Coach Spo

Written by  Christy Cabrera Chirinos

Just after the All-Star Break, as his team looked to begin the 24-game push it hoped would lead to a playoff berth, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra knew he’d soon face a different kind of challenge.

With several players — including Kelly Olynyk and Rodney McGruder — nearing a return from injury, eventually, the Heat’s rotation would get crowded, forcing Spoelstra to have to start making tough decisions.

The time for those decisions is here.

When the Heat took the floor Thursday night against Philadelphia for what would eventually be a 108-99 win over the Sixers, Miami was as healthy as it’s been in nearly two seasons.

By night’s end, Luke BabbittUdonis Haslem and Rodney McGruder hadn’t see any playing time, prompting Spoelstra to joke he “got lost in all the sauce,” trying to remember who was and wasn’t available.