Q: All Heat video games this yr have been gut-wrenching. I do imagine that opponents lick their chops when they’re going to play the Heat. Because they know Miami is not going to blow them out and subsequently they’ll have an opportunity to win. They know the Heat doesn’t have that fourth-quarter shutdown protection anymore. They know that the Miami Heat will make errors and switch the ball over. They know they’ll get many second-chance factors and get extra factors within the paint than the Heat, in addition to make extra 3-pointers. But in addition they know they simply would possibly lose, as is what occurred to the Utah Jazz tonight. – Roland, Borrego Springs, Calif.
A: Honestly, it’s as if all Heat video games needs to be taken in from a dentist’s chair, as a result of it very a lot appears like pulling enamel, win or lose. Think about it, the Heat have performed 70 video games and 50 (50!) have been outlined by the NBA as clutch video games (video games inside 5 or fewer factors at any level within the final 5 minutes). Allow that to marinate. They solely have performed 20 video games this season that haven’t been clutch video games. This isn’t a season, it’s a Stephen King novel. The Heat ought to have an in-house pharmacy at Miami-Dade Arena. And if not medicine to calm the nerves, then novocaine to numb the discomfort.
Q: Bam Adebayo is again to second-team all protection with that play on the finish towards the Jazz.. A couple of extra performs like that possibly he can climb again to first workforce. – Swann.
A: And but all of us can agree it by no means ought to have come right down to that. There have been approach too many empty possessions previous to that second.
Q: Ira, Some of the “bad” groups aren’t that far behind us in expertise. We have one nice participant, one good participant and one inconsistent participant. The remainder of our gamers have proven they aren’t something particular. Those “bad” groups like Orlando are typically extra athletic than us.. Some of those groups have been including lottery picks or excessive first spherical picks for a couple of years. Their expertise is catching as much as us. Rich, Plantation.
A: And that already is a matter. The Heat aren’t athletic. The competitors is. And that makes it more durable to win by precision. The slightest misstep, of which we have now seen loads this season, leaves the Heat at a determined deficit.