As if the Miami Heat didn’t have it bad enough already.
The East’s number-one seed had a rough Thursday night, losing to the Boston Celtics 127-102 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
It was a hard loss and gives Boston the advantage as the series heads to Massachusetts for Games 3 and 4.
The Heat weren’t looking like their regular selves, playing in a sloppy and clumsy manner with only Jimmy Butler really doing any serious work.
Heat are scary bad tonight. No urgency, no effort, no tenacity. Halfhearted defense. No battling for loose balls. Putting up no fight on the boards. Just shameful. Pat Riley will consider this a disgrace.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) May 20, 2022
Skip Bayless was quick to pile on the Heat, calling them out for their shoddy performance.
“Heat are scary bad tonight,” Bayless tweeted.
He added: “No urgency, no effort, no tenacity. Halfhearted defense. No battling for loose balls. Putting up no fight on the boards. Just shameful. Pat Riley will consider this a disgrace.”
Bayless isn’t wrong about the Heat playing badly – it was definitely an awful night for the team.
But anyone counting the team out should reconsider.
Getting Heated Again
This is a talented Miami team that had a very off night.
Game 2 could be a low point for the team and they could easily turn around and play much better again.
No one should count out head coach Erik Spoelstra, who has consistently shown that he’s one of the best coaches in the league.
He will surely see the weak points in the team’s Thursday night showing – and will do what he can to fix them.
If that happens, the Heat could come out swinging in a big way, even when they’re playing in Boston.
The rest of the series won’t be easy for the Heat – or the Celtics for that matter – but anyone writing the Heat’s eulogy already is being a bit premature.