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No questions for Erik Spoelstra before Game 5 vs. Nets (VIDEO)


NBA head coaches are required to be available to the media anywhere between 90 to 105 minutes prior to each game, and the procedure is even formal during the playoffs, when many more media members are in attendance and coaches for both teams are required to take the podium in an interview room set up specifically for this purpose.

Prior to Wednesday night’s Game 5 between the Heat and the Nets in Miami, however, Erik Spoelstra emerged unscathed.

Not one of the media members in attendance had a question for Spoelstra, so after sitting up there for a few seconds and surveying the scene, a big smile emerged and he gave two thumbs up as he left, realizing he was off the hook for one night of engaging in what at times can be a tedious task.

Before you’re too quick to jump on reporters for being lazy or unprepared, at least be aware that the more prominent ones in the room likely to ask the questions already did so at the morning shootaround. And since nothing’s changed in the last eight hours or so, there was no need to pursue any updates of interest.

PBT Extra bold prediction previews: Clippers ready to win West?

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With our PBT Extra videos, we are previewing the entire NBA by using bold predictions, starting in the Pacific Division (we already did the Warriors).

Some of those predictions come from fans on Twitter where I had sent out a request, including the bold prediction for the Clippers.

It could happen, they are certainly contenders. But two things need to happen.

The big one is their defense, which was middle of the pack last season, needs to move into the top 10 (and DeAndre Jordan needs to play consistently like a guy who is third in Defensive Player of the Year voting).

Second is the new and improved bench unit of Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith, and Jamal Crawford (he’s not new) need to mesh into a unit. Those are three guys who like to create for themselves and make questionable shot choices, getting them play well with others could be a bumpy road.

Stephen Curry gives high five while his shot is in air (video)

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Stephen Curry said the defending-champion Warriors would have no problem picking up where they left off.

His swagger certainly remains intact.