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COLE-BLOODED!

Norris Cole stole the show in the Heat's home opener. 20 points, including the last nine! Where the heck did this kid come from?

"He makes them all time in practice," Dwyane said.

OK. Practice. Fine. Whatever. But against the Celtics in his first home game? Cole-blooded! But lets fast-forward past all the superlatives and get to the good stuff. I asked Norris after the game if he's better suited at coming off the bench right now than starting. (Because, you know, we're all thinking the same thing, 'When is this kid going to send Mario Chalmers back to the bench?') Cole got a little testy that I would even indirectly imply such a thing.

"Yes, I think it does suit me right now," Cole said of his reserve role. "I'm stilling learning, I still can get better and this is what's best for the team."

When asked why Chalmers wasn't in the game at the end, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said, wryly: "Did you watch the last six minutes?"

Spoelstra collected himself:

"It wasn't at all any kind of indictment on Rio. He came back after struggling at the beginning of the third quarter and he did settle down and make some plays. So, that was good to see him show some resolve and some toughness after going through a tough stretch."

So, any thoughts on Cole and Chalmers are welcomed but to add another level to the discussion, does anyone think LeBron should have been taking those shots at the end?

-joe

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Norris Cole is a mature player who will complete the Heat. Joel Anthony deserves credit for playing lights out Defense. Heat over Thunder in 5.

This team seemed zone challenged when Boston went to the 2-3, and IMO, that's where Bosh needs to step up with some touches in the post...

This kid Cole reminds me of Tiny Archibald, yeah I know that is showing my age; but this kid is that good. What ever scout found this kid, deserves a bonus!!! Go Heat!!!

Norris Cole is the real deal!!! How the hell did he drop to #28 in the draft?

yeah cole is a nice adition to complete this heat team for a championship..chalmers can help from the bench to make his job.Cole just gona be a great player enough to help the big3.

"BABY WADE!!!!!!!!!"

without a center and look at how the heat are playing..once cole get experience the heat are gona be UNSTOPABLE..I hope pittman get experience and he could be a good help from the bench to get rebounds and get some good ofense.is gona be enough.but m exited to see how progress cole gona have and wat he may do in playoffs..

No lebron SHOULDNT have taken those shots because He obviously doesn't want too...lebron will always get his numbers AND help his team win but we gotta stop trying to force him to be something he's NOT...he's more of the Kg/magic variety than he is Kobe/jordan...square peg..round hole..yet we keep pounding away smh..

Why does the media always try to keep isht going??? Did lebron needs to take the shots at the end of the game???? REALLY!!! I didn't see Wade taking and making either!!! Please stop with the BS,because imma have to listen to Skip Bayless repeat the same dumb isht!!!

What this article should be about, Norris Cole playing huge down the stretch and the FACT THAT THE BOSTON CELTICS PLAYED ZONE BECAUSE THEY COULDN'T PLAY THE HEAT MAN UP, THAT WAS THE BIGGEST DEVELOPMENT OF THE NIGHT BUT AINT NOBODY GONNA TALK ABOUT THAT!!! #GOHEAT

Rio shadow:We about to be on the bench brah. Rio: Nah we can keep starting.
Rio shadow: DID you see the last six minutes mans!? He already has a nick name.....Cole-blooded

Heat have found their PG! haven't seen great play since Timmy

Norris is a solid man from a solid family. If he stays humble, he's gonna be a star, he'll become not just great on the court, he'll be great in life. The game is just that, a game. When he can't play anymore what will he be then? As a person?
I'm glad his parents are there with him to guide him.
The game will come to him. Rio is his teammate and Norris showed the right respect. Weatlh comes from investing consistantly over time. So will success for Norris.

I been talking about the monster in the Heat nightmare!!! The ZONE defense!!! I'm very concern its not the players it's coaching, adjustments at the half!!! It's about teaching this team how to break down the ZONE. Can
Anybody help me out here!! C'MON MAN
SPOELSTRA THE COACHING STAFF LET'S TEACH THIS TEAM HOW TO BREAK DOWN THE ""ZONE DEFENSE "" It's ridiculous It's early in the season let's freaking fix the problem!!! GREAT WIN
AND GIVE COLE. THE STARTING JOB ALREADY. DUMB a s s. Spoelstra!!

