"Where Magic Happens" can definitely be used after last night’s performance.
No pun intended.
At halftime, it was 63-45 in the Miami Heat's favor. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade had combined for 47 of those points, together outscoring the Orlando Magic by two.
Yet the Magic were able to rally from the deficit by opening up with a 40-9 run and eventually outscoring the Heat 50-23 after being down by 24 towards the end of the third.
In the second half, James and Wade combined to go 3-of-13 from the floor.
When the buzzer sounded, the Heat lost its 18th game of the season, 99-96. The loss caused it to fall two games and three losses behind the Boston Celtics atop the Eastern Conference. The stealthy Magic is now just 3.5 games behind it, too.
In addition, the Heat is now 5-12 in games decided by five points or less and 4-4 in its last eight games. Those four losses came against its top Eastern competition: Boston, Chicago, New York and Orlando. Miami's a combined 4-9 against them as well.
But everything is still okay in Southeast Florida, right?
Yes, the Heat still rank in the top 10 in points per game, rebounds per game and points allowed per game. And yes, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are both second and fourth in average points per game in the league. Somehow, they are still missing something.
But what is it?
The Heat doesn’t lack talent. It doesn’t lack star athletes. It clearly doesn’t lack a defense or an offense. Nor does it lack media attention, good or bad.
But it does lack rhythm. The Heat continues to fall short against every type of team in the NBA—powerhouse, playoff-bound, flat-out terrible. Its inconsistencies and lack of altogether team flow is extremely concerning.
Miami Heat fans, diehard or casual, can definitely feel the pit in their stomachs beginning to form. Every time they see the stat pop up about a Heat loss and a Boston or Chicago win, be it on ESPN or Facebook, the pit of concern grows a little bit bigger.
So who is to blame?
Fingers are pointed every which way. No one is safe on the blame train.
But maybe the true problem does not rest on other people. It may not actually be his fault or her fault.
Instead, it may be everyone's individual fault.
In order to defy the critics and erase concern, every person involved with the Miami Heat organization should stop looking at others and instead look at themselves. They should not be questioning what someone else is doing wrong or needs to improve upon, but should instead by asking the question, "What can I do?"
Everyone needs to learn to work together for a common purpose, goal or outcome.
"Hopefully we can figure it out soon," James said.
If the fingers don’t turn around soon, the opportunity to use "Where Playoffs Happen" in Miami may never happen.