had the title again. JO was horrible. Shaq was nice. So was Big Baby. They are going to be hard to handle once Delonte gets back too. Once the Heat get a rhythm, they’ll be fine too. They play hard D. That’s what’s going to seperate Boston and Miami from the Magic. The Magic don’t get after you like they do.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    We’ll see just how good your team is tonight playing OKC, Bryan.

  • http://twitter.com/nbatalkandkicks Eduardo

    Celtics proved it again last night. Defense wins championships.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    How about we talk about that after it happens, E? As it stands right now though, LeBron looked great last night. The “Miami Heat,” not so much. But like I said, they’ll be OK.

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    1 of 82, but here’s my impression:
    1)More sets run, period. And they should include plays for Bosh. He looked decent against KG in moments.
    2)Coaching–they didn’t look like there was a game plan. If there was, the guys didn’t follow it.
    3)It’s gonna be crazy atmoshere wherever they play, they better get used to it. Now.
    4) Big Z should start and play limited minutes, like Boston did with Shaq. He can spread the floor a little more for The 3 (I’m gonna start calling them that).
    5) Playmaker. Everyone’s was talking about who takes the last shot, but the goal should be establishing the playmaker–Wade or James. I think Wade, but I’m not wedded to that just yet. I just remember his rookie year and he handled that job well. We have no pg worth anything, really. So, right now, I think you make Wade the de facto point. Plus, as much as he doesn’t want to, he needs to guard the opponent’s point. I may have more later, as I rewatch the game.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Cheryl, most of the second half (except when he sat) he was on Rondo.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Dwyane, I meant. Rondo was limited in the second half…at least his dribble penetration. Dwyane played Kobe D and just let him float around the perimeter and not let him drive.

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    I know, and that’s gotta continue, I think. Unless Eddie can mangage it. I like House off the bench though. It’s clear, we need a point guard, not just a player to bring the ball up. They need a director out there.

  • Myung

    The Hawks are ahead of the Heat in the standings today, E.

  • Ken

    Yeah, “Miami Thrice” is the most forced nickname I’ve ever heard. A trio of players does not by definition need a nickname. If they do get one, it should be something less belabored than that one.
    Good to see the post up (and the season!) back.

  • Myung

    Actually, so are the Timberwolves and Nets. Just saying.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Shannon Brown stepped up in the fourth quarter at both ends of the court and won that game for the Lakers.

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Oh, I meant to mention: I’m not that worried about depth as folks seem to be. The 3 are still relatively young guys and can certainly play 38-40 minutes a night. Eddie & Jones hitting shots and UD getting on the boards. I really don’t see depth as a big issue; certainly not as big as a starting pg.

  • Bruno

    dwyane played Kobe D hahaha game 1 and the kobe love of eboy it’s in the air … the NBA is back!!!

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Bosh was a ghost last night against the Celtics frontcourt.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    I’m no way a fan of the C’s but I’m impressed with Rivers. He’s smart on calling timeouts to kill opponent momentums. He’s good at getting his players back on track right after a timeout. I’ve seen him do that effectively on the Cavs series. A lot of coaches are great in preparations, but him, he’s very good at in-game adjustments.

  • http://www.lacuevacrosscountry.com Slick Nick Da Ruler

    KG didnt look physically tentative, though his offensive game deferred to make others the focal point. Lebron’s post up and long range jumpers looked better.
    Kobe & Pau looked good, and LO’s form will make or break their continuity. Artest looked awful

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Cheryl, if your counter-argument to Miami’s lack of depth is that the Big 3 are relatively young guys that can play 38-40 mins/per, then yes, depth is a problem. The NBA season is long and at least 2 of the 3 have a history if injury problems and missing games, so that part is inevitable. You can’t discount depth on a basketball roster. And not just depth, but actual talent coming off the bench.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Thanks Adam. Really been missing the post up. Here is an idea for a nightly feature; ‘starting line up of the day’. Made up of the five best players of the nights games(using either format GG-FF-C or the classic PG-SG-SF-PF-C). All the football (soccer) sites do this and it is a good way to get a quick overview about who is performing, in form, having big nights etc. Also always lead to good debate, when the guy who scored 32 points in a L are omitted and the guy with the balanced 19, 8 and 7 in a W makes the team of the night. Eventually throw in a 6th man, to honour another player who performed.

