Lakers get hot, Heat does not ... but it's still a wee bit early
The NBA season is a slog, not a sprint, but if you were going to score the first night, you'd have to give the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant the edge over the less-than-thrilling Miami Heat threesome. At least LA won its game.
So it wasn't exactly Lakers vs. Heat; it was more of a battle of "who should be the one to shut his piehole" after an offseason of rampant yapping. The Lakers had the easier job it it, opening at home and getting their latest championship rings. And Bryant had done the least of the trap-flapping, only earlier this month saying he'd beat LeBron James one-on-one. Bryant scored 27 points as the Lakers rallied from a 15-point deficit and beat the Houston Rockets 112-110. Steve Blake scored 10, including the go-ahead three with 18.8 seconds left and pressed Aaron Brooks into an off-balance shot over the last few seconds that was blocked by Lamar Odom.
The marquee game featured the well-hyped Heat and the debut of LeBron James (31 points, eight turnovers), Dwyane Wade (13 points) and Chris Bosh (eight points). They shot less than 26 percent in the first half and went on to lose, 88-80, to the Celtics in Boston. It's only one game and the only one who's worried is probably Coach Eric Spoelstra, with Pat Riley waiting and watching in the wings.
"This was one of 82,'' Wade. "Sorry if everyone thought we were going to be 82-0. It's not happening.''
LeBron's take? "This is a work in progress. Rome wasn't built in a day."
If anything, LBJ said, "we were just too unselfish, trying to find each other."
Wilbon's take: Miami needs time
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| October 27, 2010; 7:44 AM ET
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