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News » Miami Heat Notes, Quotes 2009-11-26

Miami Heat Notes, Quotes 2009-11-26

Miami Heat Notes, Quotes 2009-11-26--A recent binge of 3-pointers by the opposition has coach Erik Spoelstra focusing on that aspect of his team's defense. Wednesday, it was the Magic's turn -- Orlando was 14-of-31 from beyond the arc.

"Our sense of urgency and desperation to get to the 3-point line has to be greater than what it's been," Spoelstra said. "I thought we were doing it a little harder, a little bit quicker, the beginning of the season. But, also, you do have to give some credit to the types of teams we've been playing."

Particularly tested has been second-year Michael Beasley, who has been matched up with several outside-shooting big men.

"Michael actually is recognizing the situation quicker," Spoelstra said. "He's defending it better. So he's making progress."

Beasley said it's still an adjustment.

"I wouldn't say it's tough; it's just new," Beasley said. "The teams we played early on in the season, the first seven, eight games, weren't doing it. I wasn't really used to it.

"It's tough. It is. It really is. It's hard. We're playing in a new day and age; 7-footers don't stand around the rim anymore."

--Erik Spoelstra said he is impressed by the work of former Heat point guard Jason Williams in filling in for injured Magic starter Jameer Nelson.

"They get guys that fit that system, and Jason has always been a very clever and efficient pick-and-roll player," Spoelstra said. "Now he's getting the ideal situation for a pick-and-roll player. You get a dominant big man, who can roll and catch and finish, and every single other player has 3-point range with a green light. As we know, Jason's a dynamic passer and he fits perfectly in their system."

Spoelstra said he is not surprised Williams is leading the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio.

"The thing that always goes unnoticed with Jason's game is he's efficient, doesn't turn the ball over. He makes the right play. He's unselfish. He makes other guys better and he doesn't make mistakes," Spoelstra said.

Williams scored 25 against the Heat on Wednesday night.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Dwyane was trying to claim that was an assist. I told him, 'not a chance.'" -- Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, after Dwyane Wade's errant 15-footer was turned into a game-winning putback dunk by Michael Beasley on Wednesday night in Orlando.

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