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    I thought Anton was doing the Post Up now, but i like this Adam Figman character just fine. Anyway i didnt watch any of the games, but i saw the highlights of Miami looking disoriented. This will change after about 20 games. I dont expect Lebron to score 31 that many more times and i dont expect Wade and Bosh to shoot as poorly as they did. I want the NBA champion to come out of the Southeast Division.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Also looking very much forward to tonight Bulls-Thunder game, will be watching live for my first fix of NBA ball this season. Eager to see how those Bulls stack up, as I’m a bit more sceptic than most Bulls’ fans.

  • Bruno

    Steve Blake is gonna be great for LA

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Cheryl- Maybe I’ll give Chalmers a chance and LeBron/Wade a few games.. My concern is Spo. I don’t know if he’s really comfortable running. Or worst if he can make TONS of half-court plays with The 3 (credit to you for the name..) on the floor together. I’m seriously wondering.. What kind of plays do they have on half-court sets? I think Princeton would do good to them. Remember Eddie Jordan-Wizards? Gilbert ain’t really a director but they’re one of the top scoring teams back then because of their motion offense.

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=2213625472 Anthony

    if Shannon Brown keeps shooting 4-5 from 3, im gonna officially start the “letshannonbeinthe3pointcontest.com”

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    Man, Kobe is ruuuuuusssttttyyyyyy!!

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    BCraw, not I’m not discounting depth and the need for talent off the bench. I’m just not too concerned at this stage (at least before Feb 24th or whenever the trade deadline)since both Wade and James have played with less in their careers and their teams were still playoff teams. Depth right now is not as serious an issue as lack of a conductor.

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    Yeah James the Baller he is really falling off ( oh 27pts 7asts 1to that is a terrible stat line)

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    - Heat are a great TEAM, well for one on one. The new Cavs is all they showed last night.
    - They still don’t call goaltending on Bron… OR CHARGES WTF?
    - Bosh needs to stop shooting.
    - How come Bron dominates when he drives, he is the most amazing specimen athletically we have ever seen in the NBA, and he shoots so many jumpers. DRIVE MAN, DRIVE!!!
    - Bron also has some of the worse foot work in the post I have ever seen.
    - Bron is now also the leader of Miami. See ya Wade … lol
    - Boston has a ridiculous team. WOW.
    - I can;t say enough about Boston and how deep they are.
    - The Lakers look weird with all the new faces.
    - Theo scares me when he is going to shoot.
    - Houston looks like it can be a dark horse.
    - Houston also has many young players on the up and coming.

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    J–agree with the concerns about set plays in the half court. Running is fine when you’re playing a team with questionable defense. but when you’re playing a Doc or Phil coached team, you better know what to do in the half court, cuz fast breaks will be few and far between. Now, the pace certainly can pick up (1st game notwithstanding) and I suspect will. But I think Bosh has to be more than an afterthought and Big Z needs to start the game.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    If Rondo keeps up those numbers I don’t think Bron will be leading the league in assists.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Fair enough, Cheryl. How Arroyo starts at PG and gets 0 assists playing with those guys is beyond me, so I’ll agree to an extent that they need someone to run the offense. But that would also mean acknowledging that there is an offense in place and I didn’t see one last night.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    Miami doesn’t really need to worry about the pg spot. I would use Bron. I would be more worried about big men. Anthony sucks, I like him because he is Canadian but, he has no business being on the floor. Not for Miami anyways.

