With 11 seconds remaining in overtime and the Miami Heat trailing by one point, the Washington Wizards were inbounding the ball in hopes to ice the game by converting their free throws. However, after five seconds were clearly given to the Wizards to inbound the basketball, a five second violation was never called. The Wizards eventually inbounded the ball to Tomas Satoransky, who hit one of two free throws to make is a two-point game.
The Miami Heat would go on to lose the game, and although it is unfair to simply blame a missed call for their loss, the missed five second violation hindered the Heat’s ability to win an important game with playoff implications. With the loss, the Heat drop to 34-31, and move back to the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. A win for Miami would have made the Heat only 2.5 games behind the Indiana Pacers for the fourth seed, so this loss is one of the more disappointing ones for Heat fans this season.
It seems like for every close game that the Heat are a part of, Wade is their go to guy in the clutch, and although he had a few spectacular plays, he would go on to miss an open floater to tie the game in overtime.
Even so, as head coach Erik Spoelstra said after the game, “I’ll say this always, I’ll go to my grave – and I will go to my grave – with Dwyane Wade shooting with the game on the line.” It is clear that Spoelstra has all the confidence in the world in Wade and it seems like Wade is finally getting back to his old form.
When asked about being a leading man once again for the Miami Heat, Wade said “There’s certain moments that’s asked for me to be a leading man and certain moments where it’s not. I’m not always going to be great in them. But hopefully more times than not, my teammates feel confident that we’re going to get something good out of it.”
Unfortunately, Wade’s heroics were not enough in their last game, but Heat fans have no problem letting Wade have the ball in clutch situations, as he converts more times than not.
Aside from Wade, Justise Winslow once again had a great game, scoring 15 points and six rebounds. Winslow has scored double digit points in five of his last six games, and Heat fans hope that he can stay hot for the rest of the year. He continues to prove his doubters wrong and Heat fans are finally starting to see why Winslow was so highly valued coming into the 2015 draft.
The Heat look to bounce back against the Philadelphia 76ers tomorrow, and have a rematch with the Wizards on Saturday. If the Heat want to increase their seeding, these two games are essentially must win games.
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