Panic Not In The Heat’s DNA




MIAMI – You don’t throw around words like “panic” and “desperation” when you are as resilient as the Miami Heat have been this season, not even after surrendering home court advantage after Game 1 in The Finals.

It’s not in the Heat DNA to panic after a loss, regardless of how big of a game it appears to be. The Heat are 17-3 after a loss this season (4-0 in the playoffs) and they haven’t lost two straight games since Jan. 10.

They’ve won their last 10 games after a loss by an average of 19.9 points (and by no fewer than 11). Their offense has scored a scorching 116 points per 100 possessions in those 10 games, and their defense has allowed a paltry 93.

That would explain their decidedly measured approach to the challenge that awaits Sunday night in Game 2 (8 p.m. ET, ABC), by all means a must-win game for the reigning champs with three straight games in San Antonio on the schedule next week.

With 48 hours to mull over the mistakes, rewatch the film over and over again, the Heat always seem to figure out a way not to repeat the same mistakes. It’s a trait that has served them well thus far and will have to continue if this series is going to get back on the track they want it to.

“You probably heard all of us say it’s just owning up to our mistakes in the game,” Dwyane Wade said, trying to explain how the Heat rebound time after time, “really going upstairs, with Coach putting the game plan out for us, showing us what we did wrong, showing us some of the things we’ve done well, and coming back and being a mature team and trying not to make the same mistakes twice. I don’t think we’ll make the same mistakes we made in Game 1. That’s what we always try to do, to come out the next game and be a different team. We always feel like, as the series goes on, we get better and stronger as a team.”

For Wade and LeBron James, the Heat’s two biggest stars, the collective resolve has been an evolutionary process that began three years ago when they failed to compartmentalize their mistakes and lost in The Finals to a Dallas team that was not only better but certainly more mature and tougher mentally.

Still, having two days to stew after a loss that came with breakdowns on both ends of the floor in the final eight minutes makes the recovery a challenge.

“There’s pros and cons with having 48 hours in between games, especially after a loss,” James said. “You think about it a lot and it eats away at you. But at the same time, it allows you to really pinpoint ways you can get better in the next game. So the time helps. And the communication between the players and the coaches has to be receptive and open and honest in order for the game plan to work, because we have to have everyone on page from the coaching staff to the players once we get on the floor, because the game is so fast.”

The Heat’s focus between Game 1 and Game 2 isn’t just schematic, particularly for the role players. They have to take the mental and emotional aspects of what transpired into account and check themselves before taking the floor again. For all of the problems Tony Parker and Tim Duncan caused them in Game 1, the self-inflicted mistakes deserve just as much attention.

“We have to make adjustments and play with a sense of urgency,” Norris Cole said. “We have to play with that same spirit we had the first three quarters, before that final eight minutes when things went crazy. We don’t take anything for granted. Every time we step out on the floor we want to take advantage of the opportunity and win the game. We don’t want to let anything slip away. And nobody really needs to say anything, even though guys do, because that’s the type of personalities we have on our team. We have direct communication as a group. With our brotherhood, we can take it when guys have to say something. But this is The Finals. No one has to say anything. If you don’t understand that you can’t go down 0-2 on your home court, then you shouldn’t be playing this game.”

That’s the sort of understanding of the process that Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has been preaching to his team for years, a clear and sober realization that nothing happens at this point in a season by chance, that your fate is what you make it and that your energy, effort and execution determines whether or not you have a chance to prevail every night out.

That also means that failures have to be absorbed, processed and discarded accordingly. Whatever residue exists from Game 1 needs to be recycled into actions that don’t lead to a repeat performance. It’s a lesson the Heat have learned the hard way during their Big 3 run, one that has fueled them this season more than ever.

“There’s a maturity with this group,” Spoelstra said. “It’s not a guarantee. We don’t take that for granted. But our guys get angry. They own it. We all own it together. And then we just work together to try to get better.”

They need to get even this time if they don’t want to face the prospect of Sunday night being their last home game of the season.

55 Comments

  1. benjie says:

    dwade will give us 20 points tonight and a win for miami…

  2. TheAll-Star136 says:

    GAME 2 KEYS FOR HEAT:
    1.Attack the rim
    2. Chris Bosh not taking 3′s
    3. Attack the rim
    4. 2006 D. Wade
    5. Attack the rim
    6. Triple-double LeBron if team is doing well. If not, 2012 East Finals Game 6 LeBron
    7. Attack the rim
    8. Force turnovers. (Game 1 turnovers for Spurs: 4. Are you kidding me?)

