Miami Heat’s Josh Richardson talks about the shot that fell short in the final seconds of their defeat to the Hawks
The Miami Heat might have hit rock bottom Tuesday. The Atlanta Hawks arrived at AmericanAirlines Arena with the worst record in the league and managed to leave with a 115-113 win against the Heat, and it probably wasn’t as close as the final score indicated. The Heat trailed by as many as 19 and gave up 100 points through three quarters.
There are no must-win games this early in the season, but because of the upcoming schedule Tuesday felt like it maybe could have been one.
Miami (7-13) has three more games on its current homestand, including two against teams which made the playoffs a year ago. The Heat then hits the road for a six-game West Coast trip featuring games against the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers. Miami needs to get on track in a hurry because it continues to slide out of the playoff picture.
On the Heat Check podcast this week, David Wilson and Anthony Chiang wonder whether its possible for the offensively inept team. What does Miami need to do to realistically remain in the playoff hunt heading into the new year? Can the Heat make smaller changes or is this roster just fundamentally flawed?
After a discouraging loss to the Hawks, Miami has a few days to regroup before taking on the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday. The Heat Check will try to get you in the right state of mind before this critical homestand wraps up in Miami next week.