LeBron James: Why Miami Heat Must Embrace Their Identity As the Villain

November 23rd, 2010 by Justin Eisenband Leave a reply »
It's no secret. The Miami Heat are in trouble. The Orlando Magic know this and will be prepared on Wednesday night.

At 8-6, the Heat are by no means in bad shape, but compared to expert predictions of 70 plus wins, Miami has been most definitely disappointing this season. Dwyane Wade is banged up. Chris Bosh has taken time to adjust to playing with new, better teammates. LeBron James, well, he just looks like he can't make a decision sometimes. Udonis Haslem will be cheering from the bench until at least February.

Every team that Miami has played has circled them on the schedule. Evidently, Memphis and Indiana were better prepared than the Heat. The Grizzlies and the Pacers came into those games with the intention to embarrass Miami, and by simply beating them, whether through blowout or on a last shot, they accomplished their goal.

With the exception the Lakers and the Celtics, Miami came into this season that they would roll through every opponent they faced. The failure to dominate as they and the commentators suggested they would has put the Heat into a bind. Despite being only two games back of first place in the East, the Heat have not live ...

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