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NBA Finals: Miami Heat notebook

Miami's outside shooting was poor in Game 3. The Heat made just five of 31 shots from outside the paint.
by Berry Tramel Modified: June 18, 2012 at 6:57 pm •  Published: June 18, 2012

“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.”


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.”

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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