The Miami Heat are somewhat of an anomaly at the moment.
They have only won three of their last nine games, and succumbed to the Boston Celtics last night without their talisman LeBron James out the lineup.
With the playoffs fast approaching this is not the time to be wavering.
And one of the chosen three, Chris Bosh, knows it:
"We aren't used to playing so unstable. I think we are trying to figure it out - what our style is, what our consistent plays are. We are in this grey area right now," he told reporters.
The Heat's defeat at TD Garden was the franchise's 11th loss this campaign against teams with a sub .500 record - hardly the form of champions.
Despite this they sit only two games behind the Indiana Pacers at the top end of the Eastern Conference, but it is a worrying statistic for a team we have come to expect nothing less than the best from.
With that in mind Bosh admits that the team is struggling somewhat from an identity crisis, but is aware they don't have long to figure it out before losses truly matter.
"We need to pick it up.
"We are running out of time. We still have time, but we have to do a better job if we want to win," he explained.
Up next for the Heat is the Minnesota Timberwolves and Bosh' teammate Shane Battier is hoping for a quick turn around in form:
"We have never played this poorly at this point in the season before.
"This is uncharted territory for us, but I like to think it will forge us, and make us better for the stretch run."
The Miami Heat have been accused of coasting for much of the season but, as previously mentioned, remain well in contention to make a run at a third consecutive championship.
True, defeats are never good. But we are sure the Spoelstra would rather them come now than in a best-of-seven match up.
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