Woeful East foes didn't prepare Heat

Not the case against the Thunder. The comeback attempt, if you can even call it that, was thwarted by a shooting display from Kevin Durant -- the type of stretch we've all gotten used to by now -- and a flurry of 3s from Durant's teammates.

It all made the Heat look like the largely inferior team.

In reality, though, this was a Heat team that was unprepared to face a team of Oklahoma City's caliber.

Yes, Miami has managed to perform and win against the Pacers, Blazers and Spurs, to name a few. But none of those teams present the challenges the Thunder do, and it was obvious Wednesday.

"We made it more difficult," Spoelstra said. "We have to shore up that [turnover] area. We've taken care of the ball better in years' past while still being aggressive."

That's a fact, yet one that hasn't really needed to be addressed until now.

Last season, the Heat turned the ball over 13.9 times a game. This year, they are turning it over 15.4 times a game, more than any season since LeBron joined Miami. Even if you go by turnover rate, it's still a full percentage point higher this season (16 percent) than last year (15 percent).

And against a team with the length, athleticism, smarts and skills that the Thunder possess (even without Russell Westbrook), that fatal flaw can be a mighty loud wake-up call.

"We shot 50 percent," said Bosh, shortchanging his team's offense by 1.4 percentage points. "I've never got beaten by 20 and shot 50 percent in a game. It's very simple what happened today. We have to improve."

It wasn't just the turnovers, either, that made this look like a mismatch.

The Heat were so determined to keep Durant from getting clean looks, they adjusted their defensive strategy, keeping a second defender on Durant longer than they normally do, and adjusting their rotations.

How much of that would Wade like to see changed?

"Everything. We can scrap the whole game plan," Wade said, mostly kidding. "Nah, we'll make some adjustments. We did a couple of things with our rotations that we normally don't do. But you know, in the season you try certain things and see if it works for you. Next time we play them, I'm sure we'll do it a little different."

That next time is Feb. 20 in Oklahoma City, which would seem to give Miami plenty of time to get adjusted. And it won't hurt that the Heat play plenty of quality teams in between (Clippers, Suns, Warriors, Mavericks).

If they meet again after that, it'll be in a Finals rematch. But based strictly on Wednesday's game, only one of these two teams appears equipped to reach that point.

The Thunder looked otherworldly. The Heat just looked like a team from that other conference.

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