Image by: Keith Allison
By Thomas Stone
It has been an up and down year so far for the Miami Heat. Well, in the eyes of the defending NBA Champions it has been, anyway.
The Heat are 13-5 on the year, but are just 7-3 in their last 10 games. That is significant because the Heat dropped two games in a row for the first time all year last week. They lost by four to the lowly Washington Wizards and were dropped by 20 at the hands of the New York Knicks.
The Heat nation went into panic mode after those two losses with Heat All-Star forward LeBron James going so far as to state that there is a cloud over his team after those two losses.
They’ve Turned The Heat Back On
But things are seemingly getting back to normal after their 16-point victory over the Hornets of New Orleans on Saturday night. Those clouds should see a break as the Heat have games upcoming against the Wizards, Warriors, and Hawks, all winnable contests.
Outside of being eight games over .500, the Heat lead the Eastern Conference in scoring and rank third league-wide. They also play in a pretty weak conference as the Knicks and Hawks are the only teams showing early signs of a possible challenge to the Heat’s dominance.
Plus, this team has LeBron James, who was recently named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year, plus Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen. Not to mention that the Heat’s bench is as deep as an ocean.
That should be enough to spark confidence that the Heat are very capable of winning another title.