The Heat got their rings, LeBron coasted to a near triple-double, won 107-95 and the Heat fans left early — just another day in the office for Miami.
All the talk, entering Tuesday night’s season opening game between the Heat and Chicago Bulls, centered around Derrick Rose. Yes it was the Heat’s ring night, but everyone was waiting, anticipating the true arrival of Rose — his regular season debut.
Shortly after, D-Rose made his presence felt. Early.
But that was about all the Bulls highlights for much of the night. Though, the Bulls had two other bright spots — Jimmy Butler, who finished with 20 points, and Carlos Boozer, who was out of his mind good.
Carlos Boozer scored 31 points, including lots of paint points. Here's his shot chart: pic.twitter.com/OP8cyciwFo
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 30, 2013
After that, it was all Heat.
LeBron James finished with 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds (aka an off night), Shane Battier made all four of his 3-point attempts, and the Heat took a chokehold of the game with 17 straight second-quarter points. In a nutshell, that was the entire story.
Rose’s presence was minuscule, scoring only 12 points in 34 minutes but we can chalk that one up to rust…right Thibodeau?
Thibodeau on Rose: "There's going to be some rust."
— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) October 30, 2013
Ironically enough, he really didn’t look that way in preseason. Odd.
Nevertheless, it’s just one game. Nothing to worry about, nor anything to get too excited about (if you’re a Heat fan). Season openers often feel bigger than they actually are, but we must remember that there are still 81 games to be played.
Though, I’m kind of second-guessing my Rose MVP pick right now.
Oh, and Chris Bosh is still Chris Bosh. Never Change.