The Miami Heat dropped their third straight game (97-114) on Wednesday night when they paid a visit to the Washington Wizards at their Verizon Center. But the Heat fans who came to see them must have left the game feeling more confident about the franchise’s future and their chances of retaining the NBA Championship. That’s because their 7-foot center Greg Oden finally made his season debut in the game and not only did he come away unscathed, he played well in his cameo too.
Due to the absence of Chris Anderson, coach Erik Spoelstra gave Oden a chance to shine in the second quarter of the said game. Despite not having played in the NBA since December 2009, the man with the proverbial glass knees didn’t look rusty and immediately made an impact. Within minutes of his entry into the game, he grabbed an offensive rebound and dunked it in, showing the basketball world a glimpse of his unfulfilled potential.
The follow-up to his put-back dunk was important too, as he came down with a lot of force. It may have had the onlookers expecting the worst, but thankfully, nothing happened. No pain, no injuries, nothing.
All in all, the 25-year-old saw a little over eight minutes of action, during which time he had two rebounds and six points from a 2-3 shooting performance. Oh, and he nailed both of his free throws as well.
So do you think Oden will have a major say come Playoffs time?