I know that Miami Heat stories are an almost daily thing anymore but I can’t help it, it’s like gawking at a train wreck or driving by a car wreck, you just can’t help but notice. Honestly, the train wreck analogy is the best one to use when describing the current state of the Heat, who lost their fifth straight Tuesday night, this one a 105-96 affair to the Portland Trailblazers.
With this loss, Miami is officially in tailspin mode as they are getting dominated by teams with winning records. The impact of these losses, though not enough to keep them from making the playoffs, are starting to wear and tear on the star players and you can see the first signs of friction from the ‘Big Three’ being directed at the most likely source, Coach Eric Spoelstra.
"Hopefully guys can be aggressive and contribute more," Wade said. "There are guys on the bench that can help us, no question about it. That is all on coach. We’ve had guys like Eddie House help us win games and James Jones, etc. He’s going to have to decide whether or not people are on the floor."
While it’s easy to question the coaching of the team and point some blame at the lack of production from the role players, it would be remiss of me not to point out that one of the trio is not living up to his preseason hype. Chris Bosh has been a non factor this season and his latest performance against the Trailblazers is a perfect example of his current ineffectiveness. He went 3-11 and had just 7 points. That’s not getting it done and it’s not helping his team win and he knows it, taking a lot of the blame on himself after this latest loss.
Well, maybe not taking that much blame.
"It is common sense, we can talk about it, but I think it’s evident," Bosh said. "I just have to get it where I’m effective. I’m a big man. I can shoot the ball but I’m a big man. So I have to get it where big guys get it. Then I feel I can start helping out this team more."
Actually, I can’t say that he’s taking any real blame for his ineffectiveness, instead resorting to tired old excuses.
"I’ve got to get back in my comfort zone, I haven’t been in my comfort zone," Bosh said. "A lot of things are new for me. I just have to be more aggressive in demanding my [the ball] comfort zone, you know I’ll take the fault for that… I’m effective down in the low post area, so that is where I need to start getting the ball. I need to be assertive in demanding it."
Whatever his issue, Bosh needs to start pulling his weight and earning his contract or he may find himself the odd man out this offseason. As for the rest of the team, things don’t get any easier as they face the defending champs, the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday night in what could very easily be loss number 6.
Not that I’m counting.