The Miami Heat, without LeBron James mind you, lost to the lowly Boston Celtics on Wednesday night, 101-96. The Heat have now gone 5-6 in the month of March and are four losses higher than their total amount from last season (66-16) with 16 games still remaining this season. Couple that with the recent string of awful games from the Heat’s once dominant second unit, and you’ve got a team that ordinarily would be hitting the panic button. But this is the Heat, and that panic shouldn’t set in just yet.
Outside of the Heat’s subpar performances in the month of March, they are still the fourth best team in the league and are only 4.5 games back of the top seed. What truly matters is their reach for the No. 1 seed in the East, where they are just three games behind the Indiana Pacers. With two remaining games against the Pacers on the schedule, the No. 1 seed is most definitely still up for grabs.
The Heat have 16 games remaining on their schedule, and only six of those games are against teams under .500. Nine of the Heat’s 20 losses this season have been against sub .500 teams, so the fact the Heat are finishing the season against stronger competition leans in their favor. The Heat fanatics and the organization have no need to panic just yet. If this inconsistent play lingers into the playoffs, then that is a different story. Until then, the Heat have these last 16 games to develop the championship caliber playing rhythm they have yet to attain this season.