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Miami Heat cancel Friday practice (so do Pacers)

May 18, 2012, 12:36 PM EDT

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The Miami Heat will have a team meeting, which they clearly need. They will watch film from Game 3, which should turn their stomachs.

However they will not take to the court for practice. And they will not meet with the media, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel and other reports.

This is not really a big deal — the Heat clearly looked tired and banged up in their Game 3 loss to the Pacers. A lot of coaches would recommend a day off, just stay at the hotel and watch some film. Pacers coach Frank Vogel would and did — the Pacers are not practicing either.

However, by Miami not meeting with the media it will allow all sorts of wild speculation — will Pat Riley try to trade Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh in the offseason? — to run rampant and unchecked for another day. It’s another day of conversation about Wade and Erik Spoelstra’s little run in without another Heat storyline to displace it.

The Heat likely are going into an “us against the world” mentality that a lot of teams like to convince themselves is the case this time of year.

Which is fine, but it doesn’t solve the on-the-court problems. They need to find an answer for what Roy Hibbert is doing to them on both ends of the floor. They have to get their pick-and-roll working again without Chris Bosh. They have to figure out how to knock down some threes. They have to figure out how to create defensive pressure that they can convert into transition points.

It feels like desperation time for Miami — any time you start Dexter Pittman in a playoff game it is desperation time. We will see what these Heat are really made of with their backs against he wall in Game 4. But right now the Pacers are longer, stronger, more confident and just flat out better.

  1. liljere24 - May 18, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    It’s not a big deal but ESPN has it as breaking news and you just wrote a decent sized article on it? I bet ESPN reporters will be in the lobby of the hotel by 3pm.

  2. tomdrec42 - May 18, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    It’s a pretty big deal when you start pittman then have a big fight on the sideline with your star player. No matter how they try to downplay it, that fight as huge and probably the reason they loss so bad

  3. baron30 - May 18, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    whats the over under on the Heat starting Eddy Curry @ C in game 4?

    • philtration - May 18, 2012 at 3:14 PM

      When you have to think of Eddy Curry as an option any time after 2007…
      Well then your team is in deep doo doo.

  4. professoressadiesel - May 18, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Maybe they were due for a good team cry again.

  5. emaimo80 - May 18, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Pat Riley time to step in and coach is now! Spo can not call the right lineups or plays. Why the hell is Battier allowed to shoot 3 pointers???? What was he 0/6 last night?

  6. ezmagic - May 18, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Great one kurt about “starting dexter Pittman” being desperation. Way beyond desperation to me.. Maybe Riley will suit up Alonzo at C for game 4. He’d be the heats 4th best player after bosh if he was on that pathetic roster.

    Don’t blame the coach on this. Riley thought by having 3 superstars you’d win an easy title. If it was 3 on 3 then yes the heat might be 7 time champs. It’s 5 on 5 with 12 suited up. Something called a team. Like the pacers are. Pacer top 3 players aren’t as good as the heat top 3 but 4-12 the pacers are so much better.

    • kast2l - May 18, 2012 at 2:26 PM

      I hear everything you are saying but at the end of the day, the NBA is BUSINESS so yes the heat want to win championships but mainly they want to make money. We talk about the Miami heat ALL the time, they get national media exposure almost all the time, prob tops in jersey sales etc. So Pat Riley DID know what he was doing in that aspect, win or lose, they still win.

    • southbeachtalent - May 18, 2012 at 2:45 PM

      Yea what does Riley know about Championships anyway…

      Extremely uneducated comment…

  7. nightrain42 - May 18, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    So do they get fined for not being available to the media

  8. illegalblues - May 18, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    BREAKING: Dwayne Wade won’t come out of his room. Currently listening to The Cure – Disintigration

  9. dexterismyhero - May 18, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    The problem in Miami is not the humidity….It’s the Heat!!

    • philtration - May 18, 2012 at 3:16 PM

      Nice!

      • edweird0 - May 19, 2012 at 3:55 PM

        You guys are so clever ;)

  10. jollyjoker2 - May 18, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    The pacers are a much more physical team – DA! They just need to keep pounding and wear Miami out. I watch them earlier this year and they are built like brick s houses…… I want to see Lebron whinning about having no help. It will happen before this is all over. Stars like him can’t help themselves. Maybe, he will ask for a trade to the next duet that needs a third. Its all about LeBron ya know.

  11. philtration - May 18, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    You can trade Bosh to the Bulls for Carlos Boozer any time you want.

  12. dogpound216 - May 18, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Man it looks like all the gatherings of allstars to big market teams has worked out great..melo and amare to the knicks their still in it right? cp3 and bitler with griffin looks promising out of the west..and of course the big three with labronda they are looking real tough hahaha..theres a lesson to all the players who bailed on their teams to have a “dream” team.. kudos to durant i applaud your loyalty. and yes im a cavs fan f*ck labronda

  13. davidly - May 18, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Bosh will play in game 4. You read it here first. Unless you read it somewhere else already. Carry on.

    Go Naptown!

  14. lakerluver - May 18, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Instead of practicing today they had a pre championship celebration where LBJ took the mic and said, “not 1, not 2, not 3……..we will win SEVEN”. Oops, that already happened.

  15. steelerswin6 - May 18, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    LeLoser is at it again….choking when it counts…

  16. johnnygsnake - May 18, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    All this trash talk! so what they’ve lost a few games that doesn’t determine their future capabilities. Regardless if Miami wins or loses the Championship guys will always be talking crap because NO city can compete with Miami’s “HEAT”

  17. diamondmo33 - May 19, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    Lebron is going to take over game 4 in some capacity and the heat will win this game.anytime you have a bench player like lance Stephenson calling lebron a choker,watch out pacers!!

  18. dirtybird2020 - May 19, 2012 at 4:34 AM

    Southbeattalent hahahahahahahaha f@&k miami! F$&k their fans(you), and f$&k lebron, swallow it whole and choke like lebron! Love watching u queers get ur heart torn out like cleveland! Enjoy game 4 when joel anthony is introduced to the donkey show courtesy of pacers bigs!

    • edweird0 - May 19, 2012 at 3:59 PM

      Even tho I could get on the same level as you, I won’t. You my friend are a sad individual.

  19. gmsingh - May 20, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Did Kurt just give us the official excuse coming out of the NBA hype machine:

    This is not really a big deal — the Heat clearly looked tired and banged up in their Game 3 loss to the Pacers.

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