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Monday, April 2, 2012
Charting the Heat: Five ugly trends

By Tom Haberstroh

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade
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Things aren't looking up for Dwyane Wade and LeBron James recently and we'll show you why.

After the Heat lost another big game on the road in front of a national audience, it's time to bust out the stethoscope and diagnose what's wrong with the Heat. Here are five charts that tell the story. (Geek note: lines are presented as trailing 10-game averages.)

1. LeBron James isn't relentlessly attacking the basket
Remember when LeBron was punishing the basket earlier in the season? Not anymore.
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2. Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers' shooting has fallen off a cliff
Can't stress enough: Miami's point guard production has plummeted from All-NBA to the NBA's basement.
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3. Dwyane Wade's tendency to settle in losses
Noticed Wade has suddenly fallen in love with his jump shot? It's a symptom of stagnant offense.
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4. The Heat's dramatic drop-off in tempo
Tired or not, Miami has abandoned the high-paced attack as the condensed season has rolled along.
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5. Chris Bosh's rebounding pales compared to his peers
Once one of the top rebounders at his position, Bosh now trails the competition on the boards.
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Statistical support for this story from NBA.com.