The Miami Heat are coming off back-to-back losses to some of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference, and both double-digit losses have many Heat fans upset at the lack of motivation from the two-time defending champs. Although their were intense moments throughout both losses to the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, the Heat, for the majority of the game, were very disjointed and out of rhythm. This could be the direct result of not having three of their five starters on the floor, but playing against two teams riddled with injuries, this is not a legitimate gripe.
This current Heat roster is in the midst of January doldrums. With the NBA playoffs still months away, and the state of the Eastern Conference being what it is, the Heat are just not finding the consistent motivation to play at a 100 percent every night.
With multiple players from the starting lineup and second unit consistently sitting out due to the rigorous minute management program the Heat training staff has initiated this season, the lineups that will most likely be used throughout the upcoming playoffs haven’t had time to develop true cohesion.
With the absurd amount of depth the Heat currently have on the roster, most teams would scoff at the notion at a team this talented not finding a way or motivation to win games on a nightly basis, and yet this has become a reoccurring theme for the Heat.
Erik Spoelstra and the training staff have made it known from the start of the season that health was their No. 1 priority, and this is a big reason why Dwyane Wade has already missed nine games this season. This program is also a huge reason why Wade is having one of the best seasons of his career, while playing a career low in minutes per game.
Heat fans don’t need to worry about the current state of the two-time defending champs. They are currently two games ahead of where they were last season at this point, and are deeper this season in terms of depth, plus healthier as a whole.
The journey to a fourth consecutive NBA Finals has been extremely taxing on this veteran group mentally and physically, and yet they have won crucial games against quality opponents, and the majority of their losses this season have been against teams well below .500, teams they most likely won’t face in the playoffs.
Although their upcoming schedule isn’t as easy as it was last season, the time they went on their historic 27-game winning streak, Heat fans should be excited at the possibility of finally having a completely healthy roster heading into the playoffs.
Jared Doyle is a Miami Heat writer for RantSports.com.
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