The Miami Heat are a hot mess with the playoffs on the horizon

Miami Heat Jimmy Butler (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
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The Miami Heat are a hot mess. 

In the third quarter, in the midst of what would end up being a second-straight disappointing loss, the Miami Heat huddle was heated.

It’s unclear what exactly prompted it, but after the game some players and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra downplayed it.

However, watching the video below, one thing is clear – this is not something you want to see from a team that is expected to make a deep run in the postseason just a few weeks out from the start of it.

Relatively speaking, with less than 10 games remaining in the regular season, the Heat is in a good spot. They hold a 1.5 game lead over the Milwaukee Bucks for the second seed in the Eastern Conference and will have a good chance to finish as a top-two seed.

However, this is not exactly how they wanted to close out the regular season. Miami looks like a team that perhaps peaked at the wrong time (too early) and one that can’t seem to get their offense or defense right.

Miami is just 3-4 in their last seven and has stacked up two of their worse losses of the season in the last few days – first against a James Harden and Joel Embiid-less Philadelphia 76ers team and then Wednesday night against a supremely undermanned Golden State Warriors squad.

The Heat is not playing like a top seed and it’s clear that this team has huge flaws heading into the postseason.

The big question for the Heat is whether or not they’ll be able to figure it all out before the actual start of the playoffs. And with the likelihood that they could face the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the postseason, there’s really no time for the Heat to be having an identity crisis.

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This is the time when a team wants to be playing its best basketball. However, it seems as if the Heat is doing the exact opposite.