Heat's fire all but gone

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:41 AM ET

The Miami Heat are a mess, the kind of mess that by the end of the season, you expect to see their general manager apologizing to the fans following the final game and promising to do better.

This was Pat Riley following the Raptors beat down of his Heat.

"I'm just waiting for our guys to get tired of taking this," Riley said. "If you hate losing, then get back on defence harder. If you hate losing then don't play out of the scheme on pick-and-roles. If you hate losing, block out. If you hate losing, drive the floor ... They all talk about how much they don't like this, well, they are not doing anything about it effort-wise."

Then there's Dwyane Wade's reaction to losing. This was his assessment on Monday's performance.

"We (stunk) more the past couple of games than we have all season," Wade said. "Bad basketball. Terrible basketball. Maybe the season is getting away. I'm trying. I've said all I can say, doing all I can do. I've talked to guys. I don't have the answers. I don't know the formula."

And to think this is a team only two year's removed from an NBA title.

A LITTLE SUN PAYS OFF

A few of the Raptors and head coach Sam Mitchell made a point of crediting the organization's decision to give the team a few extra days in the Florida sun for some of Monday's effort. The team flew down to Miami on Saturday afternoon and had the rest of that evening to themselves. They had a light practice Sunday that was done by noon and then had the rest of the day to get together to watch the Super Bowl.

"It's good," Raptors guard Jose Calderon said of the extra time in the Florida sun. "I think the few days here were really good for the team. We were able to get together off the court so it was a really good idea for the team."


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