In NBA, PHILOSOPHY OF SPORT, SPORTS on October 25, 2008 at UTC.12.31.

Mario “Big Shot” Chalmers started against the Spurs Friday night. He played 31 minutes matched up against Tony parker who played just 27 minutes. Chalmers had 11 points on 3/3 3 pt shooting, and 4-4 overall, including a game winner eerily similar to his shot against Memphis in NCAA Finals. The rook also dished 10 dimes which is the most any Heat PG has produced all pre-season. Parker had 16 pts and 6 dimes!

Daequan Cook finally found his stroke knocking down 4 tre’s and closing with 17 points. If he can stay consistent he should get plenty of burn in the rotation. Possibly, filling the void of James Jones & his 3 pt shooting.

Michael “Beastly” Beasley had a monster game as well, he closed with 19 points & 9  boards. He should have had a 20/10 game. he missed a 4 foot shot and a couple of free throws. This kid is special, and should be a lock for ROY!

In his second appearance of the preseason for the Heat, Shaun Livingston went 4-of-8  scoring eight points in 17 minutes. Livingston had a block and a steal as well, so I guess its safe to say he’s on his way back.

Still, the biggest gamers Friday night had to be UD & Beastly. Haslem, who has made four consecutive starts in the middle had his most impressive game yet. matched up against Tim Duncan on defense UD pulled down 7 boards, and racked up 18 points. Damn near a 20/10.

WOW! Who saw this coming? Haslem played 40 minutes compared to Duncan’s 24 minutes, but still put up respectable numbers against a stingy Spurs defense.

It’s even more impressive when you consider Haslem is an undersized PF at 6’8″ and 235 playing against bigger stronger low post players. He’s already faced arguably the best low post players in the game when you consider their game against the Magic last week.

Haslem has scored 14 or more points in three of the last four games. He had 16 points and 11 rebounds against the Magic and 14 points and 13 rebounds against Memphis.  Very good numbers against quality bigs.

This win is definitely a statement WIN for a team that had none last season. To beat the 2007 World Champs without their best player in D. Wade is remarkable. These are 2 of the last 3 NBA Champions over the last 3 years with the Heat winning the crown back in 2006!

Granted the Spurs were without Ginobli–we’ll call it a wash. Still, this was the best this team looked all preseason and more importantly they finished a tough close game on the road.

Even though its only pre-season this team looks a lot better than it did at the start of pre-season. Perhaps, we finally have an idea who the starting 5 will be– Chalmers, Wade, Marion, Beasley & Haslem. With Cook, Livingston, Banks, Wright, & Anthony off the bench.

Most importantly this squad seemed to develop chemistry in this game. They had more assists as a unit than the Spurs, and the Beasley & Marion had plays where they played off one another. After seeing Haslem catch fire in the middle these past few games, I’d hate to see this guy leave.

His fire & competitive nature can’t be replicated, he’s gonna bring it every night. He ain’t NEVER scared!! He has the heart of AI, and the toughness of Charles Barkley.


Bring on the regular season…..

Let’s GO HEAT!!


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