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Miami Heat Fooling Themselves by Waiting to Flip Switch Against Lesser Teams
The Miami Heat enter the 2013 portion of the schedule with a 21-8 record, tops in the Eastern Conference, yet constantly playing down to their opponents has robbed them of a few wins here and there.
Of Miami’s eight losses, five of them were legitimate playoff teams giving them the old one-two punch. Three of them were a result of their rope-a-dope defense failing to take down the dope.
Specifically, we’re talking about losses to the Washington Wizards, Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks.
Their initial ugly loss of the season was the infamous drop to the Wizards. That game included a lot of letting guys take open shots, slow transition defense and just a game full of shrugging shoulders.
They tried to turn it on late, but the three-pointers that normally fall, didn’t.
In the end, it was a regular-season loss that ended up minimally impacting their position in the Eastern Conference.
The next was a loss to the Detroit Pistons, a 10-point loss that started with them playing great defense, but that lasted all of one quarter.
Miami gave up 92 points over the course of the final three quarters after their offense seemed to be clicking so well.
Once again, just another loss in December. It’s really no big deal in the grand scheme of things.
BY JESSE DORSEY