Coach Spo

Written by Ira Winderman

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra addressed the media with his season-ending emarks Friday at AmericanAirlines Arena, three days after his team was eliminated in the first round of the NBA playoffs by the Philadelphia 76ers.

Among Spoelstra’s thoughts:

— “We see progress, we see growth, expectations do not scare us. No matter how irrational people think we are, we do not care. We think we have a group that can contend.”

— “We think we have a group that can contend. We know we have to improve. We handle internal improvement as well as anybody.”

— “I love this team. I love the journey that this team has been on for the last 20 months and the guys we added new. Since 11-30 start [in 2016-17], we’ve basically been playing .600 basketball.”

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