Without Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat are Playing Themselves into the Lottery

February 28th, 2010 by Michael Pinto Leave a reply »
The Miami Heat have lost their last three games without Dwyane Wade, and a team that was expected to be improved over last year is lost without their perennial All-Star. The talent beyond Wade has been exposed for what it is: noncompetitive.

A 94-71 loss at home on Saturday to the Milwaukee Bucks was nothing short of an embarrassment. Both Heat owner Micky Arison and president Pat Riley exited well before the fourth quarter buzzer, and avoided the final round of boos.

On Feb 17. Wade left a game against the New Jersey Nets after just over eight minutes with a sprained quad. The Heat were able to hang on for an 87-84 victory, and two days later won an impressive double-overtime game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Things were looking up after seeing Michael Beasley drop a career-high 30 points. But since then the Heat haven't shown much of a fight. The team appears to be crumbling without No. 3 and the losses are getting worse—97-91 in Dallas and 91-88 to Minnesota before dropping Saturday's contest.  

With or without Dwyane Wade, a team featuring Jermaine O'Neal and Beasley should be better than it's been, losses like Saturdays can't ...

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