It is hard to take anything away from the impressive 25-game winning streak the Miami Heat are currently riding. But if there is anything that has concerned the fans as of late, it is definitely their slow starts.
Last night’s game against the Detroit Pistons started off the way most of Miami’s games do nowadays. The Heat looked lethargic and somewhat uninterested, letting their opponents get the best of them in the first quarter and even found themselves in a double-digit deficit in the first half. It is worth noting that the opposition was without two of their key players, and has been defeated nine games in a row.
Despite the slow start, most people who were watching the game shrugged and brushed off the double-digit lead as irrelevant. After all, in Miami’s last two games, they overcame 17- and 27-point deficits.
After the game, LeBron James stressed the fact that despite the slow starts, the Heat have finished games strong:
“It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. We would love to have a better start, but hey, we are a team that wears teams down throughout 48 minutes, the game is not won in 12 minutes. You have to beat us playing 48 minutes.”
Miami’s late-game production is almost faultless, and it is a thing of beauty to watch how the champions shut down their opponents defensively.
You can’t argue how well the Heat have performed in the clutch this season, but they are currently playing with fire. Regular season games are all about building good habits, and falling behind early on a consistent basis is certainly not one.
Vytis is a Miami Heat and NBA columnist for RantSports. You can follow him on Twitter here: @VytisLasaitis