The flaws of the Miami Heat are beginning to play out like a catchy club song. No matter how much you want to ignore it, the repetitiveness eventually makes you acknowledge its existence.
Unfortunately for the fans of the team from South Beach, the Heat have been doing very little to accept that there even is an issue — at least in public.
“I’m not concerned about anything,” Dwyane Wade declared via ESPN. “Every year you go through losses on the road to teams, record-wise, that people don’t feel you should lose to. But you do, and it builds character.”
However, Miami doesn’t show that character unless they’re playing against elite teams. And no one seems to care. That is until they come out and drop a dud against heavyweights like the Oklahoma City Thunder because they weren’t building “winning habits” in games that should be guaranteed.
Instead they choose to play as if they aren’t used to being every organization’s personal NBA Final. And all the praise that they receive for moving the ball goes out the window. All for the love of the comfort of coming back.
“This was one of those wins we were looking for, where it is not necessarily going our way, where you find a way to dig and win ugly,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “And we weren’t able to do it.” (ESPN)
And there lies Miami’s season long problem. They play sluggish, like the goal is to see if they have what it takes to be resilient. But it’s not that simple by design and is certain to trip them up if things aren’t corrected by playoff time.
Richard Nurse is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @blackirishpr or add him to your network on Google.