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Monday, May 28th, 2012 at 9:35 am  |  10 responses

Erik Spoelstra Wants Dominance from LeBron, Wade to ‘Be the Norm’


LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were magnificent in closing out the Indiana Pacers, and with Chris Bosh still not available, Miami Heat Erik Spoelstra expects his two megastars to remain dominant against the Boston Celtics, and then some. Per the Sun-Sentinel: “So what does Erik Spoelstra want after LeBron James and Dwyane Wade did it all in the final three games against Indiana? More of the same. As a matter of perspective, over those final three victories against the Pacers in the Eastern Conference semifinals, James averaged 32.7 points on 55-percent shooting, 11.3 rebounds and eight assists, while Wade averaged 33 points on 62-percent shooting, 7.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists. [...] ‘What happened the last three games, that has to be the norm,’ Spoelstra said following Saturday’s practice. And then some. ‘But not only the norm,’ Spoelstra said. ‘What I told them today, as a team, we have to go to the next level. That won’t be enough for our ultimate goal and we understand that.’ [...] ‘That’d be nice,’ Wade said with a grin. ‘That’s be real nice. I’d love to be there every night. That would be great.’ James would offer no guarantees of such gargantuan statistics. ‘I mean, we just have to see,’ he said. But he also appreciated Spoelstra’s prodding. ‘He said the right thing,’ James said. ‘He said the right thing to just keep us on our toes, let us know we can’t have a relaxed moment yet.’”

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  • http://moontain.org Fredd

    shoulda been the case since day One … forget Bosh and get two very good role players with playoffs / finals experience.

  • Jay cutler

    Considering wade will be guarded by ray Allen on one ankle and lbj by pierce on one mcl, I’d be surprised if the two of them don’t average 50 each. This Boston squad is as much the celtics you’re used to as Chicago was your regular season bulls after rose went down

  • everything

    MIA has to contain rondo. i remember a game in the regular season where Heat players were just watching Rondo shred through their defense. The heat werent even sending help defenders once rondo broke down the d. they just watched and let it go. I dont see that happening again in the playoffs.

  • everything

    MIA has to contain rondo. i remember a game in the regular season where Heat players were just watching Rondo shred through their defense. The heat werent even sending help defenders once rondo broke down the d. they just watched and let it go. I dont see that happening again in the playoffs.

  • Zabba

    And then the next series they have to take to an even higher level!

  • http://slamonline.com 19821982

    read: Erik Spoelstra has no game plan, expects stars to play brilliant

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    without boshtrish this will be the only way if they plan to win it all

  • Bh

    Why is this news? Of course, LBJ and Wade need to be that good. They’re supposed to be that good. They are that good, at least when they play like actual teammates.

  • theDankerNuggets

    that way there is really no need to even coach

  • Quan

    Not sure that’s a good strategy, Coach Spo. This is a team sport. Bench should step up and allow the Big Three some relief to play with more creativity and freedom than stress and pressure. That is what imploded Bosh and Wade the last three games against Dallas last year. Pop has a system and role players and that system keeps them undefeated. I have always thought the Riley system is team defense creates opportunity for instant flying high offense. Not the other way around. Especially when we know this team hates prosperity and cannot keep a lead!!!

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