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Yeah, I didn’t see one either. And I don’t know if it was that ‘Spo didn’t install one or that they didn’t follow it. Personally, I think the moment got too big for them. They’ll get used to it, though, cuz that’s not gonna change.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    And I think it’s worth noting that everyone should enjoy watching these 3 guys play together…for now. By year 3 (championships or not), one of them won’t be there and it definitely won’t be LeBron James who’ll be moving. You just can’t have that kind of money tied up in 3 players long-term like that.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Cheryl, if Spo did install a game plan and the players deviated from it, then that’s a problem already.

  • http://simonlawy888.blogspot.com Simon Lawy

    Turkey’s MJ needs to stop playing at 4th quarter

  • Tom

    I wonder why Spo has never considered letting Bron run the point? It allows the floor to be much more balance for them and is really gonna open things up for Bosh. All the toronto fans know Bosh was used best in pick/roll’s pick/pop situations so I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of that. I can see the lack of an inside presence really being a problem for them though. Bron is going to have to guard some 4′s this year. Luckily there aren’t many big teams in the league. Also this was against the best defence in the league, and Miami is only going to improve as the year goes on, so i don’t think we’ll see another performance like this again from them

  • vtrobot

    Celtics = 2011 champs. Too big/Too deep/Too much talent. Praise Jesus Shuttlesworth. I didn’t realize how fun the Rockets were to watch now. They looked great last night. Brooks and Martin are a nice combo. That team should be tough this year. Love Coach Adelman too. He always seems to get so much out of everyone and gets everyone to play well as a team. Very fun to watch. Steve Blake was a great pick-up by the Lakeshow. I’m sure he’ll have a good year there. Happy that the games are back again.

  • Tom

    that houston/LA game was great. Houston is gonna be fun to watch this year. Is this a breakout year for Brown?

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    @BCraw–he’ll learn just like the rest of the team. I think this was a great way to begin the season, every single one of the team (coaches included) experienced something valuable last night.

  • Hammer

    Luv what I saw from p-town last night. Nick and camby puttin up dub-dubs. Dre was 1 dime shy from a dub-dub as well. Broy doin what he does. And solid play from wes,dante and amir. Even rudy seems 2 b willing 2 just shut up and move on from his summer funk. Hopefully. Now,aldridge. Like I said b4,ANYTHING short from 20/10 from him will b dissapointing. This is his yr 2 prove his worth. 2 move on from a boy 2 a man n this L. And he failed miserably last night. 2 passive. Needs 2 command that ball more. Every1 4 p-town raised their game, how couldn’t lamarcus do the same!? Very dissapointing showing by him. Here’s hoping its just a fluke and he does better from here on out. Got the clips 2night vs griffin, a rookie. Lamarcus SHOULD have his 20/10 2night. @ least he better

  • Peter B

    Is it just me or has the NBA become far too lop sided, shaq, allen, garnett and the two oneals on one team, lebron, wade and bosh on one team, the regular season is just a warm up until the lakers and one of these two meet in the finals.

  • http://nicekicks.com Meloman2.0

    Watching Bosh F*** up was clearly the best part of last night

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Cheryl, I always felt like Spo was in over his head with those 3 guys. He doesn’t seem to have the kind of personality to command the kind of respect that a team like that almost demands. I hope you’re right though.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    B.C. – dude, to be honest I see Wade in Chicago down the line. He loves his roots.

  • http://nicekicks.com Meloman2.0

    and how can u NOT rute for the Celtics… so much personality, gota love em

  • logues

    i hate to say this cuz i hate gasol and the lakers, but gasol is fu(king good

  • t-sizzle

    the celtics are really really deep.. imagine.. delonte, perkins are injured right now AND the mysterious sparkplug von wafer still has to make the rotation. anyone remember how good this guy was during that rockets 21 game run?? celtics are going to be awesome this year. no wonder miami lost the opener, against such a veteran and talented team

  • Lawrence

    i agree with t-sizzle. see the boston celtics roster lineup. it seems like they’re loaded to play for the olymipcs…haha.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    The Post Up is baaaaaack
    /Magic Johnson voice

  • http://yahoo.com eboyhater

    man Brown and Blake stepped it up with those threes late in the third quarter and in the fourth they were clutch look at blake at the end THREE. Imagine them both in the playoffs.meaning rockets and lakers

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Great moments in Heat coaching history: “Even though our power forward has less muscle mass than our shooting guard, let’s play him at center!”
    Good thing those new uniforms are quicker to dry because Bosh started to wet himself the second he saw KG in a defensive stance.

