MIAMI — Heat coach Erik Spoelstra urged his team to move on following his team’s third straight loss to the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals. After being up in the series, 2-0, Miami now faces an elimination game on the road.
“It’s a loss, and that’s all it is,” said Spoelstra. “And that’s what our focus is right now, is to fight any kind of noise from the outside or any human condition, and to collectively come together strong to prepare for the next game.”
Spoelstra continued with his usual coach-speak, but in one comment revealed that he didn’t really expect his team to be in this position.
“This is the journey that we have to be on right now for whatever reason,” said Spoelstra. “It was a tough one to lose here at home, but it’s over with. It has to be behind us right now. Our energies have to be ready for Thursday night.”
The Heat have lost three straight, but Spoelstra didn’t seem like his confidence was shaken. Neither did Miami guard Mario Chalmers.
“We’re still confident,” said Chalmers. “Our confidence is never shaken. We’re down, 3-2, but we’re still ready for the next game.
“We have to figure it out. That’s something we have to figure out and come out with a game plan.”
Chris Bosh had 9 points and 7 rebounds in 14 minutes off the bench in his return.
“I feel good,” said Bosh. “I definitely have more to give, and I’ll be there. I just tried to be a good teammate for the guys that were out there. It was really good to be back out there.”
The “more to give” line may have been a reference to the fourth quarter, where Bosh found himself on the bench. Spoelstra said he didn’t feel comfortable inserting Bosh into a close game late.
“I didn’t feel it was fair to him to throw him in with three minutes to go,” said Spoelstra. “But I thought he gave us good minutes.”
Bosh said he never asked to come in late.
“I wouldn’t expect him to have a conversation with me,” said Bosh. “He has enough to deal with.”