The Miami Heat have cooled off as late, losing five of their last six games. There’s certainly no reason to panic, but LeBron James was honest about it all, noting that how the team bounces back from this stretch could define the squad’s season. Via the Miami Herald:
The Heat (44-19) has lost five of its past six games and is 3-5 in March.
“A tough loss at home, and we just have to figure it out,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “It’s not the way this streak started. Sometimes, it just happens to you in this league where things turn and moment changes and you find yourself in a hole you feel like you can’t get out of. Obviously, we’ll be able to get out of it. When? We don’t know.”
Said James: “We’ve been here before. It has been a while, but we’ve been here before, and this moment will either define our season or end our season. … We always have one defining moment, and this is it right here for us.”
Before the game, Spoelstra emphasized to his players the need to substitute more freely in order to conserve energy, and the plan worked well early on. The Heat took a 30-20 lead after the first quarter, but, once again, the team was undone by turnovers.