In what would prove to be another embarrassing defeat for the Heat, the boys in South Beach may have lost a little more than their pride.
Turns out that Udonis Haslem tore a ligament in his foot in the fourth quarter during Miami’s 95-97 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. An MRI performed this afternoon revealed the bad news and he could be out for months.
Considered their best bench player, Haslem is essentially the only weapon they have other than the major three. Zydrunas Ilgauskas only had six points in the loss while Carlos Arroyo only had seven. Both starters are only averaging a little over six points a game while most of the shooting is going to Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James.
Haslem is one of the only remaining stars from the 2006 championship Heat and is considered one of the toughest players in the NBA. He played in the finals with a bruised shoulder bone so an injury that could sideline for some time not going to be good.
This will also add further to Erik Spoelstra’s headache that is the Heat rotation. Right now he is looking at an even more limited roster with Wade out with a sprained wrist.
To put it simply, the Heat are struggling and it really comes down chemistry and depth. The team has never really seemed to click with three All-Stars taking most of the shots and a bunch of garbage on the bench. In addition, Spoelstra doesn’t seem to really get on anyone’s case. The guy is young and even looks timid taking time-outs during poor play. Regardless, it’s still a depth issue. Too many chiefs and not enough guys like Haslem that are willing to really leave it all out on the court. With both captains out, what can we really expect?
The Heat are a funny team since so much was expected from them. It’s a simple problem that will be hard to fix and it doesn’t come without a certain King’s eagerness to win.