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When the Heat aren't running the court in transition, it's been hard to come by offense.
The ball is stagnating, players are hesitant to take shots and missing when they loft up attempts, LeBron James has been mortal and there's a distinct lack of attacking mentality spreading through the team. It's just not a pretty sight, and it's caused the Miami offense to stagnate quite often.
Oh, and the Heat are turning the ball over far too frequently. As Chris Bosh told B/R's Ethan Skolnick after the latest loss, "Right now, we're indecisive. We're not making simple plays."
They're not making complicated ones either.
During the last six games, Miami has averaged 15.8 turnovers per game. That doesn't stand out much when compared to the season average of 14.9 cough-ups per contest, but it gets even worse when you remember that the last few outings have been grind-it-out games that featured plenty of slow, deliberate play.
Basketball-Reference reveals that the Heat have a turnover percentage of 14.6 on the season, which is better than only the Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers. But here are the turnover percentages over those last six outings:
- 7.9 percent against the Houston Rockets
- 18.7 percent against the San Antonio Spurs
- 16.9 percent against the Chicago Bulls
- 10.6 percent against the Washington Wizards
- 17.6 percent against the Brooklyn Nets
- 16.6 percent against the Denver Nuggets
Only two other times this season have the Heat posted turnover percentages on the wrong side of 16 in back-to-back outings, and this was the first time they had four such performances in a five-game stretch.
But that's not the only problem.
A lack of comfort is rearing its ugly head as well, and it's stemming from trying to reintegrate a healthy Dwyane Wade back into the lineup.
"It's better for the team," LeBron James said, via ESPN's Michael Wallace, "But it's kind of gotten me out of rhythm right now."
He went into more detail a little later, courtesy of Shandel Richardson of the South Florida Sun Sentinel:
It's a challenge. When [Wade] was in and out, I knew exactly what I had to do and exactly how to attack the game. His health has gotten better. It's going to be better for the team but it's kind of got me out rhythm as an individual. It's not like our first year playing together. It's something that we figured out in Year One. You can't take it for granted. You still got to try to figure it back out and that's something I'm going through right now.
The maintenance days may have kept Wade healthy, but they've made it harder for the Heat offense to function when all the pieces are out on the court. James' game in particular has fallen off recently, as he's not used to playing without quite so much ball control.
This is one aspect that should get better, but that's far from a guarantee.