The Miami Heat have started the season 4-7, a disappointing record after playing in the NBA Finals last season. Jimmy Butler has missed five of their first 11 games but this Miami team was supposed to be able to rely on their depth to carry them when players were out. So far this season, that hasn’t been the case.
David Ramil: There’s an overwhelming sense here, or at least a very strong debate amongst Heat fans, that it’s time to panic. I’ve seen a few people, even some media members, say it’s officially time to panic for the Heat. I’m not there yet… I don’t think a lot of people expected this team to achieve what they were able to accomplish last season, which is what led to the fluke talk in the first place.
So when you look at the first 11 games of this season, the fact that this team can’t catch anybody by surprise, then it might be time to panic because they’re not going to be playing the way that they did last year to start off. Meyers Leonard is not even playing, Kendrick Nunn’s not surprising anybody, we already know what to expect from Bam Adebayo, he’s not a particularly aggressive scorer… by and large, still looking to initiate the offense, and not having anybody who can really score as easily as we’ve already talked about.
So when you look at this Heat team, maybe they have a target on their back. I don’t think it’s quite like that. I think the nature of the bubble and everything else that’s happened, I don’t think anybody’s saying, ‘we’re penciling one in against Miami, we want to prove that we can beat the best team in the Eastern Conference.’ I don’t think it’s quite like that.