Miami Heat Head Man, Erik Spoelstra, Draws The Praise Of LeBron James

Head coach Erik Spoelstra and Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat look on against the Philadelphia 76ers(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Head coach Erik Spoelstra and Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat look on against the Philadelphia 76ers(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

The Miami Heat dismissed the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday evening and though the contest would end up being a little bit closer than most would ever have imagined that it would be, based on the first three quarters, the Miami Heat still performed in a dominating fashion.

Led by the brilliance of Erik Spoelstra, a record-breaking triple-double from their best player in Jimmy Butler, and the recently renewed hot shooting of the enigmatic Duncan Robinson, the Miami Heat were able to jump right on the Lakers.

They stayed right down on them, applying pressure, for three whole quarters. In fact, it wasn’t until later in the fourth quarter that the Los Angeles Lakers were able to ride the back of a 16-4 run to make the game close at all.

The result would still finish in the favor of the good guys though, such as any good Tinseltown story would, with the Miami Heat winning the game, 113 107. There were quite a few interesting things about the game too and that’s other than the way the Miami Heat got it done.

You could take any and or all of the storylines associated with the Lakers. Russell Westbrook’s role, their struggles, Anthony Davis, their head coach, and on and on and on.

The Miami Heat dominated the Lakers for 75 percent of Sunday’s game and though they let them back into it, they still slammed the door on the LA squad.

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You could even take a look at the way that Jimmy Butler bounced back from what was a forgettable end-of-game set of sequences for him against the Atlanta Hawks in their last game.

Surely this was a nice way to forget about those gaffes. All of those are interesting topics from this game, but there was one moment after the game that really put a few things into perspective.

It says that LeBron James can tell that this is a good Heat team. Not that it matters that much at the moment for either party, with LA being lightyears from a team seemingly capable of a title but he’s still LeBron, so anything is possible.

It says that he knows that they need to be much better to beat some of the better teams in the league, for which the Miami Heat are, certainly. However, the Miami Heat “make you pay” on most occasions, as noted here by The Chosen One and apparent in their game, something that few teams can tout.

Lastly, he knows how good Coach Erik Spoelstra is, while it may be a way for him to reflect or commentate on his own current coaching situation. Who knows with this guy?

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He knew what he was looking at though. He was looking at a team that is primed to peak at the right moments, already firing at a high-clip, has the pieces, and the leadership to make a serious run.