MIAMI-- Erik Spoesltra obviously has nothing against Miami fans. Not even the guy who shows up every game dressed as a banana.
The Heat coach loves the homecourt advantage his team has at AmericanAirlines Arena, where it is 26-4 this season. But Spoelstra would rather not be in Miami on Thursday night.
"We would probably prefer this one was on the road again and have that opportunity that we had last week," Spoelstra said after Miami's 96-72 home walloping of Toronto on Wednesday while referring to facing Chicago at home Thursday.
The Heat, you see, are still smarting over last Thursday's 96-86 overtime loss at Chicago. It was their big opportunity to get a road win this season over one of the NBA's elite, something they don't have.
After Wednesday's game, Heat players LeBron James and Udonis Haslem both agreed with Spoelstra they would prefer to have Thursday's game instead in Chicago. Instead, the United Center is booked that night for the WWE, er, the NHL playoffs.