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How about those 0-5 Miami Heat

Being a masochist seems to be essential at present if you’re a South Florida sports fan. From the Miami Herald-

For 43 minutes, Shaquille O’Neal, Jason Williams, Udonis Haslem and Ricky Davis pushed the NBA’s worst offense into high gear to stay with the Suns. Then Steve Nash hit his stride.

Nash scored 11 of his team’s final 13 points and rallied the Suns from a five-point deficit late in the fourth quarter to beat the Heat 106-101 on Friday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

For a while the Heat, which came in averaging a league-worst 82.9 points per game, beat the Suns at their preferred up-tempo pace and led 86-81 with less than 10 minutes left.

But Nash took over with his deep shooting and produced a flawless finish. He scored 14 of his game-high 30 in the fourth, and made all five of his field-goal attempts, including four three-pointers.

That performance overshadowed the most productive effort of the season for the Heat (0-5), which continues to struggle as it waits for leading scorer Dwyane Wade to return from May knee and shoulder surgeries.

I’ll be the first to admit, I hardly follow basketball. My father(who youth coached Notre Dame and New York Knick basketball player Toby Knight) had a saying about this sport. “If you don’t watch a game till the last five minutes, you’re not missing much.” That can be said about the whole Heat season so far. As Matt Watson via Rick at SOTP points out, the Heat are 0-18. Five regular season games this year, all seven exhibition games prior to the season, a first round playoff sweep by the Chicago Bulls last spring, and the last two games from the 06-07 season. If you thought the Dolphins are bad enough, now South Floridians have the Heat too. Not to mention the underperforming Florida Panthers. Maybe I should switch allegiance back to the team of my youth. Oops, the New York Jets are 1-7. What’s a man to do?

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