(Photo Credit: Ned Dishman)
The Miami HEAT lost to the Washington Wizards 100-82 Tuesday night at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. The loss is the HEAT’s first of the preseason. Some quick observations from the game:
-Dwyane Wade led the HEAT with 14 points. He looked spry on the floor, at one point skying for an alley oop. Wade looked good, running the floor very well all night, leading a number of fastbreaks. He added five rebounds in his 24 minutes.
-Shane Battier didn’t miss all night. He finished a perfect 5-for-5 from the floor, going 4-for-4 from three-point range. He also made a bunch of nice passes in his 22 minutes. He moved the ball well and recorded a couple of hockey assists.
-LeBron James finished with 10 points, four rebounds and four assists. He had back-to-back highlights in the first half when he unleashed a reverse slam dunk on a fastbreak then followed it up on the next possession with a one-handed alley oop. Both plays got the road crowd on their feet. James’ passing was also on display, as he found shooters in the corner on a number of difficult passes.
-Chris Bosh struggled from the field, but he more than made up for it by getting to the line and crashing the glass. Bosh scored 13 points, going 7-for-7 from the line, and grabbed eight rebounds. Bosh attacked Wizards defenders from the perimeter, utilizing his speed that is often times too much for defenses to handle. He was assertive off the bounce and was rewarded.
-Roger Mason, Jr. appeared in his second game this preseason and was once again sharp from the field. Mason scored 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting, including 3-for-6 from beyond the arc. Mason, Jr. also grabbed seven rebounds, which was a bonus. For a few minutes Mason, Jr. played with James, Wade, Bosh and Mario Chalmers. He hit a corner three during that stretch and generally fit in well with that unit.
-The HEAT turned the ball over 25 times. It was a sloppy game from the offense, but it isn’t anything to worry about going forward. When the regular season rolls around, things will be sharper.