The Miami Heat dropped their first game of the Eastern Conference Finals to the Indiana Pacers and that has a lot of Heat fans wondering what went wrong to lead to the loss. Some are blaming the poor three-point shooting but others are placing the blame on a seemingly unprepared Erik Spoelstra.
While Spo seemed to know who he wanted to play, he didn’t really seem to know how he wanted his pieces to move in and out of the game. Some of these follies were highlighted by Ira Winderman from the Sun-Sentinel and they’re hard points to argue with.
I wouldn’t overstate the appearance of uncertainty with Spoelstra; he clearly knew who he was going to play and how he was going to play them. If anything, he might have gone away from Shane Battier too quickly, considering he made his only 3-point attempt. Then there was the quick hook for James Jones.
No matter how it appeared, Spoelstra indeed seemed to know what he was doing but there were some questionable coaching moments in the game. But we know that Spo isn’t Phil Jackson and is prone to mistakes, and that’s why they play more than one. Miami’s play on the court didn’t hep either, so lets not shovel on Spoelstra, but Game 2 will be interesting to see how he manages the players he decides to play.