After losing to the Denver Nuggets in the 2023 NBA Finals, some wondered how the Miami Heat would respond during the 2023-24 NBA season.
It was a tough offseason for the Heat as they saw players like Max Strus and Gabe Vincent walk for nothing in free agency, while they also missed out on trading for Damian Lillard.
Losing depth hurt Miami to begin the regular season as they went 1-4 through their first five games, largely in part because of their inability to score in half-court situations.
However, the Heat took advantage of a soft stretch of games on the schedule as they beat down some of the worst teams in the league and improved to 8-4.
Miami’s most recent victory came against the Brooklyn Nets where they won 122-115, further solidifying their standing in the Eastern Conference.
Shortly after the win, fans reacted to the team’s winning streak via ESPN.
Miami continues to heat up ♨️ pic.twitter.com/axrTrskvv6
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) November 17, 2023
Jimmy and bam taking the regular season serious
— PlaybyPlayBark (@playbyplaybark) November 17, 2023
Big Face Jimmy been on a mission
— Le Patriote (@__Lepatriote) November 17, 2023
We started 0-4 and everyone was already saying tank. Lol smh
— Woo (@justbewoo) November 17, 2023
Keep HYPING up them other East teams… Jimmy >>>> Everybody else 👍🏾 pic.twitter.com/YuQt8PU2oM
— King_AMMO_ (@GoatBucketz7) November 17, 2023
Jimmy Butler hasn’t shown any signs of wear despite multiple deep playoff runs, leading Miami on both ends of the floor and acting as a stabilizing force.
However, Butler’s running mate Bam Adebayo is on a tear as he’s assumed more responsibility and done his part to ensure that Miami stays in the win column.
Erik Spoelstra has been able to maneuver around some of the lost talent and is once showing the NBA that he’s arguably the best head coach in the game today.
Although some will point at Miami’s lack of competition during their win streak, it’s still impressive they’ve managed to overcome their slow start.NEXT: Heat Reportedly See 1 Rookie Surpassing Dwyane Wade