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3-on-3 debate: Heat fall to the Warriors

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The Heat lost their second game of the season after some questionable offense down the stretch.

The Heat gave up a 17-point lead in the second half and lost in overtime to the Golden State Warriors as LeBron James and Dwyane Wade struggled to maintain their early momentum.

After the Warriors rallied back in the fourth quarter, the offense looked lost and the defense looked equally flummoxed as recently waived Nate Robinson took over the game down the stretch. What went wrong?

In another installment of Heat Index's 3-on-3 series, our writers give their takes on Miami's second loss of the season.

1. What is the biggest positive takeaway from the Heat's loss?

Tom Haberstroh: That Dwyane Wade didn't re-aggravate his foot injury. The overtime probably didn't help. After that? Not much.

Michael Wallace: It's hard to see a silver lining through the funk and fog of that second-half collapse. But at least the Heat got Wade back from that nagging foot injury. Wade had 34 points in 37 minutes after missing the previous three games. Let's see how the foot responds tomorrow against the Clippers.

Brian Windhorst: Dwyane Wade's foot injury isn't all that serious because he looked excellent, though the recovery will be a question because he played 37 minutes.


2. What is the biggest concern from the Heat's loss?

Haberstroh: Offensive execution, offensive execution, offensive execution. For the first time this season, the new Heat looked like the Heat of old, putting their heads down and trying to hit back-breaking shots from the perimeter. It's just one game, but the Heat will have no choice but to shake it off. Tip off in Los Angeles is in a few hours.

Wallace: I'll give LeBron a mulligan on that fade job he did in the fourth quarter when he refused to take a shot or even look at the hoop as the Heat's lead was shrinking. He's played too well to start this season and deserves the regular-season benefit of the doubt. But the turnovers, missed free throws and Chris Bosh's inconsistency are legitimate concern - even in general good times for this team.

Windhorst: The Heat's halfcourt pressure offense, you know the thing that pretty much prevented them from winning a title last season, continues to be suspect. Losses happen, blow leads happen, but that way it has happened to the Hawks and Warriors does not show much growth from last season.


3. What is the biggest question going forward for the Heat?

Haberstroh: How will Dwyane Wade's foot feel tomorrow? While everyone will lose their breath talking about the fourth quarter woes, the real question is whether Wade did a disservice by returning on Tuesday for a back-to-back.

Wallace: What looked like a very promising start to this road trip could end in relative disaster if there is any carry over effect at all from the loss in Golden State. The Clippers are waiting in L.A. on Wednesday and there's a tough stop in Denver to end the trip. I wonder if an 0-3 finish isn't out of the question after a 2-0 start if the Heat don't shake this one off immediately.

Windhorst: What is the point of LeBron James doing all this post work and efforts to enjoy playing the game more to free his mind if he's going to revert back to the same issues he had last season? Long way to go yet but James failed the latest test.