The Miami Heat improved their preseason record to 2-0 after last night’s win of 112 -107 over the new look Detroit Pistons. But you probably couldn’t see it as the game was not televised for South Florida residents. Here is what you missed:
After missing the first preseason game for “precaution”, Wade debuted and played 21 minutes in which he scored 8 points on 3-7 shooting. Wade looked a bit rusty as his timing was off and his shot lacked some lift. However, Wade showed off a much leaner frame for this upcoming season. This is the product of his intense offseason workouts and the rehiring of his former trainer Tim Grover, who as you may know also used to train Michael Jordan.
The game was close the whole night. Lebron, was focused on setting up teammates and facilitating. He finished with 9 points and 7 assist in just 23 minutes of action. Chris Bosh exploded for 28 points in 25 minutes. Bosh went 12 of 16 while also adding 4 rebounds and 2 blocks. This is the second straight game over 20 points for Bosh who’s looking as aggressive as ever.
But it was Michael Beasley who surprised us the most. He looked impressive in limited minutes. After being released by the Suns, the Heat picked up Beasley in the offseason and experts questioned if the pieces would fit. Last night, the pieces seemed to fit just fine as Beasley came in with 4:48 left in the third quarter when Detroit was attempting to take the game over. As Bosh sat down, Beasley was trusted with running the offense and looked like a man that wanted redemption. He contributed on both sides of the ball, in the defensive end by forcing two turnovers and in the offensive side by posting up and attacking relentlessly – pushing the lead to double digits. He finished with 9 points in 9 minutes of play going 3-5 with 2 rebounds and a block.
The Pistons exposed Miami biggest weakness: size and rebounding and they out-rebounded the Heat 55 to 29. This is where the HEAT are hoping Greg Oden will help. The former number one pick, still hasn’t seen any time on the court as he is still rounding into shape for the season.
Other Game Notables:
HEAT: James Jones: 12pts on 4 -6 3pt shooting.
PISTONS :Andre Drummond: 21pts and 11 Rebounds
HEAT: Greg Oden,Udonis Haslem, Joel Anthony ,Mario Chalmers and Roger Mason
PISTONS: Chauncey Billups, Brandon Jennings,Rodney Stuckey
Full Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqnXYGLy_uU
Next Game: The HEAT play @ the BOBCATS tonight at 8:30pm, live from Kansas City.