The Miami Heat’s 36-21 overall record for the season somewhat hides the fact that they are just 12-12 so far in 2020 and have been losing games to lesser opponents, a trend that just recently felt like it was firmly behind them in the rearview mirror.
Tough road games against the likes of the L.A. Clippers and Utah Jazz are one thing, but the Heat have also lost to teams like the New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks, and now the Cleveland Cavaliers. The team has clearly missed the contributions of injured players Tyler Herro and Meyers Leonard, but they also gained two quality reserves in Andre Iguodala and Jae Crowder — though it doesn’t seem to have immediately improved their overall defense.
But the schedule is more favorable for the Heat now, with a by-all-means-necessary home win against the lowly Cavs on Saturday behind them followed by one of their worse losses of season in Cleveland last night. Now they return home for five games, which is where you, dear Heat fan, come in.
Their first opponent in this homestead that begins on Wednesday are the Minnesota Timberwolves, who have won just once in their last 18 games. They traded Andrew Wiggins to the Golden State Warriors and received D’Angelo Russell, but Karl-Anthony Towns, their leading scorer and rebounder, is out with a fractured left wrist. Coupled with the task at hand for coach Ryan Saunders trying to integrate several new players after the trade deadline, it’s going to look tough to beat a team that has lost just three times this season at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Heat clearly like to play there, and they’ll want your unwavering support and loudest cheers to kickoff their homestand in a positive direction. Tough games await against the Dallas Mavericks and the Milwaukee Bucks, but first things first — the Miami Heat need to take care of business with the Timberwolves on Wednesday and tickets are still available.
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