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Heat hold team meeting after rocky start

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Hassan Whiteside is “very doubtful” for tomorrow’s game.

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The Miami Heat don’t want this season to start the same way the last one did.

Miami went 2-8 to start last season and won only 11 of their first 41 games. And the Heat have just dropped two home games, against the San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics, and fell to 2-3 on the season.

That’s why the Heat held a team meeting this morning to discuss their team struggles. Here are some quotes courtesy of the Palm Beach Post’s Anthony Chiang.

“We had our discussions this morning,” said forward James Johnson, who is one of the Heat’s three team captains along with Goran Dragic and Udonis Haslem. “We aired it out this morning. A lot of people took heat. I think it was the best thing for us to do, even more important than film. That’s what this culture is about, that’s what we’re about — staring guys in the eyes, telling guys the truth and that’s how you show you really love somebody.”

And then here is a quote from Justise Winslow.

“Guys were honest today,” Winslow said. “Just opening up and being vulnerable and letting it all out there, not holding anything in. It can go a long way in this league — that honesty and connection part.”

But if this meeting will help the Heat out of their skid, they’ll have to at least start off without Hassan Whiteside. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said that he is “very doubtful” for tomorrow’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.