  3. MartinfromAustria says:

    MUST WIN GAME NO EXCUSES, I BELIEVED WHEN WE WERE DOWN, 2-1 AGAINST INDIANA LAST YEAR, I BELIEVED WHEN WE WERE DOWN 3-2 AGAINSTBOSTON, I BELIEVED WHEN WE WERE DOWN 1-0 AGAINST OKC, I BELIEVED WHEN WE WERE DOWN 1-0 AGAINST CHICAGO THIS YEAR, I BELIEVED WHEN WE WERE 1-1 TIED WITH INDIANA AND I WILL BELIEVE NOW THAT WERE DOWN 1-0, I WILL BELIEVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MIAMI HEAT FOUR LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Tony says:

    Exactly, found no mention on this site that Joey Crawford is the ref for tonight’s game. Damn Stern.

  5. Nadine says:

    The Heat will defeat the SPURS the team knows the urgency of having to get this win tonight Bosh and Wade will play great if you are a true HEAT fan have faith in your team that they have the heart and the drive to Win Win Win;;;;;;

  6. DriveFerFive says:

    Spurs didn’t “steal” Game 1, they simply outplayed the Heat and won it with a great team effort. If the Spurs continue to move the ball and limit turnovers, Heat will be toast. Kawhi will keep LBJ in check so someone else will have to step up for Miami and then they’d better hire a priest to pray the Spurs don’t bring their 3 Storm to town

  7. uksdlo21 says:

    When we say best player on planet why people say LABRoom he’s (0/5) against spurs n finals gotta b thinkn bout that wth avenges but sad2knw that hell try 2do it all alone v more aggressive but won’t people dnt realize is spurs dnt give up lanes 4him2drive or any all oops and when ur consider the best player its cuz uale ur players around u BETTER and nobody has done that more successful then TIM DUNCAN

  8. miamibill says:

    Cant believe people say they will sweep when we were in control most of the game and it was a 2 point game with five seconds left and MIAMI wont make those same mistakes again

  9. Dan says:

    LBJ the best player in the World, Heat will win this series & will win it again next year. It’s all about the money the ref’s & D. Stern will make sure they play 7 games.

  10. george says:

    Just get game 2 and have one win away, and then the home court advantage is back. What I don’t understand is why Miami coach insists of having Bosh on the three point line instead of having him in the3-5 meter range. And Lebron has to attack the rim, like he did in game 7 of the ECF. After the end of the finals Heat have to consider a trade for Bosh, for a real centre that can grab some rebounds;enough with his soft game and inefficiency. 31 min for 10 points 5 rebounds(maybe less?) is not enough to be considered as one of the Big 3.

  11. nba fan says:

    thye fight back for sure… let’s go heat…. spurs give them a good games

  12. Rafael Godinho says:

    The Spurs are “oh, so MUCH more” experienced! Spurs in 5.

  13. & The Spurs didn’t play @ the top of their game is what’s most scary & still won! I knew Kawhi would be fine & do a great job on lbj-great 1st game! Nobody on heat can handle or slow Parker down, it’s just not happening! & No miami big-bosh, bird, haslem, or anthony just can’t handle Duncan-& to think we could have drafted Duncan in Boston. Keep it up Spurs. Finally-some fairly called games since ecf to finals-except the 1st foul called on Duncan in the 1st qu-u know, the one where he was just standing there-NOT jumping-w/ both arms strait in the air-yeah that one, the def NO CALL just good defense. Still have a ways to go to be truly fair called when u have lbj & wade w/ 0-yes 0 fouls in game 1-how does that happen? Were they just not playing defense?
    Spurs are a better team!
    Go Spurs-Spurs All The Way!!!

  14. rosauro santos says:

    i’m hope miami heat will come back in game 2.lossing 2 in youre home court its a big problem.remember game 3,4,5 in san antonio home.playing in youre home is big plus.but i think this final will going up to game 7.

  15. J says:

    its alright folks im not panicking niether should you

    i just got a call from a happy drunk d wade at the club from the future and he told me they won it all in 6 games back to back oh and chris bosh told me that they win games 2 3 5 6 and lebron said that he rips down a 360 between the legs backflip reverse posing in mid air thomahawk dunk in game 3

    heat in 6!!!

  16. J says:

    its alright folks im not panicking niether should you

    i just got a call from a happy drunk d wade at the club from the future and he told me they won it all in 6 games back to back oh and chris bosh told me that they win games 2 3 5 6 and lebron said that he rips down a 360 between the legs backflip reverse posing in mid air thomahawk dunk in game 4

    heat in 6!!!

