Playing the Spurs, especially at AT&T Arena, tends to feel like a drill. And not just in the sense of a dentist’s instrument, though that certainly, painfully applies. It feels like a drill in terms of testing your readiness for contention in a variety of ways, seeing if you’re really who you think you are.
So that’s what happened to the Heat here Wednesday night, in a 112-88 defeat that dropped Miami to a tie for fifth in the crowded center of the Eastern Conference.
What happened is what has happened to so many other opponents since March 12, 2014, the last time a visitor won a regular season game here, and that took overtime, and 57 points from Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving to do it.