Originally posted by sacniner:
I like Jalen Rose's comments about the 3 game losing streak for the Heat. It was to the Knicks, Nets and Wizards. Two losses in the city that never sleeps where you're out and about and then one in the "chocolate city" where they also had a white house trip. A lot going on for the Heat. I think they are good with settling for the two seed and coasting through the reg season. Although, I think it would be a really hard feat to beat Indiana this year. I don't see that happening. Miami has a lot of damn mileage over the last three years.
Honestly I don't think it has anything to do with the location. It's mid-season...the excitement of new season has worn off...the playoffs are still 3 months away and East is so bad that they can play .500 ball and still easily land 2nd seed. This is the annual Miami Heat mid-season "bored out of their minds" time.
2011 - 4 straight losses in early January
2012 - 4-4 in first 8 games of January
2013 - 4-6 in first 10 games of January
I'd be worried if they're playing like this after 15th March. Pacers kept them motivated through Nov. and Dec. but chasing no. 1 seed isn't the biggest priority. Spols has shown so far this season that health matters more to the Heat...and rightfully so.
As for the Pacers...they're a great defensive team so they'll be a tough out regardless of how much fatigue has set in for Miami. They were a tough out last year...and the year before.