Spoelstra's 'DNA' comment a challenge to Heat?

Spoelstra's 'DNA' comment a challenge to Heat?
June 7, 2012, 2:27 pm
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When Erik Spoelstra credited the Celtics with having "championship DNA" after Game 5, it led many to do some serious head scratching. Why would he compliment his opponent when the Heat are on the verge of elimination?

"I think Erik is in a really really tough spot," said Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely. "He's got a team that is expected to move on and win a championship year in and year out, and they haven't done it yet. And right now they're on the cusp of being eliminated again. To give the Celtics that kind of props at this point is a bad idea."

Brian Scalabrine thinks Spoelstra -- or, more accurately, Spoelstra's boss -- could be trying to motivate his team.

"One thing that could be happening here," Scalabrine said, "is I think it could be Pat Riley telling him to say that to challenge his guys."