MIAMI – The Miami Heat will host the top team in the NBA on Monday and coach Erik Spoelstra was very careful after practice on Sunday not to give the Golden State Warriors any bulletin board material saying, "I'm not gonna say anything because they're so good they're looking for any glimmer of disrespect, anything really to motivate them."
As a fan of the game coach Spoelstra says he enjoys watching the Warriors, "when they're playing at their highest level it's almost as if they're playing a different sport than everybody else."
But that's not to say the Heat will be star struck when Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant roll into town.
Miami guard Dion Waiters, who became close friends with Durant when the two were teammates with the Thunder, says of facing the high-scoring Warriors, "we don't want to play their game, come down just take quick shots. That's what they do. We want to play our game, take advantage of the opportunities when we have them. We just want to play at our pace."
Monday's game at the American Airlines Arena features the Warriors who have the best record in the NBA (38-6) against the Heat who have the second-worst record in the league (14-30) so point guard Goran Dragic knows what the Heat will need to pull off the upset, "we need to have the perfect game in offense and on defense."
Coach Spoelstra says Tyler Johnson, who missed Saturday's game with a strained shoulder, will be questionable for Monday's contest.