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In the 104-97 setback to the Jazz, Spoelstra decided to sit Wade and played Chris Bosh for just 40 seconds in the fourth quarter. The Heat cut a 19-point deficit to two without their two stars before falling short.
Wade said Wednesday that he was frustrated about the loss, the Heat's sixth in the past 10 games, but there are no hard feelings over Spoelstra's decision.
"It was the frustration of losing," Wade said. "The fourth quarter was overblown. When I went to the bench, we were down 19 points and that team did a great job of coming back and making it a game. Obviously you want to play, but I could never get mad at my team coming back."
Spoelstra said he second-guessed his substitution patterns after the game but was not trying to make a statement to Wade or Bosh. Bosh especially has been struggling rebounding -- he had just one in 27 minutes on Tuesday and is averaging just five over the past seven games.
"That game was a flier in the fourth quarter," Spoelstra said. "It wasn't a statement, it wasn't an indictment on anybody, it wasn't a sign of disrespect, and our guys understand that."
Team president Pat Riley attended Wednesday's workout, a rare occasion that he attends a road practice during the regular season. Riley, who has a home in Los Angeles, usually does attend a few games on the West Coast during the season.
"I'm able to bounce some things off of him," Spoelstra said. "Particularly on a trip like this where things haven't gone as we've hoped. He's a great sounding board."
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