Erik Spoelstra offers ‘heated’ response when asked about teams sitting players

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The Miami Heat don’t like to play games.

When Heat head coach Erik Spolestra was asked about his thoughts on opposing teams resting players, he was reportedly irate.

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Although the culture of the NBA has shifted in recent years to tanking for high draft picks versus continual competing, the Heat have never shifted their view. In fact, the Heat have never intentionally tanked or gave up on a season in the middle of the year.

The amazing attitude has led the team to salvage disgusting seasons and turn them into fun, competitive games for fans to watch. Furthermore, the franchise’s commitment to winning and culture have resulted in three championships in the last 15 years.

Perhaps the main reason Spoelstra is upset other teams are contemplating sitting players against playoff teams is because the Heat are in the middle of a hot playoff race. The Heat are in the eighth final spot and could fall out with a loss.

The Heat take on the Boston Celtics Tuesday night in Miami.
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Born and raised in South Florida, Justin has always been a passionate Miami Heat fan. An avid supporter from the time Miami got its first championship in 2006 to having a league-worst 15-67 record in 2008 to the whole LeBron James era until now, Justin has seen and stuck through it all. His all-around analysis and heart for the game has made him a premier NBA writer. He writes for a variety of sites but his commitment to the Heat is always top priority.