It's been a little more then a month since the last time I opened things up for us to talk about the job that Erik Spoelstra is doing. There really hasn't been much discussion regarding Spo since the beginning of the season. Back then it seemed like he was the scapegoat for the Heat's poor start to the season, but the more games the Heat won the less you heard Coach Spoelstra's name.
It's funny how that works, isn't it? When the team was doing poorly then the coach was the first one to get blamed. Now that they are doing so much better though, I don't hear that much credit getting thrown Erik Spoelstra's way. Sure, the Heat has some of the best basketball players in the world, but that doesn't mean they can just walk out on the court and win games.
The last time we held a Spo-vote the Heat were 28-9 and in the midst of their amazing run of 21 wins in 22 games. Shortly after our last poll is when LeBron James and Chris Bosh went down with their respective ankle injuries. Miami had a rough couple weeks during that time, at one point losing 5 out of 6. There are some people out there, myself included, that consider those evens a blessing in disguise.
The Heat were forced to expand their rotation and get players involved that had previously been lost to the end of the bench. It didn't take long for the team to get healthy, and now Miami has not only gotten back to their winning ways but they are doing it by utilizing a lot more of their roster.
Granted, it doesn't look great that since our last vote the Heat has gone just 10-5. They are 38-14 on the season, but right now are riding a 7-game winning streak and picking up some momentum as they near the All-Star break. I love how the team is continuing to grow, and now they are doing it with a deeper rotation. The best part is that the players all support each other and regardless of who is on the court with who, they are finding ways to make it work.
How much credit do you feel Erik Spoelstra deserves for that? I know what I think...but how about you?
Weeks 1-3: 53% Approval
Weeks 4-7: 92% Approval
Weeks 8-11: 95% Approval