WASHINGTON -- The teacher hopes the lesson has been learned.
But as far as the star pupils are concerned, what lesson?
The Miami Heat spent the latter part of last month flirting with danger against lesser NBA foes. They needed Houdini-like escapes at home to beat so-so Milwaukee, lowly Cleveland and San Antonio's Double-A team, one not featuring sent-home stars Tim Duncan, Tony Paker and Manu Ginobili.
Since the Heat came back to win all those games after trailing each by six or more points in the final five minutes, the lesson apparently had not been learned. But professor Erik Spoelstra believes it might now have set in.
"I think we all know the lesson is that you can only go to the well so many times," the Heat coach said after an embarrassing 105-101 loss Tuesday night at the Verizon Center to dreadful Washington (2-13) ended his team's six-game winning streak. "And it is a full 48-minute game. It doesn't matter who you play against. You have to compete all those 48 minutes...