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Posted By Sean Eckhardt On Mar 27 2012 @ 9:34 pm In Miami Heat | 1 Comment

The Miami Heat have lost two straight games by double-digits.  In fact, the team is only 8-6 since the All-Star Break, and the play of LeBron James has fallen dramatically.  Some fans are freaking out, while others are just of the mindset that nothing really matters until the NBA Playoffs start.  Of course, the middle of that spectrum is certainly a more sane place to reside, but regardless of what you might think, there are some real concerns that the Heat need to address if this team expects to end this season as NBA Champions.

LeBron James needs to find his heart.  Every player goes through slumps, but as his level of play has declined, Bron has looked lackadaisical and disinterested.  He has been turning the ball over way too much.  James had 6 TO’s in Monday night’s loss to Indiana.  Over the last five games, LeBron has only been shooting the ball at a 42% clip.  That’s a drop of over 10% compared to how he had been shooting this season.  During these struggles, his body language has not looked good.  Maybe he’s nursing his elbow, or even an injury that we don’t know about, but this LBJ looks frighteningly close to the LeBron we saw in the NBA Finals last year, or two years ago when he vanished against the Celtics in the Playoffs.  Miami doesn’t need him to be all-world, but they do need him to play with energy and intensity.

Chris Bosh needs to attack the glass with more consistency.  While his scoring is going to vary since he is playing alongside James and Wade, his rebounding should be better than it is.  There is no reason that he isn’t averaging around 10-12 rebs a night.  He is currently at 7.7RPG.  In general, Miami needs to get better with their big guys down low.  The acquisition of Ronny Turiaf might help in that regard.

Finally, Dwyane Wade needs to remain assertive in regards to being the leader of the team.  He is the only one that everybody in the locker room respects enough to make everybody, including LeBron, held accountable for their play.  DWade has the mental attitude that the entire roster should have.  He has that fire that you see in Kobe, and used to see in players like Jordan, Bird, and Magic.  Miami has a great opportunity to win a NBA Title this year, but they can’t just dismiss the team’s struggles on the road and expect to cruise to the title.  Unless they make up some ground, they will not have home-court advantage throughout the postseason.

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