Written by Mike Gramajo
ORLANDO – The Miami Heat’s two preseason games on the road may have not gone exactly as expected.
A 107-88 loss Thursday night to the Brooklyn Nets followed with a narrow 93-90 defeat to the Orlando Magic on Saturday night at the Amway Center.
Despite the last two results, Erik Spoelstra continued to acknowledge his team’s competitive edge, which is showing promising signs of working progress.
“Playing with intensity, playing with multiple efforts, playing with physicality, all of that is a habit, and these are habits you build every single day and not only at the practice we had [Friday], which was very good – shootaround was good – but we actually saw carryover during the course of the game tonight,” Spoelstra told reporters following Saturday night’s game. “Even the passion that our guys are playing with that’s more of what we’re expecting that we didn’t see in Brooklyn.”