After losing again over the weekend, the questions surrounding the Miami Heat ahead of the playoffs are growing as the team tries to stop a streak of seven losses in the last 11 games.
For a while Tuesday night, it looked like Miami Heat superstar LeBron James was going to make a run at Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 point game record. James cooled off in the second half but still led the Heat to a 100-96 victory over his former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.
LeBron James usually has his fun in June, when the Miami Heat have won NBA championships the last two years. Doesn’t mean he’s OK with losing in February. And he certainly won’t stand for his team getting picked on.
It’s tough to be out of the spotlight when you’re seven-feet tall, but Miami Heat center Greg Oden has been out of the basketball world for several years and he’s itching to get back on the court.
Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals had classic moments throughout the game from Kawhi Leonard posterizing Mike Miller to Miller hitting a three-point shot with just one shoe on. But much like Superman would lose the suit of Clark Kent to show his superpowers, Miami Heat superstar LeBron James lost his headband, and the rest is NBA Finals history.
At 6’11”, it’s hard for Miami Heat center Chris Bosh to not be seen, but his game had disappeared for much of the last two rounds of the playoffs, at least until Game 4 of the 2013 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs.
When Miami Heat team president Pat Riley constructed this year’s version of the Heat, critics pointed to the only perceived flaw the team had: no big man to keep the Heat competitive in the rebounding battle.
It’s becoming almost an annual occurrence, the Miami Heat are in the Eastern Conference Finals again. Since 2005, the Heat have played in five of the nine Eastern Conference Finals and won two championships.
The last time the Orlando Magic played the Miami Heat, the AmericanAirlines Arena held its breath as a last-second shot from LeBron James sealed the victory, 97-96. The Heat will face the same Orlando Magic team Monday night looking to extend the team’s winning streak to 27 games.
The Miami Heat blew a 20-point lead Wednesday night and went without a basket for nearly seven minutes at the end of the game against Orlando, but when the Heat needed him the most, LeBron James came through.