Despite the important victory for Miami Heat at Los Angeles Clippers (116-112 ), Miami Heat coach Eric Spoelstra is not fully happy with the season so far.
The two-time NBA champion believes his players should have more consistency in his game and said that at this point are not playing like the defending champions in a consistent manner.
However, they were able to get the victory in their pockets against the Clippers and proved once again, the Heat are contenders to reach the top.
"We know how a defending champion is, and we're not there yet," Spoelstra said before the start of the event at the Staples Center.
"We have a lack of consistency above all. Consistency to our effort, intensity, our focus and our communication. Hopefully that will change on this tour," Spoelstra said.
The Heat began with a victory against the Los Angeles campus tour of six games.
Five of them are against teams that are among the top 10 in win-loss percentage and Spoelstra wants to see a change in attitude while being aware that the situation is not the same as last year.
"I try not to compare myself to last year I try to explain to my pupils that this year is different, we can not be the same. Our rotation is different, we had different injuries," he said.
So his wish came true, at least for now.
"The effort and concentration," he said. "You could see the physical form. We could have done a better job defending without faults. It's a good start touring . This party wanted to work the mental motivation and tonight we proved . Was there a lot of emotions, a lot of passion, we maintain a level, and that's good," he added.
The truth is that since coming to town the trio of LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade for four seasons, Heat record after 47 games has always been between 33 and 35 wins (34-13, this year before facing Clippers).
In the previous three seasons, Miami reached the Finals and Champions were built in the past two seasons. In this, they are going the same way.
"We are far from perfect, but I think we're having a good time right now," said Dwyane Wade. "At the point where we are before the All-Star Game is when we have to bolt and concentrate on what we need to do to make the playoffs. In February, we did not play well but we have done a good job and want to continue it " he said, something corroborated LeBron James.
"When we have a whole unit we can do great things. We're all ready to contribute when we touch and that is how games are won," he said .
Although the lack of consistency is a problem in the eyes of Spoelstra, the truth is that Miami is dealing well with the momentum that is increasingly being measured by their rivals.