Miami Heat: Is It LeBron’s Injury Or Something Else That’s Wrong With Miami?

January 16th, 2011 by Justin Eisenband Leave a reply »
The Miami Heat went without a win this week after winning 20 of its last 21 games. LeBron James sat out with an ankle injury the last two games, and now Chris Bosh may be out for a few games with an ankle injury.

Injuries could become a big issue for a Miami Heat team that relies so heavily upon its top talent. Obviously, without LeBron James, the Heat will be a weaker team; the question must be asked, however, is the Heat still an elite team without him?

Dwyane Wade did carry the Miami Heat to a fifth seed in the NBA playoffs with one of the weaker supporting casts in the league last season. Wade is still a top five player in the NBA, and can win games as an individual.

So maybe there is something else wrong in Miami over the last week?

One area in which the Heat is struggling is on the defensive end. The Heat has allowed 99 points or more in each of the last four games, including horrific defensive efforts against the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers, who scored 130 points and 111 points against the Heat, respectively.

As Erik Spoelstra has preached all season long, this Miami Heat team is built on defense. Stout ...

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