3 People to blame for the Heat’s disappointing season

The Miami Heat entered the 2023-2024 season as the reigning Eastern Conference champions, but that was far from the same story by the end of it.
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2. Terry Rozier

Miami's first trade acquisition since 2021 came a little before this year’s trade deadline. Miami brought in Terry Rozier from the Charlotte Hornets in a swap that sent away an aging Kyle Lowry and a first-round draft pick. Rozier was averaging a little over 23.0 points during his time in Charlotte this season, and the scoring guard seemed like a seamless fit for this Heat team. 

But that is far from how it panned out, with Rozier showing plenty of struggles offensively upon arrival. He did have a stretch of basketball where he was finally showing signs of getting comfortable in the Heat’s system, where he was averaging nearly 27.5 points in a five-game span. That is when it all immediately crumbled down for Rozier, who was shut down for the season with what the team listed as neck spasms.

It is tough to put all of the blame on a new guy in Rozier here, but his mysterious neck injury never provided any clarity to the Heat fanbase. One week he is balling out and finally putting up Rozier-like numbers after months of trying to find a groove, then another week he is just done for the season at the most important time of the year.