Heat’s Spoelstra To Coach Eastern Conference All Stars
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Heat In Must-Win Situation In Game 2CHICAGO (CBSMiami.com) – Forty-eight hours after getting beaten like the end of a ketchup bottle, the Miami Heat are in a must-win situation in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Chicago Bulls. The Heat’s Big Three of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh ended up being the Big 1 and Wade and LeBron. Chris Bosh played well shooting 67 percent from the field, 100 percent from the free throw line and finishing with 30 points and 9 rebounds. But the bigger story for Heat fans was the abysmal play of Dwyane Wade and LeBron James in Game 1. Wade and James shot a combined 12 for 29 for the field and scored 33 points. As anyone who watched the game can attest, that’s simply not going to cut it. It does reveal the Bulls’ game plan for dealing with the Big Three. The Bulls are more than happy to let Bosh score 30-40 a game as long as LeBron and Wade don’t get in a rhythm. But, the Bulls are not an unbeatable team by any stretch of the imagination. The Bulls got a combined 35 points from Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer. Plus, the Bulls dominated on the offensive boards by grabbing 19 to the Heat’s 6. Essentially, the Bulls played the best they possibly could in Game 1 and the Heat played as poorly as they possibly could. The Bulls’ defense was great in Game 1, but now comes the hard part for the Bulls. The Heat is humiliated, angry, and now sees the Bulls’ game plan. The team will have spent three days practicing and watching film to find new ways to attack.
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra has been named head coach of the 2013 NBA Eastern Conference All-Star team.
This marks Spoelstra’s first appearance as head coach and the second time a Heat head coach has earned the honor. Spoelstra was previously on former Heat head coach Stan Van Gundy’s staff whose team won the 2005 NBA All-Star Game.
Spoelstra, in his fifth season as Miami’s head coach, has led the Heat to an Eastern Conference best 30-14 (.682) record this season. His offense is shooting 49 percent from the field and 38.4 percent from three-point range, both franchise highs. He capped off January with an 8-5 (.615) record, a franchise-best 18th consecutive winning month.
Additionally, Miami has posted a 76-19 record (.800) at home since the 2010-11 season, the second-highest home winning percentage in the NBA over that span. His .629 (224-132) career winning percentage is the highest in franchise history and his 224 career wins are the second-most in team history.
Spoelstra, a three-time NBA Coach of the Month, has appeared in postseason play in each of his first four seasons while capturing two division titles, two conference championships and an NBA title. His 34 playoff victories and .607 (34-22) postseason winning percentage both tie the franchise highs. His .793 (23-6) postseason home winning percentage is the best among active head coaches and ranks sixth all-time among NBA coaches (minimum 25 games).
The 62nd NBA All-Star Game will be played at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on Sunday, February 17, 2013.