Sunday, March 6, 2011

No rest for weary Miami Heat

Friday was the Heat's worst defeat of the season. But unfortunately, there is no time for rest and reflection.

On the heels of a 125-95 loss to the Spurs, the Heat plays one of its most important games left on the regular-season schedule Sunday. The matinee against the Bulls is on ABC and at stake is second place in the Eastern Conference.

"We're still a confident bunch," Heat forward LeBron James said. "We know this is a tough stretch for us right now. We've lost three in a row but I feel like all it takes is one win. We've got a really, really good Chicago team coming into our building on Sunday, so hopefully we bounce back."

Something needs to change. The Heat (43-19) appears to be in a tailspin, falling fast amid the most important stretch of its regular season. A frustrating 1-4 since losing to Chicago on Feb. 24, the Heat has seven consecutive games against playoff-caliber teams after Sunday's home game.

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