Could LeBron's stiff shoulder be foreshadowing of what is to come?
Video replays showed James clearly made contact with Spoelstra, who turned quickly and looked in the direction of LeBron.
Obviously, there is no way to tell with absolute certainty if James intentionally went after his coach, but he didn't seem terribly concerned after he made contact.
The brief exchange was symbolic of Spoelstra's seeming lack of control over his talented triumvirate.
After Saturday's loss to the Mavs, the Heat held a players-only meeting to discuss their struggles.
At 9-8, Miami has gotten spotty play from each of their three stars. Although James has the best numbers, his impact on the game has been much less than expected.
Meanwhile, the two major weakness of the team have manifested themselves against tough competition.
Dallas became the latest NBA team to gash the Heat in the paint Saturday, highlighting Miami's lack of interior defense.
Then there is the problem at the point.
With Mario Chalmers yet to develop, the Heat have had no defensive answer for opposing point guards, making them vulnerable to the likes of Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo.
As the losses continue to mount, it appears the writing is on the wall for Spoelstra.
Phil Jackson's mind games are only a small part of the reason Pat Riley is unlikely to coach, but it seems unlikely the Heat's president will stand for much more futility.
In the end, the Heat need a coach who can get the big three to mesh on the offensive end.
That's something Erik Spoelstra simply has been unable to do.