Have The Miami Heat Gone Cold?
The short-term answer to the titular question is yes, indeed. When LeBron James announced that he would ‘take his talents to South Beach’ and join forces with Chris Bosh and Miami mainstay Dwayne Wade, they were supposed to be a super-team the likes of which had never been seen in the NBA. They even famously promised fans “not one, not two, not three, not four” championships.
Of course, it has become quite clear in the days, practices, and games that have taken place since then that no matter how stacked their team is, the Miami Heat are going to have to earn their victories on the court. After starting this abbreviated season off at a tear and leaving the rest of the league behind, the Heat have had the thermostat adjusted. They are now on a 3-game losing streak, after suffering overtime losses to the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers before losing to the Denver Nuggets.
So what’s wrong with the guys? First of all, against the Warriors, LeBron pulled another of his infamous disappearing acts. He looked like he had something on his mind and intentionally got rid of the ball so that he didn’t have to focus on what was right in front of him. He only had one point the entire fourth quarter.
In the next game, James couldn’t hit his free throws, three of which came in the last 78 seconds of the game. If he had hit one of them, the game never would’ve gone to overtime in the first place. After the opening tip in the extra period, the Big Three went 0 for 7, with the one field goal coming from Mario Chalmers.
With injuries plaguing D-Wade, a lack of toughness from Bosh, and the fact that King James just can’t get right, the Heat might end up in the same situation they found themselves in last season. The talent pool should have them near the top of the standings in the East, and they can probably make it to the Finals. However, if they can’t do the little things like hitting free throws and taking high percentage shots, they may not be able to make it through the Finals.