Miami’s Dwyane Wade is guarded by Indiana’s Rodney Stuckey during the Heat’s loss to Indiana on Sunday. Wade said the team isn’t considering the possibility of being better off if they miss the playoffs. “That’s nothing we think about.”(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Finishing one of the worst years in the team’s nine-year history, the Heat next year could use a high draft pick.
The problem is the Heat must lose to get that draft pick. That means missing the playoffs might actually be in Miami’s best interest.
Another reason to forget the playoffs is that Dwayne Wade, Hassan Whiteside and Chris Hassan are nursing injuries. The Heat have used 21 players and a franchise-record 30 different starting lineups this year due to injuries. Playoffs mean more risk of injuries.
Is losing to get a high draft pick going to happen?
“We’re not wired that way,” coach Erik Spoelstra recently…
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