The Miami Heat have been one of the biggest surprise packages of the season, as they are now set to face off against the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the playoffs. If you think that Miami is just happy to be part of the postseason picture, then you are mistaken. Just ask Heat veteran guard Goran Dragic, who recently declared how they're on “Hunger Games” mode.
Speaking on a recent appearance on Adrian Wojnarowski’s ESPN podcast, Dragic explained why the Heat are not getting friendly with other players inside the campus.
“Jimmy stays in his room and Udonis [Haslem too],” Dragic said, via Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald. “ We don’t hang out with other players. We’ve already prepared ourselves for the playoffs. If you win, you stay. If you lose, you go home. So we’re not here to hang out or to play cards with them or to talk to them. No, this is business for us.”
Some players have been criticized for spending too much downtime with their friends and opponents while inside the bubble, and clearly, Goran Dragic and the Heat have no intentions of following suit.
Dragic went on to share Miami's championship aspirations this term, while also using a “Hunger Games” metaphor to belabor his point.
“We want to win a championship and that’s how we’re going to do it,” he claimed. “It’s normal for us. Even [Erik Spoelstra] is talking about it. For us, it’s hunger games. Hunger games — whoever wins, that team is going to eat basically.”
As you may have picked up with his statement here, Dragic is not messing around.