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MIAMI -- The season has not started the way the Miami Heat envisioned.After a season-opening win over the less-than-mediocre and winless Orlando Magic, the Heat (1-2) have suffered a pair of disappointing losses entering Tuesdays home game against the Sacramento Kings (2-2).Miami blew a 19-point, third-quarter lead, losing their home opener to the Charlotte Hornets, and the Heat lost again at home on Sunday night against the San Antonio Spurs.And while the Spurs are an excellent team, they were playing the second of two games on consecutive nights. They flew in from San Antonio and arrived in Miami at about 3 a.m. Sunday morning, just 15 hours before tip-off.The Spurs also rested five-time All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge and played without injured starting shooting guard Danny Green ... and still had enough to subdue the Heat.We have to figure out a way to pull these games out, Heat guard Dion Waiters said, especially at home.And thats the thing: The Heats three-game homestand ends Tuesday. It could be a dreadful 0-3 homestand if the Heats not careful.One of the various problems for the Heat during this first year in which they no longer have any of their famed Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh is that Miami no longer has a closer.James used to be that guy. Wade used to be that guy. And Bosh could be that guy on certain occasions.Now, they are getting beaten by teams with closers. Such was the case in the loss to Charlotte, which has Kemba Walker, who scored 15 of his 24 points in the second half. Such was the case with San Antonio, which has Kawhi Leonard, who scored the last 12 Spurs points and finished with 27.Miami needs to develop a closer. The best options are point guard Goran Dragic and center Hassan Whiteside.But Dragic is still inconsistent and is best suited to star in an up-tempo situation and not the half-court sets that typically arise in end-game scenarios.Whiteside is often not even in the game at the end, either due to foul trouble, poor free-throw shooting or, as was the case on Sunday, he had leg cramps because he is not used to having to carry a team on his back. He needs to find the energy required to play hard on both ends of the court for a full game.Unfortunately for the Heat, the Kings have a closer. In fact, they have two in center DeMarcus Boogie Cousins and small forward Rudy Gay.Not that everything is so great for the Kings, who lost 106-95 to the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night.The Kings havent had a winning season in 10 years, they lost the division title by an incredible 40 games to the Golden State Warriors last season and they fired coach George Karl.New coach Dave Joerger, who took the Memphis Grizzlies to the playoffs in each of the past three years, is working with some interesting players in an attempt to build around Cousins and Gay.With point guard Rajon Rondo gone in free agency and backup Darrin Collison injured, the Kings signed Ty Lawson, 28, in August. This is Lawsons third team in the past year, which says a lot about where hes at in his career.Arron Afflalo, who signed as a free agent from the New York Knicks, is Sacramentos starting shooting guard. Kosta Koufas, an eighth-year man, is starting at power forward.The bench includes Garrett Temple, who started 43 games for the Washington Wizards last season; forward Anthony Tolliver, who is on his ninth NBA team; forward Omri Casspi, who is in his seventh year; and forward Matt Barnes, a fierce defender who is on his 10th NBA team.We have older veterans on the team this year, Kings guard Ben McLemore said, guys who have been to the playoffs.McLemore, a first-round pick in 2013 (seventh overall), leads the Kings young reserves, a group that includes center Willie Cauliy-Stein, a first-rounder last year (sixth overall).The Kings drafted three more first-round picks this year, although none of them are playing yet.Is that enough to turn the Kings around in the near future?We will see. But the Kings, who are on the second of a five-game road trip, dont have much pressure. This is a franchise that has grown accustomed to losing.The Heat, on the other hand, became NBA royalty early this decade, and they pride themselves on being in contention no matter the scenario.Beating the Kings, who will again give Miami a tired opponent since Sacramento played on Monday while the Heat rested, will be a bigger deal than might be expected at this early stage of the season.But thats what its come to for the Heat, a franchise that has yet to find a closer or an identity for the 2016-2017 season.Yeezy Boost 350 Korting . Klitschkos management company says the bout will be the Ukrainian fighters 25th world championship fight. The 1.83-meter (6-foot) Leapai defeated the previously unbeaten Denis Boytsov in November to become the WBOs mandatory challenger. Yeezy Winkel Belgie . Still, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke thought taking him out before the fifth inning was an unusual move. 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PETERSBURG, Fla.LANDOVER, Md. -- On the very first play from scrimmage, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentzs jersey was ripped apart as he got sacked.Things never really got a whole lot better for Wentz -- or the rest of his suddenly reeling team, for that matter -- during what would become a 27-20 loss to the NFC East rival Washington Redskins on Sunday.We do have some things to clean up, Eagles coach Doug Pederson said.Talk about an understatement.Under quite a bit of pressure most of the afternoon, Wentz was only 11 for 22 for 179 yards, directing an offense that managed to produce merely a pair of field goals and was outgained 493-239 by the Redskins.Philadelphias other points came via Wendell Smallwoods 86-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and Malcolm Jenkins 64-yard interception return for a score.This was the second consecutive loss for the Eagles (3-2) after they entered their bye at 3-0 off a rout of the Pittsburgh Steelers with Wentz hailed as a ready-made star.Looked less so Sunday.The QB and Pederson advanced the same theory Sunday, one worded by Wentz this way: Any time you put tape out there -- a new rookie quarterback, a new head coach -- they are going to start to get a feel for how you like to play.It probably also didnt help that suspended right tackle Lane Johnsons replacement, fifth-round draft pick Halapoulivaati Vaitai, looked lost at times.He allowed linebacker Ryan Kerrigan to zoom past him on that first-play sack, one of five for the Redskins (4-2), who are headed in the opposite direction, owners of a four-game winning streak after an 0-2 start.Theres a lot of things I need to work on, Vaitai acknowledged.Perhaps. But truth be told, there were so many problems that went beyond he played or the way Washingtons defense bottled up Wentz.Problems Pederson will want to address right away, because Philadelphia faaces the leagues only unbeaten team, the Minnesota Vikings, next week.ddddddddddddOne glaring example: 13 penalties for 114 yards. That comes on top of the 14 flags for 111 yards in last weeks one-point loss to the Detroit Lions.If its back to back, youre not playing well in regard to being disciplined, tight end Zach Ertz said. Its tough to win in this league, as it is, and when you have that many penalties, its dang near impossible to win.Jenkins lamented those errors that he said should be prevented.I know we dont necessarily see ourselves as an undisciplined team, but the numbers will tell you that were an undisciplined team that beats ourselves, Jenkins said.In the first three weeks, that was really one of our strengths -- we played very patient, very sound football, and just eventually broke our opponents. Its been the opposite of that the last two weeks.He pointed to all sorts of issues on his unit, a defense that entered this game ranked second in the NFL in average points allowed (12.6) and yards allowed (266.8) but never looked the part against Kirk Cousins and Co.The Redskins ran for 230 yards, led by Matt Jones 135 on 16 carries, including a victory-sealing 57 on a third-down play with just under 90 seconds remaining.Plus, Cousins threw for two TDs and was not sacked a single time.You can look at every area today of our defense, and I dont know if theres any area youd feel good about, Jenkins said. The runs were really leaky. Tackling wasnt that great. Coverage wasnt that great. Pass rush. Everything. Weve got a lot to get done.---Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: www.twitter.com/AP-NFL---Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich ' ' '

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