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Heat has struggled against the East's top teams; LeBron not concerned

Remove the Nets from the equation and the Heat is now 0-5 against the East's top teams. Miami is 0-2 against the Knicks, 0-1 against the Bulls and, after Friday's 102-89 loss to the Pacers, 0-2 against Indiana.

LeBron James isn't too concerned.

“We’re not worried about that,” James said. “We don’t put too much into losing a game or winning a game; we want to get better from those games.

“We don’t need victories versus top-four teams to prove what we’re capable of doing. We don’t need them. We’d love to have them, but we don’t need them.”

The Heat, now 11-11 on the road this season, knows the formula to winning a championship. The regular-season does not play into that formula. Still, the Pacers clearly have improved since last season and could be the biggest threat to the Heat in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Indiana thumped the Heat 87-77 in January and Friday night offered another reminder of the Heat's problems against a team with size.
The Pacers out-rebounded the Heat 34-25 and scored 48 points in the paint. David West was 12 of 15 from the field for 30 points. Indiana's dominance inside helped it overcome 17 turnovers, which the Heat converted into 23 points. Normally, those numbers equal a Heat victory.
The Heat threw several defenders at West throughout the game but no one could stop him. Chris Andersen looked the best inside but he was subbed out in the final quarter after playing 12 minutes. Andersen is still working his way back into shape. Based on his effort on Friday — nine points, three rebounds, one steal and a blocked shot — Andersen's minutes will increase gradually in the second half of the season.
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In a series against the Pacers, Andersen appears to be the Heat's best option in the paint.

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Awesome pick up of the Birdman.

And how will Varnado fare? Will we get to see his potential to help inside before the playoffs begin?

Wade was my fav player since his Marquette days. Now I'm actually starting to dislike him. You never saw Scottie Pippen play like this just cause Jordan was on the floor. And if Wade wants to be the Jordan of the two, then go out there and play like it. Take over the game. One thing is Lebron may be the talent, but he's not trying to be the leader. That's on Wade and Wade is failing miserably at it. The team takes on Wade's personality. I'm almost at the point of saying it was Wade County, but may its time to move Wade County. 30ppg to 17ppg - some nights even less...you expects a drop off to may 25 ppg, but not this. What's the use of having a big three if you're going to lower your scoring? Then you might as well just have regular players who put out a similar out put instead of paying so much just because the players name is DWade. Wade is losing a lot of fans. This is the time he should spend night and day in the gym til he has his game back.

@eb,

Well, I think I might have to disagree with you there eb.. Last nights game wasn't on Wade... And his game is just fine... I think we have took take into the fact that sometimes when we go on the road the ref's aren't gonna give us a fair shot at winning a game... Now, before y'all jump on the team for this effort, look at the game from a different angle.. They called a bad game from start to finish.. That takes any team out of it's game... Its' one thing to play a good team, but to have to play against the ref's too.. Its even harder.. I just think we need to know when this is going on and not do any thing to cause injury... There is a bigger picture here down road.. Stay focused on getting back on track and getting the next one... Our season doesn't end with a loss to the Pacers in February...

I do think the addition of Anderson will help at some point during our run... He's a keeper.. Sign him for the rest of the season..

I would like to see what moves are available... I've been pounding the ground trying to look at the players who seem to be out there, but what exactly we do in terms of trades will be key to this years run..

The match up against the Pacers is one to watch.. While every one has the Knicks penciled in, as the ecf match up... I think we could end up facing the Pacers in that round... I don't think the Knicks can beat them in the second round and we would have our hand full again..

Moving forward... The Raptors have made an upgrade to their roster and we have to bring a better game to the arena... We can't keep going through these lows.. We have to pick it up... This stretch of our season is key to our over all record and seed.. We will fare better as the top seed in the east... gotta get back on track...

Certain teams call for us to play big.. We would be at our benefit, to use two bigs at the same time throughout and put battier on the wing... And it might keep him around as well..

Gotta show more fight against a team like the Pacers... They try to bully their way through... Which I really don't Like about them.. But hey, we'll see...

I kind of agree with you black, i didn't see the game last night but i know sometimes the way the refs call the game can take a team out of their rhythm, however, no excuse you still gotta play the game. Pacers are hungry and they want to take it from us, but playoffs is a hole different animal and we'll be ready for them if the time comes.

Energy, I would caution against judging Wade based on the regular season at this point in his career.

And, not to beat this topic to death, check Wade's FULL box score from last night. Next to Kobe, you're still not going to find a shooting guard in the NBA with Wade's ability.

Joe, its true, but I think you made my point there...Wade may turn it up in the playoffs, but meanwhile you're giving Indiana a swagger that they are supposed to beat the Heat. NY too. It's better to have a team come in nervous cause they have been dominated because they tend to make mental mistakes and find ways to lose in close games.

Joe, you also made a second point. Wade may turn it on in the playoffs, so how can we blame other players for giving half hearted efforts. Again this team has Wade's personality which hurts Lebron, who every night, gives an herculean effort to win. Meanwhile he has a bunch of guys including Wade, giving half hearted efforts.

And yes, Wade and Kobe are best guards. Have you seen champions/dynasty play so up and down? Even Kobe's Lakers were dominant and so was Jordan's Bulls. It just seems the Heat are following in the steps of the Miami Dolphins with Marino. Always favs to go to super bowl but always underachieving. I really wouldn't be surprised if Miami didn't win a championship this year.

and i wouldn't be surprised if they do win it this year...

