Erik Spoelstra After Game 3 Meltdown: 'We Got What We Deserved'

Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistJune 12, 2013

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 03:  Head coach Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat reacts as he answers questions from the media at his post game press conference after they won 99-76 against the Indiana Pacers during Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at AmericanAirlines Arena on June 3, 2013 in Miami, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Following up a 19-point win in Game 2 with a 36-point loss in Game 3 is not what the Miami Heat had in mind. Erik Spoelstra's comments following the game hinted at just that—and a little bit more.

After the dust had settled and Spoelstra was forced to make what I'm sure was a dreaded trip to the postgame press conference, it seemed as if the Heat head coach was almost a bit smug with his interview.

It wasn't any kind of disrespect toward the Spurs; rather, it was a shot at his team, starting the interview by saying, "We got what we deserved tonight," before a reporter asked him a single question.

Spo repeated that a few times here and there during the interview, driving home the point that the way his team played defense was asking for trouble—and that's just what they got.

"We got what we deserved. We got what we deserved. We got what we deserved. We got what we deserved." - SpoBot is malfunctioning.

— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) June 12, 2013

Erik Spoelstra has said "We got what we deserved" at least five times so far during his post-game media session #NBAFinals

— gary washburn (@GwashNBAGlobe) June 12, 2013

The rest of his press conference was about as good an explanation as you can give after coaching a team that gave up 113 points in the NBA Finals. 

While he was fine with admitting his own failures, Spoelstra continually pounded home that the team that showed up in Miami Heat uniforms for Game 3 wasn't the team he has coached for the past 100 games.

More Spoelstra on Heat: "I didn't recognize that team out there tonight."

— Michael Wallace (@WallaceNBA_ESPN) June 12, 2013

He's about as dead-on as you can get in an instant assessment of what went wrong for the Heat in a devastating loss.

Not only did they fail to play much of any perimeter defense, which was supposed to be their point of strength on that end of the floor, but they were also incredibly passive offensively and looked like a team that could have gotten beat in the first round of the playoffs by the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Heat did get what they deserved in Game 3. Now it's just a waiting game to see if they turn themselves around and give it back to the Spurs in Game 4.