DALLAS _ Miami Heat coach Eric Spoelstra tried to convince his listeners that Sunday’s 105-94 win over the Dallas Mavericks wasn’t personal.
That last year’s six-game loss to the Mavs in the NBA Finals wasn’t anywhere on their minds when the Heat stepped on the American Airlines Center court. He kept saying the Heat weren’t thinking that the Mavs stole last year’s championship away from Miami.
Spoelstra wanted everyone to believe that Sunday’s game was just another one in this 66-game season. Yeah, right.
“It’s not about last year’s storyline,’’ Spoelstra said. “It’s not about anything else other than trying to establish our season on the right note, and obviously I think we did that for the most part.
“It was a good business professional win for us tonight to get this thing started. We understand this is going to be a wild journey for everybody with all the condensed games coming one after another, and all we wanted to focus on tonight was our mindset to come in and focus on tonight.’’
-- Dwain Price
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