HEAT Still Experimenting with Lineup?
So naturally, the Heat can merely tip their collective caps to the Celtics for a red-hot shooting performance and assume it won’t be like that every time the two teams play, and possibly never again.
But if that’s where the Heat truly leave it — if that’s what the players actually believe as opposed to merely offering the words to soothe any potential outside panic — then this group is deluding itself.
The truth is, the Heat are very much in experimental mode at the moment, with just 10 games remaining in their regular season.
Erik Spoelstra made some difficult decisions (or easy decisions, if you consider how the team had been playing) about his rotation after — surprise! — the Celtics destroyed his team on a very serious April Fools’ Day in Boston.
It was after that game, when the Celtics dominated defensively, that Spoelstra changed his starting center from Joel Anthony to Ronny Turiaf.
It was soon after when it became painfully obvious that reserve point guard Norris Cole wasn’t going to recover from his extended rookie slump, which had Spoelstra toying with playing another rookie, Terrel Harris.