These, Erik Spoelstra said, are the times coaches have to put the ego aside. And hope that the egos of their leading men are enough to carry the night. As the Miami Heat turned their attention to Thursday night’s Game 2 of these Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics at FTX Arena, Spoelstra said sometimes it can be as basic as allowing shot creators Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro to create their own shots. “When you get to this time of year, you can have all the greatest plans of shifting a defense and moving ‘em and playing out of closeouts,” Spoelstra said.

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