Sometimes you step out in front of the bright lights and just get outplayed, but last night’s 17-point loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder was not one of those times. Dare I say it was nothing more than the Miami Heat blessing us with a typical performance.
No, not the one where they spot teams 20 points then try to come back before the clock strikes triple zeros in the fourth quarter. They were actually up by 18. That means that the Heat were showing their other gift — the lack of killer instinct.
Ever since the Big Three era began, the team has become known for going up 10-plus points and getting comfortable. It’s as if they take no pride in blowing teams out. Granted, the big lead came early but there is really no excuse for the way their 21 turnovers led to a 35-point turnaround and easy Oklahoma City bucket after bucket.
“We did not help ourselves,” coach Erik Spoelstra said via the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “We’ve taken care of the ball better in years past.”
But yesterday the team played out of sync and dropped every pass as if they were playing with Joel Anthony’s hands. And even worse, they allowed their lack of rotations to leave Jeremy Lamb and Derek Fisher comfortable behind the line for nine of the Thunder’s 16 threes.
To be honest, the Heat’s play has been atrocious all season. Still, everyone points out that they are ahead of last year’s pace. But do they really expect Miami to win another 27 in a row?