Even though the Miami Heat escaped with a 112-110 overtime win over the Orlando Magic, many of the same issues that produced a two-game losing streak before this contest remained front and center.
Heat fans, even though your team won, you can officially start to worry.
Miami was completely annihilated on the boards, got practically nothing from its role players and failed to play with sustained defensive intensity. All of that nearly added up to a disastrous third loss in as many games.
Only a late push on D and the typical brilliance of LeBron James prevented a disastrous third straight loss.
If there was a moment that typified the game, it was a late-fourth-quarter sequence in which Nikola Vucevic and Josh McRoberts played volleyball on the offensive boards while the Heat stood idly by, unable to get on the glass. The play resulted in a bucket and gave the Magic an 87-84 lead.
Miami fought back to send the game to OT, where it eventually prevailed, but the Heat have plenty to be concerned about going forward.
The Heat will be glad to turn the page on a seriously disappointing final week of 2012, especially considering things could have been much worse if they'd failed to pull this one out. Before they move on, they'll have to suffer the wrath of some pretty harsh grades.