Jun 11, 2014; Miami, FL, USA;Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra speaks to the media prior to practice before game four of the 2014 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Erik Spoelstra: Game 4 Loss 'The Biggest Surprise of the Series'


The Miami Heat don’t lost back-to-back games in the playoffs, especially at home. At least, that was the narrative going into Game 4 Thursday night after the Heat got slapped silly in Game 3 at AmericanAirlines Arena.

The loss took everyone by surprise, including the head coach.

Hopefully the Heat weren’t banking on the idea that they just don’t really lose. It seemed, though, that LeBron James was the only one that showed up. Much of the team, especially Dwyane Wade, looked exhausted. I guess four-straight Finals appearances and a jenky knee will do that to a guy.

The loss was a surprise, but I will say that the biggest surprise of the series was just how poorly the Heat played the last two games. The ball movement, shooting and defense in the paint were especially jarring. The Heat go to San Antonio for Game 5 Sunday. I would be surprised if this team didn’t respond by at least playing something resembling the basketball that got them here.

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