MIAMI -- The sting of Tuesday's 116-114 overtime loss to the Utah Jazz was undeniable as the Heat regrouped for practice Wednesday at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Free throws were taken amid the sound of nothing more than bouncing balls. No music. No talking. No laughter.
"It hurts," Dwyane Wade said in the wake of blowing a 22-point lead and allowing a staggering 84 points after halftime.
He was talking not as much about the loss as the inability of a star-laden roster to become a team, with Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh and others playing as strangers at times through the season's first three weeks.
"It hurts," Wade said, "to take time."
Time, right now, is at a minimum, with just a one-day turnaround before Thursday's game at AmericanAirlines Arena against the Boston Celtics.
"Guys were very serious about it today and understand we can be much better and much more consistent," coach Erik Spoelstra said.
The Heat nonetheless bristled at the notion that they weren't tough enough to close out Tuesday's game, or that they have lost their defensive edge. But they also accepted that that was that appearance.
"I think we're all very angry about what happened," Bosh said.
The Heat went to school on the loss, spending more time on video Wednesday than on the court.
"You learn from your mistakes and you get better from 'em," James said. "Are we where we want to be? No, I don't think so. It's been a learning curve.
"We still have a long way to go to be the team we want to be."
It was the first time in James' eight-season career that he has lost a game after his team held a lead of 20 or more points, having gone into Tuesday's game at 115-0 in that situation.
With the Heat 5-3, Wade stressed that this is just the beginning of the learning curve.
"It's only eight games," he said. "We've got a lot more games left. I think the biggest thing for us, is in this locker room to continue to understand we have to get better."
But Bosh also appreciates it can get late quickly, even in an 82-game season.
"You keep saying, 'One of 82, one of 82.' I mean, I've been in positions where we kept saying that, and then it's game 60 and we're not where we're supposed to be," he said.
Since the season-opening loss to the Celtics, the Heat enjoyed a serious of lopsided victories. Now there have been losses in two of the past three games, with late leads squandered against the Jazz and New Orleans Hornets.
"Everybody has to have their edge, their edge that we started the season with," forward Udonis Haslem said. "Whatever your motivation is, we've got to get back to that."
Jazz coach Jerry Sloan stressed to his team at Tuesday's halftime, when Utah was down 19, that only a physical approach could support a comeback.
"This is part of the process with this team and we're learning about ourselves, learning how to close out games, learning how to play with the leads," Spoelstra said. "But, more importantly, learning how to play consistently to our identity, and that's to be tough, serious and defensive-minded.
"Our guys understand what it takes."