Miami continues to blow hot and cold
” Our record probably disappoints people from the outside, but we feel that things are going in a better direction. A few days ago, Erik Spoelstra talked about the Heat, who have yet to turn positive this season.
His feelings are not the same today. On Monday night, his team missed a good opportunity to even the Grizzlies’ home record. The latter played “back” and was especially deprived of several owners (Ja Morant, Desmond Bane and Jaren Jackson Jr.). But the Floridians, despite having almost a full team, lacked the energy to win.
Last night, at home, they fared even worse against the penultimate conference lowly Pistons. The Heat, this time without Jimmy Butler, exploded for 69 points in the second half, and Cade Cunningham didn’t play the opposite. They were outscored 38-23, especially in the final quarter, a period that, as Tyler Herron pointed out after the game, has caused many problems for Miami since the beginning of the season. This is the team with the least points.
” We just didn’t play well. We were pretty solid defensively for three quarters, then we opened the floodgates in the fourth quarter. “, laments Erik Spoelstra before stopping at the next best player: ” Bojan Bogdanovic (note: 28 of 31 points in the second half) he delivered big blows, even challenged. But again, our defense in the fourth quarter was definitely not up to par. »
“The basketball gods must be mad at us”
A very heavy 20-point loss on arrival hurts morale. “ The basketball gods must be mad at us or something… “Try Bam Adebayo, one of the few Heat players who played with Tyler Herro in this game (21 points and 15 rebounds). It points the crooked finger to explain the counter-performance” every five changes. It’s hard for a lot of guys who go from starter to substitute to substitute to starter… playing 30 minutes or 5 minutes, they’re doing their best. »
The Heat have changed their starting lineup five to eight times this season, but that’s less than, say, the Grizzlies or the Pistons. And injuries, Miami already had, especially last year. “ Every year is different, you can’t compare with last year. It’s always early in the season. We know who we are, we have to keep our strengths “, showing Tyler Herron, who was the night’s leading scorer with 34 units.
Back adds: I think we are starting to feel pretty good. That feeling is certainly tied to the recent success on the court of the Celtics, arguably the best team in the league. But in the next two games, the Floridians failed to show the same intensity and level of effort.
” It shows how fast everything goes in this league.”Erik Spoelstra remembers. “Just five days ago we thought things were going in the right direction, then we had two substandard games. No one feels satisfied after the last 48 hours. Then again, just five days ago we were getting a very good away win. “It seems so far away today…
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