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Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  58 responses

Erik Spoelstra ‘Uncomfortable’ With the Miami Heat’s Play Lately


by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

The Boston Celtics strolled into South Beach last night, and behind a flurry of jumpers, took out the Miami Heat once again. This caused grave concern on the part of head coach Erik Spoelstra, though his players didn’t necessarily sound as worried by what took place.

Repeatedly, Spoelstra told the assembled media that the Heat were “uncomfortable” against Boston, and voiced concern about the team defense against the Celtics. Dwyane Wade, though, said there’s no reason to fret.

Per Fox Sports and the Miami Herald:

“When we are uncomfortable, and we are uncomfortable about the way we are playing right now, that pushes us to make the necessary steps to improve as a team,” said Spoelstra. [...] “We left Boston feeling awful at our performance,” said Miami forward LeBron James. “I don’t feel as bad (Tuesday). Boy, those guys were locked in. Not only did they make the open shots, they made all the contested shots.” Guard Dwyane Wade said the Heat are “not in a period of concern.”

“We’re being made to feel uncomfortable right now and that’s really the residual of the last three weeks or so,” said Spoelstra, who tinkered with rotations in the first half Tuesday as the Heat fell behind by 18 points before going with his bread-and-butter guys in the fourth quarter. “Are they going to shoot (like) that every time we play them?” asked the unconcerned Wade. [...] “We need a streak. We need a big-time streak,” Chris Bosh said. “We need some tough road game wins. We have to put a streak of wins together. Winning always helps everything. We just have to make sure to stick together.” Wade said confidently, “We’ll be ready for the playoffs on the [April] 28th.”

Miami remains the favorite coming out of the Eastern Conference, and as DWade points out, it’s unlikely that the Boston Celtics will ring up anywhere close to 115 points (while hitting an absurd 60.5% of their shots from the field) against the Miami Heat defense again, especially in a Playoff setting.

With the postseason looming, however, and the Celtics continuing to somehow rise from the dead, Erik Spoelstra is correct in his assessment that his team needs to re-establish a level of comfort (and dominance) on the court.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Dagger

    The biggest problem with the Heat: that team’s too arrogant. They think they can turn it on at any time, but the habits you set in the regular season will often define your playoffs.

  • Justin G.

    It’s hard to be comfortable when the other team is seemingly hitting every shot they put up, contested or not. The Celtics played great and Kevin Garnett was really good in that fourth quarter. He hit everything he put up it seemed and his points all came in about 30 minutes or so. The Heat will be fine

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iF30WneDtQc Datkid

    The heat are the most frustrating team in the NBA mostly bc of erik spoestra

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Great defensive and championship teams don’t give up 110+ pts on 60% shooting to a team like the celtic. MIA isn’t as big a favorite as everyone thinks out East.

  • Ill Smith

    Lol it’s funny, everytime my C’s whoop on the Heat it always falls back on what Miami did wrong rather than credit to the winner. Media I guess. Heat loss plain & simple. They were outplayed. So what if Boston made 61% of their shots its the 2nd time in 2 weeks they found a way to beat Miami: once by defense, once by offense. The Heat can say they’re not concerned & walk around with that unwarranted championship swag all they like but please believe its general concern & they’re not tryna meet up with Boston come playoff time.

  • Trueballer4life

    Celtics were determined last night Allen coming off the bench is genius!

  • Justin G.

    You’re acting like the Celtics are a bunch of nobodies. They aren’t exactly the Bobcats and they’re currently 4th in the conference. That being said, they’re not going to shoot like they did last night in many games either. Nobody does. And they only lost by 8. If Boston has to shoot like that to win then the Heat are going to be just fine because it’s not going to happen

  • http://dennysisforwinners.blogspot.com DennysFishTacos

    The Heat don’t want to see Boston in the playoffs. Guaranteed.

  • TECHIE

    The Boston Celtics know how to turn it up right before the playoffs, and its called EXPERIENCE, + DOC RIVERS is a damm good coach. The Heat played the same way last year, and it was the same result. Spoestra answering the same questions over and over again about Miami’s swagger. OOPS, I forgot, they have no SWAG, and LE’BRON getting a ring there.. NEVER!. Boston will always be the BIG BROTHER of MIAMI’s big 3.

  • Drig

    As long as Boston’s Big 4 are healthy, they’re more or less the Memphis of the East. No one’s calling them legit contenders who have a great shot at the ‘chip but at the same time, everyone’s praying that they don’t play against them…….

  • ALD

    dwade and Lebron can’t play together…. that simple!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Miami will be fine come playoff time. They’re just layin off the gas a little to close out the season.

