Heat Try To ‘Stay In The Moment’

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MIAMI – Game 7 of The Finals is not just any other game, but the Miami Heat are trying to treat it that way. They want to “stay in the moment” but not get caught up in it, if that makes any sense.

So Heat coach Erik Spoelstra did nothing special at Thursday morning’s shootaround. There was no talk about the consequences of winning or losing Game 7 (9 p.m. ET, ABC).

“You can’t focus on the victory,” Spoelstra said. “You can’t focus on the reward. The only thing you can focus on is the task. So this morning, all it was was the shootaround, prep. It wasn’t anything more. There was no special words or speeches I gave them. The most important thing they can do now for the next eight or 10 hours is get off their feet.”

Spoelstra believes his team is prepared to stay undistracted and focus on the task at hand, because they’ve dealt with quite a bit of outside noise since putting together the big three three years ago.

“Probably the world we’ve lived in has helped us prepare for that more than anything else,” Spoelstra said. “From the first time we came together, it was about everything else. And we had to learn how to compartmentalize and stay in the moment. That’s helped us build some discipline of mind.”

And Chris Bosh doesn’t want to think about what the next 48 minutes of basketball mean to the big three’s legacy.

“We’re not thinking about the grand scheme of things,” Bosh said. “All this legacy stuff and the era, we leave that all to the barber shop talkers and the sports critics and let everybody sum that up. We just come out there and play basketball.”

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Spoelstra hinted that Udonis Haslem would see action in Game 7 after giving Haslem a DNP in favor of Chris Andersen and small lineups on Tuesday.

“It was probably one of the tougher things I’ve ever done. That wasn’t necessarily the notion. The game just didn’t present itself. But he’ll be ready and the opportunity will be there tonight. He’s right there on my mind, so likely he’ll get his chance tonight.”

29 Comments

  1. JimD54 says:

    The Heat were playing for their very lives Tuesday night and the Spurs still had to give the game to them. The Spurs know that the Heat can’t handle them, and the Spurs are mad tonight…..Look for them to beat the brakes off of the Heat..

  2. j says:

    Stupid Miami fans

  3. La says:

    I don’t hate Miami I HATE LEBRON he is an amazing athlet , as a basketball palyer he is just an average low IQ basketball etc.
    The only diference is his amazing body.
    No fair but a lot of real good players can beat him.
    What i HATe about him is that hes is a VERY stupid player and he belives he is Smart that’s why is so hard for him to win.
    Start from yourslef and the world will change.

  4. mgml says:

    The fact that Bosh is paid equally as James and Wade is a freaking JOKE! This Bosh guy does not deserve to be paid that much and he is just a second fiddle to James and Wade. Look at his previous teams’ (Raptors) success. Guy was pulling off nothing surrounded by so-so team mates. The only reason he is doing good with Heat is because James and Wade get this moron open looks and he just gotta knock them down. With his size advantage, he pulls a couple boards. Other than that, he is one of the most overated player right now in the league. And, mind you moron Bosh, if there is any barber shop talk about the Heat, noone will discuss about ur legacy, It will be of your team mates Wade and James. You aint got no legacy no matter how many rings u win by piggybacking on James and Wade. I am a Lakers fan myself and GO Lakers next year or beyond. Let the best team win and let us all please ignore this moron Bosh

  5. Loki says:

    Very poor decisions caused the Spurs to throw game 6. There is no reason they should have lost or even went into overtime in the first place. I give credit to the heat for taking advantage of slip ups but there were so many ways to prevent overtime besides making free throws. Where was Duncan when rebounds were needed? How come no one thought to foul Bosh when they were up three with 5seconds left? Every team makes mistakes but I hope those don’t come back to haunt them game 7. Win or lose though, spurs fan gor life

    • alp says:

      everybody keeps saying “how come they didn’t foul before the three” i bet most of you fans didn’t even realize what was going on, let alone the need for them to foul.. im sure the spurs were just as perplexed as we are, thats why they made so many mistakes with 28 seconds left in the game. they were extremely close, i know they though they had it in the bag, then all of a sudden they are up by 3! they weren’t ready for miami streak of luck at the end of the game so when the time came for them to foul, they were completely out of sorts.. i would say better luck next year for san antonio, but okc is coming back with a vengeance, and san antonio’s 3 maybe disbanded. win or lose this game it’s the end of a legacy.

      • David says:

        Totally agree. If Spurs don’t win the championship this season, the only reason is they relax too early.

