“The Miami Heat are exactly what everyone wanted — losing games. The world is a better place now since the Heat is losing.” — Dwyane Wade, following Miami’s latest collapse.
Yes, Dwyane! LeBron and his sad-sap buddy were hung with another last-second loss yesterday afternoon, 87-86 to the Bulls — the third time in three meetings the Heat has lost to Chicago, and Miami’s fourth straight loss overall. Down one on the final possession, James’ layup in traffic drew backboard and Wade’s 18-foot corner jumper off the rebound rimmed out, making the Heat now 1-of-18 from the field in the final seconds of ties or one-point games this season, including 1-of-12 from the big two alone. Miami is also now 5-13 in games decided by five points or less.
This one took an even more hilarious turn following the game, when coach Erik Spoelstra announced in his press conference that “there are a couple of guys crying in the locker room right now”. Well, I guess that’s not all that unexpected, given Chris Bosh broke down last Thursday following a 24-point blown lead in a loss to Orlando, and he also burst out in tears after getting locked in a hot car while clubbing with James and Wade earlier in the week. Sad, sad stuff all-around in Miami.
Of course, credit yesterday should also be given where it’s due — Chicago came up big again, getting 27 points from Derrick Rose to close its five-game road swing with a 4-1 record, including an 89-81 win in Orlando on Friday to sweep through Florida. At 43-18, the Bulls are now second in the East to Boston and a game ahead of the Heat with two less in the loss column.