Thursday, June 21st, 2012 at 10:15 am  |  14 responses

Erik Spoelstra Wants Miami Heat to Treat Game 5 Like a Game 7

The Miami Heat have an opportunity to capture the second NBA title in franchise history tonight, and head coach Erik Spoelstra wants his team to fully seize the opportunity, and not have to go back to OKC. Per the Sun-Sentinel: “Up 3-1 in the best-of-seven series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Heat are one victory from the second championship in the franchise’s 24 seasons. Of course, to Spoelstra, they’re also three losses from being denied. ‘You can’t ever take it for granted,’ Spoelstra said. ‘I remember when I was an assistant forPat [Riley], he used to say this all the time, ‘You never know you’re going to win it until you actually do.’ [...] ‘It’s Game 5,’ Spoelstra said. ‘We want to treat it as a Game 7.’ Spoelstra bristled at the suggestion that the Heat were on the verge of the ultimate goal established when LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were signed as free agents in July 2010. ‘Come on, this series has been decided by four or five plays every single game,’ he said. ‘We have to generate, again, the physical and mental toughness, again, to go through it. It’s going to be a grind, and we have to be prepared for that.’ Wade said it is a different feeling than when he shared in the 2006 title, knowing they can close it out at home. ‘I was actually trying to think about that, and it’s hard to bring back six years ago exactly what we were going through, what we did,’ he said of being up 3-2 on the Mavericks in 2006. ‘It was a little different because we were on the road.’ It’s also different from last season’s Finals, when the Heat never got to the doorstep of a title, falling 4-2 to the Mavericks on the very court where they Thursday hope to create their own celebration. ‘I haven’t even really looked at it as just one game away,’ James said. ‘I look at it as this is our next game. As crazy as it sounds, I haven’t got caught up in it. I won’t get caught up in it because I’m not going to let … you know, the human nature is to automatically think about after we win it, what are we going to do. I’m not there. I won’t get there until those zeros hit and I see that we won.’”

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  • Charles

    No shit Sherlock.

  • 23 kid

    OKC in 7game Trust me!

  • Ash

    Keep that mentality. Game 5 is like a game 7. Thunder will come to play and play hard 48mins. They will make Big Runs, james harden will have a good game tonigh. Let’s hope Miami can prevail

  • OKC

    yall better hope Miami wins tonite cause OKC is tough to beat at home I got OKC in 7

  • http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine VanCityBBall

    its hard to say that if they do win tonight, OKC will win both at home because well…. the only team to beat them at home during the playoffs WAS miami… but still a win tonight will boost their confidence level sky high and im sure that would translate to the fans too

  • Layzie

    After all they been through, I don’t think LeBron & the heat are going to let this chance slip away. If LeBron wants it that bad, he should have a monster game tonight. Of course Wade and the others have to play great also.

  • Kobester

    I can’t imagine how hard Lebron would play next game. This is the most important game for the best player on the planet. He gonna post a triple double or hit 40 and 10 or something like that….

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

    how about trying tom treat every game like that. i know, practically impossible. sort of like treating every minute like the last 2 of the game

  • El Black Mamba

    All I know tonight’s game is gonna be one to go down in history!


    every game should be played like a game 7…I just dont understand this ish..

  • El Black Mamba

    All I know tonight’s game is gonna be one to go down in history! (well unless there’s a game 7) lol

  • Monte Moire

    I agree. Treat this game like it is a game 7. Close the Thunder out. I would not let game 5 slip because you never know what could happen the next game. Close the Thunder out tonight!!!! Good luck, Heat and to their fans from a Golden St Warriors fan.

  • http://www.nba.com danfields

    sure they have to treat it like game 7. if the thunder win this one in miami, they will become champions. plain and simple.

  • http://www.hoopsworld.com IamYOU

    23 kid I highly HIGHLY disagree!