The Heat are playing their worst ball of the season, losing 7 of their past 11 games. During that stretch, the Heat have lost three games to teams that are not going to make the playoffs. After the Heat’s loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, both James and Bosh were very vocal in their postgame interviews.
Bosh, who is normally mild mannered, said “We’re going to have to draw the line in the sand somewhere. We don’t talk about it. We’re not expressing ourselves in the locker room or on the court. So I figure I’ll be the first one to say it. We suck. And if we don’t play better, we’ll be watching the championship at home.”
While James said, “It’s too many excuses; everything is an excuse. We do something wrong, it’s an excuse. We don’t get a stop, it’s an excuse. We turn the ball over, it’s an excuse. What we’re doing right now ain’t good enough…Guys who are on the floor need to produce. It’s that simple. It’s very frustrating. We’re all frustrated. We just got to all get on the same page. I don’t know what we’re going to do, but we’ve got to figure it out.”
In last night’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Bosh and James backed up what they had to say to the media. James scored 32 points and made the game-winning layup to put Miami up by two points with about 11 seconds left. Bosh had the defensive play of the game by blocking Damian Lillard’s layup on the final play to hold off the Trail Blazers for the 93-91 win. Bosh finished with 15 points as well to cap off his 30th birthday. The Heat were also without Dwyane Wade for the second straight game due to a tweaked ankle he suffered last week.
It’s obvious the players are fed up with this recent slide and the Heat need to take control of their season as the playoffs are around the corner. James finally looked like the best player in the world again last night and the Heat’s defense stepped up when needed. To get back to their winning ways, the Heat have to start playing championship defense like they did against the Trail Blazers and let the offense come to them.
Now the Heat have a big game against the Indiana Pacers coming up on Wednesday night. The Heat can climb within one game of the Pacers with a win on Wednesday. The Pacers have also been on a recent slide, so maybe whoever wins this game can get their season back on track. So since the Heat don’t want any type of excuses, I agree with Bosh, right now the Miami Heat “suck.”