  • MUBWAR

    PLAYOFF IS A WHOLE OTHER STORY PEOPLE. LET’S NOT FORGET LAST SEASON

  • vtrobot

    Yeah, the C’s probably won’t play like that every time. Maybe they’ll play worse or maybe they’ll play even better. MIA had a pretty good game and it’s a guarantee that they’ll play at least that well and probably better for every playoff game, right? MIA should just get trophy tattoos on their forearms at this point. Congrats, “champs.” Don’t sweat it, you’ve got it all locked up.

  • roman

    The problem with Miami is they dont have enough playmakers. Too top heavy. After Bron, Wade and maybe Bosh no one steps it up. Battier really- please. Boston is gonna be a problem for them.

    @Wayno- dont fall for that ish. They are getting beat.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Who cares, the NBA is trying to reward Lebron with a MVP award for defecting to Wade’s city. This team will go as far as Wade can take them in close games. Lebron plays better in frontrunner mode, when Heat have a lead in games. Its funny, how the C’s can put Heat out of playoffs and I hope they matchup in the 2nd round. Heat get away with bad defense, its plenty of times, Wade and Lebron complained about fouls and did not get back on defense. Wade was clearly upset after Lebron took three point shot and wanted the ball. Bulls are winning the East and Heat after choking another chance at a ring, Heat send Bosh fishing. BOOK IT!!

  • jake

    @mubwar, which part of the playoffs, the part where Miami didn’t win? Oh ok cool.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Too many “ball stoppers” and not enough balls. Pun intended.

  • LA Huey

    I would be worried about the defensive effort of late but not last night’s loss. Boston isn’t going to win a series on a diet of long 2s and time traveling KG.

  • Old Long Johnson

    Keep underestimating the C’s and youre gonna get rocked like miami did TWICE. I thought this was gonna be a revenge game? I thought the celtics were too old to even play like that anymore? funny how everyone thinks its luck the first game and now its even luckier the second time.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    KG was ON last night.

  • Mo

    @ ALD – DID YOU EVEN WATCH THE GAME? THE LOSS AND THESE RASH OF LOSSES LATELY HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH LEBRON & WADE NOT BEING ABLE TO PLAY TOGETHER. CRAZY WHEN PEOPLE JUST BLURT OUT ANYTHING AS A REASON FOR THE HEAT’S ISSUES.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iF30WneDtQc Datkid

    yeah ok ya’ll gotta relax… Boston is NOT beating them in the playoffs lmao… ya’ll are high.

  • jake

    No, but the bulls will. Betting on the heat to win a chip is a sucker bet.

  • LP

    Heat have legit problems…..Its not even so much as them, but teams are gaining more confidence and playing better against them…

  • Mo

    Betting that the Bulls will beat the Heat is more of a “sucker bet” than saying the Heat will win the ship. Bulls can’t even stay healthy in the least bit. They might not even be better than the team the Heat beat last year. Bulls aint beating the Heat with a broken down Rose and a fragile Rip Hamilton. Please.

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    This is basketball, however strong a team is they can be beatable. Miami is no exception and nobody is.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iF30WneDtQc Datkid

    cosign mo, Jake let’s deal with actual reality here.

  • NotaHater

    Dunno why but last couple of nights the Heat have looked a little tired on defense…As for the Bulls winning remember that the Heat beat the Bulls 4-1 last year while losing the regular season series…the playoffs are just a different beast entirely

  • Jimmers

    I’ve said this for every game the heat have played. The Heat’s biggest weakspot is Spoelstra. Get that bum out of here.

  • Ash

    I’m concern about the defense than anything.Miami defense was worst from last year and Bosh really really needs to step his game up. Bosh was bad defensively and offensively.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    Well said Drig

  • hambone

    the heat are too weak at the centre position and havent addressed it,mike miller and battier and james jones are luxury players they better pull off some nice off season moves

  • Fresh Boirdee

    I’ve always felt that 2 alpha males in any situation, one is going to have to fallback for the good of the situation. In any successful business there can only be one leader. Wade and Lebron were both the leaders of their respective teams, now they have some kind of weird alternating role position which I think will not work (I could be wrong), and Spoelstra isn’t helping by always dodging the question with “whoever has the hot hand.” If the Heat don’t win the chip this year there will be some resentment between Wade and Bron, and a decision will have to be made about who will lead the Heat and I have a feeling Wade is going to demand it’s going to be him.

  • bike

    “We’re being made to feel uncomfortable right now and that’s really the residual of the last three weeks or so,”
    That statement alone makes me uncomfortable.

  • hatersrfunny

    Ha u may as well start crying haters

    bcuz when the heat winin the playoffs u can go back to how jealous u r that ur team won when it doesn’t matter. This means u tics and rose riders. Get ready bcuz I will even let u claim how u supported big 3 all along after they win title. O and all u clowns that always post with your mediocre claims about heat not being favorite maybe u should be reminded how bulls won season series last year against. And look how that turned out getting not just beat but spanked by heat

  • http://slamonline Brion

    Give credit to Coach Doc, moving Garnett to the five and having Allen off the bench was brilliant. He always has his teams peaking at the right time. I know alot of people disagreed with his thoughts about moving Lebron to the point guard position, but I for one thought it made sense. You cant tell me he wouldnt be getting more out of this Miami team if he was coaching.

