MIAMI – The Heat are in a position that at one time this season appeared highly unlikely. …
Having won 16-of-19 games, Miami is squarely in the playoff hunt entering tonight’s home game against Philadelphia two games behind the Pistons for the final spot and three games behind the Bulls for the No. 7 seed.
Even coach Erik Spoelstra, who typically backs off this type of talk, acknowledges it can’t be ignored.
“Our guys are aware,” Spoelstra said. “But I don’t want guys over obsessing – certainly about other teams. It’s about what we have to do and getting consistently to our game.”
Most players say it’s just human nature to pay closer attention to Detroit, or Chicago, or Milwaukee, which is percentage points behind Miami; or Indiana, which is in the seven spot, four games ahead of the Heat.
“I watch every game (so) it’s not about just that,” Dion Waiters said. “You keep an eye on it, can’t say we don’t. If we keep moving forward and keep getting better each game I think we’ll be fine.”
Said Goran Dragic: “I check how the other teams play. My only concern is how we’re going to play. I feel like if you’re going to be 100 percent every day come in and do our job, put in a lot of work, we’re going to have a lot of good games that we can make the playoffs.”
Dragic hit on a common theme – the Heat taking care their business.
“I think it’s something we glance at,” Luke Babbitt said. “But we’re concerned with ourselves. If we take care of what we need to do, we’ll have that opportunity. That’s exciting. But we can’t get overly focused on the standings.”