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Miami 105 Dallas 94: Heat unleash the Nightmare on Christmas for Mavs

Dec 25, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

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A three-part preface, to begin, before we cover the Heat’s shelling/drilling/slaughter of the Mavericks.

  1. It’s the first game of the season, and the first game of the season is never indicative of how the season will go for either team, even if it seems like it in retrospect. Th Celtics beat the Heat in the first game of last season, and looked impressive doing so. How did that work out?
  2. The Mavericks are working with several new players including Lamar Odom (ejected), Vince Carter, and Delonte West, on a short training camp and preseason.
  3. The Heat had every reason for motivation, the Mavericks were busy congratulating themselves on their title from last season. So it was two different teams mentally.

So we’ve got that all the way.

Good gravy, the Heat looked awesome.

Even in a game in which they only managed 8 points in the fourth quarter, it cannot be overstated how well the Heat played Sunday in their blowout win over the Mavericks. Most shocking was the offense. Last season the Heat had a mishmash, sloppy, clunky, uninspiring offense that seemed like a group of uninvolved loiterers occasionally hoisting jumpers with some lobs thrown in. But on Sunday, the Heat unleashed a torrent of firepower, as if all that talk about needing more time to gel had been accurate.

Dwyane Wade was slashing and hitting jumpers.LeBron James showed off a fave-up mid-range game that smacked heavily of a Dirk Nowitzki assimilation. And the Heat ran, ran, ran. They ran the Mavericks out of the building. James even showed off an honest-to-God post game. The nightmare scenario of the Heat living up to their fullest potential came true,  at least for three quarters.

The Mavericks didn’t just look discombobulated, they looked disinterested. They were completely overwhelmed on both sides of the ball. It was about as bad a performance as the Heat’s was good. They allowed the Heat to collect 40 percent of their offensive rebounds. It was a disaster.

For the Heat, this game is the standard for them, the late give-up notwithstanding. This is the energy, focus, and execution they need to play with if they want to play at their potential. For the Mavericks, best to forget this game ever happened and move on.

Notes:

  • This was ridiculous.
  • Norris Cole actually looked really good for the Heat. He made good moves in transition, forced the issue, and picked up a few hockey assists. His development would be huge for the Heat who need a fast guard with legs to complement Mario Chalmers.
  • The Heat’s defense was just as good. They were swarming, rotating, and very much in position to defend the Mavericks’ perimeter attack.
  • There was a Texas-sized hole in the shape of Tyson Chandler down low for the Mavericks.
  • Lamar Odom was suspended after two technicals, which only begins to show how out-of-control he was Sunday.
  • Brian Cardinal airballed a three and then Vince Carter missed consecutive free throws to end any hope of the Mavericks’ comeback.
  1. ballsooharduniversity - Dec 25, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    THE HEAT SMACKED EM!! LEGGO HEAT!

  2. kyleortonsarm - Dec 25, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    You got your 1 ring Duuurrrrrrrrk. Now it’s time for you to crawl up into a ball and die you foreign piece of crap.

    • Old Gator - Dec 25, 2011 at 7:41 PM

      And I suppose your ancestors didn’t crawl off a boat somewhere?

    • joerobbywasking - Dec 25, 2011 at 9:34 PM

      I’m a Heat fan and if any Mavs fans read the ridiculous comment by “kyle ortons arm” I apologize to y’all for this yeasty, urchin-snouted, flapdragons crude comment. So we lost to the mavs last year; Learn how to be a good sport and congratulate your opponent “Arm.”

    • tebow4lyf - Dec 26, 2011 at 3:09 AM

      bit harsh but lol

    • edweird0 - Dec 26, 2011 at 12:04 PM

      I lol’ed at this but it was a bit harsh. It’s one thing to hate him for being on the mavs, or even beating the heat last year, but why you gotta hate on his nationality? Let alone wish death upon him…? Even lebron haters don’t say stuff like this…

  3. goforthanddie - Dec 25, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    The Mavs were tired from the banner-raising ceremony. Miami had lots of juice though :|

    Just remember: It isn’t who wins the first game of the season, it’s who wins the last game.

  4. 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 25, 2011 at 11:15 PM

    That was fun. Going to be an awesome year

  5. metalhead65 - Dec 26, 2011 at 4:14 AM

    wow the heat sure look awesome! why bother playing the season? just give them the trophy now! wait what first game of the season? no actual pressure to hit a shot or make a play when it counts? yea that explains it then! congrats heat fans you are first game champs of the nba if that makes you feel any better while watching the mavs raise the banner of the championship they won by beating lebron and compamy when the game you know meant something. so yea have fun with that.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 26, 2011 at 8:51 AM

      You’re an idiot

    • africanballer - Dec 26, 2011 at 10:49 AM

      metalhead65 you’re defintely an idiot

    • edweird0 - Dec 26, 2011 at 12:02 PM

      Lol although I agree with the overall premis of your comment; it was only one game, let alone the first game of the season, but if this was any indication of the focus they’re going to have throughout the year then you have every right to be a jealous hateful little person. I’d be too if I realized a superstar team was going to live up to the potential only after their second season together.

      • metalhead65 - Dec 26, 2011 at 1:46 PM

        look I can’t help it if you and the worshipers of lebron can’t accept the fact he is hated not because of leaving but the way he did it and the whole 7 championships press conference. they and heat fans acted they were expected to win last year and every year for the forseeable future. since they lost you act like it will be a amazing acomplishment if they win it all in their second year together when they and you people expected it right away. excuse me if I don’t root for them again this year either, my motto used to be anybody but L.A. but has changed to anybody but the heat.

  6. zurnvs - Dec 26, 2011 at 4:23 AM

    NBA blows, didn’t watch one minute of this. I miss the lockout.

    • edweird0 - Dec 26, 2011 at 11:58 AM

      You won’t watch NBA games yet you’ll troll on basketball blogs? Makes total sense….

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