Dropping four of your last five games in the last few weeks of the NBA regular season is not a characteristic a title contending team should have, and yet the Miami Heat have dropped four crucial game against top tier opponents. This leads us to the question, what is wrong with the Heat?
A simple answer would be regular season fatigue. The Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have been to three straight NBA Finals together, plus have clocked more time on the court than any other trio over the last couple years. Fatigue is without a doubt a major factor.
The one other lingering issue for the Heat has been the lack of production off of their bench, and more importantly, the lack of production from the “other” members of the starting lineup. In the Heat’s last four losses, the combination of Shane Battier, Norris Cole, Mario Chalmers and Ray Allen have shot a combined 33.7 percent from the field. That is atrocious, by any standards, especially when you consider all of these players average well over 40-50 percent shooting this season.
The Heat have finished what is arguably their toughest stretch of the season, and are now attempting to focus on finishing out the remainder of it strong. Because fatigue has been such a factor, expect James, Wade and Bosh to sit out multiple games towards the end of the regular season, which means the Heat will most likely be losing more games. How the Heat perform in the playoffs will determine if resting their star players was worth it.