The Miami Heat got along just fine without LeBron James, turning to Rashard Lewis to provide the spark in a 104-101 win over the San Antonio Spurs last Saturday. Lewis was a spark in the late going, hitting on 11 points in the final quarter.Dwyane Wade also made an appearance, playing in the first half, but the Heat have apparently decided that resting their primary players would be the focus for now. James is in good health, but was held out to allow him to recover from what team officials designated as “general soreness.” Getting in shape for the regular season must be tougher than we thought.
The Spurs and Heat traded leads until a three-point shot by Josh Harrellson gave Miami enough of an edge to hang on in the last minute.
The Miami Heat will now turn their attention to their upcoming game with the Charlotte Bobcats. While it’s still pre-season in the NBA, there’s been an intense focus around Miami on how the current roster will shape up into a support group for the Big Three. Roster moves are being made as we speak. The Heat released two players on Monday, forward Robert Dozier and center Mickell Gladness. Both were long shots to make the regular season squad although finding a true player for the center position has been a priority in the offseason. Speaking of which, Miami is working out that position between Joel Anthony and Udonis Haslem. While Anthony has a small height advantage he’s having problems finding the basket. Everything is still up for grabs before the regular season and it would be nice to see Miami find at least a steady player when Bosh is on the bench.
Miami Heat fans are also looking with some trepidation at the performance of Ray Allen, who was signed to provide a boost to outside shooting. Allen hasn’t played up to expectations, running a cool 5 of 19 in his last pair of outing. More worrisome is his tendency to give the ball up. But, this is what pre-season is for and while there are some wrinkles the Heat still have time to get things ironed out.