Apr 20, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (left) talks with center Chris Bosh (center) and center Chris Bosh (right) after a timeout against the Charlotte Bobcats during the second half in game one during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won 99-88. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat Simulating Playoff Game Atmosphere in Practices

The Miami Heat were the firs team to move on in the postseason and as a result they’ve been the team waiting the longest to start their next round series. They still don’t even know who their opponent will be but that’s not their chief concern at the moment. Instead, the Heat want to make sure no rust forms as they try to complete a three-peat and Erik Spoelstra is helping avoid this with his intense practices.

According to the Miami Herald, Spoesltra uses intense, hardcore practices to keep his team tight as a drum and to make sure the intensity of the playoff sis kept up.

Per the Miami Herald:

The rugged practice Friday inside the Heat’s training facility was meant to simulate the intensity of a playoff game. All 15 players participated, according to Spoelstra, and Chris Bosh said the general competitive nature of the team made the practice run long. Players don’t like to lose this time of year — not even during practice.

As we learned today, the Heat are also taking in vintage highlights from the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers which means they’re staying sharp on both the mental and physical front.

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