- What will it take for Miami's bench to effectively produce on the offensive end, especially when they are receiving plenty of open looks?
- Will this team learn to avoid simple mistakes, such as carelessly turning the ball over and committing silly fouls, during key stretches of the game?
- Will the defense learn to avoid over-committing and packing the paint as often as it does (which leaves opposing players with open shots)?
- Who will be willing to confront and challenge players and coaches when the game is on the line?
- Will the team find its identity on offense and establish a half-court offense in time for the playoffs?
It's safe to say that they want to win it all, but it's not about that. It's about putting together the pieces to this overly complex, highly scrutinized puzzle.
While doom and gloom reigns over South Beach right now, sports is a wild animal whose moves cannot be predicted - even when you think you've got it all figured out.
With the Heat being an animal of its own backed into a cold corner, it's time to see whether they will fight for their pride or submit to the immense pressure.
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- "Miami Heat's recent losses troubling, but hardly conclusive" by The Miami Herald's Dan LeBatard
- "Tuesday Hotness" by ESPN.com writer Tom Haberstroh
- "Ask Ira!" by Ira Windeman