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Heat Stroke: People watched Heat play

Posted on: October 27, 2010 2:50 pm
Edited on: October 27, 2010 3:14 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

For those of you that gripe about too much Miami Heat coverage, I'm with you. It can become a little nauseating. But people care. People watch. People are paying very close attention.

For example, last night's opening game against the Boston Celtics? Oh, it only drew 7.4 million viewers making it the highest-rated basketball game in cable TV history. The game it topped? Lakers-Bulls from 1996. Yeah, people care about this Heat team.

For a regular-season basketball game, that number is fairly huge. The NBA grabbed every casual sports fan and had them watching last night. I suspect we're going to have a season pretty much full of numbers like that. And to dethrone a game that featured M.J.'s greatest Bulls team vs. Magic Johnson in his final season is just wild.

For shame the Heat didn't perform that well though. The game ended up being a pretty good one, but I'm sure after the first quarter, casual hoops fans were thinking, "This is it? This is what everyone made such a big deal about?" If the NBA had its way, the game would've been back and forth for a full 48 with LeBron, Wade and Bosh all playing a major role in the game. Instead, viewers saw a 4-16 performance from Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh went 3-11 for eight points and there were 14 combined turnovers between Wade and LeBron. It wasn't exactly pretty.

But still, this Heat team is going to be huge. Especially once there are actual storylines to go with the games. Once there's a level of importance to who the Heat are playing and it's something other than just the first look at them, we're all going to be incredibly intrigued. I have a feeling that 7.4 number may be topped once or twice as we go on this year.
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Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2010 8:14 pm
 

Heat Stroke: People watched Heat play

 "This is it? This is what everyone made such a big deal about?" If the NBA had its way, the game would've been back and forth for a full 48 with LeBron, Wade and Bosh all playing a major role in the game. Instead, viewers saw a 4-16 performance from , went 3-11 for eight points and there were 14 combined turnovers between Wade and LeBron. It wasn't exactly pretty"  .............They have a term for the Heat's poor performance, it's called "Defense" and in case you hadn't noticed the Celtics have been pretty good at it during the KG era.



Since: Oct 10, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2010 6:51 pm
 

Heat Stroke: People watched Heat play




Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2010 6:30 pm
 

Heat Stroke: People watched Heat play

The headline should read: People Watched the Celtics Turn Down the Heat. Cool



Since: Oct 27, 2010
Posted on: October 27, 2010 5:21 pm
 

Heat Stroke: People watched Heat play

Unfortunately, no player on either the Heat or the Celtics can come even remotely close to Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson.  They don't make players like they used to.



Since: Jan 5, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2010 5:10 pm
 

Heat Stroke: People watched Heat play

I'm shocked that this was the "highest-rated basketball game in cable TV history". 

One thing I have to add is... I love the new rule of giving Technical Fouls to plays/coaches that whine, complain or provide hand gestures on foul calls.  Over the last several years, players would be complaining on every calls! 

I love the "No more whining rule"!



Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2010 4:27 pm
 

Heat Stroke: People watched Heat play

The NBA grabbed every casual sports fan and had them watching last night.

Wrong. Or wait - maybe I wasn't watching last night because I'm not a casual sports fan, I'm a serious one? Oh, who knows. Suffice it to say that not everyone cares.

And no, I'm not trolling. I am not here to be negative to an entire sport. But I read some of the stories, and I take notice when a writer says something as silly as that.



Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2010 3:50 pm
 

Heat Stroke: People watched Heat play

"And to dethrone a game that featured M.J.'s greatest team vs. Johnson in his final season is just wild."




And that's without even mentioning that, unlike the '90's, games can be watched online as well now, so I'm sure many more people who watched last night weren't even counted.

And then there are millions of people outside the U.S. who watched this game as well. I live in Europe and I know many people, just like myself, who watched the game.


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