Heat Call Players-Only Meeting after Dallas Defeat

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DALLAS (Reuters) - The struggling Miami Heat held a players-only meeting that lasted 20 minutes following their 106-95 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.The loss meant the Heat's record dropped to 9-8 which is well below preseason expectations after signing two-times reigning Most Valuable Player LeBron James and multiple All Star Chris Bosh to complement Dwyane Wade."It's tough because I know the potential of this team," Wade said."I know the visual that I had when this team was put together. Like I've said, my (2006) championship team was 10-10. I've been a part of it when it's great and I've been a part of Miami when it's not so great."James said: "Everybody had an opportunity to get off what they had on their chest or what they had in their head about us figuring things out. Right now, we are a 9-8 team and we have to own up to that."After taking a 51-49 halftime lead, the Mavericks used a 13-0 run to open the third quarter to edge clear. …