Sunday, April 19, 2009

It Only Gets Better From Here

There are plenty of things we can criticize about the Heat's performance on Sunday night. The defense was non-existent for most of the game. The offense had no flow whatsoever. Most importantly, Dwyane Wade was not himself, at all. 

So, out of all the negative what's the positive side to the story?

 Well, we can't play any worse and it only gets better from here.

It was a painful sight to watch from the 2nd QTR onwards. Towards the end it seemed that Coach Spoelstra had given up, even prior to substituting the starters with bench players. 

As a loyal Heat fan who followed the team throughout all 82 regular season games, it was difficult to believe that the people playing out there were the same players from the Miami Heat that I know. 

Uncharacteristic, unexpected, and unlikely to ever happen again. 

There is no doubt in my mind that the Heat will rebound in game 2. Even if they don't win and go down 0-2 in the series, expect a booming crowd at the American Airlines Arena when the two teams face off in Downtown Miami. 

The shooting drought we saw in the 3rd and 4th QTRs will be in the past. Dwyane Wade will not have loose hands and turnover the ball on ever other possession. Michael Beasley and Mario Chalmers will not be as nervous and anxious as they were in game 1. Things will change, and I predict they will change for the better.

Remember, Miami wasn't even expected to reach the playoffs, nonetheless reach the 2nd round. Well the doubters were proven wrong all year long and now the Heat are in position to silence the critics once again. Don't be too quick to judge the passion and desire of the Dwyane Wade and Miami Heat. If you think you've seen the best of Wade, then you will be surprised to see what's in store for the rest of the series.  

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