I think we need a trade...

Eddie I agree. The problem is I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't. To me the are just slight favorites with how they have been playing and other teams have been playing. Miami hasn't shown they are head and shoulders above others so we are depending on them just turning it on in the playoffs, which may or may not happen. That's my point.

the deadline is around the corner... we need a trade...

I think you may be on to something Black. We actually have the fire power. We also need a change in rotation and game strategy.

THE THING I THINK THE MEDIA AND SOME OF THE FANS FAIL TO REALIZE IS THIS SEASON IS VERY LONG OVER 100 GAMES BY THE TIME THE CHAMPIONSHIP IS CROWNED. THE HEAT CANNOT GO ALL OUT EVERY NIGHT TO PROVE AT POINT. EVERYONE IN THE EAST KNOWS YOU MUST GO THRU S BEACH IF YOU WANT TO COME OUT OF THE EAST. THE ONLY THINGS BEEN PROVEN SO FAR IS THAT YOU CAN BEAT THE HEAT BUT CAN YOU BEAT THEM IN A 7-GAME PLAYOFF? THE HEAT IS MORE CONCERNED WITH IMPROVING THEIR TEAM IN TIME FOR THE PLAYOFFS AND STAYING HEALTHY. REMEMBER BOSTON THIS TIME LAST YEAR? DID ANYONE SEE THEM GETTING TO A GAME OF THE NBA FINALS AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR? HELL NO!! BUT THE 2ND HALF THEY TURNED IT AROUND JUST AS THE HEAT WILL. ANDERSON AND ANTHONY NEED TO PLAY MORE AGAINST BIG TEAMS TOGETHER FOR BETTER REBOUNDING, CHALMERS NEEDS TO TAKE MORE AND MAKE MORE THREE'S AND MIKE MILLER NEEDS TO PLAY MORE EARLY ON TO REST RAY ALLEN FOR THE PLAYOFFS. DON'T WORRY ABOUT WADE,LEBRON,OR BOSH JUST MAKE SURE COLES,BATTIER,AND HASLEM GAME STEP UP IN THE 2ND HALF. LAST POINT: OKC IS SUPPOSE TO BE THE BEST IN NBA BUT THEY STILL CANNOT BEAT THE HEAT AS OF YET!!

You need trade therapy! Your crazy man! Every post. We need a trade. Holy crap.

thank god our management is more level headed than the fans in this city.... lay off the blow, changing something every 2 minutes doesn't make it better!

Lmao couldn't agree more!

"THE THING I THINK THE MEDIA AND SOME OF THE FANS FAIL TO REALIZE IS THIS SEASON IS VERY LONG OVER 100 GAMES BY THE TIME THE CHAMPIONSHIP IS CROWNED. THE HEAT CANNOT GO ALL OUT EVERY NIGHT TO PROVE AT POINT..."

@ TK SWAN - But the Chicago Bulls did...the San Antonio Spurs do. The Lakers did. The Celts did. Teams that were dynasties were dominant; they were not shaky like the heat. The Dallas Mavs were shaky and were one and done. Its hard to figure that Miami will be a dynasty with how up and down they are. When this came together, every poster thought the Heat were going to be head and shoulders above every other team and let's be honest, it hasn't been the case. We can give the argument - How many wins would Phil Jackson have if he didn't have a talented Roster? Well he had talented Rosters and guess what? His teams not only won games, but dominated when he was with both the Bulls and Lakers. Spo has a talented roster, so why shouldn't Spo be held to that same standard instead of continually rationalizing that it's just regular season or the Heat can't win every game. Of course they can't but at the same time the majority of the games shouldn't be dog fights when you have this much talent especially with the Bobcats. Some say everyone marks on their calendar and raise their game to play the Heat. This isn't something that just started. you don't think people teams did that for the Lakers and Bulls? Do you think Phil's bulls would have been in constant dog fights with the bobcats and wouldn't have found a way to beat NY and the pacers...wait, Phil Bulls dominated a NY and Pacers, teams that some would argue were more talented then their present day versions.

@enerybuster - get your facts straight! Wade isn't averaging 17 its/game. He is averaging almost 21 its/game and is the 9th leading scoring in the league on a team that features Lebron. If your so damn panicky, jump off that cliff alone brother because this is nothing new for the Heat. If you look at the Heat's record over the last two years against the good team, it's not good. However, when it matters (in the playoffs), they dominated those same teams like Chicago, Indiana, Boston and obviously the Thunder. Don't be a typical bandwagon fan dude, it's lame!

Mike, I've been a Heat fan and here for many years. We talk things out. We don't use the tactic - if you critique the Heat, then you're panicking or you are a bandwagon fan. ijs

Let's put the Phil-Jax-is-god glasses away. His last TWO Laker teams got BOUNCED OUT OF THE SECOND ROUND, 4-0, 4-1. Everything Phil is not great. His teams' embarrassingly left the playoffs the his last two seasons, with 'talent'. If that happened to one of SPO's teams, you guys would freakin' flip trying to get his ousted. One standard should work fine for everybody. Phil is NOT a cure all.

Miami brings a level of intrigue to the game that keeps everybody guessing. They are not predictable in any way and that keeps teams guessing. They are not showing their hand enough and that makes us mad but hey, strategizing is not only for the game.

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