  17. JamieB says:

    @gtx/Cleveland: You are clearly a Cavs fan that still rues LeBron’s departure. He flops sometimes, yes, but he ain’t dirty. Wade is alleged as dirty, but the Heat as a team isn’t anywhere as dirty as Chicago and Indiana. Even Duncan, who isn’t generally dirty, once elbowed Baby Gasol in this series. But there are bona fide thugs like Stephenson, West, Gibson and Mohammad who pushed James.

    Heat to blow out Spurs in Game 2!

    • Common Sense says:

      Look for pop to pull a Pop. He’s gonna do something interesting I’m sure. Maybe he’ll start all of his bench to let his Starters rest. Or play Duncan as guard and Parker as center(just kidding) But seriously…look for pop to do something interesting, that Coach is every coaches nightmare!

  18. steppx says:

    leave it to Sekou Smith to write a fawning Heat tribute (the man who thought the Lakers would win and the man who thought Chris Bosh was a hall of famer). And for those on here who keep saying the Heat cant be beat…….wtf? Huh….the pacers almost beat them if Vogel hadnt blown game one. Having the best single player on the planet hardly guarantees successs. MJ had pippin…….and magic had kareem and those guys didnt disappear the way bosh and an injured DWade have, Miami’s problem is that they supporting case is really lousy. When you start thinking chris anderson is the solution then you are in big big big trouble. The Spurs are amazingly professional and poised. Parker is the best point guard in the league right now, Duncan a hall of famer who still effective at 37 and most important of all, the Spurs have Popovich, the best coach in the league and maybe the best coach of all time. The heat have eric whats his name.

    • You Speak without Wisdon says:

      Actually Sekou deserves credit. He did say after a loss the Heat win by 19, which is exactly how the Blewout the Spurs in game 2. LOL

  19. underdog says:

    Joe Crawford is officiating in Game 2 that’s why they’re not in Panic.. I expect a foul trouble for Duncan, Splitter, and Leonard and atleast 16FTA for Lebron, 40+ FTA for the Heat and raining technical fouls against the Spurs.. I will just hope the Spurs can compensate in other areas with this upcoming dirty game.

    • You Speak without Wisdon says:

      No foul trouble for the Spurs. Just a Blowout LOL. Silly Spurs Fans lol. It aint over, Not by a longshot.

  20. dylan says:

    Go go Spurs….And Veteran Power…

  21. stop and read says:

    NBA isn’t a one on one tournament kimmy. your best player against the best team with the best coach playing a team game, who do you think is going to win? boring won’t matter. what will matter is parker is going to get another ring added to his collection at the end of this series.

  22. theholyspectator says:

    im really not feelin boshs overall play..your a miami big so play like it!! yes we know you can shoot but you gotta get some boards..put the ball inside and get some fouls put the spurs in foul trouble..i felt game 1 miami was in control all the way til about the final 5 minutes…i understood lebron wanted his guys to be aggressive but ultimately closing time its gotta be lebron and his guys needa know that and plan it out that way…the days of dwade and bosh being the hero, not right now not in the finals..im pretty sure theyll win game 2..however they gotta get lebron the ball and be the helpers when hes in trouble…it cant be lebron gettin everyone going, get lebron going his your lifesaver, your ace..dnt worry about your shot..just be there to bail him out if needed..now yeah if dwade and or cb is hot and just hitting everything thats another story, but other wise give the ball to lbj and let that man work!

  23. Heat says:

    Wade vowed to retire in a heat jersey.

  24. gtx13/Cleveland says:

    As we see, Spurs are practicing a fair game and they deserve our respect. On the other way, the Heat is playing a kind of brutal sport , included indulgently into NBA (??!!). I am wondering why their organisation does not aply better to a mixture amalgamated sports derivated from NFL, Hockey League , Rugby or Kombat/ Martial Arts ?! …where they could deserve more respect and a properly integration of the players . In the same time, their look and behaviour will be a stronger argument for that. I remember, couple of years ago, LBJ practiced the same Spurs’ style, so playing the real basket; insted now he is playing a brutal and unfair sport, called “basket”. After my recollection he cowardly change the Cleveland “Cavaliers” in a very ugly conjuctural moment, when he failed “succesfully” against Celtics. So I hope he and his kombat “conjuctural team” will fail again…with Spurs…. go SPURS !

  25. paopao says:

    Nice to have best player, but not equal to best team

  26. cp10 says:

    Spurs sweep ‘em in 4.

    • You Speak without Wisdon says:

      I doubt it after the Spurs got Blown out in game 2 LOL. Try harder Heat hater lol.

