“They root for us,” Spoelstra said. “It's great to see. I had my family over here last night from the Philippines. The one thing about the Philippines is they are rabid basketball fanatics, and it's been that way for awhile.”
HEAT: BIG BALL
Spoelstra doesn't accept any references to the Heat's “small” lineup.
“I don't want it to sound like coachspeak, but we really don't see ourselves as smaller,” Spoelstra said. “We think the versatility of our roster is one of our greatest strengths … we have guys that can play different positions, and they're tough-minded.”
James is averaging 30.3 points and 10.3 rebounds through three games of this series. But Spoelstra refuses to identify James as a power forward.
“No,” Spoelstra said. “I think of him as a great basketball player. That's what I tell him. You're a player. Make plays.”