  • The D Train

    I said this last year, too, but watch out for Nic Batum. He had some near-Nashian shooting percentages last year. He’s long and lanky, and a pretty nice wing defender. And he looked pretty aggressive last night, which should be about right as he’s got no shoulder injury to worry about, plus he’s got another season under his belt. I refuse to limit someone’s contributions by strictly numbers, but I don’t think anyone should be surprised if he is a great 3rd option for Portland this year.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    You have 1 new voicemail.
    “Hey Maverick, it’s King. How’s your fam? Nah, I really don’t care. Anyway I was wondering if you could tell me when do I become a free agent again? Kinda tired playing with these bums. Dwyane and I are taking are talents to Google Maps, we’re gonna try to find Shaq’s old house and raid it haha. By the way, don’t tell Bosh where we’re at.
    King out.”

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    great to see post up back, good read, and THE BATMAN BATUM FOR MOST IMPROVED PLAYA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    FREE RAJON(‘s headband)!

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Great job, Adam.

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Adam, how about an “unnecessary technical Foul of the night award”? That should add some humor to P.U.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Oh and btw.. Paul Pierce should win an oscar..

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    OVERRATED…Does anyone still see bron averaging a triple double?

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    The Lakers are crazy deep. Last year when Kobe was on the bench the bench couldn’t do anything. Last night, the bench won the game for LA.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    I think the adjustment would be much easier if Lebron had Joe Johnson or Wade had Joe Johnson because of his outside shot and ability to play off the ball. The fact that Lebron or Wade are not great shooters or play good off the ball will make the adjustment to playing with each other much difficult.

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    Hahaha anton wins comment of the day

  • riggs

    oh man i forgot all about those goaltending and charge calls that the refs didnt call on lebron. also thanks for reminding me bout league pass free week!

  • vtrobot

    yes, nic batum should have a big year. what about that T on k martin for that slight hand gesture as he was walking to the bench? dave stern should be embarrassed by that bullsh*t. pierce does need to calm down a little bit with the selling of the contact. dude was doing it quite often last night. he probably just does it during the day if he bumps into anyone because he’s so accustomed to selling contact. big game from him last night tho. great start.

  • http://slamonline.com Nella

    Don’t know if this was said before…but was it me or did Eddie House look the skinniest I’ve ever seen him?

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    In the event that a battle between lebron’s no call force field and paul pierce’s flopping powers ensues, the call should always go to the home team

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    Paul Pierce had the oppurtunity last night to go to the locker room in a stretcher and come back out in an iron lung to win the game. He blew it.

  • http://jayemmbee.blogspot.com Clutch Performer

    Dont sleep on the celtics they legit
    its only game one but im not worried bout miami but if this was brons team they woulda won
    but its not its wades team and his presence was obviously miss, when he shakes the rust off takes the reigns again and shows them how to lead then they will win until then its just Cleveland 2.0
    but the Celtics played Awesome Ray aka Jesus had himself a night, Rondo out did himself for a game one of a season and shaq shows hes still here

  • http://slamonline.com/ Adam Figman

    @LZ–I like that idea a lot. The thing is, it might be a bit much for days when there’s three or less games. I think we’ll start with a “performer of the night”, a “moment of the night”, and a rotating ______ of the night award in which something gets made up to commemorate whatever hilarity took place that night. Darksaber’s idea might be a good place to start, especially if this All Technical Everything trend doesn’t slow down some.

  • Sparty’s Law

    In my 27 years – about 22 of which as an avid sports fan – last night was the first time I ever cheered for the Boston Celtics and watching the Heat lose was every bit as satisfying as I had hoped for. I hope they lose a lot of games. I’m officially a hater.

