Erik Spoelstra speaks out on bubble trend of blowing 3-1 leads
The Miami Heat suffered a 121-108 defeat at the hands of the Boston Celtics on Friday, as they failed to close out the series at their first opportunity. After the game, Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra was asked about teams blowing 3-1 leads, and the 49-year-old was quick to deflect the trend.
For Spoelstra, he believes that the Heat are in an entirely different situation here:
Heat’s Erik Spoelstra on teams blowing 3-1 series leads in the bubble after Game 5 loss to Celtics: “I don’t think those series have anything to do with this. … We have great respect for Boston. We’re not expecting this to be easy. You have to earn it.” pic.twitter.com/yKIe4COyb0
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) September 26, 2020
Miami are on the brink of advancing to the NBA Finals, as they need just one win to reach the pinnacle of the sport. They had an opportunity to do so on Friday, but were unable to hold off a resurgent Celtics side.
We’ve seen a couple of teams blow a huge 3-1 series lead in this playoffs alone, which is why at this point, it’s never safe to presume an insurmountable advantage. Just ask the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers.
For Spoelstra, however, those other series have no relation to Miami’s series against Boston. He is not concerning himself with this apparent trend, as he understands how the circumstances are completely different. He would rather focus on his team, and how they can win this series against the Celtics.
Miami will have another chance at doing so on Sunday, when they return to action against Boston in Game 6. As for the Celtics, they will need to come out with the same level of aggressiveness and sense of urgency in that one, as they hope to force a do-or-die Game 7 battle.