*Reality is spoiling the Miami Heat’s season of good intentions.
They aren’t bullies and don’t want you to hate them, even if they’ve pretended like they do. Dwyane Wade isn’t comfortable playing with LeBron James, even if they’ve both tried hard to eliminate egos and to figure it out. Chris Bosh thought he’d be applauded for taking less of a role, even if it has come off looking like he fades into the background.
Things simply aren’t going as planned for the Heat, their 87-86 loss to the Chicago Bulls being the latest example. The Heat aren’t just on a losing streak, they’re on a backfiring streak.
Coach Erik Spoelstra is the man in the crosshairs, because when teams underachieve it is the default reaction the blame the coach, whether it makes sense or not. After the game, he tossed in a detail he may regret about the Heat’s troubles.
“This is painful for every single one of us to go through this,” he said. “There are couple of guys crying in the locker room right now. It is not a matter of want.”
Spoelstra wanted to illustrate how vested his team was in getting things turned around. Instead it came off as a referendum on the club’s collective manhood. Just another near miss with consequences for a team that’s been dealing with this for months.
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