Just ask Dwyane Wade. Miami sucked, choked, and gargled against Orlando on Thursday night. Wade’s comments really exemplified the body language that he and Lebron were giving off during the post game press conference. For the first time this year, both players looked pissed. That is probably a good thing. There were no smiles or comments about how they are all getting used to each other. Instead, Wade talked a little about how this team continues to lose close games and you could see the frustration in his face. The Heat collapsed tonight. Period.
The Heat were up by 24 with about 8 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter when Orlando began to rally. Miami’s defense against the 3-pointer was horrible. The Magic were 16 for 29 from behind the arc. Those points accounted for nearly half of their 99 total and players like Jason Richardson torched Miami. Wearing the number LeBron used to wear, 23, Richardson scored 24 points, including hitting 6 of 8 from downtown. The bottom line on this game is simple; the Miami Heat should not have lost. It does not matter how well the Magic played in the second half.
The Heat have to figure out how to close out games. The first thought might be to stop having James try to close out games. He is a phenomenal talent, but Wade seems a whole lot more comfortable in late game situations, and lately, Dwyane hasn’t even had a chance to touch the ball in those spots. It seems like Wade and Spoelstra are really trying to push it to James and it is costing them games. No rhyme intended. Watching the game tonight, I couldn’t help but wonder if the Heat are front-runners. When on the break or ahead, the combination of LeBron and D3 is lethal, but at the end of close games it seems like everyone struggles to decide who should have the ball. Note to Spoe; be like Riley and give it to Wade. He is your leader. He is your team.
About the Author
Written by Sean Eckhardt
Univ of Alabama alumni. Born and raised outside Chicago, IL. Currently live in Florida. Some of my favorite teams include the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Heat, and the Florida Panthers. My interests outside of sports include music, outdoor activities, and anything with a motor(cars, bikes, boats, etc...).