Heat shut down after Indy meltdown; scrap practice
By TOM WITHERS
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Miami Heat canceled practice and their media availability one day after a blowout loss in Game 3 to the Pacers.
The team gave no immediate reason for Friday's decision, which was announced on the Heat's media telephone hotline.
The Heat lost 94-75 on Thursday night and trail Indiana 2-1 in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Miami's latest defeat was magnified by a sideline confrontation between star guard Dwyane Wade and coach Erik Spoelstra. The two exchanged words during one of the worst playoff games of Wade's career. He scored just 5 points on 2-of-13 shooting and refused to discuss what happened with Spolestra.
Wade has been slowed by injuries. The Heat are also without power forward Chris Bosh, who has an abdominal strain.
Updated May 18, 2012