Erik Spoelstra: Miami Heat has to sta...

Erik Spoelstra: Miami Heat has to stay hungry

There are 8 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Apr 23, 2009, titled Erik Spoelstra: Miami Heat has to stay hungry. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

With his team having wrested homecourt advantage in this best-of-seven first-round NBA playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks , Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra stressed Thursday that it hardly will matter if his team loses its edge.

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Dom

Miami, FL

#1 Apr 23, 2009
Spo., how bout switching those haslem/beasley minutes around. We looked good last night, lets keep it up. I told all of U JO was going to come thru
Bad Idea

Saint Petersburg, FL

#2 Apr 23, 2009
Switch Haslem and Beasley's minutes? NO! Haslem was ballin last night, keep him where he is. His shots in the 4th with Wade on the bench allowed Wade to get some rest.
liam

Belmont, MA

#3 Apr 23, 2009
I criticize Spo at times but he did GREAT last game.

Splitting the minutes between haslem and beasley at 22 a piece thru the first 44 minutes

he let both play long stretches to be in rhythym and contribute, and if Beasley was having a good game he wouldve closed out the games last 4 minutes, thats the way to do it, how the game goes decides who finishes out of thgem 2.

He picked the right guy last night, haslem was great to close (as usual, he's a posey type), with Haslem being focused and Beasley having an average game (for him, which was still good contribution) and with Jermaine and Cook doing great for our offense as 2nd and 3rd options in support of Wade going off

great job using Cook off screens and Jermaine in the post, plus alowing chalmers to run the team and make plays instead of just dribbling up and ahnding off to wade

plus iso'ing beasley and letting him do his thing as our 2nd offensive option, 2nd best offensive player

PLUS: No Haslem or Beasley at center, no crazy lineups, no james jones guarding Joe Johnson, having Wade guard him which set the tone for our d, focusing so much on our rebounding and attakcing the offensive glass, slowing the tempo,

playing Magloire all backup minutes at the 5

only playing 3 guards to split up the 96 backcourt minutes in Cook Wade and Chalmers.

and all this happening allows our roleplalyers to do theiir job and contribute (Magloire, Moon, Haslem, Jones)

2 of the 4 offensive weapons(Oneal, Cook, Chalmers and BEASLEY) get off and it allows the role guys (magloire moon jones and haslem) to do thier job and Wade to dominate within the flow of the offense isnteaad of having to force it and go one on 5

GREAT TEAM WIN! WHAT A BIG ROAD WIN IN THE PLAYFOFS, FIRST ROAD PLAYOFF WIN FOR OUR YOUNG TEAM, GREAT JOB, WINNING OVER A GREAT HOME TEAM! AWESOME JOB!!!!!!! THATS THE ROTATION, THATS THE HEART AND HUNGER YOU PLAY WITH BABY! GO HEAT!
CAHeat Fan

Orinda, CA

#4 Apr 23, 2009
Laim...that was a great post, very detailed. You said everything that I would have said. Great win! Go Heat. But we need to come out on Saturday in Game 3 and just "step on" this Hawks team. I want to see a 30-15 score after the first quarter and a 55-35 half time lead. If we kill the Hawks in game 3 we go into Game 4 with a lot of confidence. Game 4 will be tougher and we will need to win game 4 to take a 3-1 lead going back to Atlanta for Game 5. If we take a 3-1 lead the Heat will win the series. I cannot see Atlanta beating the Miami Heat with Wade, Beasley, Haslem, Cook and JO three games in a row with one in Miami. Aint going to happen.
Frank

Homestead, FL

#5 Apr 23, 2009
Excellent post, Liam.

Breaking it down by areas, the bench excelled last night, obviously with Cook and Beasley the main cogs, but we can look at it from another point. The power rotation (Kat, JO, Haslem, Beasley) produced 41 points and 20 boards, the wings (Jones, Moon) only so-so (10 & 9), and is an area that needs to upgrade its offensive game, and of course the guard rotation was clicking (57 points and great perimeter defense.)

Easy to overlook Big Kat contribution. While he didn't score, he put the hurt on a couple of people.

Spo? I am a fan. Sure he has made some mistakes, but he has a bright mind and is a good teacher. He coaches to win, not to please the crowd. He understands that this is by far not a complete team and having Beasley providing scoring from the bench is important at this juncture.

I was among the people thinking the Heat not being a playoff team yet. Too young, with two rookies in uniform and one in a business suit, a one-year man providing the only scoring option off the bench and a big hole at center. Yet this bunch took a cue from their coach and gave more lumps than it took.

I am enjoying this season as much as I enjoyed the first and as much as I did the championship season.
CAHeat Fan

Orinda, CA

#6 Apr 23, 2009
Frank and Liam..In a way these seasons, where we struggle and grow and overcome adversity to be a winnng team are much better seasons than when we have these "Championship" type teams and huge expectations. I'm having a lot of fun with all this.
trensaun

United States

#7 Apr 23, 2009
great coaching along with d wade.listen i got some names for you Mr.Riley good talent players.Terrell Mcintyre the scoring pg you love and a very good low post player his teammate Omer asik both play for Montepaschi siena would be great upgrades.Lookout for Brandon Jenning to.heres a dark horse from vista Moscow Siskauskas great mid range game. Go heat energy all day
mydrick taylor

Miami, FL

#8 Apr 24, 2009
just have faith guys just like the commercial prove these people wrong

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