It was another disappointing outing for the Miami Heat when they hosted the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night. After winning back-to-back games, there was a glimmer of hope that they were putting things together. And with Orlando just a few games ahead of them in the standings, this was an important win against an East team they should be able to beat.
And through two quarters, the Heat were right were they needed to be. And then it happened.
I don’t know if they didn’t expect it, but the third quarter started.
And Miami again collapsed.
With a four point halftime lead, the Heat were outscored 30-12 in the third quarter and they could never close the gap against the Magic. In fact the entire second half was a struggle for the Miami Heat to score.
It was just a combination of a very poor shooting night, and the reality that they Heat have to work so very hard to get a quality shot most of the time. And that became taxing to them, especially without Goran Dragic, the Heat just struggle to get offensive fluency.
The ball stopped moving like it was earlier, and the cuts and precision slowly went away. The Magic played harder is one blunt way to say it. That’s not accurate of everyone on the Heat (Bam Adebayo is playing his heart out).
40 points in the second half for Miami. 42% shooting for the game, and Miami was led in scoring by Justise Winslow with only 14 points.
Josh Richardson? 2-14 from the field and 6 points. You can’t do that and be a leader of a team. He’s not ready. The Magic won the game 105-90. The Heat came within 6 points in the fourth, but Orlando never let them closer.
I don’t know what else to say about this than this is becoming who they are. One night things are great, next night they are bad. And at 9-14, it’s more than a sample size. The Heat are stuck. And now, they head out for a six game west coast road trip.
And the last thing we saw? Hassan Whiteside gets up with about 40 seconds left in the game from bench and starts walking to the locker room by himself. He didn’t play the fourth quarter and had 12 points.
That’s all, folks.