LeBron started the home opener with a bang by throwing down a windmill early in the first quarter and didn't let off the gas after that. Although he looked to run in transition early and often, he practically disqualified Marquis Daniels and Sasha Pavlovic merely by fighting for position on the block and drawing whistles. LeBron's efficiency is sky-high to begin the season.
Wade showed why he's the best shot-blocking shooting guard of all-time. His instincts, strength and lift are unparalleled at the position, and the package was certainly on display in the home opener. Like LeBron, Wade is scoring efficiently inside the 3-point arc by attacking relentlessly. The rebounding column was noticeably bare, but the Heat will take it.
Bosh picked up where he left off when he outplayed Kevin Garnett in the Eastern Conference semifinals. He met his goal of double-digit rebounds this time around and played with more aggressiveness than on Sunday -- sometimes too aggressive. He sometimes tries to impersonate Lamar Odom by flexing his ball-handling skills, but Odom he is not. A solid bounce back.
He certainly doesn't play like a rookie. Spoelstra was on the Cole train in this game with good reason: Cole played like a savvy veteran down the stretch. The kid displayed little hesitation and demonstrated his fearlessness with two enormous shots in the final two minutes of the game. Mario Chalmers can't be confident about his starting gig.
Shorthanded and looking short of breath, the Celtics were playing from behind the whole game, but they didn't go down without a fight. Without Paul Pierce, the Celtics' offense found some relief from Keyon Dooling and Brandon Bass off the bench, but they desperately needed Kevin Garnett to step up (he didn't). They should feel encouraged in this one considering the circumstances.