HEAT Prove Mettle as ‘Three-peat’ Quest Begins
Some 20,000 folks who jammed into the downtown bayside arena acted as if Miami fans might not be tired of championship parades quite yet, and their team looked abundantly able to oblige.
The NBA’s two-time defending champions played like it Tuesday in inaugurating Miami’s 26th season in search of a rare “three-peat.” It’s so easy to fall flat on a night like this; instead, the Heat flattened the Chicago Bulls, 107-95.
There seemed to be a growing question about whether Miami’s time had passed and whether other rivals were ready to deny Miami its run at history. Doubting the Heat has become all the rage in the NBA.
Well, Tuesday seemed to offer the Heat’s two-word response to the Bulls and to the doubters in general: