Spoelstra Rips Miami’s Defensive Mentality
(Dwyane) Wade said confidently, “We’ll be ready for the playoffs on the [April] 28th,” and, obviously, the Heat’s not exactly inexperienced at handling the playoffs. But some of the things (Miami coach Erik) Spoelstra spoke of after Tuesday weren’t indicative of a veteran team.
He criticized the Heat’s defensive mental discipline, usually the hallmark of an experienced team that stresses defense.
“Missed shots right at the rim, we have to move on, next possession,” Spoelstra said. “Where we may think we were fouled, next possessions, we’ve got to play. On those things, we will be better by the time we reach the playoffs because no one likes this feeling of being uncomfortable. But we do have to take that next step forward as a basketball team.”