Miami Heat News, Analysis: Coach Erik Spoelstra Still Optimistic To Reach Playoffs?

By Jeff Harris, Posted: 12/02/16 06:10AM EST
Miami Heat Head Coach Erik Spoelstra
Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra talks to reporters after the win against Denver Nuggets(Photo : FOXSportsFlorida FOXSportsSun/YouTube)

Currently running third from the last in the East and sixth in the entire league, Miami Heat head coach Erik remains optimistic of the team's chances of getting into the next round after the grueling regular season. Can the team still bounce after their dismal performance during the first 18 games where they only compiled six wins?

Heat Team Full of Potentials

"I like this team. I really do," Spoelstra said via Sun Sentinel after beating the Denver Nuggets last Wednesday. He described the current core of the Heat team to "have great potential" that he believes would be pretty much exciting to watch during the next few months.

After losing Dwyane Wade to the Chicago Bulls and Chris Bosh's health condition, the Miami franchise needs additional firepower to cope up with the ever improving NBA teams. Last offseason, they were able to beef up the roster with the addition of James Johnson (Toronto Raptors), Luke Babbitt (New Orleans Pelicans), Willie Reed (Brooklyn Nets) and Wayne Ellington (Brooklyn Nets).

"Our record isn't what we want it to be right now, but we see so many positives with this group," the two-time NBA champion coach said. "And we're not waiting for guys to get back." Is he referring to Chris Bosh?

Defense, Key to Heat Victory

Many basketball analysts believe Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic will be the key for the Heat to step up onto the winning column. Then there's the addition of Ellington plus the support of Dion Waiters, Tyler Johnson and Justice Winslow. But more importantly, and what Spoelstra believe will be the key for the Heat to rise up again, is defense.

"What I liked about it from a coaching standpoint was our best defensive quarter at the end," Spoelstra said as posted on Miami Herald. The Miami Heat coach believes that defense must come first before offense perhaps because anyone from his ward can score. But the fact that they continuously want to improve on the defensive end especially towards the end, "They just keep on plugging away."



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