Monday, November 4th, 2013 at 11:55 am  |  20 responses

Miami Heat Blame Slow Start on Lack of Chemistry

by Marcel Mutoni / @ marcel_mutoni

Three years ago, when the Miami Heat were going through growing pains of a newly-formed superteam, people naturally overreacted. Now that they’ve silenced the critics with two consecutive NBA titles, their slow start in the chase of a three-peat hasn’t set off too many alarm bells.

Dwyane Wade and LeBron James admit that the squad is fighting through some early season malaise, and that they don’t quite yet have their chemistry figured out.

Per the Miami Herald:

Heat guard Dwyane Wade cited an analogy of a long-term relationship that has gotten stagnant. “If you’re in a relationship with a woman for a long time, you start getting comfortable. You stop doing the little things that you should do that you did in the beginning. That’s kind of it. We’ve been together for a while. We’ve gotten comfortable. We automatically think the guy’s going to be there when he’s not going to be there. We just didn’t communicate as much.”

Said LeBron James: “We’ve been together so long, you start to think maybe you can just go out and make it happen instead of talking through it. We got a handle on it [Sunday].” James said players and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra brought up the issue earlier Sunday. Spoelstra explained before Sunday’s game, “Connected basketball is doing it where all five guys are on the same page. Defensively, we know what we’re talking about. There are times in the last two games [losses to Philadelphia and Brooklyn] where we’ve played as well as we possibly can. Then there are other possessions where we are running into each other.”

The Heat reached .500 last night by snapping a two-game losing streak with a 103-93 victory against the visiting Washington Wizards.

They have plenty of time to sharpen their focus and get re-acquainted. Miami’s opponents also know that opportunities will present themselves, with the defending champs coasting whenever possible during the regular season, as they rest their weary minds and bodies for the Playoff wars that await them.

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  • JoeMaMa

    They’re the champs until they’re knocked out. And they have LeBron. I’m not about to light a candle for em.

  • spit hot fiyah

    let’s give them some time to find chemistry, it’s only their fourth year together

  • Enigmatic

    They need to consult someone with a Walter White level of chemistry knowledge if this is still an issue.

  • bike

    Unless this team goes something like 4-77, I don’t think there is anything to get to worked up about right now.

  • Lloyd

    Lack of chemistry? DWade and Lebron basically just admitted that they got lazy and complacent. They’ve got nothing to prove anymore and they’re not playing hungry.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    They are 4 games into an 82 game season. I am not ready to hang them on a crucifix yet.

  • smooth

    So, just like in a rocky relationship if things don’t work out you break up, right? LeBron is packing his things and moving back to Cleveland! you heard it here first.

  • berkamore

    Sample size is way too small. 30-40 games into it is the bare minimum to look for patterns. And the postseason is a different animal altogether anyway. As far as I am concerned, way to early to draw any kind of conclusion. (positive or negative)

  • 23

    Reading beyond the headlines might make you sound less stupid. Just a suggestion.

  • Dfrance

    Dwyane Wade isn’t really qualified to give relationship advice in my humble opinion.

    Spo and his endless book of sports cliches really annoy me.

  • RunNGun

    LOL Lack of chemistry and about to three-peat. Yup. I think I’ve heard it all.


    Commercial Syndrome.

  • theDankerNuggets

    Is anyone really that surprised that the defending back-to-back champs are having trouble getting motivated for early regular season games against teams like Philadelphia?

  • swill

    they annoy me too, but the guy’s a great coach, and not just since 2010.

  • berkamore


    the funny thing is, if you watch a couple of interviews closely, that s…t works. ROFL.

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Bad chemistry? get a new chemist, lol. Perhaps that’s what The Heat need to stay at the top… Wonder if any of those NBA guys are doing that BULLETPROOF EXECUTIVE thing with that wonder drug Modafinil that dude goes on about. It’s not %100 legal here, but easy to get on the net (so I’m told), so was wondering what you guys think, do ballers take it? Pros and non pros??

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Please. It’s not like LBJ needs anymore biblical references. I agree but

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Um. Anyone wanna talk about the Clipps offense and/or defence? Doc is the master at in game sets/maneuvering. Gotta say the Clipps O is off the charts too, are u kidding me? Awesome to have the NBA back.
    As Costanza would say ‘I’m back baby, I’m back’!

  • alldaygoldenstate

    Chris Bosh knows what he must do again to get the chemistry flowing within in the Heat locker room.

  • pposse

    i dont know but i been looking to get a prescription for that myself