Heat vs. Pacers: Dissension in Miami Sign of Impending Implosion

May 19th, 2012 by Gary Davenport Leave a reply »
After the Miami Heat defeated the Indiana Pacers 95-86 in Game 1 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series, many pundits already began penciling in the Heat as one of the teams that would be advancing to the Eastern Conference finals.

Now after two straight losses, the loss of power forward Chris Bosh for at least the remainder of the series and a courtside confrontation between the team's coach and star player, the Heat appear to be teetering on the verge of a full-blown meltdown, leaving those same pundits scrambling for their erasers.

The low point of the series to this point for the Heat likely came in the third quarter of Miami's 94-75 beatdown at the hands of the Pacers in Game 3, a quarter in which the Heat, who feature two of the game's best players in Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, scored all of 12 points.

Wade, who has struggled though a mediocre postseason (by his standards) while battling nagging injuries, shot only 2-of-13 from the floor in the game and then went absolutely ballistic on head coach Erik Spoelstra, hurling obscenities at the coach before being pulled away by teammates.

The team cance ...

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