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Erik Spoelstra isn’t the kind of hunter who stops in the middle of a trail to discuss the chase.

“When you’re caught up in it, you’re so deep in the forest you can’t see the trees,” Spoelstra responded Friday after practice when asked what surprised him most about his team’s success after it lost its leading scorer at the All-Star break. “And I’m deeper in the forest now with the playoffs.”

By the time Hassan Whiteside and Cody Zeller line up at midcourt for the opening tip of Game 1 between Miami and Charlotte at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Heat fans surely will be too deep into dreaming about what’s ahead to care to look back, too. They will be too involved in trying to figure out whether the Warriors or Spurs are a better matchup for Miami in the NBA Finals and plotting where they’ll be banging pots and pans in celebration after Dwyane Wade and Joe Johnson finish off LeBron James and the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Read the full article by Manny Navarro by The Miami Herald.