The 2020 NBA postseason was one of a kind for numerous reasons. However, among them, the fairy tale run of the Miami Heat was one of the most exciting things that fans ever witnessed. The Heat went from being the underdogs to the team to beat in the East.
Behind their superstar Jimmy Butler, the Heat defeated every opponent in the conference. And made it to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2014. But in the NBA Finals, they were defeated by the heavy favorites – Los Angeles Lakers.
Despite being defeated in the finals, it felt like the team is far from done and they will compete for years to come. However, in this season, quite the opposite is happening. The Heat is struggling to even stay in the playoff contention.
NBA analyst Stephen A. Smith on the Miami Heat
What is the reason for the Miami Heat’s sudden downfall? Well, let’s hear NBA analyst Stephen A. Smith’s reasoning for it.
“As of right now, some folks in the basketball world, at least the portion of it that had the Miami Heat pinned as the franchise of the future are looking like absolute fools at the moment. Jimmy Butler is still damn good but just getting it together since being sidelined due to COVID protocols.
“Tyler Herro hasn’t been himself all season, shooting just 33% from the three-point range. Goran Dragic looks just average. And perhaps the worst of all while the Heat have slid a few other teams in the East have ascended.”
Can the Miami Heat make a comeback in the second half of the season? Well, if they do not improve soon, this season might already be in the drain for the organization. But what are your thoughts on them? Feel free to share in the comments section below.