Coaching Rumors

Spoelstra has routinely apologized publicly when players fall victim to the numbers game. Earlier this month, he said he was “sick to his stomach” when he was unable to find minutes for Ellington. He also was disappointed recently after cutting Kelly Olynyk’s playing time last week against the Boston Celtics. “I talk to the guys (after),” Spoelstra said. “I have great empathy for the guys who are not playing the minutes that they would like or deserve in many cases. I have great empathy for Wayne. I don’t have a great answer for it, other than we’ve found some things that have been good. It’s not an indictment on anybody. I can’t play everybody.”