The Washington Wizards lost their 2014-15 season opener on the road to the Miami Heat, 107-95. Though Washington started strong in the first quarter with a 28-22 lead, Miami caught up, and used a 35-25 fourth quarter to close the deal. Dwyane Wade scored 12 of his 21 points in that quarter, and came up when it mattered most.
It's disappointing to see the Wizards start out the season on the wrong foot yet again. It's even more disappointing to see that they lost with Nene and DeJuan Blair out due to a suspension from a preseason game against the Chicago Bulls. But the game also shows that the Wizards were still able to hang in there until the end despite being several players short.
1. Chris Bosh was too good from deep
The Miami big man had a double-double, scoring 26 points, grabbing 13 rebounds, and dishing 4 assists in the season opener. In addition, Bosh also drained three of his seven 3-point shots. Bosh made a career-high 74 pointers last season, and he definitely looks to improve on that mark this season, if this game is any indication. Washington's bigs also have trouble against other posts who are strong perimeter shooters, as Mike noted:
Wizards often struggle against perimeter-oriented bigs, so they have no chance against Bosh.— Mike Prada (@MikePradaSBN) October 30, 2014
2. John Wall had a solid half, but Norris Cole had a career-high
Wall had a double-double himself with 16 points and 11 assists. However, his first half performance was much better where he scored 8 points on 3-of-4 shooting and dished 9 assists. In the second half, he only shot 3-of-9 from the field.
Norris Cole had a career-high 23 points in the game and shot 9-of-15 from the field, and made 3-of-7 of his three pointers.
3. Drew Gooden steps up his game
On a night where Nene and DeJuan Blair were suspended, tonight was a good night to see that there was veteran frontcourt depth and we needed it. Gooden also added 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting, including one three point shot. The 18 points tied a high among Wizards scorers, along with Marcin Gortat.