Wednesday, March 9, 2011

For Heat No Answers, Just Questions

March 9, 2011

After the Miami Heat's fifth straight loss Tuesday we can agree on one thing: We have no answers to this bizarre streak of losses, just plenty of questions to ask. From a distance it's difficult to find these answers we seek. Hell, from within the team it seems like they can't find the answers. Nonetheless they are questions that need to be raised in order for the Heat to get past this forgetful stretch of their season. Here are those questions:
  • 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?
And I'm sure we can go on and on. But finding solutions to the issues raised in these few questions will make the difference between failure and success for Miami this season.

With 18 games left to go and about six weeks left in the regular season, finding those answers is becoming a race against time. We must remember that just about everyone on this Heat roster made financial sacrifices, agreed to check their egos at the door and accepted new roles in order to win a title now, not a year or two down the road.

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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1 comment:

Michael Zayas said...

The answer is simple: The Heat need to step up their game...FOR COACH RILEY!!

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