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Should the Miami Heat eliminate shootarounds on game days?

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The pattern of costly second-half meltdowns has plagued the Miami Heat this season.

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The Miami Heat traditionally have shootarounds on gamedays.

That routine may contribute to the general issue of player fatigue in the second half of games this season.

Stretching and loosening exercises might help, but full-fledged running and shooting routines is almost like playing two games in the same day.

The player’s bodies don’t know whether they are depleting energy reserves before or during a game: a calorie is a calorie.

The figures for this season show the Heat go from winning to losing games as the players gradually run out of gas because of their intense efforts on defense.

Playoff team in first half, lottery team in second

The net points games show a consistent drop in production from the first quarter to the last.

  • Entire game: -20 points (15th)
  • 1st quarter: +40 points (12th)
  • 2nd quarter: 0 points (16th)
  • 3rd quarter: -13 points (20th)
  • 4th quarter: -47 points (22nd)

Standing 15th among all NBA teams in +/- defines Miami as the poster child of mediocrity.

During the first quarters, while they’re fresh, the Heat performed like a playoff team because they outscored teams by a total of 40 points.

In the fourth quarter Miami played like a lottery team (22nd), as painfully shown in some tough losses recently.

That trend also happened during the playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers last season, when Miami built up first-half leads, only to lose all but one game in the second half.

Tired, fatigued players lose that extra step going for a rebound, or the energy to finish at the rim to close out games at the end.

To paraphrase an old saying, “The mind is willing, but the body becomes tired in the last quarter.”

The morning shootaround continues to drain the energy out of the Heat players during the second game of their defacto doubleheader on gamedays.

The player’s bodies need time to rejuvenate themselves before a game to build up the needed reservoir of energy for the real games later on.