Erik Spoelstra Rumors

In Game 3, the Heat were blown out 94-75. Dexter Pittman, who started at center, was ejected in the first quarter. But Pittman was the decoy. Battier was the key. “I walked through the tunnel that night after Game 3 knowing that was how we were going to play, regardless of the score,” Spoelstra says. “I shut out all the noise. Everyone thought we couldn’t win that way, certainly not a title. I didn’t care.” Spoelstra didn’t budge. With Battier stretching the floor for James and Wade, the Heat blitzed the Pacers in Game 4. And Game 5. And Game 6. A month later, with Battier and Bosh each slinging 3s in the Finals against the Thunder, the Heat won the championship, their first of two in the Big Three era. That night, D’Antoni received a text message from Spoelstra. “This one’s for you,” it read. “We climbed the mountaintop.”
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During the Pacers’ 112-89 win, George played 15 minutes and scored 13 points (5-of-12 from the floor with three 3-pointers) and picked up two rebounds, two assists and two steals. Though George also turned the ball over three times and picked up just as many fouls, the Pacers (34-43) outscored the Heat by 12 while he was on the floor. So, he’s back. And throughout the NBA, even rivals recognized the moment. “There’s been a lot of injury stories this year, but that’s one of the good stories,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We all saw it on TV. Even from a competitor’s standpoint, it was great to see that he’s back out on the court. It has to come on our game, who cares? The fact that an injured player is back, we’re not hiding from competition.”
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Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the Kings do look different playing for George Karl. Spoelstra only had an eight-game sample to evaluate before the Kings played the Heat on Saturday at American Airlines Arena. But he said the Kings are taking on Karl’s personality. “It’s amazing,” Spoelstra said. “It’s uncanny how his teams, going all the way back to Seattle, will play with that pace and attack mentality. Since the All-Star break, their team is starting to shape up with that type of personality.”
Why was he on the bench so long? Spoelstra said it was because of fatigue, but Whiteside did not seem to agree. “I have no answer for that,” he said. “That’s a question for Coach Spo. I have no answer for that.” Asked about whether he pleaded with Spoelstra to get back in, Whiteside responded, “I don’t ever talk to Coach Spo about minutes. I’m just blessed to be here and I do my job.” He was pressed on the question of whether he was fatigued and continued to deflect. “You always want to play,” Whiteside said. “Everybody wants to play. I really wanted to play. But as you can see, they went on a run. That’s a question for Coach. I don’t know what to really say about that. I watched it like y’all.”