As we take a look at the Miami Heat at this very early stage of the season, a few things stand out.
Some good, some bad, but according to most die-hard fans of the team, none have left a lasting impression like the two blowout losses have.
What do the two early blowout losses say about the NBA's returning champs, particularly considering that they happened during the first 10-game stretch of the season?
Short answer: Absolutely nothing.
If we take the scenic route to address this question in a more elaborate form, most would realize there are a ton of reasons why these losses now will have little to do with getting victories later. The biggest reason would be development of team chemistry.
Although the Miami Heat enter this season as NBA champs, several new faces and the mission at hand remain quite different in contrast to last year.
There's a certain evolution required to not only go to the top, but also remain there in the midst of a very star-studded terrain.
Last year at this time the Los Angeles Lakers didn't have Steve Nash and Dwight Howard, while the Boston Celtics had Ray Allen. This time last year the Miami Heat didn't have Allen or know he'd be coming, yet here he is.
The road required to get to the big dance has changed vastly. Teams have to figure out the formula to not only get there, but, if the word "dynasty" is to ever follow, also how to remain at the top despite a vastly changing landscape around them.
It can be said that the Miami Heat have made key adjustments to compete with that changing landscape, as the addition of sharp-shooters Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis add major contributions to an already solid core.
So far we've seen them contribute in a strong way, but the true leaps and bounds probably won't surface until the roles are defined and the effort has been given time.
Are two early blowout losses within the first 10 games of the season a cause for concern? A deeper logic tells us only if the person asking the question chooses to make it one.
Miami Heat vs. Houston Rockets tonight at 8 p.m. Central—Live from the Toyota Center
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