The Heat have had a rough week. This week they’ve lost to a young 76ers team. And and last night to a group of All Star veterans the Brooklyn Nets.
They’ve played three games in four days, of which 2 of them have been on the road. Certainly not the easiest way to start the season. One of the many challenges is that the back to back champs are each NBA’s team’s opportunity to play with heightened intensity and prove a point by beating LeBron and co. Sometimes, the Heat wont be up for it and last night again, felt like one of those nights.
The game wasn’t pretty for either side as both teams had over 15 turnovers and played sloppy throughout. Miami looked out of sync and the offense never got going. Miami’s defense was also lacking full effort as the wings were mostly late for closeouts.
LeBron mentioned that he felt the Heat were “a step off” and that they needed to play with a little more ” urgency”. But even with all of this considered, the Heat outscored the Nets in the fourth quarter 33-23. Ultimately though, the Nets were able to put the game away by making their free throws.
Game Highs: Lebron James (Miami) at 26 Pts, 7 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk and Paul Pierce (Brooklyn) at 19 Pts, 5 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Blk
Next Game: Sunday, Washington Wizards @ Miami. Game starts at 6pm EST.