Apocalypse How?!? Miami Heat Lose to Sixers in Game 4

Aurin SquireContributor IIApril 25, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 21: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat and teammate LeBron James #6 (R) against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half of game three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Wells Fargo Center on April 21, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Surely this was in the Book of Revelations. And the 2012 Mayan Calendar probably has a picture of LeBron James missing a last-second lay-up right before the return of the serpent demon.

The Heat lost to the Sixers. Now it's time to rehash everything that everyone hysterically screams and rants about when this team loses a game.

They need a point guard! They need an inside presence in the 4th quarter!

James and Wade hog the ball too much and the offense goes stagnant. Stop being hogs!!

Erik Spoelstra should be fired because he doesn't know how to draw up a play to save his life. He has no imagination!

Where is Pat Riley and why isn't he watching film right now to take the reigns from SpoelSUX and his awful staff?

Why don't they have a bench? Did Mike Miller just injure his thumb again while drinking from a Gatorade cup? Why didn't he use a straw?!?

It's all over. The Heat are doomed!  Cleveland really isn't that bad of a town. How could he do this to us?!?

Does that about cover it? Yes, the Heat played terrible for 3 1/2 quarters. Wade looked like he was in a walk-through practice and someone must've slipped sleeping pills into Bosh's water. No energy. Lethargically trotting up and down the court like they just didn't care.

And very little precision. Miami missed several lay-ups at the basket and their offense regressed to standing around while LeBron dribbled in an iso-sets looking for a seam. The 76ers and head coach Doug Collins eventually figured this out and packed the middle and waited for either Wade or LeBron to drive down the lane in the 4th quarter—as everyone else stood around and looked pleased with themselves. And despite all that, Philadelphia was down six points with a minute left.

These facts say several things. The Heat have problems sweeping teams and being motivated to play four strong consecutive games against the same opponent. But guess what? So does most of the league. Sweeping a team is rare these days. The only one who has pulled this off so far is the veteran Boston Celtics—and it was against a banged-up Knicks team who had the heart of a birthday balloon.

Mental lapses unfortunately, are normal in this league. It's frustrating, especially when the Heat do such an awful job of hiding when they're 'phoning it in.'

Spoelstra has gained the respect and trust of his players...mostly. There is still that 5 percent of LeBron and Wade that seems to hold back from the team and sometimes this part of them rears up at the end of games.

The play is designed, the huddle breaks from the time out and LeBron takes the in-bound pass and dribbles at the top of the arc for 15 seconds.

The coaching staff stares at each other and thinks 'did we draw this up?!?' No guys you didn't, but you have to tread carefully here. LeBron gave you 31 points on a so-so outing and blocked several shots—so in his mind, he's been carrying the team. He thinks he should have the last shot.

It's up to Spoelstra and staff to politely and delicately show LeBron WHY he shouldn't have the last shot—ever. When the offense runs through him in the clutch, he often excludes the rest of the team and while he's best in motion, this cuts off Wade.   

The Heat still could and should bounce back to win the series barring the Four Horsemen rumbling down South Beach for dinner at Prime 112. They just need to go back to playing like a team.