Spoelstra: Heat thrive on pressure

Spoelstra: Heat thrive on pressure
June 8, 2012, 11:18 pm
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Worried about Game 7?

Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra believes his team will thrive on it.

"I don't think this group gets too high, they don't get too low, too jittery or anything. If anything, the big lights, the moments like last night, the moments like tomorrow are moments that these guys froth at the mouth for, he said during media availability on Friday. They clamor for those more than the less than normal moments.

The winner of the Eastern Conference Finals (tied 3-3) will be determined on Saturday night as the Heat and Boston Celtics battle it out in Miami.

Spoelstra is confident the Heat will remain focused amid the hype of Game 7. He anticipates the Celtics will make adjustments, especially after LeBron James scored 45 points in Game 6, and his players will have to react accordingly on the court.

He also expects both teams to come out playing desperation basketball. After 48 minutes, one team will advance to the NBA Finals while the other will be sent packing.

I think both teams will come out with the appropriate levels of urgency, Spoelstra said. That's the beauty of a Game 7. We fought and earned the right to have this in our home court. We don't take that for granted and we don't assume that will take care of anything. We're going to have to play, compete at the same urgency level we played at last night, but we'll also have to play well and probably have to beat them when they're at their best. And that's the way it should be.