There is no individual to truly put the blame on for last night’s latest disaster for the Miami Heat. Coach Erik Spoelstra and nearly every player that was on the floor in the final seconds of the fourth quarter and entire overtime period, did something detrimental in the Heat’s 116-114 loss.
Perhaps, you could pin the loss on the inept free throw shooting of Carlos Arroyo and Dwyane Wade, who each missed a free throw that could have put the Heat up by four with four seconds remaining, rather than being only up by two and allowing Paul Millsap the easiest game-winner of his life.
Perhaps we could blame it on LeBron James who, despite his first triple-double as a member of the Heat, shot five of 18 and contributed a total of zero points in the overtime period.
Perhaps we can throw the blame on Chris Bosh, who once again struggled on the glass and on defense. His defensive assignment in Millsap went for 46 points, scored the game winner and was the sole reason why the Jazz were even in the game to begin with. You can’t entirely put the loss on Bosh at the end of the game, however, since Millsap became the reincarnation of Reggie Miller and the Heat turned into the New York Knicks.
Or perhaps we can look at the sideline, where coach Erik Spoelstra once again ran the same inept starting lineup surrounding the big three, failed to keep his foot on the gas pedal when the Heat were up by 19 at the half and made the inclination to not load up on the three-point line at the end of regulation, despite Deron Williams and Millsap converting on shots like it was a lay-up line.