HoopsHype Erik Spoelstra rumors

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With nothing at stake as far as the playoffs are concerned, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra will rest LeBron James and Chris Bosh in tonight’s game against Philadelphia (8:00 p.m., Sun Sports). He hopes to play Dwyane Wade if he is available. Palm Beach Post

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The problem: James also had six turnovers, Wade had six more turnovers and Miami managed only one basket over the final 3 minutes, 23 seconds. James and Bosh both missed late jumpers that would have given Miami the lead, the last an airball by Bosh from just right of the top of the key as time expired. "Unfortunately, that was what I diagramed," coach Erik Spoelstra said. "It probably wasn't the best call. It might have been a little too gunslinger on my part. I just wanted an open shot." ESPN.com

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Former Heat player Caron Butler signed with Oklahoma City this week after being bought out by the Milwaukee Bucks. While the Heat had interest in Butler, he wasn’t viewed as a priority by the Heat’s front office. “We love Caron,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We always have viewed him as a Miami Heat guy even though he was only here for a short period of time. But he carried himself in the fashion that we pride ourselves in. “He’s going to a situation he feels is right for him. We felt we made our moves during the offseason, getting Greg Oden and Michael Beasley.” Miami Herald

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Josh Smith understands Erik Spoelstra’s position. The Heat coach was sticking up for LeBron James when he complained about Smith and Rodney Stuckey grabbing James before he went airborne in Miami’s 102-96 victory over the Pistons on Monday night. But there was nothing dirty about those plays, according to Smith. “Players of his caliber are very strong and athletic, and if you were just to give him a little brush on the arm, he can have the possibility of a three-point play,” Smith said this week. “I’m not known as a dirty player and neither is Rodney Stuckey. “He’s just protecting his player, but there was really no hard foul given.” Detroit Free Press

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LeBron James and Dwyane Wade shrugged when asked about Bynum joining the Heat’s main rival in the East, and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said his team was more worried right now about fixing its own problems than contemplating how Indiana might have gotten better. Bynum, the former star center with the Los Angeles Lakers, signed with the Pacers on Saturday for the veteran’s minimum. He will back up All-Star center Roy Hibbert. “I don’t know what their perspective is,” Spoelstra said of the Pacers. “We’re just focused on us right now. I’m sure it makes for compelling storylines. He fits their style in terms of being big and physical in the paint, but from our standpoint that doesn’t affect us.” Miami Herald

January 26, 2014 Updates

For the first time in more than six years – a streak of 483 consecutive games that dated to Jan. 6, 2008 – Wade came off the bench for the Heat. He had missed the previous four games to rest his knees. As Miami chases a third straight NBA championship, Wade's health is the biggest question hanging over the team. "The reality of it is you got to wait and see," Wade said after scoring eight points in 23 minutes during a 113-101 victory over the Spurs. "I'm not going to make a bigger deal of it than it is and I'm going to act like it's nothing. …People could think what they want. I'm continuing to work to make sure I'm at my best when I can be." Yahoo! Sports

Chris Bosh scored 24 points on 9 for 10 shooting — making him 17 for his last 18 from the floor — and LeBron James added 18 points as the Heat rolled past the San Antonio Spurs 113-101 on Sunday, never trailing and leading by as many as 29 points along the way. "Did that feel like The Finals? No, it did not feel like The Finals," is how Heat coach Erik Spoelstra opened his postgame remarks, without anyone even asking the question. USA Today Sports

January 22, 2014 Updates

“What we try to do is not predetermine and have expectations about it,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “You can’t predict it. You’re going to have some good days and some days where you don’t feel great. We know as long as we stick to the routine, he should get better, quicker and stronger. Now that we’re at home we can get back on the routine of strength training and conditioning.” Ray Allen said “there’s no concern” about Wade’s knees because “he’s not injured. Nothing has happened where it’s sidelined him for a long period of time. It’s management of his body.” Miami Herald

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