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Miami Heat Players Reduced To Tears After Fourth Straight Loss

By Randall Stevens   /   Published 03/07/11

Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris BoshThe Miami Heat losing steak grew to four-in-a-row on Sunday night (March 6), when the team took an "L" in a narrow defeat of 87-86 at the hands of the Chicago Bulls.

Dwyane Wade took a last second shot that rimmed out and cost the team a one-point loss. ... And the team is took it hard, said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and the team's players.

Spoelstra said, during a post-game news conference, that several Miami players were reduced to tears in the locker room, following the game.

"This is painful for every single one of us to go through this, there are couple of guys crying in the locker room right now, it is not a matter of want," Spoelstra explained of his team's desire to win.

Sunday's loss was a little rough on the team, apparently. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau even threw salt in the wound during Sunday's nationally televised game when he said that Chicago has "guys who can close."

Forward Chris Bosh also told ESPN's Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) that while he wasn't among the players who were crying, he was nearly in tears after yet another close loss.

"Just to come up short again and again, it hurts," Bosh said. "We all want to win. We all want to win very badly."

A frustrated Wade was a little defense during his post-game interview, sarcastically commenting how his team is exactly where everyone wants it to be.

"Inside our locker room, we stick together, we're like brothers," Wade said. "We win together, we lose together. Outside, the Miami Heat are exactly what everyone wanted, losing games. The world is better now since the Heat is losing."

Superstar Lebron James had a chance to win the game on a drive with 6 seconds left, but missed a contested shot, and Wade's desperation toss from the right baseline rimmed out at the buzzer.

Wade's shot was the 13th consecutive shots that the Heat have missed with a chance to tie or lead a game in the final 10 seconds of regulation or overtime, reports ESPN. Four of those were from James, who said he's taking much of the blame for the losses.

"I told my team, I'm not going to continue to fail late in games," James said. "I put a lot of blame on myself tonight. I told the guys that I just keep failing them late in games and I won't continue to do that."

The Sunday defeat marked their third close loss to Chicago this season, and a four-game stretch in which the Heat loss in close games against the New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, and a blowout by the San Antonio Spurs.

  • j outlaw

    Keep at it guys you'll get there.Just remember IT GETS GREATER LATER.GO HEAT

  • A-Beatz of WTNRRADIO

    There's no crying in baseball...basketball either. Seriously guys...man up.

  • Toby

    They need to take their talents to the WNBA.

  • Hahaha

    Das right Miami ain't nothing but a big joke that's what they get!!!!......ROSE = M.V.P.

  • Don

    Losing now isn't a big deal, let's just hope they can find a way to lose in the postseason.

  • LEADintoGOLD

    You're right D. Wade. The world is a much better place, just because your team is awful. Let me rephrase that: the only time I've seen the Heat this year is when they play the Bulls, and the Bulls make you look completely awful. Maybe your team is really good when you play the Bobcats or something, but the Bulls keep making you look like garbage. Note to Pat Riley: the Bulls have returned to torment you for yet another decade. You must be a magician, because you just turned LeBron into Patrick Ewing!

  • sirtheboss

    They are not living up to expectations. D. Wade should have went back home to Chicago when he had a chance.