Goofy comment about Spoelstra. (1) I'm sure the Heat have seen zone defense before; the players have some responsibility if they can't figure it out (2) given how little time all the teams have had, how much time would the coaching staff had spent on a defense the Celts used about 1% of the time last year, (3) halftime adjustments? The Celts didn't go to the zone until the second half (4) Unless I'm missing something, the Heat did figure out how to attack the zone - outside shooting. It just happened to be Cole.

Goofy but you got might points right!!!

Derek rich. Dont forget Paul didn't play...it could have been different if Paul was there, let's be realist... Doc is a better coach than Spoelstra and knows how to make adjustments!! The celtics are a old slow team they are not as talented as the Heat!!!
And they were right on our heels that show how good coaching can keep you in games!!

congratz to NORRIS "the fearless" COLE!!!

hope he could be consistent every game to help the HEAT BIG 3...

i think PAT RILEY & ARISON now see the difference on the HEAT ROSTER which is in the CENTER POSITION... we got no legit CENTER!!!

expecting by FEBRAURY before end of trade deadline..., the HEAT ORGANIZATION would have to try a trade for a decent CENTER...

i likely to trade: JOEL ANTHONY, MIKE MILLER

to WOLVES: MILICIC & WEBSTER

think that WOLVES needed a SG that could interest them for MIKE MILLER if can stay healthy since WEBSTER can be out for long time with injury...


by FEB. HEAT ROSTER would be:

pg chalmers / cole

sg wade / terrell harris / *webster sg/sf

sf james / battier / jones

pf bosh / haslem / juwan howard

c *milicic/curry/pittman/gladness pf/c

thougths?

Remember one thing and Spo should take this into account - Cole just came from college where the defense used is mostly zone, so of course he knew how to beat it. Now given that, Spo needs to consult with the kid because honestly, busting the zone should have been Spo's priority number 1. Doesn't he remember that's why we didn't win the championship last season, so why wouldn't it have been his priority #1? but i won't be too hard on him, because spo, a defensive minded coach, went and soul searched this off season. Instead of being stubborn and using his stagnant, offensive formula (based off defense), he picked the minds of great coaches. I'm proud of him for that. Spo, you have grown, so lets keep that learning curve up by learning how to beat the zone.

Let's go heat!

We need a center with a postup game and pass to the slasher!! DWade Bron Cole Like Shaq use to do!! Dut I really don't see anybody out there right now!! I agree on trading Miller for some bi body to play center that have a post up game!!

Weakest blog in the nba, bar none!!

Mike "when healthy" Miller is a zone buster. You don't trade him for an overpaid center just because he's 5 inches taller than the mediocre center you already have and you CERTAINLY don't trade him for a guy(Webster) who had back surgery and is out indefinitely.

I still think Bosh, who is more of a stretch 3 than he'll ever be a 5, doesn't quite fit unless he's nailing mid-range jumpers, filling the lane on breaks, & attacking the rim when Wade & LeBron have the ball out by the 3 point arc. I counted at least 5 times last night where he set a high pick & then stayed high, rather than roll to the basket. His unwillingness to get physical & Chalmers inability to stay focused on the offensive end when the team grabs a large lead are the only two things that concern me about this team.

If they don't win it all this year(and I think they do, btw) then Riley needs to get Houston on the phone & deal Bosh+Chalmers to the Rockets for Scola, Lowry, Patterson, & Budinger. It gives them an upgrade at PG with a defensive minded compliment to Cole, a PF willing to do what Bosh isn't, while still serving as a complimentary player to Wade & James who is able to get offense on his own, a young PF to develop, & a shooter who, while not overly athletic, does give effort on defense.

That's a drastic move & hopefully it doesn't come down to that. Maybe the Heat can sign Aaron Brooks when he returns from overseas, as well as another athletic big who gets waived in March.

I love how everyone wants to always trade and do all this other BS. We were just in the Finals and lost two games. We don't need anyone else. I like our team and we are rebounding. We lost the Finals because lebron didn't demand the double team like he's doing now.

