Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelsta thinks team president Pat Riley will absolutely enjoy the Heat and Boston Celtics series. Both Miami and Boston play hard defense and neither side gives anything easy. It is expected to be a big fight and Spoelstra is excited about the challenge which the Celtics series brings.
"Pat's [Riley] probably is going to enjoy this," Spoelstra said, per ESPN. "This is like a throwback series. If both teams are really on top of their games, this should be a series where neither team is scoring 130 points.
Both teams hang their hats on rock-solid team defense, and making multiple efforts and being disciplined to schemes. So it will be a lot of plays and things in the margins. That's what you expect. Really, we were the two best teams in the East most of the season and it's fitting that we're moving into the conference finals."
Spoelstra: Bring on the Celtics
Both Miami and Boston have some extremely talented players but it's their defense that stands out. Inches will likely decide who comes out of the East and makes the NBA Finals. "Our guys love competition and love being challenged," Spoelstra said.
"They love taking on big challenges. That's what we're facing. Boston has played as well as anyone in the entire league once they got to 2022. It's not by accident. They're playing very strong basketball. They do it on both ends.
"I say throwback, I really want to clarify. It's not going to be like football. We don't need the extra officiating, or we don't need anyone thinking they need to clean it up. It's not going to be like that.
It's just that you have two really committed defensive teams, that should lend itself if both teams are playing at a high level, it shouldn't be 150-point games." The Heat will host the Celtics on Tuesday night.