It was obvious that when LeBron James left the Miami Heat in the 2014 offseason, that the Heat would struggle a bit. Still, With All-Star players Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, Heat fans still had a good amount of hope that their team would get a high seed in the playoffs. Unfortunately for the Heat, this was not the case, due to both Wade and Bosh going through injuries this season.
The Heat are currently tied for 9th seed with the Boston Celtics and fighting for the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference among several other teams. These teams include the current 7th seed Indiana Pacers and the current 8th seed Charlotte Hornets. The Brooklyn Nets are the 10th seed in the Eastern Conference right now, trailing just a few games behind the Celtics. Hard to believe at this point in the season last year, the Heat were a No.2 team in the east. Fast forward to 2015 where it has been a traumatic turn of events for the Heat, and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better.
Wade suffered a strained right hamstring earlier in the season and missed a handful of games. Wade was nominated to the 2015 NBA All-Star team, but announced that he would not play due to injury. Wade made his return on February 20 against the New York Knicks, but he has been taking several games off due to injury and much needed rest.
Unfortunately for Miami Heat fans, the bad news only continued. Chris Bosh was diagnosed with blood clouts in his lungs and would miss the remainder of the 2014-2015 season. Thankfully, Bosh was released from the hospital and announced that he should be able to return next season. Great news for Miami, but they still have the current season to worry about. Miami is missing an All-Star player in Bosh who was averaging 21.1 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Miami will for surely miss Bosh’s dedication and contribution to a team hopeful for his speedy recovery.
The thing that makes all of this extra upsetting is the Heat obtained Goran Dragic before the trade deadline. Dragić was an amazing pick up for the Heat, and is an outstanding point guard. Dragić was a perfect fit for this Miami Heat team, but unfortunately with Bosh out for the remainder of the season, this pick up doesn’t really make that much of a difference. Dragić–currently averaging 16.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game, is also lock-down defender while shooting an incredible 51.8 percent from the field right now. The troubles haven’t stopped for the Heat just yet though. Dragić has been in and out with a bruised tailbone, but he should be good come playoffs time, if the Heat manage to make it.
The last hope for the Heat at this point is center phenomenon, Hassan Whiteside. The two year pro has been making quite some noise this year, including a game where he grabbed 25 rebounds! This is 2nd highest total in Heat history and he’s not showing any signs of slowing down. He’s currently averaging 10.9 points and 9.9 rebounds per game– almost a double-double per contest. If I were a Heat fan, I’d be excited to see this future star shine on their team.
The Heat have endured so much this season, but I don’t think it will be enough for them to clinch a spot in the playoffs. A team with an unhealthy Wade, Bosh, and player who is in and out, like Dragić, can’t stand up to the teams that are also in the running for the final spot in the east. The Celtics and Pacers have been on an insane hot streak, fighting as hard as they can for a playoff spot. The Heat, unfortunately, don’t have the team to fight for a final spot in the east with this unhealthy roster.