  6. Greg says:

    I find this article hilarious, superstars perform at a higher level the higher the stakes, Players like kobe, jordan, and even paul pierce embrase these games and its what legends are made of. The heat are gonna lose because their coach is an idiot

  7. cp10 says:

    Coach spo’ unplugged! Love it.

  8. steve says:

    Heat had no control of game six. They did not win, Spurs lost the game. Miami had no decision in the last 30 seconds. They did the most they could, hit two threes. It doesn’t matter if Ginobli and Lenard don’t split their free throws. C’mon hit 3 out of 4 and the talk is about splitting up the Heat. I can’t watch game 7. I HATE the Heat and especially Ray Allen (used to be a fan).

    • moe says:

      you could also argue that for game 1 for the heat… other then that amazing shot, spurs barely won that game. game 6 means nothing in a series like this one cause it is so unpredictable.

    • HeatFansExist says:

      They played a bad game and they knew that, but that game will be forever remembered b/c it was just amazing, and unexpected. And why do you HATE the Heat? And Ray Allen? You used to be a fan of Ray Allen? Proves your loyalty huh? One thing you can’t do is reject talent when it’s there. Game 7 will be interesting, you should watch.

  9. realist says:

    u r right. they wanted their legacy to be not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, not 6, not 7. they r so full of themselves. i hope spurs do this because they deserve it more than a tema that is supposed to be so great but whines like a bunch a spoiled kids when the refs do not help them. u would never see jordan stomping his feet and whining after missing a shot ot getting one blocked while the rest of his team gets back on the other end to play defense. they do not deserve this. spurs r trying to win a championship for the franchise and city and miami just wants to fill the ego of the big 3. spurs can do this. they choked game 6 but i have feeling that will not happen tonight. i love that all the miami “fans” walked out early the other night because i have been saying this since 05, they r just bandwagon jumpers. i live here. there was no support before shaq and no support between shaq and lebron. spurs got this

    • sean says:

      you are a joke

    • wadefan says:

      Please don’t lump all miami fans into 1 category. I have been a fan ever since glenn rice hit dade county and continue to support them today whether they win a championship or don’t make the playoffs.

    • Rasoule says:

      Actually, if you watched Bulls games Michael Jordan absolutely destroyed referees. There are documented pictures of him monstrously yelling at refs. Not going to touch on anything else you said but just wanted point out that inaccuracy in what you’ve said.

      http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6UrPfeUZK24/USsdL2pJ1lI/AAAAAAAAFlY/_s7Y5Sq61nU/s1600/jordan.jpg

      • Kei says:

        You are absolutely right, MJ was one of the few can keep yaping at the ref without a tech. Not that he never got a tech for it, but if rodman tried the same, man he’ll be gone like that.

    • Heatles Read Chris's FACE. says:

      change your name to ignorant. trying to act like you know how jordan reacted to non calls and to the refs, when you know absolutely squat and probably not even old enough to have watched him play.

    • Another moron who cannot accept the fact that the Spurs HANDED the game to the Heat by missing 2 key free throws in the final 28 seconds to give Miami the chance to send it to OT!

    • Another moron who cannot accept the fact that the spurs HANDED the game to the heat by missing 2 key free-throws in the final 28 seconds to let the Miami take it to overtime.

    • bballjunkie1 says:

      Mike whined early on while the Pistons (Bad Boys) was throwing him around and Boston was beating that behind. But as he matured, muscled up, began to share the ball he began to win more than scoring tiltles. If you hate the heat ya hate the heat but don’t paint basketball history that ain’t true. Lover of the game drive 4 5 rings or repeat champions it’s all good for NBA.

    • reynol pers says:

      And we are on the way we have 1 and 2 tonight and the story goes on. Sit and watch and cry and hate all you want this is going to be a long time before you see any other team coming out of the east. Everybody wants a ring and what better place to come and do this than the nicest City in the USA. sO WE REALLY DO NOT HAVE TO DO TO MUCH SELLING TO BRING MORE TALENT EVERY YEAR. ASIDE FORM HAVING THE BEST SALES PERSON TO DO THIS RILEY.

  10. Dan says:

    ‘And Chris Bosh doesn’t want to think about what the next 48 minutes of basketball mean to the big three’s legacy.
    “We’re not thinking about the grand scheme of things,” Bosh said. “All this legacy stuff and the era, we leave that all to the barber shop talkers and the sports critics and let everybody sum that up. We just come out there and play basketball.”’

    But wasn’t it you and your cohorts who made it a point to create all this talk of a legacy and an era?

    Let me know