MIAMI (AP) — One day after earning the nod as coach of the Eastern Conference for the All-Star game, Miami’s Erik Spoelstra wasn’t ready to announce his starters.
The Heat’s 100-85 victory at Toronto on Sunday guaranteed Miami the top spot in the conference as of Feb. 3, percentage points ahead of the New York Knicks. That means Spoelstra and his staff will be in charge of the East’s All-Stars in Houston for the midseason contest on Feb. 17.
With Boston guard Rajon Rondo out for the season after tearing a knee ligament, Spoelstra must decide on a replacement in the starting lineup.
Spoelstra allowed the defending champion Heat to remain in Toronto after the game to watch the Super Bowl. The team watched the game in a private room at a Toronto sports bar and did not return to South Florida until about 3 a.m. EST.