The Miami Heat went 9-5 in December and shooting guard Dwyane Wade is happy with the progress his team is making. After some early-season struggles, the Heat are steadying themselves and playing like a legitimate playoff team in the Eastern Conference.
“I just know that we made strides in this month,” Wade said. “And obviously ending the month on a loss, you can let that take away from the success of this month. But we’re making strides.
“And we want to make sure in the new year we understand how we can play, how good we can be when we are on top of our game. And we just try to continue to keep going.”
Wade isn’t wrong. The Heat look much better to the naked eye, but if you’re looking for tangible results of their progress, look no further than the standings.
On Nov. 30, the 7-13 Heat were 11th place in the Eastern Conference and two games back of the eighth-seeded Orlando Magic. On Dec. 31, the Heat are 17-18 and claim seventh place in the conference.
An 8-11 record at home was amplified by a loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday. The team’s record at home is still concerning, but even in that regard, the Heat have improved. Miami posted a 4-3 record at home in the month of December.
The Heat are far from where they hope to be, but the progress they made in December is undeniable.