Erik Spoelstra, Miami Heat coach, expects a ‘throwback serie’ against the Boston Celtics in Eastern Conference finals

MIAMI — Erik Spoelstra is very clear about the kind of games he wants to see. HeatThe squad is preparing for the Eastern Conference finals with the Boston Celtics.

“Pat's [Riley]Spoelstra stated that he was likely to enjoy the practice. This is a throwback series. If both teams play well, there should be no series where neither team scores 130. Both teams can rely on solid team defense and being consistent in their efforts. It will be full of mistakes and plays. This is what you can expect. We were really the best East teams for most of the season, so it's only fitting that we're now in the conference finals.”

While discussing the challenges that the Celtics present, the Heat show a lot of respect and have a lot to say about the Heat. The Heat's coaches and players see many similarities to the Celtics team that just won the NBA championship. Milwaukee BucksSunday's Eastern Conference semifinal Game 7 will feature a lot of changes, particularly in the way they play and defend.

“Either team we were to face, whether it's Milwaukee or Boston is a really really, really, really great team,” Heat swingman Jimmy Butler said. It's Boston. We are looking forward to it. You have to beat the best in order to be the best.

Butler understands that to beat the Celtics he must have a great team defense on Celtics star. Jayson TatumThroughout the series.

Butler stated that he believes he is one of the top players in the game. He draws as much attention on the offensive side — but then, I think what's really remarkable is his ability to pick up his defensive intensity. That's a great feat. I respect him.

Because they have won so many ways throughout the year, the Heat are steadfast in their belief. No matter who's on the floor, they always find a way. This must be true if the Heat want to reach the NBA Finals. Kyle LowryHis uncertain condition as he continues to treat a hamstring injury.

“Honestly, we've done this with so many different lines,” said veteran forward P.J. Tucker explained. “So many different team members. G League guys helped us win so many games, we had to find a way. We missed Bam a lot, Jimmy has missed games, Kyle is missing, but we have figured it all year.

“I think that everyone on our team has the next man up’ mentality. People have been stepping up all year. Because everyone cares, I believe that's what gives us the confidence and the genuine desire to win together.

Spoelstra and Butler shared a similar sentiment, with Game 1 on Tuesday night.

Spoelstra stated that “our guys love competition and love to be challenged.” They love big challenges. We are faced with that. Once they reached 2022 Boston played as well or better than any other league team. It isn't an accident. They are playing strong basketball. They are able to do it both ends.

“I said throwback, but I really wanted to clarify. It's not going be like football. We don't require extra officiating or anyone feeling the need to clean up after it. It won't be like that. The difference is that you have two very committed defensive teams. If both teams play at a high level it should lend itself to 150 point games.

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