Perhaps, a wizard really cast a whammy on Miami.
After a third shocking loss, this time to the Washington Wizards, the Heat find themselves in a precarious situation not many saw coming, especially from the NBA's defending champions.
Miami's six-game road trip was supposed to be the beginning of another long winning streak. After all, Erik Spoelstra's pain management plan for Dwyane Wade appears to be in effect, Greg Oden's rehab is coming along, Shane Battier is back in the lineup, and the Heat were heading to the White House for the second time in as many years.
But maybe the latter had something to do with why Miami lost to the fledgling Wizards in the District of Columbia.
Flanked by Heat owners, current players and coaching staff in the East Room of the White House (pictured here), Obama acknowledged Miami's winning season in 2013.
"They won a team record 66 games. At one point, they won 27 games straight -- the second longest winning streak ever. Extraordinarily impressive," the POTUS said.
But as "impressive" as that feat was, Obama, a Chi-Town resident, reinforced his love for Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls. "Almost as impressive as the Bulls' 72-win season," Obama added.
After a few acknowledgements and niceties, the president concluded by wishing the Heat "great luck" with this caveat: "unless they're playing the (Chicago) Bulls."
Apparently, the Wizards are Obama's surrogate team?
Could this have been the moment President Obama put the hex on the Heat with an executive hocus-pocus order? Later, after the Wizards went up 34 points as if they were putting on a basketball clinic for a visiting high school team, I was momentarily convinced some black magic was going on in Washington.
It's all tongue-in-cheek to think the president is the Commander-in-Hoodoo. But if you're a hardcore Heat fan, it's probably not a bad idea to find some humor in how the tables have been flipped on the untouchable team.
Nene played a large part in the Wizards' 114-97 win over the Heat. The Brazilian big man, who went 6-of-15 from the field, grabbed nine boards, dished nine assists and posted 19 points.
But perhaps his best contribution in Wednesday's game was posterizing and rejecting a shot by LeBron James. That was wrong in so many ways, but I wouldn't want to be Nene when they meet the Heat again on March 10, this time in South Beach. Payback is a mutha, right?
Or maybe James jinxed the team by forecasting a victory against the Wizards ahead of the game.
"We'll see Wednesday how I'm coasting. You'll see the numbers I'll put up on Wednesday. Just watch," a confident LeBron said to reporters before the tip-off. Talk about eating crow.
Starters Wade and Battier contributed only 11 points collectively. Battier went 1-of-5 from the floor and Wade was held to eight points on 4-of-11 shooting.
Ray Allen and Udonis Allen played big minutes off the bench, but didn't have much of an impact. U.D. only managed two points on two shot attempts, and Shuttlesworth apparently didn't have game after all. The sharpshooter couldn't find his mark against the Wizards, who left him scoreless on 0-of-5 shooting.
Not only did Miami lose another game, LeBron lost his voice, reportedly, from yelling at his teammates.
Perhaps it's time they yelled back.
Bradley is a professional writer, journalist, sportswriter and avid fan of the Olympics, NBA, NFL, NCAA, PGA and tennis. He keeps a watchful eye on Miami Heat and Miami Dolphins developments.
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