The Miami Heat are infamously known for a few things. They will have a turd quarter, traditionally the third quarter for Miami.
The Miami Heat will pull a Miami Heat, meaning they most certainly will play down to the competition and enough so, in some instances, to lose the game. That isn’t it though.
This season, more than any other, the Miami Heat have been known to give up career shooting nights to, either, an entire opposing team or a singular player. Think about the Milwaukee Bucks and their record-setting night from earlier in the season.
If that isn’t enough, consider what Malik Monk, of the Charlotte Hornets, and Dillon Brooks, of the Memphis Grizzlies did to them. Back in February, Monk had 36 points on nine three point makes and a huge clutch three to send the game into overtime for the Hornets.
The Miami Heat have been a beacon and a bullseye for opposing players to have career nights this season. What gives?
You need more? Take, for example then, Dillon Brooks.
In a game against the Grizzlies on April 6th, Brooks scored a season high 28 points, while knocking in 23 points, alone, in the third period. He was able to do that at such a clip because of the five three pointers (5-9 from three in third… PAIN) he hit in that period.
Well, it seems to be a trend with the Miami Heat. That’s at least the deduction that this piece of intel, from Simon Smith of Hoops Habit, gives you.
While the list leaves off Brooks, he’s been covered enough here. The rest of the list is just as discouraging though.
The Miami Heat have consistently given up big nights to guys all year long. That’s one of the only consistent things they’ve been able to do.
In fact and ironic enough (or not), the only thing they’ve been able to consistently do is be inconsistent. It’s just frustrating.
Some nights, they look like one of the best teams in the league and the reigning Eastern Conference Champions. Some nights they look like a team that might not make the play-in game or won’t make it out if they do.
They need to continue to lock in to, potentially, play their best ball down the stretch. They can and the belief is that they will, but nights like the above can’t continue to happen.