MIAMI - JULY 09: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat greets fans as he is introduced during a welcome party at American Airlines Arena on July 9 2010 in Miami Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
Think of it this way: how many people would have thought the Nets would have only one more loss than the Heat ten days into the season...and would have a chance to even the number? The Nets are 2-3, the Heat are 4-2. The two teams face off for the second time in a week on Saturday, both coming off road losses Friday night.
While the Nets were losing in Orlando, the Heat were dropping their second game of the season to the undefeated Hornets in New Orleans. The Big Three had 63 points, but Chris Paul and Emeka Okafor decimated the Heat defense. And for the second time in a week, Chris Bosh had only one rebound. As Okafor proved, there are opportunities for big men vs. the Heat...and Brook Lopez could use a chance at redemption after his performance vs. Dwight Howard.
In the Nets loss, Avery Johnson used only nine players. Johan Petro, who has disappointed Johnson, lost his backup center role to Kris Humphries and rookie Damion James didn't play either.
New Jersey Nets Game Notes - New Jersey Nets
Miami Heat Game Notes - Miami Heat
Getting Inside - New Jersey Nets - Sports Xchange
Getting Inside - Miami Heat - Sports Xchange
Nets-Heat Preview - Stats LLC
Heat-Nets preview - Shandel Richardson - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Hornets draw up a blueprint to beat Heat - Brian Windhorst - ESPN
Dwyane Wade passes on final shot as Heat lose to unbeaten Hornets - AP