The Miami Heat seemed like they were on the verge of putting together a winning streak. They had won two in a row, the second of which was a convincing win in Chicago that featured an explosive performance by Hassan Whiteside. The Heat center has literally come out of nowhere and made Miami a force down low for the first time since Alonzo Mourning left years ago. On Sunday against the Bulls he blocked a franchise record 12 shots. TWELVE. However, against the Bucks on Tuesday night he came back to earth. The young center did record a double-double with 16 pts and 16 rebs, but many of those came at the end when the game had slipped away. Miami lost the game 109-102, but more importantly they lost Dwyane Wade to a “strained hamstring” just after halftime.
Injuries have been the one area where the Heat have shown consistency this season. For all of the talk of the loss of LeBron, the games that other guys have missed have done even more damage to this team and their record. Wade is always in danger of going down to injury, but other guys like Chris Bosh, Birdman and Luol Deng(both out for this game) have missed significant time already this season. Not too mention new acquisition Josh McRoberts out for the season. Even Whiteside has spent time out due to injury. Every team in the NBA has to deal with guys getting hurt, Miami has just managed to have almost every single guy out of the line-up at some point.
All that being said, nobody is going to have any sympathy for the Heat. In fact there are plenty of people outside of South Florida who are enjoying the struggles of this Miami team, as if it’s some sort of penance to atone for the sins of the last four seasons. So while the Heat can’t worry about what everybody on the outside thinks, they had better concern themselves with getting Wade over this hobbled hamstring issue. Because as was shown tonight, this team’s hopes are crippled without Wade in the line-up.
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...).