Miami, FL (Sporting Alert) — The Los Angele Lakers will look to put further damage on the Miami Heat’s recent run of form when they meet at the American Airlines Arena tonight.
The Heat have lost five in row and need to win at home tonight to ease some of the pressure off head coach Erik Spoelstra, who has called on his side to weather the storm.
But while there are those who calling for the coaches head, veteran Lakers coach Phil Jackson is offering a sympathetic word.
“From what I’ve heard, this team feels like they’re being looked at to lose, or they’ve been hoped at to lose,” Jackson said.
“I know locally that can’t stand true, but nationally, if that’s the case, it’s a burden to carry. And then those games that are dramatic become bigger than they really should be.”
The Lakers have won its last eight and on current form are strong favourites to win number nine.
“The difference between us is that we all know what our roles are,” Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said. “They’re still trying to figure that out.”
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