The Miami Heat have absolutely been rolling over the last few weeks of the 2013-14 NBA season. After a surprisingly ho-hum 4-3 start to the season, the Heat had reeled off 10 consecutive victories dating back to Nov. 12 as they welcomed the Detroit Pistons to Florida on Tuesday night.
However, the Pistons came into the contest firing on all cylinders and looking much like the team that many thought they could be after adding Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings this offseason. They put up 107 points on Miami with seven players reaching double figures while shooting 51.3 percent from the field and 43.8 percent as a team.
Moreover, the Pistons were able to play fantastic defense on the Heat. Detroit forced Miami into 19 turnovers on the night and held them to just 43.9 percent shooting from the field and 32.1 percent shooting from long-range.
If you’re looking at the Heat after this game, there might be some initial worries about what this performance means as they were effectively handled on both ends of the floor. However, when you look at the grand scheme of things, this game seems to simply just be an anomaly and an outlier in the big picture.
For starters, the Heat were without Dwyane Wade on the night. Sure, that still leaves them LeBron James and Chris Bosh, but not having Wade, who’s been big for them this year, is a pretty big blow. Moreover, this is still a top-six team in terms of defensive efficiency and the second-best team in the league in terms of offensive efficiency. One poor outing doesn’t negate all of the work that they’ve done this far.
In essence, Tuesday night’s loss was simply an ending to a winning streak that came when the Heat were short-handed, not necessarily on their A-game, and playing against a Pistons team that was clicking. If you see it that way, there’s really nothing to worry about for Miami looking forward. In the end, the Heat are still really good at this whole basketball thing and still sit at 14-4.