  27. edita says:

    That’s right the heat is on and they will surely bounce back

  28. justine says:

    I think that’s the problem. They are playing too relaxed. They are not playing with their hearts out. Relying too much on their talent thinking they are the best team and they have the best player. The spurs are playing with more hunger. Look at the tip in of Duncan. He exerted all his energy just to reach the ball with the tip of his finger. That play was huge

  29. Bongoman says:

    Trade Bosh for Grainer. Problem solved. I am sure she would give you 10 rebounds.

  30. Bongoman says:

    While LeBron is putting up a triple double, Bosh is coming up with 4 rebounds. If he is scared of the Post, by all means trade him for Brittney Grainer. Bosh is trying to be Dirk. He cannot be Dirk because Dirk has range. Just rebound, and offensive rebounds lead to easy basket. Put your Big boy pants on Chris. You are playing like Crystal.

  31. Kimmy says:

    Nobody can be Heat.. this year. They have the best player in the whole wide world. And I’m not even a Heat fan. Open up your eyes people! But’s its nice to see the Spurs make them break a sweat. Would love to be entertained up to a game 7. Then what, people? I don’t really care who wins. Did you like Tony Parker’s moves? He’s awesome. I thought he was boring.

    • RG says:

      the Spurs have a good shot at beating the Heat. it doesn’t matter if you have the best player in the world. you can’t always win. the Mavs proved that in 2011. and I believe this Spurs team is better than that Mavs team. and if you thought Parker was boring before, then you were surely dead wrong on that. sorry, but I think you need to open up your eyes!

  32. uksdlo21 says:

    It’s crazy all I ever hear or watch on tv is what da heat need2do what they should do but never does da spurs get any respect frm da NBA David stern is all about money changes rules 4players so tickets sale money money money if u dnt knw what I mean think howany times these rules have.changed since tim enterd

    • LG says:

      How about some punctuation, uksdlo21. I couldn’t keep reading whatever you were writing because it was dizzying when I tried.

  33. what? says:

    BTW.. CB, enjoy your last few games with the HEAT. As soon as the finals are over, the HEAT will trade CB as quick as possible, create cap space to pursue Dwight. Dwight, Wade, and James for 2013-14. After that season, bye bye D-Wade, the Heat can only afford to resign one megastar, and that gotta be Lebron. Where will D-wade play after 2013-14?

    • Kobe for mvp says:

      That’s funny letting the face of the heat wade for lbj who just been there for 3 years . Dwight and Lebron together does sound unstoppable but wade will always play as a heat

  34. what? says:

    Pop will always come up with a better plan the Eric S. He will counteract every move and every play Eric makes. The SPURS is totally a different team. The only way the HEAT to win is…

  35. Loki says:

    I’m a spurs fan but I’m a basketball fan first. I’d like to see this a series. If Spurs win game 2 I expect a sweep but I’m pretty sure the Heat know how serious a blow losing game 2 would be as well.

  36. FAN says:

    LET’S GO MIAMI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ………………………………………………. HOW DO PEOPLE THINK SPURS ARE GOING TO SWEEP THEM! MIAMI HEAT WIN TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • RG says:

      are you guaranteeing that? because there are no guarantees the Heat win Game 2. How do people think the Spurs are going to sweep the Heat? well because if the Spurs do win Game 2, then they have a good chance to sweep them because the fact that Games 3 and 4 will be in S.A., that’s why. the Heat might be the favorites to win Game 2, but the Spurs aren’t just going to give it to them. they will try to steal it, just like they did in Game 1. like I said, there are no guarantees the Heat will win Game 2. sorry, but it’s true.

      • nba fan says:

        well there is no guarantee that spurs would win tomorrow because the heat is not gonna give up too….

      • djal06 says:

        Speaking of which…there are no guarantees that the Spurs will ‘steal’ Game 2 either…just saying

      • You Speak without Wisdon says:

        LOL the heat just blew out the Spurs in game 2! Keep talking Heat hater, bury yourself lol.

    • J says:

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  37. realtalk says:

    Truth hurts, but I think both Bosh and Wade have let the fact that LBJ is obviously the Heats leader and has repeated as MVP effect their play, not to say they are sabatoging, but maybe their egos are bruised knowing that from now on its LBJ’s legacy and they are supporting cast, body language speaks volumes, and at times they both seem to be doing more harm than good on both ends of the floor.

    • plus the spurs are going to sweep them this year….so, sorry to the both of them lol

      • LBJKIN6JAMES says:

        LeBron haters like you just sound like pathetic idiots at this point… you must learn to give credit where it is due. LeBron put this team on his back and took them to the finals 3 years in a row. Just because they lose game 1, stupid people like you count out the heat and are ready to write their obituary. Sorry, but this is not the 1st time the heat lost game 1 and came back and won the series, 4 time mvp for a reason. Ring #2 coming up for the KING!