The Miami Heat fell 89-78 to the Chicago Bulls on Thursday, dropping their season record to a pedestrian 35-44. It was undoubtedly a disastrous loss for Miami, one that puts them 1.5 games behind the Boston Celtics for the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference with just three games remaining in the season.
Even if the Heat win their final three games (which is far from a lock), Miami would still need the Celtics and Brooklyn Nets to lose two out of their final four games in order to make the postseason.
Viewed as a team that had a chance to make the Eastern Conference Finals by some before the season, the Heat now appear likely to miss the postseason for the first time since 2008.
The Heat just haven’t been able to catch a break all season. They’ve been absolutely ravaged by injuries — Chris Bosh and Josh McRoberts’ season-ending injuries standout as the most harmful — and were never able to gel as a unit.
Still, a team with Dwyane Wade, Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside should have been good enough to earn a playoff berth in the dreadful Eastern Conference, so this season will undoubtedly be a huge disappointment unless Miami is able to turn a miracle in the final few games.
Crazier things have happened in the NBA and I’d never fully count out a team with the championship pedigree the Heat have.
But as of now, the flame on the Heat’s season is almost out.