The Heat have been painfully inconsistent thus far this season, and the team has yet to establish a solid identity that it can count on night in and night out, writes Jason Lieser of The Palm Beach Post. “It depends on what day we’re talking,” Miami shooting guard Dwyane Wade said. “We have certain days where you see that we’re one of the best defensive teams in the league, and you see days where the ball is really moving and everyone’s into it and we’re very unselfish. Then you have other days where both of them go the opposite way. We know where we need to get to. We’ve just gotta figure out a way to get there.”
The team is looking ahead to its six-game West Coast swing next month, and the Heat believe that stretch will be critical in their quest for the playoffs, Lieser adds. “We don’t want to wait until that point, but all is not lost if we’re not consistent by that time,” Bosh said. “After the smoke clears, it’ll be All-Star break and you know when you get there, there’s only so much higher you can go. It’s going to be very important between now and the road trip to get some continuity and comfort in our identity.”
Here’s more from Miami:
- As the February trade deadline looms ever closer, the Heat’s biggest roster need is to land a wing who can handle the ball and create his own shot, Ira Winderman of The Sun Sentinel opines. Acquiring depth at the wing is vital given the shaky health of Goran Dragic and the reckless abandon that Tyler Johnson exhibits on a nightly basis, Winderman adds.
- It has been a bounceback season for Chris Bosh after appearing in only 44 games during the 2014/15 campaign because of blood clots in his lung, Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post writes. But despite his efforts, Bosh still remains underappreciated around the league according to his teammates, Dempsey notes. “He’s one of the best basketball players in the world. He may not sell a lot of jerseys, like some guys, but it doesn’t matter to him,” Wade said of Bosh. “He enjoys being great at the game, and we enjoy him being great.”