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It’s been a rough stretch for the Miami Heat so far. 

Considered as one of the clear top dogs in the tight East with their brute defense, elite firepower and unexpected rise in the upper ranks despite injury issues, the Heat are now suddenly imploding out of nowhere upon demonstrating recent disappointing fights. In this time where contenders should be striving to peak at the highest level before postseason starts, they are meanwhile heading on the opposite side. 

After occupying the uppermost position of their conference for a long time, they are now finding themselves in jeopardy and now just 0.5 games behind the fourth seed. 

As such, microwave sixth man Tyler Herro offered some harsh realizations on Miami’s ongoing struggles and their plans before the season ends. 

“It’s disappointing,” said Herro, via Ira Winderman of South Florida Sun Sentinel. “At this point of the year, we want to be playing our best basketball at this point. But, you know, there’s ups and downs to everything. You embrace the lows just as much as you embrace the highs. This is what is going to make us at the end of the day. And just continue to fight and continue to work it out.

“The perspective on our goals hasn’t changed at all, to continue to get better every single days. And, obviously, like I said, it’s been disappointing, but we’ll continue to work things out, and we’ll figure it [out] before the playoffs.”

The previous week has been a soul-crushing one for South Beach and its fans. They’ve lost four-straight humiliating games – crumbling against James Harden and Joel Embiid-less Philadelphia 76ers, came up horribly against Golden State Warriors without Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, and hammered by  New York Knicks as well as Brooklyn Nets in back-to-back home games. These horrifying performances were truly highlighted by the infamous bench altercation of Jimmy Butler against Udonis Haslem and Erik Spoelstra — forming murmurs about their problems in chemistry and direction as the playoffs are nearing. 

With seven games left on their schedule, the Heat have their backs against the wall to settle things out. It’s been a challenging moment, yet these impending tests prior to season ending will truly determine if they are worthy enough to put themselves along with other championship aspirants.