Head Coach Erik Spoelstra
Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade was originally in the starting lineup for Monday’s preseason opener against the Atlanta Hawks. But then Wade decided he needed the night off to rest his body.
It’s tough to be out of the spotlight when you’re seven-feet tall, but Miami Heat center Greg Oden has been out of the basketball world for several years and he’s itching to get back on the court.
Normally a buzzer-beating loss to a team that you beat for much of the game would demoralize most squads. But the Indiana Pacers say they’re even more confident heading into Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals despite being down 1-0 in the series to the Miami Heat.
Over the last two years, not having Dwyane Wade in the lineup for a playoff game would have been cause for concern for the Miami Heat. This year, a much-deeper Heat squad had a message for the injured Wade, don’t worry, we’ll take care of this.
How do you build upon a nearly perfect night? That’s the question the Miami Heat face in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday night at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
After a poor performance in the 2004 Olympics, USA Basketball brought together the Redeem Team and won it all. Last year, the Miami Heat, LeBron James specifically, played horribly and lost the NBA Finals. What a difference a year makes.
If Miami Heat coach Eric Spoelstra has the chance to win a round of the NBA playoffs or take a hit in the pocketbook, chances are good he’s OK with writing a check. He’ll have to, after the league fines him $25 thousand Friday following comments he made blasting the hard fouls given two heat players before Thursday night’s playoff game against the Pacers, a game the Heat won.
Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra will likely be a little bit lighter in the pocketbook after he criticized the NBA for not protecting his players in the wake of Udonis Haslem’s suspension for a flagrant foul in Game 5 Tuesday.
The Miami Heat have gone from chasing the Eastern Conference’s best record to getting whipped in consecutive games by the Oklahoma City Thunder and Indiana Pacers. There’s plenty of blame to go around, but after last year, the Heat don’t seem fazed by the increasing scrutiny.
The Miami Heat enter Game 4 of the NBA Finals Tuesday night looking to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series.