Hassan Whiteside was playing decently well early in tonight’s Heat loss at Milwaukee, but Erik Spoelstra pulled him unexpectedly with 8:14 left in the second quarter before sending him back in 47 seconds later.
As soon as Whiteside sat down, Spoelstra knelt next to his chair and started talking to him. Both sides were evasive when asked about the conversation.
How often do you see something like this? Hassan Whiteside has been a dreadful free-throw shooter most of his career, but somehow seems to have fixed that in the middle of a season.
Over three partial seasons prior to this one, he shot 49.4 percent at the line. He was 52.7 percent for the first two and a half months this year, then bumped that to 61 percent from mid-January to mid-February. Over his last eight games, however, Whiteside has made a stunning 84.1 percent. Continue reading “Hassan Whiteside’s incredible free throw fix”
Erik Spoelstra is famous for his overuse of what Twitter calls (affectionately?) Spoisms, but this was quite an impassioned string of them. This one certainly seemed meaningful than usual.
After watching his retooled team survive the Knicks for a 98-81 win with the lineup still coming together and the team still uncertain of Chris Bosh’s future, Spoelstra praised his players for pushing through everything that has gone against them lately. Continue reading “Solid mini-rant by Erik Spoelstra”