Amid his team's recent uneven play, coach Erik Spoelstra warned that expectations, even for a team that possesses LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, needed to be tempered.
"We're not a perfect team," he said after the Heat lost 96-86 in overtime to the Chicago Bulls on Thursday, with the Charlotte Bobcats coming Friday night.
But that doesn't mean that confidence doesn't remain.
"We have to refocus," Bosh said. "We need our sense of urgency. If we have that, I feel we're the best team in the league."
The goal, as always, is to find a level of consistency. "We're a tale of two teams sometimes," Spoelstra said. "We're going to work and change that. We have time now."
The notion of perfection, Spoelstra said, is unreasonable. "We're not a perfect team, like a lot of teams out there," he said.
The Heat have been largely pedestrian since the All-Star break.
"That happens in this league," James said. "Every team goes through a tough stretch. We have to just get back to playing how we were before the break."
Wade said many of the concerns can be solved through video study.
"Obviously, when you're going through it, it could be a million things you feel that are going wrong," Wade said. "When you sit down and break it down, it's simple. Watching film, you see how simple the game is and you've got to get back to the simple part of it."
Spoelstra insists his team will be fine in the end.
"That's the one quality that this group has been consistent about for two years," he said. "Regardless of whatever highs and lows we're going through, this team will own it and we'll work at it."
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