Still need someone to post up and grab big rebounds when needed against the big teams We don't have a good big player at the center position!! We are the best team I believe but the good teams are going to test us under the basket and put that zone defense on us!!! Let's see what happens and how many teams are going to mimic what the celtics did!! It's a copy cat league guys!!

Hey Greg...you believe now ? Dude...I nailed it - BEFORE THE DRAFT ! Took what two games to convince the masses. I'm sure they'll be some growing pains...but Kid Cole is for real.

The biggest statement whether he'd be a factor or not...was the Heat finally acknowledging the fact they needed a true point guard to speed up the game to help Wade & James get to more open spaces & also defend the lanes of the opposing point guards straight-up...and not just the passing lanes like Chalmers can only do. They haven't had that for years.

Cole obviously changes the whole dynamic of the team. Now, if LBJ can only continue to post up more...giddy up !

Yo ! Teams like Boston have no choice but to go zone on D. Spot-up shooters like Bosh, Jones, Cole, Battier, & Miller should be able to step up & blow those plans up.

Finally, 1 of my south florida teams gets lucky with a late pick in the draft. Heat knocked it out of the park with this kid. Bron is part of the team 1st. Hot man should always shoot in my oppinion. Milk em until they start missing is smart basketball. Wade and Bron understand this. Beside, both of those guys are more of a superstar to me on the defensive side of the ball.

I'm a fan of Cole too I hope he can start making those floaters as automatic as Tony Parker's floater is because he doesn't convert on contested lay ups at a high rate. I want Chalmers to get better with those decisions on offense because he's an asset on defense. It would be dope to have a two efficient point guards in the line up instead of Cole just taking Chalmers minutes. Maybe even play both at the same time with some sort of hybrid line up for a short period of time.

I also think the Heat reacted well to the zone defense because I can only remember one bad shot by LBJ and all the other shot were good shots that didn't go down. Haslem's patent 15 footer just isn't automatic as it was before the injury I hope he gets it back by the time the playoff start man. I'm also hoping Curry works out with the Heat then will be more of a complete team.

Yeah RP. Can't speak for Greg, but I do remember your vote for Cole before the draft. It's a good thing Riley moved up to get him. The Lakers were high on Cole too.

Next, props to Spo for listening. There's no reason to depend on predictable sets or P/Rs when you have LeBron and DWade to read and react.

Also respect to Juwan for doing what Joel doesn't despite cameo minutes: be aware, position yourself for passes, know when & for how long to set/hold screens. At 38, I know Spo has to ration his minutes but am beginning to think Howard could be the best center option after Haslem.

While Cole played a great game last night, let's not forget about James Jones, those 3 3s that He hit last night were BIG!
When He's on the court, His range really stretches out a defense.

I don't get why it has to be Lebron taking the shots at the end of every game. Imagine how it felt for Cole to get passed the ball with confidence in those moments from Wade and Lebron...this will only strengthen our team. I DON'T CARE WHO DOES IT, JUST GET IT DONE!!

And can somebody...anybody...tell Haslem that when He's on offense, to ALWAYS BE READY FOR THE PASS! I swear, it's like EVERY time He gets the ball He looks surprised. ALWAYS expect the pass, and ALWAYS KNOW what you're going to do when you get it. SHEEZ!!!

Give all the credit to Riley for getting Cole and the big 3. Remember we have Haslem now from the beginning of the season, and hopefully Mike Miller soon. However I still would trade Mike Miller (when healthy) for a Center.GO HEAT!!!!

