Erik Spoelstra looked forward to Game 5 following the Miami Heat’s 102-82 loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.
The series is now tied 2-2.
“This is part of the playoffs,” said Spoelstra. “There are these extreme highs and lows, particularly when you have two teams that are pretty closely, evenly matched. But we’ve proven that we can find solutions offensively in a lot of different ways.”
Miami’s starting lineup combined to score 18 points, with PJ Tucker and Max Strus going scoreless in the game.
The Heat were dealing with several injuries heading into Game 4, including missing Tyler Herro due to a groin strain. Tucker and Jimmy Butler were hampered by knee soreness, with Kyle Lowry also slowed down by a hamstring strain.
Butler, who said he wasn’t “too worried” about his knee, added that the Heat are at their best when playing simple.
“Keep the game extremely simple,” said Butler. “Whenever we tend to do that, we tend to play well. “When anybody tries to hit a home run and do it by themselves, we kind of get in trouble. Ball sticks. We turn the ball over. We take a bad shot.”
Game 5 is on Wednesday in Miami.