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Erik Spoelstra's final exam

What strategies will the Heat deploy with their season and title hopes on the line?

Updated: June 12, 2011, 12:09 PM ET
By Kevin Arnovitz | ESPN.com

For Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, Game 5 had to be excruciating. It wasn't just that Miami handed control of the series to Dallas after another fourth-quarter lead slipped away. They also squandered the Heat's most prolific offensive game in six weeks. Not since April 21 -- Game 3 of the Philadelphia series -- had the Heat put together this kind of offensive exhibition.

For the first 43 minutes of Game 5 in Dallas, the Heat played the kind of offense they'd aspired to all season ...

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