  • Hammer

    @nella. I was thinking the same thing on eddie house

  • The D Train

    What about the “Peter North Decimation of the Night?”

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Yeah Adam, let’s shine the commenter spotlight on the new No Emotions crap. The Post Up shall be the tip of the sword in the rallying cry for the dismissal of the foolishness that is the new “T em up” rule! Onwards!
    (geez i need to watch less epic movies à la Gladiator)

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    So, does JVG think the Heat are gonna go 73-8 the rest of the way?

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Nicolas Batum killed it last night! The coach needs to give him more minutes!

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Paul pierces flopping was something to behold

  • RedRum

    I don’t like the Heat, but I was expecting them to come out all cylinders firing. They did not impress me. I understand the there is a great chance I might look like fool at the end of the year, but this is what I think: They are going to be a bust… yeap, I said it. They do not seem to be able to work it out, they do not click. For a frame of reference, think how great the Celtics big 3 looked right after the team came together. They had clear roles. Scorer, shooter, defensive anchor. Think how well LA did as soon as Pau joined them. They did not need time to figure it out. Teams like that are like the veteran/weekend warrior 40 year olds that get to play together and they just click. There is something disjointed with this team. Yes, it is first game against a veteran team that last year was 6 minutes away from winning the chip. And, again, I understand that there is a great chance that I might look like a fool at the end of the year. But to me it seems that it is unlikely that this team can get it together. Maybe the great Riles can take up the coaching and sort it out, but at the moment I think it is unlikely

  • BYEBYE

    one game doesnt make a season we will see when d wade gets his legs and they dont start arroyo smfh

  • http://slamonline.com/ Adam Figman

    @RedRum True, but think about this: The Heat played terribly. Only one guy had a decent game, no one stepped up, there was no chemistry, the bench was terrible… everything that could go wrong, except for some Bron jumpers falling in, did. And yet, the team lost by just 8 and was within 3 with a couple minutes left. That’s what happens when you have 3 stars on the floor–you’re so dangerous, you can’t be put away. And the Celtics played kinda well… everyone did their jobs: Rondo distributed well, Allen and Pierce hit big (and open) shots, KG defended well and rebounded, Shaq dunked a few times and looked kinda doofy, and so on. All of this is just to say the Heat are gonna be pretty damn dangerous once they iron a few things out.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    I can’t help but think that had Miami won last night, we would’ve heard about it from Eboy all day long. JTaylor21, too. Instead, the Lakers won, Miami lost, and neither has said much of anything today. That qualifies as a damn shame.

  • IHaveADream

    @ Bryan
    I’m surprised we haven’t seen any venom directed towards Kobe today. I figured they would be a little bitter towards him since the Lakers won and the Heat lost.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    @Dream: What can you say when Kobe and the Lakers received their NBA CHAMPIONSHIP rings last night and pulled out a come from behind victory? Nada…

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/ Diesel

    Brian Crawford – I already knew, but I hope everyone else now sees what you’re lways talking about when you say Lebron is a better athlete playing basketball, not a better basketball player than Kobe. At least they better know after watching him trying to post up. And to everyone saying this is just one game, no, it was THE GAME. It was the game that Lebron and the Heat were supposed to whip out the list of haters that they’ve been collecting and make everyone eat their words. We were supposed to see an angry Lebron. And yes, you could quote the stats of 30 or so points and it would look like he showed up, but we all know he didn’t. I use the eye test, and what I saw is a Lebron that was largely ineffective the entire first half. When he finally did score his points, with the Celtics starters on the bench or in the locker room, he took his entire team out of their offense.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    @Diesel: Don’t use the words “eye test” around here. People like to quickly dismiss that and tell you that you didn’t see what you saw.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    There is 81 games left before anything that happens matters.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    The Rockets/Lakers game last night was great. The refs called ridiculous fouls on Yao though; as can be expected by the NBA’s unadulterated love for the Lakers. Steve Blake was a great pick-up for the Lakers.
    Man, I’m really excited for this year. The Rockets are 12 deep. Gonna peep the Raptors/Knicks game tonight… Welcome back everyone.

