Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Miami Heat: The Crying Game

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Ok folks, Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has cleared up his "guys crying in the locker room" comment after the Heat's heartbreaking home-loss to the Chicago Bulls, 87-86, yesterday.

Today Spoelstra said, “Guys were very emotional in the locker room. Heads were down. I saw glossy eyes. Nobody was whimpering in the locker room. I call it, ‘Crygate.’ ”

He also said, “This was a classic example of sensationalism, looking for a headline. You guys would take anything I say and turn it into a story. I will say one thing: The guys care.”

Crygate?

Ok Spo, our bad. But you know you are the coach of the team who has been under a microscope since it's formation last summer and will continue to be until it wins a championship. The team Dwyane Wade thinks the world just loves to hate. You know every word you or the players say is going to be scrutinized. How in the world can you say something like that and not expect the entire world to be talking about it today? You deserve all the heat (pun intended) you've gotten today for not thinking straight.

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Of course, the fact that the Heat are, what, 1-9 against the elite teams in the league AND have an overall losing record against teams above .500 (10-18) AND are 5-13 in games decided by 5 points or less, certainly adds a lot of weight to Spo's comment. I guess, in their defense, with those kind of numbers, I'd probably shed a tear or two myself. After all, with all the self-imposed hype from last summer, we all thought they'd be marching to 70 wins by this point.

But on a serious note, the problem with the Heat is not that they're losing, the problem is, how they are losing and who they are losing to. Not a good sign for a team that has championship aspirations.

Anyway, who would have thought that last summer? Not Dwyane Wade, that's for sure. Yet here we are talking about them struggling in the clutch and guys "crying" in the locker room. Go figure.

I'm sure King Tut would be turning in his grave if he knew what was happening to the "Three Kings" down in the Valley of the Kings, better known as South Beach.

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