Miami Heat: Not officially over, but this is why Game 4 defeat hurts so much

Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) shoots the ball against Los Angeles Lakers (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) shoots the ball against Los Angeles Lakers (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports) /
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The Miami Heat were defeated on Tuesday night to go down 3-1 in the NBA Finals. While the series isn’t officially over, Game 4’s loss really hurt.

The Miami Heat gave a resilient effort. I mean, for the entirety of the contest, they were right there.

When they needed to hit a big shot the most though, in the closing and crunch minutes of the game, they were unable to. You really noticed it as they crossed over into the halfcourt and had to get a shot that way.

There were possessions where it seemed as if no one wanted to shoot the ball and then there were possessions where it seemed as though just anyone could shoot the ball. It was true madness theatre out there.

While this was the victory that gave the Los Angeles Lakers that oh so commanding lead of 3-1 in the series, it’s not officially over. While what we are facing is one of the steepest hills one will ever have to climb in sports competition, if there is a team, an organization, and a group of guys out there that can do it, it’s this Miami Heat team.

The Miami Heat were unable to get it done in Tuesday’s Game 4. The piece they were missing would have really helped them where they were deficient.

One would think that’s the reason that last night’s defeat hurts so bad, but it isn’t. The real reason that Game 4’s defeat hurts so bad is that the Miami Heat played them evenly on the scoreboard and were likely the better overall team last night.

The Lakers just had more top-end talent and all of there shot-makers in tow. That’s the part that really bugs me.

With Goran Dragic on the floor, not only do the Heat have more than enough offensive punch to play with anybody, but they may be up on the Lakers right now in this series. While we won’t attempt to extrapolate there, we can look directly at Tuesday night.

In those moments where the Miami Heat could not create a shot in the halfcourt, that is Dragon Time. We have become accustomed to him making something out of nothing there.

We really missed that last night, as we have throughout the rest of this series. With him to make just one or two of those huge buckets that he tends to make on last night, the Miami Heat are likely tied in this series right now.

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As it went though, they are not and they, again, have an uphill battle before them. Believe in your Miami Heat though, because this is what the culture was built on, situations like these.

So, again it’s not officially over, but this is why Game 4’s defeat hurts so much. The guy that we were missing is the very guy that lives for those moments.