The reigning NBA Champs, the Dallas Mavericks appear to be a step slower and lack the chemistry of last year's title team. Early signs suggest that the long lockout and the loss of key members from their championship roster have doomed the Mavs. On the other hand, the Miami Heat look more polished in their first game of the season they did all of last year. If King James and D. Wade play with the same intensity and competitiveness all year, they will make it back to the Finals at the very least. LeBron James will not settle for anything less than an NBA Championship.
The Clippers now have two superstars, one of the most exciting players in the league, Blake Griffin to go along with newly acquired Point Guard Chris Paul. The Clippers are a force to be reckoned with now that they have a top tier Point Guard in Chris Paul. The Clipps' added a strong veteran presence to their locker room, playoff experience and multiple championship rings by adding Chauncey Billups to their roster.
The Bulls hope that the addition of Richard Hamilton is enough to bring Chicago back to the promised land and add a championship banner to the rafters in the United Center. Chicago already defeated the Lakers even if there was a questionable call late in the game that should have resulted in a Chicago turnover. MVP Derrick Rose played hero yet again and scored the winning basket with under 5 seconds to play.
How will teams hold up with games back to back or even 3 in a row? Early indication is not well at all. Chicago's second game was sloppy (20 turnovers) and resulted in a loss. The L.A. Lakers also turned in a lackluster performance sending the Lakers to 0-2 to start this season. The Mavs join the Lakers with a 0-2 record. The #1 overall pick in this year's draft has a debut to forget. Kyrie Irving led the Cavs' to an early loss. Irving was just 2-12 from the field and tallied a total of 6 points. On a positive note, Irving dished out 7 assists and only had 1 turnover.