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Miami Heat Getting Inside 2008-12-19

Miami Heat Getting Inside 2008-12-19
The Heat's lack of offense was the big story as it headed into a three-day break that concludes with Friday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Heat is mired in a three-game losing streak. It is averaging 80.7 points per game during that stretch, far down from its 97.4-point average for the season.

The downturn is the result of two factors: Dwyane Wade and the defense.

Wade is averaging just 17.7 points during this losing streak, about 11 fewer than his average. Teams are following the lead of Atlanta, the Heat's first loss on this streak.

"We were trying to make it tough on him," the Hawks' Josh Smith said. "We were trying to make the other guys beat us."

That's also what Memphis and Milwaukee did. Perhaps as a reflection of his frustrations, Wade has been hit with a technical foul in each of the last two games for arguing calls.

The Heat's defense, meanwhile, hasn't been forcing turnovers and converting them into points via its transition offense and fast-break offense. That forces the Heat into a half-court game, and that hasn't been a good thing all season.

Nevertheless, coach Erik Spoelstra is keeping the faith.

"We have to stay together," he said. "There are a lot of teams in the Eastern Conference that are either going through a rough stretch or have gone through a rough stretch. Now it's us."

Spoelstra said the Heat has taken good shots, and eventually they'll start falling.

"I'm confident there's going to be a time when all the shots are going in and everybody's going to say, 'It's great what you're doing offensively,'" Spoelstra said.

BUCKS 98, HEAT 83: The Heat is on its first three-game losing streak of the season. Its offense has been inept and its defense has been subpar.

The Heat shot 44.3 percent from the field against the Bucks, which isn't bad, but it missed numerous open shots.

"They were open looks," coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We'll take those all the time. It's just a matter of playing the percentages. I'm confident those will go down."

The Heat was never in this game. It trailed by double digits almost the entire game. It cut its deficit to 92-83 with about 2:30 left, but guard Mario Chalmers was called for charging, Milwaukee scored for a 94-83 lead and that was the game.

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Added: December 19, 2008


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