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Heat Vs. Blazers: Miami Loses Fifth Straight, 105-96

The Miami Heat dropped a fifth-straight game on Tuesday night, falling to the Portland Trail Blazers, 105-96.

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Following Miami Heat Loss, Chris Bosh Complains About 'Comfort Zone,' LeBron James Still Confident

The Miami Heat are in the midst of a five-game skid that has players and coaches at a loss as they try to figure out what's going wrong and solve it ahead of the playoffs. The Heat have found a way to lose in every fashion, melting down against the Orlando Magic, losing close games and getting blown out by the San Antonio Spurs. It's led to drama in the locker room as every move the Heat make is scrutinized under the watchful eye of the public.

LeBron James had no explanation for Miami's recent trouble after Tuesday night's loss, but also didn't show concern, either. After all, he said, the Heat are still on track to make the playoffs, even if the losing streak doesn't end. 

"How do we explain it? We can't," James said. "This isn't rock bottom for us. Crazy thing is, we could lose every game and still make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference."

Chris Bosh, mostly ineffective during the Heat's losing streak, had his own ideas on the team's troubles, and it started with him. Bosh felt he hasn't been used properly, and wasn't comfortable roaming the perimeter and taking mid-range jumpers.

"I need to get it where big guys get it," Bosh said. "Then I feel like I can start helping this team more. I have to be more aggressive, demanding it in my comfort zone."

Miami has been missing a force on the interior, with Bosh playing more of a small forward role, whether it be of his own doing or as part of the system. If he hasn't been a low-post presence over the first three-quarters of a season, one has to wonder whether it's even possible for him to be a big man now.

At any rate, the Heat look to get back on track as they host the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday. For more on the Heat, check out SB Nation's Peninsula Is Mightier.


Heat Vs. Blazers Final Score: Miami Loses Fifth Straight, 105-96

The Miami Heat dropped a fifth straight game on Tuesday night, falling to the Portland Trail Blazers at AmericanAirlines Arena, 105-96. Again it was Chris Bosh with a disappointing performance as the big three were the big two against the Blazers, with Bosh scoring just seven points and grabbing four rebounds in the loss. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combine for 69 points, but it wasn't enough to put the brakes on the Heat's season-high skid.

Miami fell behind in the first half, heading into the break down six after matching the Blazers in the first quarter. The Heat faltered again down the stretch against Portland, though, fading in the fourth quarter as the Blazers pulled away for a nine-point win.

Wade led the way for the Heat, finishing with 38 points, six rebounds and five assists. James added 31 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, just missing a triple-double. Mario Chalmers was also in double-figures with 10 points. The Miami bench was non-existent, a recurring problem for the Heat, adding just eight points, six of which came from Mike Bibby.

Six Blazers finished in double-figures, led by LaMarcus Aldridge's 26 points. Gerald Wallace added 22 points off the bench, with Andre Miller and Brandon Roy each adding 14 points. Nicolas Batum, 11 points, and Wesley Miller, 10 points, were also in double-figures. Wallace had a team-high nine rebounds and Marcus Camby added eight. Miller and Matthews also had team-high five assists apiece.

The Heat are in a tailspin, with critics picking apart each and every move during the losing streak. Tuesday night's loss dropped Miami to 43-21 on the season, but the Heat remain three games up on the Orlando Magic in the Southeast division. Portland improved to 37-27 with the win.

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