The Miami Heat lost to the Utah Jazz on Monday 104-97. Coach Spoelstra decided to sit him in the fourth quarter which some believe caused Miami to fall short. Wade isn’t upset about it.
Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade said Wednesday he has no ill will over coach Erik Spoelstra’s decision to sit him in the fourth quarter of Monday’s loss to the Utah Jazz.
In the 104-97 setback to the Jazz, Spoelstra decided to sit Wade and played Chris Bosh for just 40 seconds in the fourth quarter. The Heat cut a 19-point deficit to two without their two stars before falling short.
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Wade said Wednesday that he was frustrated about the loss, the Heat’s sixth in the past 10 games, but there are no hard feelings over Spoelstra’s decision.
“It was the frustration of losing,” Wade said. “The fourth quarter was overblown. When I went to the bench we were down 19 points and that team did a great job of coming back and making it a game. Obviously you want to play but I could never get mad at my team coming back.”
Spoelstra said he second-guessed his substitution patterns after the game but was not trying to make a statement to Wade or Bosh. Bosh especially has been struggling rebounding — he had just one in 27 minutes on Tuesday and is averaging just five over the past seven games.
“That game was a flyer in the 4Q,” Spoelstra said. “It wasn’t a statement, it wasn’t an indictment on anybody, it wasn’t a sign of disrespect and our guys understand that.”