Coach Spoelstra Wants Back-To-Back Wins
With Miami now 6-0 in the playoffs after a setback, it’s obvious the team knows how to handle problematic times. Those six restoration victories have come by margins of 37, 18, 11, 23, 19 and 16 points, respectively, this postseason.
But why don’t the Heat have a stronger grip on prosperity?
It’s one of the few unresolved dilemmas facing Miami as it looks to capitalize on the best collective performance from its star trio heading into Sunday’s pivotal game. A win in Game 5 would not only give the Heat a 3-2 lead heading home with two chances to close out the series in Miami, but also would mark the first time they will have won consecutive playoff games in nearly a month.
Miami has perfected the process of following losses with emphatic victories. But it hasn’t quite figured out how to build on playoff success from one game to the next.
“Today, it’s about [taking] a mental break, but tomorrow, we’re going to be real about it,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said during the team’s day off Friday, addressing the trend of recent inconsistency. “The most significant factor, and that’s not being able to put [together] back-to-back wins, it’s been the competition the last two weeks. Indiana and now with San Antonio. But there has to be a point where enough is enough. And we have to try to fight for a breakthrough.”