Miami Heat podcast: Ira Winderman on struggles, Wade, Whiteside

Sun-Sentinel Miami Heat reporter Ira Winderman joins host Surya Fernandez for the newest episode of the FOXSportsFlorida.com Miami Heat podcast to discuss the root cause of the Heat’s recent struggles and whether or not Dwyane Wade’s eventual return from injury can save this season.

The two also talk about the Heat’s forthcoming slate of games and how the month of February will shape up for a team desperate to make a move in the standings.

:30 — The recent losses against the Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks and Minnesota Timberwolves have all featured big runs allowed in the second half. What’s been the cause for that?

2:30 — Is there any solution in sight to get the most out of the Heat’s backcourt in Wade’s absence?

4:00 — If Wade continues to be out for an extended amount of time and can’t stay relatively healthy, can this team still make the playoffs?

5:00 — Can the Heat make up any ground in the standings this month with games against the New York Knicks and the Orlando Magic?

6:00 — Looking ahead to the Heat’s NBA Finals rematch against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday, just how much has changed between those two teams since last June?

7:20 — After these troubling losses, is this something the Heat can bounce back from or do you see this season falling apart?

8:30 — Is Chris Bosh to blame for the Heat’s poor play as of late or is it a bigger issue?

10:00 — Do the Heat get stuck too much riding the hot hand when they should play more of a team game on offense?

11:00 — Is the backcourt hurting the Heat while Wade is recuperating?

12:00 — Would Tyler Johnson benefit from more time in the D–League instead of playing regular minutes with the Heat?

13:45 — Can Hassan Whiteside continue to play at this high level of play and is he the frontrunner for the Most Improved Player award?

14:30 — Should the Heat be able to compete in the East with a healthy Wade?

15:30 — Is it in their best interest to miss the playoffs and instead take their chances with the lottery?

17:00 — How far can the Heat go in the second half of the season?

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