So, what about the other two?
- He displayed a lot of speed and defensive instinct (he had 3 steals), but offensively, he was a little bit out of rythm because he didn't played all but 2 minutes of the preseason due to his injured hammy. It's a little unrealistic to expect Wade to have a great game if he hasn't played more than 2 minutes with a starting five that's 40% new, and oh by the way, your first game will be against last year's championship runner-ups.
- That 4 of 16 field goal stat and the 6 turnovers doesn't tell the whole story. He missed at least three very easy layups that I can assure you he is not going to miss by the 10th game of this season. And two of those six turnovers were offensive fouls during shots that he made, and a late travel call was made on him as he was making a layup. In other words, his stat line could've easily looked something like this: 20 pts, 7-19 fg's and 3 turnovers.
- Not counting Lebron and Wade, the whole team made only 13 out of 37 field goal attempts. That's a 35.7% field goal percentage. And still, he somehow managed to distribute 6 assists. On nights where the team plays better, that number has a pretty good chance of going up.
Chris Bosh, PF (MIA) - If the offensive scheme of the Heat doesn't change soon, it's going to be a really long season for Bosh.
He was looking this preseason like all that talk about his drop in production for teaming up with Wade and Lebron was a bunch of BS. I myself, got convinced of it. But what I saw last night was very discouraging for what I expected from him this season.
He looked overmatched. He had no help from his teammates on either side of the court. I mean, I was really surprised when I saw the boxscore and found out that Wade had 6 assists, because I could've swear there was no ball movement from that team whatsoever. And the most affected by it was Bosh, who as great a mid-range shooter as he is, he never got the ball passed under the basket, and had to set up each and every one of his own shots from the outside, resulting in literally, a bunch of missed jump shots (eight, to be exact), one dunk and one layup. C'mon!! That's your $110 million-dollar power forward right there!! Lend him a hand!! Set him a post-up, a pick-and-roll, something!! Don't just give him the ball by the three-point line and let him try to shake off his defender by himself EVERY FREAKIN TIME!!
If the Heat keep playing that style of offense, just like Wade, you can bet that Bosh will fail to deliver up to the position he's been drafted on average.
Kobe Bryant, SG (LAL) - When are we ever going to learn? Kobe is going nowhere!! For the past couple of seasons, he's been coming with all these warning signs about how injured is he and how much mileage he's already put on his knees, always landing him on the wrong side of 5 in draft picks. And yet, each and every year we act amazed as we see him play as good as the year before. If you didn't saw him last night, I'm going to let you in on a little secret: He's still the best player in the league.
If you want to prove me wrong, you'll quickly point out that he shot 40% from the field (8 out of 20). And that's when I'll counter by saying he scored 27 points. He shot 10 out of 12 from the free throw line. He had 5 rebounds. He had 7 assists. He had only one turnover. He looked fast. He looked leaner. He was quick on his feet. He barely looked bothered by his surgically repaired knee. He... He will be the first suspect if Sasha Vujacic ever gets murdered.
Pau Gasol, PF (LAL) - Mark my words: If Kevin Durant is not this year's MVP, it will be Gasol. He simply dominates. 29 points, 11 of 23 from the field, 7 of 9 from the free throw line, 11 rebounds, 2 blocks and one crappy song. What more can you ask from him?
Kevin Martin, SG (HOU) - Is this finally the year of the Kevin Martin revival? He's very talented, but he needs minutes in order to be a consistent 26 ppg player, and with Buddinger and Courtney Lee waiting in the bench, I hardly see him getting 30-plus minutes per game. I don't know, maybe I'm wrong. But if you ask me, he is sell-high material.