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Dwyane Wade, Erik Spoelstra work past 'family moment' spat

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08:19 AM ET 01.20 | There are times when Dwyane Wade doesn't even want to look at Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. Does that mean there is a growing divide between the Heat's most beloved player in franchise history and the hard-working coach who has spent his career with the organization? It's actually quite the opposite, according to Wade. Spoelstra and Wade had a well-documented "family moment" during the Heat's six-game road trip. During the fourth game of the trip -- a loss to the Utah Jazz -- Spoelstra kept Wade on the bench while the Heat rallied from a 19-point deficit. After the game, Wade called his absence during the game's final period a coaching decision and later posted a cryptic message on his Twitter account that seemed like passive-aggressive commentary. "The high road ... isn't always high ...," Wade wrote.

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January 20, 2013  10:49 AM ET
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spo needs to be strong and should limit wades minutes even MORE over the course of the season- Wade is always hurt with nagging injuries and these regular season games are meaningless for the heathe needs to be as close to 100% as he can for the playoffs when they truly will need him

Agree ... the Heat have proven that they can turn it on when they want/need to (at least LBJ & DWade have). The playoff are when they really will need DWade ... Spo needs to cozy up to Doc and get some advice on handling old legs (Woody could do the same and more so :)

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January 20, 2013  11:23 AM ET
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the big difference between miami and NY though is NY has accomplished nothing- they NEED to go balls out all the time for 82 games.....and prove that they are legitMiami has already done that-

Yeah but they don't need to prove that they're as good as the LBJ-Cavs, clearly the best regular season team of the 21st century. Better that they save something for the playoffs

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January 20, 2013  11:28 AM ET
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Disagree here, sir.NY doesn't need to prove anything in the regular season. They could go undefeated in the regular season but they will be a bust if they don't make the ECF this year. The playoffs and the Finals need to be the goal and the regular season is just a tool. Nobody cares how they look in the regular season. Look at Cleveland turning in two 66 win seasons and then being a bust in the playoffs. It caused LBJ to leave Cleveland.

Great minds, etc. I am gonna have to get on more ... the other day Frenchie or the Boston homer were complaining about the gang of posters that oppose them. They listed you, M3ET, Doc, Shield and Others. I didn't even make honorable mention. I felt so slighted.

January 20, 2013  11:29 AM ET
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I agree. They can't be a 6-8 seed. They need to try n get a top 3 seed.

Well DJ, MMA & I disagree. You are left right out.

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January 20, 2013  11:40 AM ET

The bench with LeBron played way better in the Utah game than with the rest of the starters. If not for the bench the Heat wouldn't even have come back from 19 down with a chance to win it. Wade was terrible in that game. Spo was right to bench him and Wade needs the rest anyway. If he can't do what's right for the team and care more about his ego then the Heat are going to have an extremely tough time attempting to repeat come playoff time.

January 20, 2013  11:40 AM ET

The bench with LeBron played way better in the Utah game than with the rest of the starters. If not for the bench the Heat wouldn't even have come back from 19 down with a chance to win it. Wade was terrible in that game. Spo was right to bench him and Wade needs the rest anyway. If he can't do what's right for the team and care more about his ego then the Heat are going to have an extremely tough time attempting to repeat come playoff time.

January 20, 2013  11:44 AM ET
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This place is strange sometimes. The inner workings and the politics. It's an interesting human study.

My favorite theme is the LTCF-one .... everyone else on here is a moron or tool about basketball especially when they disagree with his unbiased reportage of just the facts, ma'am, just the facts. His only purpose is to enlighten the an-washed masses oddly enough those masses are mostly Knicks/Lakers fans.

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January 20, 2013  11:46 AM ET
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Jgb and I agree. It's a standoff.Stop the presses!!!! Lol.

Jgb, who's he?? :)

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January 20, 2013  11:47 AM ET
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Football today!!!!!!!!!!

So late, damn. And no B-ball.

 
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