“Over rated ” was the cheer heard multiple times toward the end of the Celtics Season opening 88-80 win over the much ballyhooed Miami Heat. Celtics fans were right, for one night anyway.
The Heat, more specifically their “Big 3” looked like they had never played before. While they had only played 3 plus minutes together during this preseason, they had played a lot together in international competition over the last few years (when they colluded to join forces). But in their opener as heat teammates LeBron and Wade combined for 14 turnovers, and Wade missed 12 of his 16 shots. He is definitely out of game shape having only played 3 plus minutes during the pre season.
So what do we make of all this? Wait 4 weeks until November 11th when the Celtics visit Miami for their 2nd game. Each team will have 8 games under their belt which should be sufficient time and experience for Miami’s big 3 to get used to each other. And ,oh yah, it should also be enough time for Shaq to get more used to his new team and for Jermaine O’Neal to get into some kind of game shape.
And then there is the teams 3rd meeting in the 53rd game of the year on Feb 13, when Delonte West will be adjusted to his new Celtics team.