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The former "NBA Coach of the Year" candidate is now a man counting his days in Miami, so long as my city's "Big Three" of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh keep getting upset by lesser teams such as the Indiana Pacers, Memphis Grizzlies and a Utah Jazz squad they once led by 22 points.
How did we get to this point?
Some say it's a lack of team chemistry even though the main three offensive players continually do more and more with one another. Some say it's the lack of a true point guard, although all the stats surprisingly show that we're slightly better both offensively and defensively when Carlos Arroyo is on the floor.
Some say it's our rebounding, but in the last five games or so, both Big Z and CB4 have been overcoming the 10-apiece rebound marker. Plus, our depth in the "Bigs Department" just got better with the recent signing of former Dallas Mavericks center Erick Dampier.
These facts all lead me back to my original question, "How did we get to this point?" Well, in my opinion, part of it is injuries and the other part is inefficient coaching.
In the injury department, we'll find several key components of this Miami Heat roster. Three-point sharpshooter Mike Miller underwent thumb surgery before the regular season began and isn't expected to return to the lineup until the team's Christmas showdown with the L.A. Lakers.
PF Udonis Haslem, who until he went down a week ago, had been our main rebounding weapon for the fifth straight season, underwent foot surgery last Tuesday and might be out for the rest of the season, or at the very least until the 2011 All-Star game on Feb. 20.
Additionally, there are players who are injured, but who are playing through it, such as Juwan Howard with his broken nose, Chris Bosh with his back spams, Dwyane Wade with his sore left wrist and LeBron James with his sore shin.
However, considering each of the last four have logged significant minutes during all of the recent games, save for the one game Dwyane Wade sat out against the Grizzlies, and the fact that the now 9-8 Heat went out and got rebounding specialist Erick Dampier when they learned the extent of Haslem's injuries, these injuries sound more like excuses than actual serious reasons to worry.
If Spoelstra can't figure out how to get his men in sync soon, he may instead find himself having to figure out how to pay his bills without any coaching income.
And for those of us who can't remember all the way back to the 2006 season, when Riley swapped Stan Van Gundy for himself after a mediocre 11-10 start en route to a championship, it wouldn't be the first time the G.M. pulls a coach mid-season.
Spoelstra, you've been warned!