The Miami Heat kicked off the year with a bang, boasting a franchise-best 6-1 record. Since then, however, theyve been hit with a mild case of mediocrity, dropping games to top-tier teams such as the Cavs and Celtics, as well as bottom-of-the-barrel teams such as the Wizards and Thunder. It hasnt helped that Dwyane Wade has hit a couple of rough patches out of the gate. D-Wades jump shot has gone MIA at times, and he seems to be settling for the low percentage shots, such as chucking it from the cheap seats when he should be taking it to the hole and mashing it in someones face. Michael Beasley has been solid, and Jermaine ONeals improved play has been a welcome sight. Mario Chalmers, however, continues to be a card-carrying member of the Justice League of Suck. (Can this guy hit any shot besides an occasional three?) The Heat looks to get back on track this Tuesday night against the Toronto Raptors at the American Airlines Arena (601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). Tickets start at $10. Tip-off is at 7:30. Call 786-777-1250, or visit miamiheat.com.
Tue., Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m., 2009