As the Miami Heat have began the season with a mediocre 2-2 record, people have already started to question if the champs are struggling due to their lack of team chemistry.
But as any member of a team trying to fit some new pieces into the puzzle will tell you, creating team chemistry doesn’t happen overnight.
“We’re not in panic mode right now,” said Miami Heat forward LeBron James in an interview after Sunday’s win over the Washington Wizards. “The best thing about our team is (when) we see something that needs to be fixed, we fix it. We get right into it. We don’t let things linger too much.”
Although many NBA analysts enjoy critiquing the two-time defending champs, the truth is that both of their losses came by a combined score of five points, showing that they could have easily overcome their opponents if two or three more plays had gone their way. Another thing to keep in mind is that it’s an 82-game season, and I don’t really think you can determine where a team needs to improve after only four short games.
One thing the Heat do have to look forward to is that only four of their next 12 opponents made the playoffs last season, and truthfully their only test should come against the Los Angeles Clippers in a game they play at home.
“It’s just getting back into it — not taking what we have for granted,” James said.
At season’s end I expect the Heat to have 60+ wins and be riding a hot win streak into the playoffs as the No. 1 or No. 2 seed. Championship caliber teams don’t stay in slumps for long, and mark my words, the Heat will get it going by the end of this month at the very latest.