Just as every team does during the strenuous NBA regular season, the Miami Heat have slumped to 4-6 in their last 10 and their seems to be some interior drama stemming from their most recent loss, a 104-97 beating handed out by the Utah Jazz.
As Brian Windhorst breaks down the Heat’s struggles on ESPN’s Daily Dime:
Right now the Heat have some more prickly issues that go deeper than winning and losing. Not playing well in midseason is troubling, but not season-altering. The Heat are experiencing some internal issues, and it’s showing up in their attitude and their play. And it’s really showing up in the things they’re saying publicly, which makes you wonder what they’re saying privately.
But it gets worse, as Dwyane Wade chipped in:
“I don’t know, I just always stay ready,” Wade said curtly but not disrespectfully, much like he treated his disappearance from the offense in the loss in Indiana. “Coach makes the calls. I’m just a player.”
Wade’s body language said enough. Before the Heat left on this trip, Wade was asked if he missed the days of taking 20 to 25 shots a game. The days before James and Bosh and being relegated to the third option some nights. Wade’s response: “Every day.”
Wade is obviously frustrated, as his play continues to deteriorate, unable to handle the constant pounding his body has taken as a result of the style of play and strenuous seasons.
Across the board, Wade is averaging career-lows (apart from his rookie year) and the team has been inconsistent as the guard averages just 14 shot attempts per game.
It’s not as if the Heat are falling apart, though.
They still hold the top record in the East and seem to be far and away the best team from the conference.
But if Miami can’t fix their internal issues come playoff time, the stronger, more cohesive teams might just surprise them.