Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra praises the Boston Celtics' play after their season-ending loss

The Miami Heat's season came to a disappointing end at the hands of the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night, which caused a lot of concern for coach Erik Spoelstra.

The Heat's biggest loss came in the win-or-home matchup, losing by 34 points. The absence of Jimmy Butler, Terry Rozier and Jaime Jaquez Jr. hurt their chances, but Spoelstra refused to make excuses for their lack of success.

“Firstly, we don’t blame this on the fact that we had some injuries. Let’s not take anything away from Boston,” Spoelstra said. “They've been the best team in basketball all season, and in this series, in four of the games they played as such, that had nothing to do with injuries that had nothing to do with guys being available or unavailable are.” They played very good basketball; They probably had something that motivated them even more against us, but they played at a high level. I won't watch a minute of their games, but they have a very good team and they know what they're doing.”

Perhaps the most important player in the first round game for the Celtics was guard Derrick White. He scored 20 or more points in three games and was successful in the last two games. There is no denying that coach Joe Mazzulla and the Celtics have what it takes to win the title, but they will have to be at their best to defeat powerhouses like the Denver Nuggets.

The Heat will be entering a new phase in their annual cycle, with trade rumors already increasing. Phoenix Suns star Bradley Beal is a name that comes up in discussions.

Anthony Pasciolla is a writer for Inside the Heat. He can be reached at [email protected] or follow him on Instagram @anthony.pasciolla.

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