Erik Spoelstra’s ‘shock’ reaction to controversial overturn of Max Strus’ 3-pointer in Heat Game 7 vs. Celtics
The Boston Celtics found a way to defeat the Miami Heat in Game 7 to advance to the NBA Finals. It was a tough loss for Miami though, as the organization came close to surrounding an incredible comeback over a tough Boston team. However, head coach Erik Spoelstra shares his take on the controversial Max Strus three-pointer that was eventually overturned.
It was a bizarre situation on Sunday night. Max Strus hit a three-pointer to trim the Celtics’ lead to 56-54. However, after further review, the league took action and removed the three points after several minutes of game time had passed. According to ESPN, Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra believes the call, “will provide a ‘case study’ for the NBA as far as replay reviews go moving forward.”
Spoelstra goes into detail of how the Heat coaching staff handled the wild situation, per ESPN. “I was in shock. I was asking [assistant coach] [Chris Quinn] about that. The fact that it happened, three to four, five minutes in game time, that does change the context of how you’re playing. We were starting to gain some momentum. You feel like it’s a seven, eight-point game and you look up and it’s a 13-point game, and there’s no other explanation for it other than it’s gone back to the league offices. You feel like if it happens like that, it should happen immediately and you can adjust accordingly.”
The Heat head coach has a point. We’ve seen NBA officials tack off points upon further review before. However, it was odd to see three points removed several minutes after the fact. Despite that, Erik Spoelstra reiterates that the Max Strus overturn call is not the reason Miami lost on Sunday night, per ESPN. “Look, that’s not the reason we lost. We still had plenty of opportunities. We just couldn’t get control of the game. A lot of that was Boston. We didn’t stop grinding and we gave ourselves a shot at it at the end.”
It was a hard-fought series for the Heat, however, Miami now begins their vacation before the start of the offseason.