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Miami Heat had surprising reaction to Erik Spoelstra-Jimmy Butler altercation

Erik Spoelstra talks with Jimmy Butler

The Miami Heat had a surprising reaction to the public altercation between Erik Spoelstra and Jimmy Butler that occurred during a loss last week.

Spoelstra and Butler were involved in a confrontation that involved Udonis Haslem stepping in between the men. The incident took place during a timeout while the Heat were getting crushed by the Golden State Warriors (video here).

Though the incident was a poor reflection for the Heat, the team reportedly is turning the incident into a positive. Five Reasons Sports, which covers the Miami pro teams, says the public fight has helped open communications between Spoelstra and Butler.

Five Reasons Sports also says the Heat have had “other issues behind the scenes” this season.

This isn’t surprising. Teams that play an entire season are going to experience some moments where it’s not all harmonious. Maybe the blowup will help the Heat in the long run. They finally won on Monday to break a 4-game losing streak that included the loss to Golden State.

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