  • max

    I’m really not sure, soo serious question: Have lebron and wade, in a half-court set-up, ever persistently scored of assists?

  • max

    I’m really not sure, so serious question: Have lebron and wade, in a half-court set-up, ever persistently scored of assists?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    HEY, LEBRON JAMES WENT TO WADE’S TEAM AND IT’S STILL WADE’S TEAM. LEBRON IS THE ROBIN, HE’S JUST TRYING TO MOOCH OFF THE HEAT FOR A CHAMPIONSHIP, WHAT A BANDWAGON JUMPER, WATCH WADE CARRY THEM.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    My eye test said that Bron wanted to differ and pass, but his running mate, Chi-town’s finest, wasn’t prepared.
    I also saw that Bosh wasn’t ready for the level of intensity since he’s been playing in the hinterlands for a while.
    I saw Bron finally decide to stop passing so much and just start jacking, and I saw Eddie House and James Jones get wide open shots.
    I saw that when Wade and Bosh came back in, they had a slightly better feel for the game, including two great plays where Wade posted up although only won resulted in a bucket.
    I saw Bron and his teammates uncomfortable with exactly where they should be on the court to attack Boston, which makes sense because they rarely play on the same squad in training camp.
    Finally, I saw Bron wetting jumpers, volunteering to take free throws, and looking completely unstoppable in the lane.
    I saw Kobe have a decent game against a premier defender, but less difficult defensive team. I saw Houston play well the entire night and take things down to the wire. I saw Kobe looking fairly spry, but still being forced into contested jumpers by the player int he league who probably guards him the best.
    I didn’t see any new evidence about who was the better “basektball player.”
    Same old, same old.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Sorry Bryan, I’ve been dealing with personal issues and haven’t had time to post anything more than my little comments this morning. Don’t come around with tons of excuses as the why the Bulls will get greased tonight. Just say what it is….like I did. Boston took that a*s. OKC will take your little cute teams too. I’ll check in with you tomorrow. Don’t get girlish with your comment patterns.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Sorry to hear about that, E. I truly am. That said, when have I not called it like it was? Come on, you know me better than that. At least you should.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I think it’s ridiculous that players get called for techs when they run in the other direction AWAY from the refs…

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Yeah, Chi-town’s finest stunk it up last night. I never said that he didn’t, but I appreciate that being pointed out. However, considering he has a history of delivering for his team (NBA Championship, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh), he gets a lifetime pass whenever he plays poorly.

  • MUBWAR

    I’m not worried, its just game 1. LeKing has to understand that this is not Cleveland. He needs to pass more than 3 ass and have trust in his guys. Chris was just bullied outta the building and Wade is still recovering. Another week or so and we’re back on track.

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/ Diesel

    Allen – I know you didn’t watch the first half. That’s where a lot of my criticism is coming from. Lebron shot 66% on those free throws he was volunteering for. And for all those shots he created for his teammates, he only had 3 assists. This team is undersized, especially against the Celtics, so they could have used Lebron’s help on the glass. He responded with 4 rebounds. Those devastating drives that you’re talking about came when Pierce was in the locker room and with Shaq on the bench. Any team with a decent defensive center (Bulls, Bucks, Celtics, Magic, Washington, Atlanta) will play zone (or off the ball) and take those drives away from him and Wade. And like I said earlier, when Lebron actually tried to post up, he looked like an uncomfortable 7th grader just learning the game. Obviously, he played well. I’m just saying he didn’t rise up and play with that relentless vengance he was hinting at and we were anticipating. I’m also not putting the blame completely on him. I agree Bosh looked overwhlemed and Wade looked out of sink. But I’m not too willing to chalk all that up to inexperience playing together. I think some of that has to do with the fact that Wade and Lebron play similar games. They both need to dominate the ball to be effective. When one player is hot, the other becomes a spot up shooter. And I’m pretty sure this is exactly the type of game we’re going to get from Bosh on a regular basis. He’s never been known as a low post, lunch pail & hard hat kind of guy. But that’s exactly the type of player the Heat need him to be. Judging by how poorly Anthony played, I’m guessing Bosh will be playing the 5 more than he anticipated or likes. Going up against the Shaqs and Howards of the world is going to slowly wear on him. Teams will play off of these guys and dare them to shoot. Some games they’ll be hot. Others, they’ll play like this.

