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Miami Heat Fall to 9-9; Should We Panic?

This is not what Miami Heat fans signed up for, and it's definitely not what the Miami Heat organization has been bragging about for months; right now, the Miami Heat are just not that good.

The Heat loss to the Atlanta Hawks 112-102 Wednesday night drops it to an even 9-9 on the season -- not exactly what Miami Heat fans envisioned when the season started. The loss to the Hawks stuck to the script that has been this 2014-15 Miami Heat campaign: bad-lazy defense, coupled with inconsistent-stagnant offense, a startling contrast to what Heat fans have grown accustomed to the past four years. It may be hard to accept what this team is right now, but the reality is the Miami Heat currently is a middling NBA team, one bad week from missing the playoffs when all is said and done.

The loss drops the Heat to third in the Southeast division, now three games back of the Washington Wizards.The Heat is now 4-6 at home, a remarkable contrast to what the team has done in its home building over the past few years. If you're looking for the low point in the post-LeBron era, it may have come last night, when the fans started the "Seven Nation Army" chant down ten with under a minute left.

Yup, these are the days.

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Ryan Yousefi is a freelance writer for Miami New Times, a lover of sports, and an expert consumer of craft beer and pho. Hanley Ramirez once stole a baseball from him and to this day still owes him $10.
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