By: David Alen
In 2010 the Miami Heat's greatest enemy was the Media, the fans, the doubters, the hatred, and their fear of failure. Fast forward to the end of 2013 and after two MVP trophies and back-to-back championships the Miami Heat's greatest enemy is their own disinterest.
Last night against the Pistons they lost that battle and got their fourth loss of the season.
The warning signs were there; Dwyane Wade sitting out, empty seats in the arena, and well Detroit was in town. Early on you could see Miami didn't care, with bad shot after bad shot, turnover after turnover and before you know it a double digit deficit.
Nothing new for the 2013-14 Miami Heat, we've seen this all season so at any moment you expected Miami to just come out with a hail of threes or devastating defense and come back to win. However it wasn't meant to be when Detroit grew their lead to 16... Miami had dug itself too deep a hole.
Sure they came back to bring it within three but a Brandon Jennings long range dagger then a steal by Jennings on a LeBron James fast break led to a Pistons score which seemingly sealed the deal for the Miami Heat and their 10 game winning streak was over. Take nothing away from Detroit, they shot 51 percent and played surprisingly good defense holding a Heat team that shoots 51 percent from the field to only 44 percent while forcing 19 turnovers.
However this loss was all about the Miami Heat's doldrums... The NBA season is a long one and losses like these happen from time-to-time but Miami cannot continue to play the on/off switch role the whole year especially with a team like the Indiana Pacers bringing maximum effort night in and night out.
Last time Miami lost LeBron James got angry and the team rattled off ten wins in a row. Let's see what comes from this latest defeat.
One bright spot from the Pistons game is Michael Beasley.
Beasley’s confidence continues to rise and last night versus the Pistons Michael did everything in his power to bring the Heat back from double digits with 23 points on 9 of 16 shooting and a perfect 3 for 3 from downtown.
Miami is back in action Thursday night when they head to Chicago to face the Bulls.