The Miami Heat took the day off Thursday after a disappointing finish the night before in Louisville where their first preseason victory appeared to be in hand before former player Shabazz Napier won it for the Orlando Magic.
On Friday, they reassembled at the AmericanAirlines Arena for a film session and further honing out on the practice court. Head coach Erik Spoelstra reported that Chris Bosh did not attend today's practice because of the flu and Amar'e Stoudemire also did not practice. Spoelstra did not elaborate on why Stoudemire was held out.
Hassan Whiteside was also not available as he continues to rehab his strained calf.
"We did go through our defense first," said Spoelstra of the film session. "But then obviously we went through the offense of getting on the same page, execution and spacing, taking care of the basketball. Then we went out and worked on both. That's part of this process of sharpening up the details, how you practice and build those habits."
With Whiteside's injury, Spoelstra has elected to start Udonis Haslem in his place but anticipates further changes to the starting lineup in order to get a good read on his entire training camp roster and begin resting his core veterans.
"I'm open for everything," he said. "I would anticipate we will have a lot of different lineups through this preseason."
Rookie Justise Winslow may see an increase in his playing time as he gets more accustomed to the speed and pace of the NBA game.
"To be honest, I didn't have any jitters the first game," he said. "Every game I'm getting more and more comfortable with the offense and defense. I'm just trying to feel more comfortable with my teammates and get the chemistry going. The biggest thing right now is trying to be at the right places at the right time."