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07:50 AM ET 12.17 | For nearly a month now, Miami coach Erik Spoelstra has been seeking both consistency and a Heat team playing to its identity. So far, the Heat???s players haven???t responded the way Spoelstra would like. The Heat was 3-3 in the month of December before Saturday???s game against the Wizards. "We have 10 or so possessions where we???re not playing the way we???re capable of," Spoelstra said. "Either it???s an effort issue or a concentration issue or guys not on the same page or one man checking out and breaking down mentally, and this is something that is correctable." One of the most glaring errors occurred at the end of the Heat???s loss to the Warriors on Wednesday night when Miami forward Shane Battier misread a defensive assignment and allowed a game-winning layup.

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December 17, 2012  08:06 AM ET

Unless Wade becomes a better jumpshooter not only will they not repeat, but his career will be severely shortened.
He needs to shoot with Melo.

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December 17, 2012  09:49 AM ET

Do You Have The Heart Of A Champion, Bros?

December 17, 2012  10:08 AM ET

Remember your assertions suckers....."that the Knicks are old with a buncha grandpa"s". Hows that working out fa ya? Leave Spos alone, you are the same genies who trashed him all last year and said they should fire him, guess you genies forgot that assertion huh? Shutty and watch!
Apple!

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December 17, 2012  10:44 AM ET

The refs is Miami's issue. OKC should have won it last year.

December 17, 2012  10:46 AM ET
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I think David Stern wants a Knick/OKC Finals anyhow. The league, the refs and opposing teams are no longer enamored w/ the Heat.... OKC wins this yr. Stern's going to go w/ what's "hot" this season.... and that's OKC.... W/ the Clippers vying for attention come WCF's....

I agree, Lebron draws attention and money but can barely hit a jump shot and of course game winners while Durant did it all through the playoffs. The nba is about making money and ratings. Now that Durant has become a household name he shouldn't get robbed this year.

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