Coach Spoelstra
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Written by Ira Winderman

When it comes to 3-point attempts, Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra wants an organic approach, shots he says should come naturally within the confines of his offense.

Going into Wednesday night’s nationally televised game against the San Antonio Spurs at AmericanAirlines Arena, the Heat stood sixth in the league in 3-point attempts, at 33.7 per game, compared to last season’s 12th-place ranking at 27 per game.

“As long as we’re getting our attackers in the paint, getting opportunities at the rim, being aggressive, we’re not settling, I’m fine with those type of 3-point numbers,” he said.

Spoelstra said the key, as with all attempts, is that they come by working through the framework of the offense, not settling for what is being given.

“Playing with intention, with purpose to our identity offensively is so important for us, that our guys are aggressive, that we’re getting opportunities in the paint,” he said of the drive-and-dish approach that has become so essential in the injury absence of center Hassan Whiteside. “If that opens up 3-point shooting, so if teams are going to be really committed to keeping us out of the paint, a lot of times those 3-point shots will be available and I want our guys shooting with clear minds.”

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