Go ahead Miami fans, continue to believe that the Heat will just be able to turn it on once the NBA Playoffs begin. After losing to the Celtics 115-107 Tuesday night in South Florida, it is very apparent that this team is now struggling both on the road, and at home, where until recently they had been unbeatable. The Heat’s difficulties away from South Beach have been well documented, and they have only been 5-7 on the road since the All-Star Break. Now however, Miami has lost two of it’s last three at home.
The Boston Celtics are too old to make any serious noise in the Eastern Conference this year. That has been the prevailing thought in Miami and other cities around the NBA this season. In fact, earlier in the year, people were talking about GM Danny Ainge mailing it in since he was entertaining the thought of trading a guy like Rajon Rondo. Now it appears that Boston can be very dangerous to teams like Miami in the postseason. They have two things that still give the Heat trouble; strong perimeter shooting, and size inside. Trading away “Big Baby” Davis for Brandon Bass now looks like an excellent move. Yes, if Miami thinks that they are going to knock off Boston just because of last years 4-1 Playoff series win, they had better think again.
At this point in the season, my general problem with the Heat, and especially LeBron James, is attitude. His numbers have always been and will always be great, but when he talks to the media, after losing to a rival for the second straight time and tries to stay positive about the effort, it’s irritating. Sure, the Celtics played incredibly well. They shot almost 61% from the field and put up 115 points. 115. Miami is supposed to be a defensive minded team. For that matter, so is Boston. Those are numbers you just can’t give up and expect to win. Of course, the Heat can’t expect to win when Bron goes for more points(36) than Wade and Bosh combined(33).
More good news for Miami, they get to travel to Chicago Thursday night to take on the Bulls, the current #1 seed in the East. I suggested a couple of weeks ago that maybe Eric Spoelstra should sit down the “Big 3″. Not sure that that is the answer, but it couldn’t hurt. Miami is just about locked in the the #2 seed in the East, and they just haven’t played consistently since the break. And remember, this team is Championship or bust, so why not let your guys rest for a game or two. Then they can sit on the bench and watch the game from a different perspective.
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...).