Miami Heat

Miami Heat in throes of another election-year slump

Heat guard Josh Richardson (0) restrains teammate Dion Waiters (11) during the Heat’s 94-90 loss to San Antonio on Monday.
Heat guard Josh Richardson (0) restrains teammate Dion Waiters (11) during the Heat’s 94-90 loss to San Antonio on Monday. Associated Press

It would be a wild stretch to attribute the Miami Heat’s five-game losing streak on national politics, because one has absolutely nothing to do with the other.

But if you’re wondering when the last time the Heat lost as many as six straight, you’d be going back to 2008, which was the last previous election year involving a transfer of power in the Oval Office -- the year Barack Obama was elected to his first term.

That’s where the slumping Heat reside at the moment as they return home from Monday night’s loss in San Antonio to face the Atlanta Hawks at American Airlines Arena. Should the Heat (2-7) fall to the Hawks (7-2) tonight, they’ll be riding their first six-game losing streak since dropping seven straight from March 26-April 6, 2008.

And the 2007-08 season is not one Heat fans wish to remember. Alonzo Mourning suffered a career-ending knee injury. Shaquille O’Neal was traded mid-season. The Heat went 15-67 under Pat Riley.

As it stands, the Heat’s current five-game skid matches their longest since 2011.

But if history is a lesson -- and with a new leader set to take office in the form of Donald Trump -- the Heat’s slide might not be over.

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