Spoelstra: HEAT a Very Stubborn Group
Three times now in these playoffs the Heat have faced a game on the road that would have — either definitely or all but certainly — meant the end of their season. Three times they emerged with signature victories.
“This postseason and everything we’ve been through has shown that this group has a resourcefulness, a resolve, a resiliency,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We’re all a very stubborn group.”
Miami’s first do-or-die win came during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Heat had just played two stinkers, failing to break 75 points in back-to-back losses to the Indiana Pacers during the immediate aftermath of Bosh’s abdominal injury. The Pacers smelled blood, talking trash, picking fights and flashing choke signs, but the Heat didn’t fall for any of it. Instead, they got a combined 70 points from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to even the series at two games apiece. Having avoided a 3-1 series deficit with the 101-93 victory, the Heat never looked back, winning Game 5 and Game 6 to slam the door and send the Pacers home.