Miami Heat: They Do Have The Team Culture On Their Sides Though
The good news is that the Heat and the Nets are not the only teams going through a lack of continuity. Nearly every team has dealt with players sitting out due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols this season.
Other teams, especially possible contenders, have dealt with several injuries as well. The Los Angeles Lakers, at one point viewed as legitimate contenders in the West, have had a disastrous season, enduring several injuries to their roster and leaving them to assemble the most starting lineups out of any team.
That plays into another factor that the Miami Heat have going for them. Despite their potential lack of continuity, they can always count on their team identity.
Many teams struggle to find their identity and need to use the regular season in order to discover it. For the Heat, their identity is built into their culture.
Defensive effort and hard work are expected out of anyone who suits up for them. Players like Oladipo and Lowry, that thrive in a physical defensive culture, fit right in with the Heat.
The Miami Heat lineup has constantly changed this season. Although they have been able to fight their way to a top seed in the regular season, their core needs to play some more games together.
The team should be able to gel, but they need a chance to understand each other on the court. If they do not get that chance, then they could be in trouble this postseason.