No reason the Heat should be doing what they’re doing, and the ride’s not over yet


Can’t think of one reason why the Miami Heat should still be flirting with a playoff spot.

There’s only one active Miami player who even ranks in the top 10 of any significant individual category. That would be Hassan Whiteside, who leads the NBA in rebounding with an average of 14.1 per game, but nobody else on the team is even in the top 50.

Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside dunks against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 6, 2017, in Cleveland. The Heat won 106-98. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

As for scoring, which is kind of important in a basketball game, Goran Dragic is tied for 31st in the league at 20.2 points per game. The Heat, overall, ranks 24th.

You know the rest. Chris Bosh hasn’t played at all, and won’t. The team was 11-30 midway through the season, which is like being midway to the landfill in a garbage truck. Erik Spoelstra has been coaching his brains out with not enough good players, and not enough players of any kind who are consistently available.

Somehow, though, it’s happening, with Monday’s win over LeBron and the Cavaliers in Cleveland as the latest fireworks display shot from a supposedly empty cannon.

So they’re 30-34, and that’s not enough to get in, but it’s close enough to stare at the schedule pretty hard and see what’s coming up. Danger, that’s the short answer.

The long answer is try to get to that March 28 game at Detroit without falling into a hole and disappearing. The Pistons are one of the teams Miami is trying to catch for that final playoff spot in the East, and Detroit already has won two of three against the Heat.

It can still go either way, of course. Miami’s playing as well as anyone at the moment. On the other hand, the first Heat team after the Big Three era was 30-36 at pretty much this same point in 2015, and coming off an upset of the Cavs, too. What followed, however, was a 5-9 stretch that ended the suspense.

[NCAA berths weren’t so automatic for UM in Rick Barry’s golden era]

[Reliving Wilt’s 100-point game with two Palm Beach County eyewitnesses]

[Durant injury shows how fortunate Miami’s Big Three era was]