  • T-Money

    At this point, people are seeing what they want to see. What I saw was the first game of a long season. Cleveland started 3-3 and finished with 60+ wins. Chill. /Bron’s jumper was on last night, I don’t know what you guys are talking about… / I love how commenters point out to a zone defense being the solution to all problems. Like coaches have never thought of that before vs Wade and Bron. 1- They STILL can get to the hoop on a zone. 2- They have Eddie House, James Jones and Miller just for that. 3- Chris Bosh gets paid 100 million + because he’s one of the best 4 from midrange.

  • T-Money

    Diesel: you said it yourself, you’re not willing to chalk it up to inexperience playing together… you’ve already made that decision. One game in. You’ve decided that if one gets hot, the other one is a spot up shooter. One game in. Even though Wade actually did attack the basket but in a clumsy fashion (charges, TOs) because of rust. / Cheryl: I don’t want a pg on this team unless it’s a really good one like C-Bills or Dre Miller. If not, run with Mike Miller, Bron and Wade. For better or worse, Bron will not play off the ball. If people had not realized this now, it’s time to get with the program. D-Wade is the one that will have to play off the ball. This is already happening organically because it just makes sense.

  • IHaveADream

    @ nbk
    Not really. If they’re still not playing the way people think they are supposed to after 81 games, it will be a major problem. So the regular season matters a lot.

  • juliusj14

    co-sign with diesel. i thought i was the only person who could tell that Lebron’s post game was very uncomfortable and awkward. i think its pretty clear now why he doesn’t go to the post more often. his fundamentals in the post seem like they need major work. everyone knows that Lebron can dominate a game on his own, but i believe people will truly see all the flaws of his game as well as the strengths of his game this year. this season will have a big impact on his legacy because it will either reinforce some of the things that people highlighted about his game in cleveland or it will expose major flaws that some believe didn’t existed in his game.

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/ Diesel

    T-Money I’m not making any definite statements. I’m just saying don’t chalk 100% of it up to not having experienc eplaying together. Some of it has to do with the fact that your 2 top players technically play the same position and what you need your 3rd best player to do, he’s not known for doing. So my point is some of it has to do with the actual make up of the team, regardless of how comfortable they get playing with each other.

  • IHaveADream

    Steve Kerr pointed out that LeBron’s post game needs a lot of work too. LeBron and Dwyane are both ball pounding players. One of them will have to change.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    did y’all miss the two quick moves wade made in the post last night, including the one that forced boston to double where he shot the rock off the top of the backboard.
    if he operates there against these small point guards, it’s going to be a problem for other teams. mark my words.

  • The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    Shout out 2 Eboy 9:09!
    That’s the Eboy I used 2 like. Stay like dat n u r back as my man.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Also, does anybody else find those D-Rose ads with that Asian actor troubling?
    Teddy?

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/ Diesel

    pointless more than troubling

  • IHaveADream

    I think they’re pointless. I don’t think D-Rose needs to be marketed like Dwight Howard. He doesn’t need the comedy commercials. Just regular shoe commercials will be fine for him. It’s alright to not be the funny guy if that’s not you are.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    You mean the stereotypical little awkward nerdy guy in the commercial? lol I feel you Allenp, but it doesn’t really bother me. Not a big deal–it’s just not funny and like the guys above me said, pretty pointless. What’s your take on it?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    In other words, it’s dumb but nobody actually acts like that and nobody thinks anyone actually acts like that.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Guys, lighten up about the commercial. That guy just plays the weird, quirky role in everything that he does.
    He’s pretty funny in some, and not so much in others. Nothing serious.

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