Sunday , Mar , 16 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Are the Miami Heat Intentionally Losing?

With Dwyane Wade shut down for the rest of the year, and with the Heat’s recent 3-33 record, there have been suggestions the Heat is trying to lose games to improve its position in the lottery. That ignores the fact that Miami is simply bad. Pat Riley said with the playoffs obviously out of reach, he is going to play young players, and if people don’t like that, too bad. And he also said the decision to rest Wade, who had off-season knee surgery and has not been 100 percent all year, is for obvious reasons. "There’s no doubt it’s a function of the record," Riley said. "My God, it didn’t take a news bulletin for that. Yes, we aren’t going to make the playoffs." Translation to critics: Duh. [The Star-Telegram]