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Thursday, January 30, 2014
Miami Heat midterm report card

By Michael Wallace

Miami Heat
The Heat have won 32 of their first 45 games this season.

MIAMI -- With three months down and three to go before the playoffs, Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was poignant in his assessment of the two-time defending champions midway through the season.

"We still have work to do," Spoelstra said. "We're not there yet."

Wednesday's blowout loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder ended a four-game homestand for the Heat that also closes out an uneven 8-6 record in January, their worst month of the season. At 32-13, Miami is essentially locked into the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference behind the Indiana Pacers and still has one of the top-five records in the league.

"There are times when we've played some really good basketball," LeBron James said. "And sometimes we've had stretches where we just haven't been us."

As the Heat head into a potentially pivotal month of February starting with Saturday's game at New York, it's time to grade the progress of the roster, coaching staff and front office in our Midterm Report Card.