The Miami Heat took to the practice court at the American Airlines Arena in between Games 1 and 2 of their Eastern Conference Finals series against the Boston Celtics with the clear focus on preserving home court advantage. That included basically ignoring recent comments made by Rajon Rondo that the Celtics needed to be more physical with the Heat.
Asked about these comments after practice, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra simply just shook his head.
"That's all part of the playoffs," he said before pausing for a moment. "Nope, we're not even going to get into it. It's about the game and we understand that. There will be a lot of different distractions and noise out there. We have to focus on winning the game of basketball tomorrow night.
"We think we're a physical team, they're a physical team. It will still be about the game and who plays the game better, who plays to their identity better. Our strengths and the things that we emphasis won't change from Game 1 to Game 2."
"We saw a lot of areas where we can improve," Heat forward Shane Battier explained. "In the second quarter, it got away from us and they scored 35 points and shot almost 60% from the floor. We had a lot of mental breakdowns on basic plays and so the focus for us is getting better every game. We want to build and improve, every quarter, every half, every game that we play and that's the most important mindset we can have in a playoff series."
Spoelstra echoed those comments.