Miami Heat Season Review: Is It Safe To Call the Heat an Elite Team?

January 1st, 2011 by John Friel Leave a reply »
The Utah Jazz? Slim Pickings. The New York Knicks twice? Two easy wins. The Los Angeles Lakers? So much for that competition. The Houston Rockets and their eight-game home winning streak? Have fun starting that again.

The Miami Heat have been on a tear over the past 30 days and following a 15-1 December where they set an NBA record for consecutive road wins in a calendar month with 10, it might be about time to begin to consider the Heat as championship contenders once again. With a much improved record against teams over .500 and a brand new mindset going into the new year, the Heat have become arguably the most dangerous team in the NBA.

Coming into December, the Heat appeared to be in dire straits as hit 9-8 and had lost four of their past five games. Two of the losses came against elite teams in Orlando and Dallas, but the other two were inexcusable defeats to Memphis and a 16-point home loss to Indiana. Ever since the Heat's 118-90 win at Cleveland, the team has had a sudden burst of confidence and ambition that they didn't have prior to December 2nd.

Miami was out of sync to say the least prior to their date with Cleveland. They appeared to ...

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