Spoelstra: Heat thrive on pressure


Spoelstra: Heat thrive on pressure

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.

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0:41 - Michael Holley, Kayce Smith and Tom Giles recap their thoughts on drafting Jayson Tatum and trade rumors involving the Celtics.

6:21 - Ian Thomsen joins BST to discuss if it would be worth trading for Paul George as a one-year rental and if there would be a chance he could still around long-term if traded to Boston.

11:13 - Evan Drellich joins BST to talk about Rick Porcello’s outing, the Red Sox offense coming to life, and Doug Fister being claimed by the Red Sox. 

15:10 - Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely look back at the Celtics/Nets trade, what the assets have turned into, and if Danny Ainge has done a good job turning those assets into players. 

Jae Crowder was liking a lot of negative tweets while Paul George rumors swirled

Jae Crowder was liking a lot of negative tweets while Paul George rumors swirled

While rumors were swirling about a possible Paul George deal on draft night, a bunch of people were tweeting at Jae Crowder, ready to send him to Indiana in a deal.


Crowder, who isn't shy on social media, liked the series of tweets, perhaps saving them as motivation for later.

Crowder had a couple noteworthy moments on Twitter this past season. The first was when he fired back at Celtics fans after the TD Garden cheered for Jazz forward Gordon Hayward. He also exchanged comments with Devin Booker after the Suns guard's 70-point game against the Celtics