Dennis Velasco: Well, Surya, it's a sad Wednesday night for both of us as the Brooklyn Nets lost their season opener to the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Miami Heat put their best foot forward against the tanking and lost to the Philadelphia Sixers. I can't help but wonder, what the heck happened? Surely, the universe is not aligned. That said, thank you for taking the time to throw down some words about the upcoming Heat/Nets match-up when the Nets open up the season at Barclays Center against the champs.
It's a great point you bring up about the reserves because I feel that people are sleeping on the Nets' own bench players. Yes, the stars stand out, but it's the guys coming off the pine that hold up said stars. Ray Allen, Game Six, anyone? That said, if Dwyane Wade or any other of the Big Three are lost for any significant stretch, will the bench be good enough to keep the Heat on track for a number one seed? Of the Big Three, which player is of lesser importance and who on the bench can pick up that slack? We all know that LeBron is the most important player on the planet, what if he is lost. Doomsday scenario, how would the Heat fare.
Finally, the preseason obviously means jack, so the two blowout wins really does mean nothing to me, personally. What will the Heat have to do in order to beat the Nets in Brooklyn? Will the loss to the Sixers pump them up to come back for a W? Give a final score!