What about this devastating pace & space offense Spo is stressing?? We look like the old Suns teams on offense...difference is we are the best defensive team in the league as well = Championship

There's a reason why all these faults have not been corrected and it is the little time after the lockout, but, I'm sure that the coaching staff is looking at tape just as often as we bloggers are and that they will come up with the necessary twitches to correct them.
Cole is a rotation player and 1/8 of the team, and so is Battier. Did you see him get on the floor and keep the ball away while on his knees, you can't coach that.
Haslem is definetly back but showing rust from not playing in quite a long while. Give him 3 or 4 more games.

while not a heat fan but just a basketball fan in general, i would DEFINETLY NOT TRADE MIKE MILLER...when he's healthy he gives the heat length ball handling, passing, rebounding, and position defense. Spolestra should allow for the PG rotation to be Norris Cole and then bring in Mike Miller which would allow for you to continue to have 3 great ball handlers and passers and rebounders in Wade, Miller, and LeBron while also getting bigger with the 6'8" Miller. Also while Bosh isnt overly physical, his game is more about using his quickness, speed and length to be good on defense and not only a great mid-range jump shooter but he also has a decent post-up game. the heat doesn't need him to post-up due to either LeBron or Wade having a better post-matchup and both are better passers which allows Bosh to actually work very well because he does have the ability to knock down the mid rand jumper. Pat Riley has constructed a team that can send out different affective lineups and still lock you down on defense and be overly efficient while still spreading teh court out on offense and then still having the ability to run teams out of the gym.

THERES NO SECRET FORMULA TO BEATING THE ZONE, EVERYONE KNOWS YOU GOTTA MAKE YOUR JUMPSHOTS AND ATTACK THE GAPS AND HOPE FOR OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS BECAUSE THE DEFENDERS WILL BE OUT OF POSITION FOR REBOUNDS, AND WHY WOULD WE TRADE MIKE MILLER, HIS TRADE VALUE RIGHT NOW IS AT AN ALL TIME LOW, YOU WONT GET ANYTHING IN RETURN, AND TO BE HONEST HOW MANY TEAMS IN THE NBA HAVE GREAT CENTERS, YOU DONT NEED A CENTER BUT YOU DO NEED A POST GAME WHICH WE HAVE WITH WADE AND LEBRON ATTACKING THE RIM

Im not impressed at all

WHAT HAPPENED DID YOU LOOK IN THE MIRROR

RP - I like what I've seen in Cole, after 2 games in the NBA. Seems like he has a good attitude, likes to push the ball up the court, quick feet/good defense, fearless/hungry, and wants to play team basketball. Pretty much everything that supercoolbeas wasn't. I hope he continues to improve and provide our second unit needed ball handling.

We'll have stretches where we won't hit a lot of open shots, but if we bring our defense every game, we will be O-TAY!

Lookin' good guys! This is why us Heat fans were so damn anxious to get this thing started!

Lastly - The Lakers lost to Chicago opening night. End of the game, seconds left, the Lakers have a perennial ALL NBA 1rst Team defender on it's roster. Everybody knows Rose is going to get the ball and create a shot for himself or his teammates. Who does the Fakers send out to guard Rose? Old a$$ Derek Fisher, not your first team defender?? Please, Kobe's defense (as well as mj's) has been overrated from the get-go. C'mon man - Fish???? What is he, like 36?

Just one quick analogy guys!! Magic Johnson.. He was a rookie and one a championship, he had a veteran team! So Cole could be the next rookie to start a final championship game and win the series!!
Because I know that Cole will start with in the next few weeks...we really don't know when a player comes out of college and be great or average... Who would of thought DWade was going to be this great player or Bron or even MJ ... Didn't a couple of players got pick ahead of MJ ??? So maybe Cole could be the next great player in the NBA ...who knows maybe!!! I think Cole is for real!

It comes down to this. If you watched at the end of the game Wade and Lebron were drawing all the coverage and Cole was sitting there with some open shots. We need someone that can hit those open shots when game is on the line because teams are going to do whatever it takes to ensure Wade or Lebron don't take over the game.

Norris Cole for rookie of the year!!!!!!!

Wade hurt again can anybody say spell injury prone!!

WHAT ARE YOU SMOKING RAY JORDAN WAS A TOP 3 PICK SO YEA PEOPLE KNEW HE WAS GOOD, LEBRON WAS A PHENOM AS A JUNIOR IN HIGH SCHOOL, AND WADE WHILE A LIL UNDER THE RADAR WAS STILL A TOP FIVE PICK, IM JUST SAYIN GET THE FACTS STRAIGHT

Cole reminds me of Rondo to be honest.

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