Miami is the city of the sun and home of the Heat. South Beach did not know what hit them when two marquee players decided to call it home. Before the days of the big three, there were the big two. Dwayne Wade and Shaquille O’Neal took over the east, and walked away with a ring to solidify their dominance in 2006. However, with every hard fought effort from Wade he never came that close again for almost six years.
In 2010, the franchise managed to acquire the league’s MVP LeBron James and dominant big man Chris Bosh. The trio went on to call themselves the big three. James, Wade, and Bosh became the NBA’s most hated in their first season together for their tasteless behavior. Furthermore, they could not deliver on a title their first season together. Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks ended their season with disappointment in a gritty 4-2 finials loss. However, after they mourned the loss of the previous season, Dwayne Wade and LeBron James decided to alter the team dynamics. At the start of the coming season, James had arisen as the Heat’s new captain. Every since that vital change was made along with some needed additions the Miami Heat have been unstoppable. They are currently the two-time world champions looking to three-peat.
The Bobcats are a team that has undoubtedly been one of the leagues underdogs for some years now. They had star players but no role players to place around them. Some of those key players were Emeka Okafor, Gerald Wallace, Raymond Felton, and Eddie House. None of those players are currently with the team now. In the coming years, things had changed. Luckily the changes made have transformed a once hopeless basketball club. The impressive team they have is attributed to the staff in charge of making key changes to the roster. In the past, they had a struggle with competition from more fluid teams in the Eastern conference. Now they are on the franchise’s second quest for the title.
Key Players for Miami Heat
LeBron James – James is Miami’s captain and go-to guy to stimulate offense. Therefore, they will need him to produce a stellar performance on both ends of the court.
Dwayne Wade – Wade is second in command an often times carries the team when James is on the bench. His performance is essential to keep the team in the game mentally.
Chris Bosh – Bosh is needed in order to direct traffic away from the paint and protect the glass. He needs to set the defensive tone for how his team will play through the duration of the game.
Key Players for Charlotte Bobcats
Kemba Walker – Walker is a key piece of the Bobcats offense, and it is his responsibility to get every player involved.
Al Jefferson – Jefferson is the strength in this team. The Bobcats need his strongest defensive effort to offset that of Chris Bosh and LeBron James.
Gerald Henderson – Henderson will need to contribute an offensive spark needed to keep this game close.
Game one will be a statement game. Each team will come out dominant with the purpose of making a statement. Bobcats will be in South Beach, and Miami is notoriously difficult to defeat in their house. In fact, the Heat is 32 – 9 at home, and the Bobcats are 18 – 32 in away games. In the opening minutes, the will need to establish their offensive game, defensive strength. If they are not careful this game can get away from them early. A lot of this game will be played in the paint, because both of these teams have the speed. The Heat will definitely set the tone for the series and win this first home game.
Commentary by Schelett Rickenbacker