2010 Miami Heat Preview
The Miami Heat made a return to the playoffs and looked good after grabbing a 2-1 series lead in the playoffs against the Hawks. Then a funny thing happened. The Heat did not finish off the Hawks and they ended up getting ushered out of the playoffs in the first round. With an off-season of turmoil and controversy it will be interesting to see how the Heat responds.
Erik Spoelstra starts his second season as the head coach of the Miami Heat. It was an interesting call when he got the job but he responded with a decent season and earning the respect of his players. Now in his second season the expectations will be higher and he will have to deal with the media pressure and the constant questions about his superstar.
In the off-season the heat lost forward Jamario Moon and his exciting style of play. That was not the biggest news of the off-season as the biggest new was who they did not pick up. While other teams in the East were trading for or picking up the best free agents in the market the Heat did nothing and they heard about it. Superstar Dewayne Wade complained openly and begged for players but in the end the Heat did not pick anyone up. This may be writing on the wall for where the Heat are going in the future or maybe they were just saving their money to go after a super free agent in the best market in years during the summer of 2010.
In the draft the Heat picked up two players that are playable but the grades around the league were not very high. They selected guard Patrick Beverley and forward Robert Dozier. With Pat Riley in the front office instead of on the sidelines this draft may be a reflection of how Riley picks his player.
The Heat should make the playoffs and fight off the Hawks to fight the Magic for the division. With the bitter loss in the fist round last year the Heat may even make it to the second round but don’t look for them to go deeper than that. They need a healthy year from Wade and O’Neal and help from some of the younger talent like Beasley and Chalmers. Even if they go to the second round of the playoffs it may not be enough to keep D-Wade in Miami after this season. Stay tuned for the drama.