Heat’s Erik Spoelstra says this is a time to put...

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These, Erik Spoelstra said, are the times coaches have to put the ego aside.

And hope that the egos of their leading men are enough to carry the night.

As the Miami Heat turned their attention to Thursday night’s Game 2 of these Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics at FTX Arena, Spoelstra said sometimes it can be as basic as allowing shot creators Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro to create their own shots.

“When you get to this time of year, you can have all the greatest plans of shifting a defense and moving ‘em and playing out of closeouts,” Spoelstra said. “It gets tougher and tougher each round to be able to do that.”

He followed up with the now-familiar tribute to the Celtics’ defenders.

“And they’re so well schooled and well-coached, really competitive two-way guys,” Spoelstra said. “You got to get whatever you can get. And they’re probably saying the same thing.”

So yes, a playbook, ball movement, a goal of complete involvement. But also the relief of having Butler and Herro go on their own.

“I think we’re going to fight for what we do, how we do it, and try to get to...

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