7 Looming Problems for the Miami Heat
The Miami Heat aren’t quite as invincible as they were last year or the year before. While the defending champions are certainly on track to mount a strong defense of the title, there’s cracks showing in their armor. This time last year, Miami was in the middle of a historic winning streak, and the team was figuring out ways to keep itself amused as it rolled over team after team.
This year, they’re slipping. And everyone knows it. Grantland’s Zach Lowe has talked about it. “We’ve never played this poorly at this point in the season before, this is unchartered territory for us,” media-favorite Shane Battier told ESPN.”I’d like to think this will forge us and make us better for the stretch run. But we have to make it happen. We just can’t hope that things will turn around.”
The Heat don’t need to worry about missing the playoffs. They’re the second seed right now and sit 8.5 games in front of the third seed Toronto Raptors. With sixteen games left on its schedule, Miami’s yawning and stretching and waiting for the post-season to start. But three seasons into the Post-Decision Heat, some of these things are set to make a fourth straight Finals appearance the hardest one yet.