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Bosh troubled after latest disappointing Heat home loss; Dolphins, Canes, Panthers notes

Some notes on a Wednesday night:

### Just when you think the Heat has it figured out, something happens like Wednesday --- a disappointing 98-90 loss to the Knicks in which Miami was vulnerable defensively (55 percent Knicks shooting) and again shot errantly from three-point range (2 for 17).

This was the fourth time the Heat lost in an attempt to win four in a row. What's more, Miami (21-14) lost for the eighth time in 23 home games, with four of those against sub .500 teams.

“It’s a recurring issue: three in a row and fall short,” said Chris Bosh, who scored 28, with Dwyane Wade (18) and Goran Dragic (10) Miami’s only other players in double figures.

 As usual, Bosh didn’t try to conceal his disappointment.

“We’re not good enough to show up and think that’s enough,” he said. “Once again, it’s a step back. We’re not there yet. If we’re not [getting stops], we’re probably not going to win. If we’re not playing defense, everything else sucks. Obviously, this group likes theatrics. We’re still learning how to win. We know it’s not easy.”

He said the home heavy schedule might have made the Heat “complacent.” (Miami has played 23 at AmericanAirlines Arena, 12 on the road.)

“I don’t think we’re mentally tough enough to deal with that and do what we’re supposed to do,” he said.

### Wade’s take: “They had a good game plan. It just wasn't fluid.”

Miami now goes on the road for six, and 11 of its next 12, and Wade said: “I’m very confident this team can go on the road and win games. Sometimes when you are comfortable, you lose a game like tonight.”

He said on the road, the Heat might feel “uncomfortable” – in a productive way – and more “urgency.”

Wade called the road-heavy January schedule “our greatest challenge of the season” and "I don't think I've had a challenge like this January in my career."

“I look forward to seeing how this team responds,” he said.

### Hassan Whiteside wasn’t especially effective (8 points, 8 boards, one block, four turnovers and a minus 18 in 28  minutes) and said his knee was “bothering me.”

### Why did Whiteside stare down Kristaps Porzingis after dunking on him? "I couldn't feel my face after he smacked me so I just looked at him."

### We mentioned yesterday that three players who plan to enroll early at UM, in the next week: quarterback Jack Allison, defensive end Patrick Bethel and linebacker Shaquille Quarterman.

We received word today that the Hurricanes also are expecting two others to join that group: three-star Santaluces outside linebacker Zach McCloud and three-star Jacksonville linebacker Mike Pinckney.

Those are five of UM’s 16 current oral commitments.

### New UM coach Mark Richt has dropped several employees, both from his coaching staff and football operations, and one of them is assistant director of football operations Josh Darrow, the WQAM broadcaster who joined Al Golden’s staff last year. Joining Golden, who was on a short leash, was an understandable but risky career move for Darrow.

### One UM source strongly believes receiver Stacy Coley wants to see if receivers coach Kevin Beard is retained before deciding to whether to turn pro. Considering Coley was told he was a likely third-day pick, he might return regardless.

UM needs Coley to lead a receiver group also featuring Braxton Berrios, Malcolm Lewis and Lawrence Cager.

### Though CBS’ Jason LaCanfora said the Dolphins want to land Bears coordinator Adam Gase quickly after his interview Thursday --- before he gets a chance to meet with Philadelphia for a second time --- we expect Miami to follow through on other scheduled interviews this week: Doug Marrone, Dan Campbell and Hue Jackson, then make a decision.

Beginning with Jay Glazer on Sunday, several pundits have said all week that Miami’s preference is Gase, whose Bears offense finished 23rd in points at 20.9 --- narrowly ahead of Miami’s 19.4.

### Two neat factoids from the Panthers’ 10-game winning streak: Per AP’s Tim Reynolds, the Panthers have trailed only 14 minutes and 2 seconds during this streak.  

And this, according to Elias: The Panthers, who last made the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2012 (and before that in 2000), are the third team in NHL history to produce a winning streak of 10 games or more in a season following one in which they failed to make the playoffs.

The other teams to do that: the 1926-27 Montreal Canadians and 2009-10 Ottawa Senators. Both of those teams won 11 consecutive games.

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