Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/20/14
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Although it's part of playoff rhetoric, the constant talk about officiating appears to be wearing on Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, especially when it comes to the notion of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade being extended a favorable whistle. It finally caught up to the Heat in the 101-91 loss to the Celtics in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final on Friday night. Wade failed to get to the foul line for the first time in the playoffs since his rookie season against the Hornets. And James scored only one point from the line in the loss, which dropped the Heat to a 2-1 edge in the best-of-seven matchup. "We don't buy any of that. That's normal playoff talk," Spoelstra said of talk of the Heat benefiting from the officiating. Spoelstra said the sound of whistles is merely an extension of his mandate for his scorers to attack the rim. "That's who we've been all year long, and what we've been trying to hammer and hold each other accountable to is ...
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