Aside from the pure enjoyment of watching basketball being played at its best, one of the great aspects of an 82-game season is you can’t wallow on a loss for a very long.
Another day, another game and Miami (53-24) travels to Memphis to take on a team fighting for its postseason life.
Last night, the Heat dropped a 1-point loss to the Brooklyn Nets, a game that ended with a questionable non-call (analyzed closely by Wes Goldberg here). Unlike those Pacers up north, no fingers were pointed at one another but, understandably, tensions were high after the game.
And that could be a very good thing.
This game versus the Grizzlies looks – on the surface – like a sure-fire loss. Miami is broken-down at this point, with key players (Dwyane Wade, Udonis Haslem and Greg Oden) missing time due to injury. They’ve got nothing to really play for, as either the first or second seed in the Eastern Conference standings is guaranteed. So last night’s loss could light that proverbial fire, giving them the edge to take on a very difficult opponent.
Memphis (45-32) is desperate for wins. They’re just outside the playoff standings at this point, a full game back of current eight-seed Phoenix. But they’re at home, fully rested and looking forward to taking on the reigning NBA champs.
This game has all the ingredients necessary for a recipe for disaster. If Miami lacks that edge, it could be a very long game, even against a Grizzlies team that struggles offensively.
During an 82-game season, it’s difficult to find motivation on a daily basis. The Heat’s only hope at inspiration may be due to a disappointing loss.
Watch the telecast of the game beginning at 8 P.M. on ESPN from the FedEx Forum in Memphis. Check back with AllUCanHeat for a regular updates and for a full recap after the game.