Three Things to consider on this sports Thursday:
Thing 1: Wrote today's column on the Miami Heat's high-octane offense, which is averaging a league-high 110 points through five games after Wednesday's 103-73 blowout of the
As I point out in the column, no Eastern Conference team has led the
The last Eastern team to lead the NBA outright was the '95-96 Bulls (105.2 points), while the last Eastern team to exceed the Heat's current output for a full season was the
I also found it interesting that from 2001-2010,
Thing 2: Nets coach
He said the Heat could "possibly" lead the league from the East, and that seems especially so now that
Of course, having
"When you've got the best player on the planet quarterbacking your offense," Johnson said, "he's seen every type of defense, never loses his composure. He's been through a lot. Been to the Finals three times. He's just cool as he can be. Never really gets rattled and always keeps his teammates involved."
Thing 3: The Nets were without injured forward
"Nobody said we're on Miami's level," said Johnson, who coached the Mavericks to a Finals loss against the Heat in 2005-06. "Never said it. We aspire to get there. We're not there. We're definitely not there three games into the regular season. I think when they first got together they struggled a little bit early in the season [in 2010-11].
"We're not there yet. We're going to get there one day, but it's going to take an enormous amount of work. We've got to go through some struggles together. ... Hopefully the next time we play them, we'll put on a better performance than we did [Wednesday]."