  • Swish

    And the Heat are uncomfortable with Eric Spolesra’s coaching….

  • RedRum

    hhmmm… “are they going to hit all their shots”? well… probably not but the Heat had the same excuse against the Mavs hitting 3s all over the place… we all remember what happened. you cannot rely on the other team missing. The teams they will be seeing in the playoffs are all veteran experienced teams, who once they get into a groove it is very hard to stop. I can easily see the Celtics or Orlando start hitting threes all over the place for 4 games…

  • ALD

    @MO My point reflects the bad offense of the miami heat… the big 3 or 2 do not compliment each other. Yes thats not their biggest problem compared to their inconsistent defense but when you have 2 of the NBA’S top 5 players in your lineup it has to be addressed. IMO they should be winning alot more games and the reason why they arent is because of the lebron – wade relationship on the court.

  • Michelle

    Heat are going to lose everytime if they dont find a way to slow down Rondo. Who is slicing and dicing their defense

  • http://fkjlf.com Jukai

    Perhaps the fact that the entire game, Spoelstra screwed around with the rotation, that didn’t really help.

  • smoove

    its called the Rondo effect..you play off him, his midrange jumpers are going down now….. you play ON him and he has some of the best vision in the game, if celts play like this against the heat anything is possible, im not predicting nba champs or anything but celts look tuff right now.

  • Correll

    The Miami Heat have to make the necessary adjustments in order to put them in good positioning to win the eastern conference playoffs again, but they can’t do that if they don’t pick up the pace and turn up the defense a team like Boston shouldn’t beat the Heat

  • RedRum

    I agree, Rondo seems to be the main factor. Remember that last year he played most of the series with one hand.. @Jukai, I complete agree with you. I liked Spo, but I have lost faith in him. He does not seem to be able to handle the team anymore.

  • http://fkjlf.com Jukai

    RedRum: I’ve always hated Spo. Since last year I hated Spo. He either makes no adjustments at all or makes ridiculous adjustments throughout the entire game. Everyone was so enamored with him for some strange reason in the beginning of the season with this whole “football offense” but hey, guess what, when that fails, he can’t coach for beans.
    Blef.

  • The Mauve Avenger

    Hey Erik, no ring this season, no job next season. Just saying. lol

  • js

    The C’s won’t win the chip, but the Heat would not want to have to go through them to get out of the East.

  • Jim

    techie, Are you joking? Boston will always be Miami
    ‘s big brother? Pfft. Miami beat them in 5 games in the playoffs last year. 5 games. it wasn’t even a close series.

  • ClydeSays

    I wouldn’t ever expect that kind of offensive output from the C’s again, but if you’re the Heat you have to wonder about your effort on D. I expected that game to be a defensive battle with no easy jumpers and it was anything but…

  • Lbjmvp

    Can’t any analyst see that the main problem for the Heat is erik ‘the video coordinating intern’ Spoelstra? I’m sick and tired of his non-sense post game interviews that really don’t say much. Its obvious an experienced and well respected coach will fix the current problems the Heat are experiencing. Don’t matter what players the Heat’s got, they have handicapped themselves with this incompetent coach. I mean seriously, he has absolutely zero prior coaching experience and you expect him to coach big egos like bron and wade and bring them a championship? Riley, please, stop being stubborn and admit your faults. Ask yourself, what can Spo bring on the table that any legit coaches can’t? What has he done positively for the team besides minimizing every player’s potential and constantly messing up their rotations. He is a fake coach and the Heat suck at times because they’re simply a coachless team. But hey, analysts arent allowed to criticize coaches and its an unspoken rule. Good luck lebron, you will never win with this clown. If u think mike brown was bad, think twice.

  • Mike

    Heat popped the celtics last year didnt theyy

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Bulls got it, so according to theory since Bulls sweeped last year & lost the post-season then that means this year the Bulls are a lot more likely to win.

  • hillbilly

    What are you gonna DO when Stiemsmania runs wild on YOU, brotherrr?

  • Jay

    Spoelstra keeps blaming his players for losses. He is about as competent as a high school coach. My prediction: the Heat exit the playoffs early this year, Spo gets fired finally ( he should’ve been fired after last year’s finals), the Heat get a professional coach instead of this silly kid and win the championship next season. Just watch what happens these playoffs.

  • BRYANT BYNUM GASOL 24 17 16

    Yall need to shut up about last year. Don’t mean nothin in11-12

  • mykel

    no heat no bulls—> CELTICS ECF Champion hahah

  • ab40

    And he already looks so constipated. Poor guy.

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