The Harlem Globetrotters have played more than 20,000 exhibition games. As for the Miami Heat, it will be 90 this season.
Thats eight in the preseason and 82 in what some call the regular season.
Sure, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra would disagree that this is an extended exhibition run. But his players, with the obvious exception of LeBron James, often perform as if theyre just checking their watches to see when the playoffs begin.
For the Heat, that could be at 3:30 p.m. EDT on April 20.
Its easy to criticize Miamis many lackluster performances this season. The latest was a 104-97 loss Monday at Utah, the Heats third loss in four games on an ongoing six-game trip and one that dropped their seasonal mark away from AmericanAirlines Arena to 8-9.
The game featured Heat guard Dwyane Wade being benched the entire fourth quarter and center Chris Bosh sitting out all but the last 40 seconds. Miami (24-12) did make a stirring rally from 19 points down at the start of the quarter to get wi...