Miami Heat’s Coach Erik Spoelstra Makes It Back To South Florida

Head coach Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat reacts in the first half while playing the Detroit Pistons(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Head coach Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat reacts in the first half while playing the Detroit Pistons(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

The Miami Heat are coming off a great win in Toronto on Sunday. That’s following a pretty good win over the Chicago Bulls in Chicago on Saturday night.

While they would get the win on Kyle Lowry Day, his first game and victory in Canada since leaving the Raptors at the end of last season, they would also get someone else their first victory.

Coaching in place of Coach Erik Spoelstra, who was out due to Health And Safety Protocols, the Miami Heat would get acting coach, Chris Quinn, his first official head coaching victory. It was a pretty cool thing to behold.

When thinking about his superior though, the regular dude in charge, Spoelstra would have to do quite a bit of work, himself, to get back to South Florida. As he was in the protocols, he could not travel back with the team or via public transportation.

Have no fear though, the Miami Heat’s head guy in charge would show the culture in him too. He would have to do a bit of work to make it back to the sunny shores of Miami, but he would.

While you ultimately hope that everyone is healthy and free from sickness, most importantly here, the basketball of it all is secondary but a worthy question.

The Miami Heat got a win on Sunday without their head coach along the sidelines. Just when will Coach Spo resume his in-game duties though?

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As indicated above by Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Coach Spo either has to test negative or wait nearly a week to return to coaching duties. You wonder just when he’ll be back to assess the developments of Sunday.

The Miami Heat don’t have that kind of time to sit still though, in any circumstance, as they have another matchup with a potential Eastern Conference playoffs opponent on Tuesday. In fact, their next two contests are.

They’ll face the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday evening, before turning around to play the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night. Both teams are jousting for position in the East right now and the games could still matter for the Heat too.

As far as Charlotte goes on Tuesday, Spo, again, might not be the only missing cog in the machine.

While Jimmy Butler was out Sunday for general rest and maintenance, you don’t see him on this report. You can expect him to go, is the assumption, however, Winderman would update Lowry’s status with more depth in a later report.

With the Heat now listing Kyle Lowry as out for “rest”, you probably won’t see him due to “a planned night off.” It’s well deserved though, as he’s played his tail off recently, seemingly peaking at the right time for his Heat squad.

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We’ll keep our eyes peeled on everyone’s status though before the tip on Tuesday. At the very least, you can’t say Spo isn’t trying though.