INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Refreshed in body and spirit, the Miami Heat returned to practice reunited and refocused.
What’s done is done. All that’s for another day. Right now, it’s time to save the season.
“We move on,” Wade said.
Down 2-1 in the Eastern Conference semifinals to the ready-to-rumble Indiana Pacers, the Heat were back on the floor Saturday after staying away from Bankers Life Fieldhouse for a day to decompress following their stunning 94-75 loss, a defeat amplified by the clash between Wade and Spoelstra during a timeout in the third quarter.
On Friday, Wade drove to Bloomington, Ind., and visited Indiana coach Tom Crean, his college coach for three years at Marquette. LeBron James went to the movies, catching “The Dictator.” Spoelstra joked that he locked away the keys to the team bus so players couldn’t get to the arena.
“We wanted to get away,” Spoelstra said as his team prepared for Sunday’s Game 4.
“Things happen,” said Wade, who refused to acknowledge his quarrel with Spoelstra following the game. “In a perfect world a lot of things would go differently, but it’s not a perfect world. A lot of stuff in our game is in the heat of the battle, emotional-type things. When something happens, it happens and we move on as a team.
“Me and coach have been together for nine years in some capacity. We’ve had many different conversations, some like that and some not. It wasn’t the first, it won’t the last. We know how to move on from things and we know each other wants the best for each other.”
“There’s no harm done. We’re a family.”
Spoelstra knows the dispute didn’t look good to the outside world, but it’s just part of professional sports.
“Your communication sometimes is not for everybody’s living room, but it’s normal in our living room,” he said. “We’ve moved well beyond that. Dwyane and I have been together for a long time, nine or 10 years. That’s the least of our concerns the last two days.”
With an aggressive approach on both ends of the floor, the Pacers have won the past two games to put the Heat in an unforeseen hole and place their title hopes in serious danger. A win on Sunday would put Indiana up 3-1 and send the panic meter to code red in south Florida.View Entire Story
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