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Erik Spoelstra Bio Erik Spoelstra Erik Celino Spoelstra (born November 1, 1970 in Evanston, Illinois) is a Filipino-American basketball coach. He is currently the head coach of the NBA's Miami Heat. He is the...

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Erik Spoelstra Bio

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Erik Spoelstra

Erik Celino Spoelstra (born November 1, 1970 in Evanston, Illinois) is a Filipino-American basketball coach. He is currently the head coach of the NBA’s Miami Heat.

He is the first Filipino-American head coach in the NBA, as well as the first Filipino-American head coach of any North American professional sports team.

From 2001 to 2008, he served as Assistant Coach/Director of Scouting for the team. He coached the Heat to 90 wins and two playoff runs in his two years as coach.

His father, Jon Spoelstra, was an NBA Executive for the Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets, Buffalo Braves and New Jersey Nets. His mother, Elisa Celino is from San Pablo, Laguna in the Philippines.

Spoelstra grew up in Portland, Oregon, where he graduated from Jesuit High School in 1988 and from the University of Portland in 1992. At Jesuit High School, Spoelstra is third all-time in assists (488), tied for third in three-pointers made (156) and sixth in both three-point percentage (.384) and free throw percentage (.824).

At the University of Portland, Spoelstra was the Pilots’ starting point guard for four years, averaging 9.2 points, 4.4 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game, and was named the West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year. He is a member of Portland’s 1,000-point club.

After graduation from college, he spent two years as a player/coach for TuS Herten (later the Herten Ruhr Devils), a German professional team.

Spoelstra joined the Heat staff in 1995 as the team’s video coordinator. After two years, he was named assistant coach/video coordinator, then promoted to assistant coach/advance scout in 1999. He became the assistant coach/director of scouting in 2001.

He was cited by Sports Illustrated (May 30, 2005) for honing star guard Dwyane Wade’s “shooting balance and smoothing out his release after the Flash’s return from the Athens Olympics.”

In April 2008, Spoelstra was named successor to Pat Riley as head coach of the Miami Heat.

In naming Spoelstra as head coach, Riley said:  “This game is now about younger coaches who are technologically skilled, innovative and bring fresh new ideas. That’s what we feel we are getting with Erik Spoelstra. He’s a man that was born to coach.”

Pat Riley plans to change his approach from when Stan Van Gundy was the coach.

Riley predicted:  “A lot of players want the discipline; they will play [hard] for Spoelstra, because they respect him.'”

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Miami Heat v. Utah Jazz Game Preview (December 17, 2014)

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Miami Heat v. Utah Jazz Game Preview (December 17, 2014)

After winning 69 of their 82 games at American Airlines Arena over the previous two seasons, home has not been kind to the Miami Heat so far in 2014-15.

The Heat will try to reverse that trend and gain some semblance of a home court advantage during a season-high seven-game stay in Miami beginning Wednesday night against the slumping Utah Jazz.

Miami (12-13) has lost three in a row and six of its last seven home games to fall to 4-7 in South Beach. The Heat, who beat lowly Charlotte by one point at home Nov. 23, shot a season-worst 35.0 percent in a 93-75 home loss to Chicago on Sunday.

They rebounded with a 95-91 win at Brooklyn on Tuesday and did so without Chris Bosh, who is out indefinitely with a strained calf. Bosh leads the team with 21.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game this season.

“To me this is one of the most gratifying wins of the season,” Dwyane Wade said. “To be able to pull it out shows a lot of character and toughness.”

The Heat will also be without Josh McRoberts, who may miss the remainder of the season after tearing his right meniscus Dec. 9 at Phoenix. McRoberts had averaged 4.2 points and 2.6 rebounds in more than 17 minutes per game.

Utah (6-19) has lost 12 of 13 and provides a good starting point for Miami on a homestand that features a Christmas Day matchup with LeBron James and Cleveland. The Jazz have also dropped six straight on the road after Tuesday’s 119-111 loss at New Orleans.

Enes Kanter had one of his best games of the season with 29 points on 12-of-22 shooting. Gordon Hayward added 17 points, while Alec Burks and Trey Burke had 16 apiece for the Jazz, who shot 50 percent from the field for the second time in four games, but allowed the Pelicans to post a 59.5 mark, including 8 for 16 from behind the arc.

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Dwyane Wade leads Miami Heat past Brooklyn Nets 95-91

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Dwyane Wade leads Miami Heat past Brooklyn Nets 95-91

NEW YORK (AP) – Dwyane Wade scored 28 points, and the Miami Heat beat the Brooklyn Nets 95-91 on Tuesday night.

The Heat had five players score in double figures, including three reserves. Starting forward Luol Deng had 18 points, and rookie Shabazz Napier scored 11.

The game was delayed for 29 minutes in the first quarter when the installation of a new green roof at Barclays Center led to a water leak.

Mason Plumlee had 21 points and nine rebounds for Brooklyn, and Joe Johnson scored 16 points. Deron Williams added 15 points and 11 assists.

The Heat led by as many as 13 points in the fourth quarter, but the Nets closed to 93-91 on Bojan Bogdanovic’s 3-pointer with 35 seconds left.

After a Miami timeout, Wade missed a long 3, but Bogdanovic was called for a loose ball foul on Deng, who made both free throws with 11 seconds remaining.

Jarrett Jack missed a wide-open layup following a Nets timeout. Norris Cole was then fouled by Johnson, but he missed both free throws.

Johnson’s 3-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark.

Wade scored Miami’s first 10 points of the game and had 17 at intermission. The Heat extended their lead to 15 points on several occasions in the second quarter before settling for a 55-45 halftime lead.

The Nets then opened the second half with a 12-3 run, pulling within one on Johnson’s layup with 8:15 left in the third. But Wade then scored for the Heat, who put together an 18-8 surge to increase their advantage to 11.

Mario Chalmers had 10 points for Miami.

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