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The Heat can't generate any against Celtics ... again

By Cindy Boren

Updated at 11:05 a.m.

The Miami Heat, despite the presence of the Three Basketeers, are perilously close to being a .500 team and they're in an 0-2 hole against the Boston Celtics. Worse, they're speaking in respectful, nearly reverential tones about those Celtics. Where has the swagger gone?

It's been a pleasure to bring my talents to south beach now on to Memphisless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone

Gulp. Yes, we know these things take time, but the latest trip-up came Thursday night in a 112-107 loss to the Celtics in Miami as Dwyane Wade couldn't buy a trey and made only two of 12 shots. It was a loss that prompted LeBron James to question Coach Erik Spoelstra:

"For myself, 44 minutes is too much," James said. "I think Coach Spo knows that. Forty minutes for D-Wade is too much. We have to have as much energy as we can to finish games out."

And then he mentioned the elusive "chemistry."

"It can be frustrating, you know, because there's a lot of guys here with pride. There's a lot of guys that want to win. These tests right here show us how far we've got to go. Right now, we're talented enough to play against these teams, but our chemistry right now isn't up to the level of some of these better teams."

Chemistry...hmmm. Not really a problem for the Celtics, according to Jackie MacMullen. Might that be a concoction best brewed by a coach who's won some rings? A coach who's intimately familiar with "the winner within" and getting colossal egos/talents ready for showtime? Anybody know where there's a guy like that?

By Cindy Boren  | November 12, 2010; 6:26 AM ET
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No point guards, no true center, no shooters, but lots of bling on that team.....but when you make 300K or so per game and can jump in the Bentley and cruise South Beach and hit the clubs full of booty girls.....does any of THAT really matter? Not a bit.

Posted by: nowhine | November 12, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

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