By John Felix Richardson
LeBron James of the Miami Heat
Boston – In what is considered to be the most anticipated season opener for the NBA, there were lots of surprises and and unexpectedly, an upset. The Miami Heat, the most controversial team in the NBA, if not in the entire sports world today, lost their season opener to the Boston Celtics 80-88.
Miami’s big three showed lack of experience playing together as compared to the Boston’s own version of the big 3. During the preseason, Wade, James and Bosh only played a total of 3 minutes together with Wade sitting out most of the preseason games due to a hamstring injury.
“We looked better during practice” said Heat head coach Eric Spoelstra. “We were terrible tonight” he added.
Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 19 points on 4 of 7 shooting, Kevin Garnett had 10 rebounds and Rajon Rondo dished out 17 assists. Lebron James led the Heat with 31 points but had 8 turnovers. Wade had a dismal 4 of 16 shooting for a total of 13 points while Chris Bosh was a total non factor in the second half with scoring only 4 points for a total of 8 in 37 minutes of action.
“We all know Rome wasnt built in one day. We understand that. We just need to continue to get better.” James said on the lack of cohesiveness of their team and lack of experience playing together.
In Los Angles, The defending champs held off the Houston Rockets 112-110.
Newly acquired Steve Blake of the Los Angeles Lakers, scored a 3-point basket with 18 seconds left in the 4th quarter to give the Lakers a 2-point edge. Los Angeles then held on to win the ballgame as the last shot of the Rockets did not go down.
For the first 3 quarters, the Rockets dominated the Lakers and were poised to upset the defending champs, who just got their championship rings at the start of the game, but the Lakers came back in the 4th quarter to steal the game.
Pau Gasol led the Lakers with 29 points and 11 rebounds while Kobe Bryant added 27 points and 7 assists.