- The Miami Heat might be the biggest surprise of the first several weeks of the NBA season.
- Led by Jimmy Butler, the Heat are 5-1 and second in the Eastern Conference.
- Seemingly out of nowhere, they just might be title contenders.
Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat are coming for the rest of the NBA’s lunch. Led by Butler and a group of youngsters, cast-offs, and unknowns, Miami has come out slaying giants.
Just ask the poor, title-hungry Houston Rockets. Still reeling from their Hong Kong controversy, Houston was shell-shocked last night in Miami. The Heat surged out to an eye-popping 46-18 lead against the newly formed “super team.” It was the third-largest lead ever built after one quarter since the beginning of the shot clock era (1954-55). The Heat went on to win by 29, causing former MVP James Harden to admit, “they came out and blitzed us.”
With a 5-1 record, they’ve been doing that a lot lately.
Was the Jimmy Butler Trade the Best of the Summer?
When the 76ers traded Jimmy Butler to the Miami Heat this summer, most people didn’t bat an eye. The basketball world was in the midst of the biggest superstar relocation experiment in NBA history.
Before the summer ended, the Lakers would trade for Anthony Davis. The Clippers would acquire Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. The Nets would get Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Kemba Walker would be on the Celtics. And Russell Westbrook would move to Houston. All of these moves seemingly created new super teams, and the Miami Heat just seemed to get a little better.