Erik Spoelstra has made it a rallying cry amid the injuries that have reshuffled his rotations to the tune of 20 starting lineups this season: We have enough. Sunday, Miami Heat president Pat Riley said he could not agree more with his coach — and that the time is at hand to become more than a No. 8 playoff seed. "We have everything we need," Riley said at the team's annual Family Festival, a benefit organized by the Miami Heat Charitable Fund. "We have shot blocking. We've got pick-and-roll bigs who can catch lobs. We've got pick-and-roll bigs who can catch layups. We've got shooters, defenders. We’ve got a lot of versatility. "I think coach has done a great job in developing a system that's for everybody. And so let's get on with it." With Saturday's victory over the Detroit Pistons giving the Heat a four-game lead for the eighth and final playoff seed in the Eastern Conference, Riley said it should be about more than settling for the minimum. "I think we can go up the ladder," he said, with the Heat resuming their schedule Monday against the Phoenix Suns, the final game of a five-game homestand. "The teams between four and nine, or 10, are like three or four game apart. And a five-game winning streak could you put you up at fourth. "So it's great. It's great. I wish we were up there and not having to fret out a lot of these games. But last night was a big win. Beating Philly was a big win. We're not going to win all of our games going on out, but the teams that you've got to beat in this conference, beat 'em." Of course, this homestand also included the Thursday debacle that was the 131-113 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, which had Spoelstra and his players taking particular pride with the defensive turnaround Saturday against the Pistons.
Pat Riley says Heat have enough, praises Spoelstra's rotations, issues defensive dare
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