Say something enough times and you’ll begin to believe it. Regarding this Heat team, few things have been said more frequently than this:
You may have even read it in this space.
Still, at this stage, the splints, sprains and statistics — a league-worst 75.3 points per 100 possessions — are starting to suggest otherwise. Miami doesn’t seem that far away from deep trouble.
Consider the cast that Erik Spoelstra put on the court with starter Chris Bosh for the first seven minutes of Tuesday’s second quarter: Udonis Haslem, Gerald Green, Justise Winslow and Josh Richardson. That group that allowed a 16-point lead against the Pistons to shrink to four before Spoelstra made mass substitutions.
“I thought our starters came out with the right mentality to start the game, and we just had an awful second quarter,” Dwyane Wade said. “They ended up getting the lead by the end of the half. From there it was just back and forth.”