April 10, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (left) and small forward LeBron James (right) both look on during the second half against the Boston Celtics at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Struggles in South Beach

Since the all-star break the Heat are 4-7 on the road and a mediocre 13-9 overall. Despite losing 2 of their last 3 home games, South Beach is the toughest place to play. They still cling onto the best home record in basketball. Their level of play has obviously dropped, whether the reason is mental or boredom. They’ve won 9 of 11 at home, only 3 games behind Chicago for the top seed in the East.

Loss to Boston

Dating back to April fool’s day in Boston, Rajon Rondo took over with a triple-double and they were embarrassed 91-72. LeBron James scored 23, but did not record an assist, and Dwyane Wade struggled. Udonis Haslem had good game and Shane Battier hit some perimeter shots but Chris Bosh, was M-I-A. This week, word comes out, they had a players-only meeting after that loss in Boston on April fool’s day. The theme was getting back to that dark place, losing to Dallas in the finals. They bounced back at home defeating two playoff teams on back-to-back nights, Philadelphia and OKC. But on Tuesday the Celtics came to town, starting every quarter on a mission, led by 11 after the first and never looked back.

The defense was late on their rotations and Boston moved the ball around beautifully to beat them twice in a row. The Heat need to pick up their hustle because they got outworked and the Celtics cleaned the glass. Miami simply waited too long to crash the boards, they grabbed 12 offensive rebounds in the 2nd half. There were some positives: Of course LeBron did his thing scoring a season-high 36, to go with 7 boards, 7 dimes, 2 blocks, and a steal. Wade and Chalmers combined for 38 points and 6 steals as well. With that said, these teams will clash one more time at the end of the season, but the third all-star needs to make his presence felt. In those 2 games against the rival Celtics, Chris Bosh totaled just 17 points. He did accumulate 20 rebounds to his credit, but Miami needs him to put the ball in the hoop from here on out.

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