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Big Three = Big Flop

Posted on: October 26, 2010 10:17 pm
BOSTON – On opening night, the Big Three were a Big Flop.

So much for the coronation, the predictions of a 73-win season, and shooting to the top of the Eastern Conference in July. In October, when it finally mattered, the Celtics were still the Celtics. The Heat were the test-tube babies of the 2009-10 Cleveland Cavaliers and the 2006-07 Heat: Not good enough.

The champions of the summer have a lot to work on in the fall.

Returning to the scene of his greatest career disappointment, LeBron James once again was denied by the savvier, grittier, defensive-minded Celtics, who inflicted the first scar on the team expected by some to dominate the NBA. The original Big Three beat the newer version, 88-80 Tuesday night in the 2010-11 NBA season opener.

Boston had to sweat out a flurry of one-on-one majesty by King James, who had 15 points in the third to turn a 45-30 rout into a six-point game, 63-57, heading into the fourth quarter. Then, the Celtics – 26th in fourth-quarter scoring last season – tempted fate with a sloppy closeout attempt as the Cavs – I mean, Heat – went on a 10-0 run from the 4:14 mark to the 1:10 mark. The run cut Boston’s 83-70 lead to 83-80 with 70 seconds left.

The Celtics, still undisputed Kings of getting baskets out of timeouts in big moments, got a 3-point dagger from Ray Allen with 49.8 seconds left to keep mighty Miami winless in 2010-11. The Heat, and their accompanying media circus, travel to Philadelphia Wednesday for Game 2. And if opening night was any indication of the drama and hype that will surround this team, it is going to be a crazy ride.

But the anticipated issues of chemistry between LeBron and Wade, who missed all but three minutes of the preseason with a hamstring injury and Chicago court appearances, reared their ugly head all night. LeBron led the Heat back in 1-on-5 Cavs style in the third, with Wade and Chris Bosh on the bench. Like his old team, LeBron’s new team had no answer to pesky Rajon Rondo and no fortitude in protecting the basket from Boston’s improved frontcourt.

All of this is fixable, and not entirely surprising when you consider that the Celtics’ core has been together for three years, with one title to their credit, and the Heat have been together for what coach Erik Spoelstra reminded everyone before the game was 14 practices and two shootarounds.

But none that changed the fact that LeBron would walk out of TD Garden, his house of horrors, in much the same fashion that saw him leave last spring: In defeat.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: October 29, 2010 4:55 pm

Big Three = Big Flop

It is very apparent that the Heat will be a "work in progress" for the next year or two.  Sure, they have LeBron, Wade and Bosh, but the glaring problems at the PG and C slots were made clear in the Boston game.  Arroyo is a second string player and Anthony is an undersized big man.  Anthony provides good shot blocking, but he looked like a kid when we tried to get physical with Shaq.

Having to use LeBron as the Point Forward wasn't an odd sight, but it just spelled out the problem that Miami is contending with.  If the Head could have landed Dampier for a one-year stint, that would have at least given them a better chance to contend in the playoffs.  Magloire and Big Z are too slow, and will only provide the Heat with 10-15 minutes of help, whereas Dampier would have been able to provide more consistent play and defense.  No, I am not a Dampier fan, but he does at least occupy space around the basket, and he can, at times, be effective as a big man.

The Heat should try to pry Jose Barea from the Mavericks or someone comparable.  Barea would be able to run with the Heat and dish accordingly.  He probably wouldn't be as effective on the defensive end, but he would definitely be an upgrade to what Arroyo brings to the table.  The Heat need a true PG; someone who revels in being a pass first type of person.

Until the Heat secure their gaping holes at the PG and C slots, it will not matter how many points the "Big 3" score.  Miami will make the playoffs this year, and will probably make it to the EC's finals, as long as they're not paired with having to face Boston or Orlando in the second round.  Maybe the Heat can gain a PG and C by the trade deadline; one can only hope.

The Heat will be an exciting team to watch this year.  I do believe they will win multiple championships, but that won't occur until they resolve their PG and C talent gaffes.

Since: Feb 16, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2010 7:30 pm

Big Three = Big Flop

The same can be said for the Celtic's starting 5. James signed in July, three and a half months to get the chemistry in camp. Doesn't wash.

Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2010 3:54 pm

Big Three = Big Flop

The Heat is going to win the NBA Championship just like the Cowboys are going to win the SuperBowl. But damn it, why do they have to play all of these silly games to get there?

Since: Jun 22, 2010
Posted on: October 27, 2010 2:03 pm

Big Three = Big Flop

This is just the first game of the season and it is too early to predict that the Heat’s big three is a flop. I can see that the Heat will still win a bunch of games in the slightly pumped up East. For the Celtics, they will have a strong start as previously shown during the last couple of seasons until the injury bug will bite them hard in the back. The only sure thing seen on the Heat’s game is that LeBron James will still get his numbers and it’s up to Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh follow suit.

Since: Mar 8, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2010 12:30 pm

Big Three = Big Flop

USALEGAL, Chemistry? Could have sworn when these three guys were cooking up playing togather they shared the court. I agree that is only one game and we shouldn't take to much from it. But at the same time you heat fans should not be acting cocky. Nobody knows if they can pull it togather for sure. Lebron could just quit on this team just like he did the Cavs in last years post season or the "chemistry" may never come.

Also, lose the "To the haters" makes you and Lebron look 12!

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2010 11:55 am

Big Three = Big Flop

Kobe proved he could win without Shaq

True.  After about a dozen years in the league, years full of personal highlights and selfish play, Bryant finally won with only a couple of world-class players and a hall of fame coach around him instead of sure-fire hall of famers.  And just over the last 3 years he finally became someone other than a me-first guy who constantly complained about his teammates and proposed trades (Bynum for Kidd, etc.).  And all of this happened when he was no longer able to dominate physically and had to rely solely on skill and size, and he has plenty of both.  Bryant's fortunate he got to play alongside other fantastic players in their prime and earned championships along with them.  James hasn't had that opportunity yet and even Wade's championship with Shaq was won with a greatly diminished Shaq from his Orlando and LA days. 

You think if Bryant had gone to the Toronto Raptors when he was drafted he'd be sporting multiple rings?  That's basically the situation James went to.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2010 11:45 am

Big Three = Big Flop

gonzo, who are you talking to?

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2010 11:36 am


There wasn't any missing chemistry when the Celtics big 3 began the 07-08 season.  66-16 and a title in their first year.  I just love how the Heat head coach......who is that guy anyway?.....says before the game how they have had only 14 practices and 2 shootarounds.  Nothing like making excuses just in case things don't go your way.  They asked for it, every team every game is going to bring it to these guys like its the playoffs.   Good Luck

Since: Oct 27, 2010
Posted on: October 27, 2010 11:18 am

Big Three = Big Flop

You're missing the point.  It was the way he left.  It was all his talk about being a leader and ranking up there with the mists of Jordan and perhaps surpassing him.  Kobe proved he could win without Shaq and Jordan, well, he's just Jordan.  The king has left the building and now all Miami has is a SIDEKICK.  Afterall, it's Wade's team is it not?

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2010 10:55 am

Big Three = Big Flop

How many games did LeBron say they were going to win? 73?

Does anybody have a link or footage of this prediction?  Is this urban legend or real?  The only person I've seen make a prediction was Jeff Van Gundy, who did say 73.

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