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NBA Finals Q&A: Heat's Erik Spoelstra says 'We've been knocked down to the canvas several times'

Spoelstra credited his players for staying focused, managing emotions late in the game to beat Oklahoma City
Compiled by RJ Young Published: June 17, 2012

Coach Erik Spoelstra's Miami Heat overcame a 10-point deficit late in the third quarter to take a 2-1 advantage against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Finals. He credited his players for staying focused and managing their emotions late in the game to earn a 91-85 victory Sunday night at American Airlines Arena.

Question: Your team shot 37 percent from the floor. Do you expect to continue to win games this way?

Answer: “I think what we focus on is every game is a different challenge, and you have to find ways to put yourself in position to win, and you have to have a resourcefulness, and it's not always going to go according to play. This playoff run that we've been on, we've been knocked down to the canvas several times. We got down by 10 tonight, but our guys furrowed their brows ... and let's get back to grinding and get this thing closer.”

How did your guys recapture the momentum after trailing late in the third quarter?

“Just staying the course. I think we got fouled on a couple 3s.  We were able to get enough defensive stops to give us some confidence.”

When the game is on the line, who do you want shooting the ball?

“Whoever is open. Typically that's going to be Dwyane or LeBron breaking to the ball.”


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