New Jersey Nets v Miami Heat

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade alley-oop for fun and games

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Going to see a lot of this for the next, oh, five or six years. When you have multiple all-world athletes on your team, things like this are going to happen. Behold! The totally unnecessary but awesome looking alley-oop!

Yeah, that’s pretty ridiculous. It’s also fairly indicative of the Heat and their attitude.

Magic’s Showtime was remarkable because it was fast, brilliant, explosive, athletic, showy basketball that was  also functional. The problem with the Heat so far is that they’re trying to be too much Globetrotter, not enough function. This is a terrific play, but it’s not made to beat a defense, it’s just being flashy for flashy’s sake.

This would be less of a problem if they looked like they were able to grind out wins against good defenses. But with the exception of the Orlando game, they’ve still struggled when teams have buckled up. New Jersey ran out of bullets in the third tonight, but it still wasn’t as dominant as the score would suggest.

Of course, this would be more of a problem if they weren’t still winning. But the Hornets loss showed a very clear path of how to bust the Heat. If the Triad were to show more of this ability in the context of outsmarting and out-athleting and out-talenting good defense, there’d be a whole lot more talk about them.

Wade had 29, 10, and 3, James had 29 points and 9 assists (4 turnovers) in a 12 point win.

Chris Bosh with between-the-legs pass to cutting Dwyane Wade (VIDEO)

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Miami is going to be a lot of fun to watch this season (if they can stay healthy).

They’ve got athletic, active players who want to run, who move off the ball, and they have good passers. For example, watch Chris Bosh go between the legs to Dwyane Wade in the Heat’s preseason game Sunday.

Bosh had 14 points, and Wade had a dozen, but Charlotte won the exhibition.


Blake Griffin pre-game dunk knocks down shot clock

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The Clippers went north of the border to take on the Raptors in an exhibition game, but it was on the West Coast of Canada in one of the world’s prettiest cities — Vancouver. The two played at the Rogers Arena.

Where, they may want to upgrade the shot clocks behind the backboards. Watch over the shoulder of the Clippers announcers as Griffin dunks in warmups.

Notice that DeAndre Jordan loves this.

Nice to see Griffin dunking like his old self again. If you want another view, the NBA retweeted this.