Moore: The Heat Need a Better Offensive Identity Than Being Knockoff Version of Rockets

Dec 20, 2018 04:59 PM EST

Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Justise Winslow

  • The Miami Heat have a good core philosophical identity, but their performance doesn't match.
  • Matt Moore digs into the problem, how to fix it and how to leverage it when betting Rockets-Heat on Thursday night.

The Heat are trying to make it to shore, but the water is rising awfully fast.

Miami stands at 13-16 after winning four of its past six games. The Heat’s leading scorer over that stretch has been Justise Winslow, averaging just 14 points per game with only 15 points in the past three games combined. Their most impactful player this season in terms of on vs. off court net rating has been Bam Adebayo thanks to his defensive impact.

The Heat are basically trying to come up with a new game plan every night because they don’t have key elements to rely on.

This isn’t to say the Heat don’t have talent, they assuredly do. Adebayo shows sustained flashes. Josh Richardson — who they’ve featured in trade talks trying to swing for the fences the past few years — had a red-hot November before falling into a December deep freeze.

It’s that the Heat are just piecing things together, and their record reflects how difficult that can be.