Written by Ira Winderman
Erik Spoelstra reiterated Wednesday that he will not allow a woe-is-we mindset to stand in the way of his objective of working toward a winning record for the Miami Heat, even as his team continues to play shorthanded.
“This is a world we live in,” he said. “Look around the league. It can be a lot worse. You have to deal with a lot of things in an 82-game season. Everybody goes through their moments at some point. We’re going through ours’ right now. We’re not making excuses for it.”
The Heat began their two-game trip with center Hassan Whiteside and forward James Johnson remaining back in South Florida, Whiteside with a bone bruise on his left knee, Johnson with ankle bursitis. That’s with forwards Rodney McGruder and Okaro White already sidelined.
Although Justise Winslow made the trip and got shots up in advance of Wednesday night’s game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden, it is now a four-game absence for the third-year forward with a strained left elbow.
Then there is guard Goran Dragic, who has been unable to push through the strained left elbow that sidelined him from Monday’s loss to the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena, an injury sustained late in Saturday’s victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.