After a rocky trip out West, the Miami Heat dropped three spots in the Southeast Division standings. At 8-4, they are now a half game behind the Orlando Magic and Atlanta Hawks. Just one week ago, the Heat enjoyed the best record in the NBA. Now, after a three-game losing streak, they have the sixth best record in the Eastern Conference. There were sure to be rocky stretches in this condensed NBA season, and this week was one of those stretches for Miami.
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Miami now returns home bruised and battered but with three days of rest before a big week hosting the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday and the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday at American Airlines Arena. The status of Dwyane Wade is still unknown, after he rolled his ankle in Friday night's loss to Denver.
For more on Dwyane Wade's injury and how he thought he may have broken his ankle, check out our Wade injury StoryStream.
The comforts of home, along with the rest, should provide a nice boost for the Heat before the Spurs come to visit. Less than a month into the season, and coming off their worst week to date, they trail the Eastern Conference leading Chicago Bulls by only three games.
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