Shorthanded Heat drops 4th straight, falls 5 games below .500 with ugly loss to Nuggets

The return to normalcy — or at least something closer to it — was tantalizingly close to the Miami Heat on Wednesday. Jimmy Butler shot around on the court at AmericanAirlines Arena a few hours before tipoff, walked off into the tunnel with Erik Spoelstra rubbing his shoulders after the practice session, then watched his teammates from the bench as the Denver Nuggets pummeled the Heat in Miami. There was only so much he could do from the sideline. The Heat lost again 109-82 to drop a fourth straight game with the All-Star forward sidelined. The skid is Miami’s longest since the final week of t…

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