Miami Heat: 10 Lineup and Rotation Tweaks To Make Them Championship Contenders

December 8th, 2010 by John Friel Leave a reply »
It was nearly a week and a half ago that the Miami Heat were already being considered one of the biggest busts of all time. They fell to 1-7 against teams with records above .500 following a 106-95 loss on the road to the Dallas Mavericks and were 9-8 overall, a record that was much different than the 15-2 or 16-1 that most people expected through the first 17 games of the season. Not only that, but LeBron James bump into Erik Spoelstra displayed some hostility and frustration that was felt by the players and the organization.

Since that loss and a players only meeting held immediately after, the Heat have reeled off five consecutive wins with each win coming by double digits. Their most impressive win being the 118-90 beatdown they gave to the Cleveland Cavaliers which was LeBron's first return home since leaving the team in July. Only one of the wins however was against a team with a record above .500 and that was the Atlanta Hawks who were playing without All-Star Joe Johnson.

Nevertheless, the Heat have utilized this easy stretch to their advantage as the wins have given them a boost of confidence while allowing the team to build up a chemistry that had ...

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