It was ugly from the beginning.
And after going 2-4 on their West road trip, the Heat had 1 game at home against the Bucks before going on a 5-game East trip. And the Bucks had been in Miami longer than the Heat will be this week. They led by as many as 22 points in this one and the Bucks beat the Heat 91-79.
Miami could not score. Nothing was easy, the offense stunk, the defense was suspect and the energy was absent. Do you want more of a recap? Did you watch the game? Did you turn it off in the middle?
It's almost embarrassing to sit here and write this as I know you don't want to relive what just happened. This has become a thing for the Heat, losing to East teams at home, now they are 6-8 at home vs the East. This will cost them, and they will look back at poor performances like this.
OK...a little about the game. Hassan Whiteside was the one bright spot for the Heat if you could find one. He was on the glass, blocking shots and scoring. He was aggressive. he had 23 points and 18 rebounds. But that's where the positives end.
The Heat were without Goran Dragic, Beno Udrih, Josh McRoberts and Chris Andersen. And on top of that, Dwyane Wade had probably his worst game of the season -- he had 2 points and 5 turnovers and didn't play in the fourth quarter. Welcome to 34, Dwyane. The Bucks used their length, youth and defensive game plan to stop Miami. Wade was doubled every time he tried to do anything and they forced the Heat to use others to beat them. The others, you ask? Chris Bosh scored (23 points) but wasn't efficient. Everyone else? Non exisitent.
The Heat let the game get away from them late in the second quarter and went into halftime down 10. Then in the second half, it just went from in reach to a blowout and fans leaving early. The bucks took all 4 games from Miami last year, and now the Heat will also see them in Milwaukee at the end of their 5-game trip in 10 days.
Want to know how much Goran Dragic is missed? Wade, Justise Winslow, Tyler Johnson and Josh Richardson combined for 3-25 shooting. Add Gerald Green in there and it is 5-30 shooting. You can't win like that.
Khris Middleton led the Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo caused matchup problems. Greg Monroe was held in check, but Jabari Parker, Michael Carter-Williams, Jerryd Bayless, John Henson -- everyone had their punch at the Heat and they dominated Miami.
Things have to change. Games like this show the Heat's true weaknesses, and the Bucks exploited them over and over. This loss is hard knowing what they had just been through and what is ahead. And there is no time to sulk, the Heat play Wednesday in Washington.
Want a positive to end on? This did happen early...