Monday's Heat News: Spoelstra still a believer in Winslow

Heat revival falls short in 112-108 loss in Boston: The feel-good story of the second half of the NBA season is feeling a bit shaky at the moment, even with a spirited effort in Sunday's 112-108 loss to the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. The reality at the moment for the Heat Miami is a 3-4 record in their last seven games and a 1-4 ledger in their last five road games, with two more remaining on this trip. -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel

As sidelined Justise Winslow turns 21, Erik Spoelstra sees upside: Justise Winslow now can legally celebrate with the beverage of his choice, even if his NBA celebrations have been put on hold. To Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra it is another reason why there should be perspective with the sidelined forward who turned 21 Sunday while away from the team, rehabilitating from January's season-ending shoulder surgery. -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Delicate dunks now part of Hassan Whiteside's daily diet: The goal never was to be a gentle giant. But at the moment, Hassan Whiteside has no other choice. So, yes, those are tempered, almost gentlemanly dunks you are seeing from the Miami Heat center, as he deals with the 13 stitches that remain in his lacerated right hand. -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Miami Heat look toward Detroit after another hard fought loss in Boston: The Miami Heat, for the second time this season, played a strong game at the Boston Garden on Sunday night. As was the case in late December, the Heat was not rewarded for the effort. Miami dug out of a 10-point hole in the fourth quarter yet the Celtics got some late heroics from Isaiah Thomas, hit some big free throws down the stretch and clamped down defensively in the final minutes to beat Miami 112-108. -- The Miami Herald

Heat continues Waiters wait: The Heat continues to hope that Dion Waiters can return before the end of the regular season, but nobody internally is certain of that because of the seriousness of the sprain. He’s doing treatment twice a day. If he doesn’t return over the final 10 regular season games, a return during postseason (if there is postseason) is expected. -- The Miami Herald

Erik Spoelstra on rookie Rodney McGruder: ‘He’s a Miami Heat-type guy’: Even though they were playing a team from their home state, there were a couple within the Miami Heat traveling party happy to see South Carolina and coach Frank Martin move on the Final Four. Starting forward Rodney McGruder was most definitely cheering on his former coach from their days at Kansas State. -- The Miami Herald

Miami Heat begin important road trip with painful loss to Boston Celtics: The Heat faced plenty of adversity early in the season. It looks like they will face more late in the year. For the past two months, Miami has been the NBA’s feel-good story as it overcame an 11-30 start to climb its way back into the playoff picture. But the Heat’s 112-108 loss to the Celtics (48-26) at TD Garden Sunday puts Miami in an uncomfortable spot. -- The Palm Beach Post

With Justise Winslow turning 21 on Sunday, Erik Spoelstra knows there’s still plenty of time, room for growth: Need a reminder of just how much room Justise Winslow has to grow as a basketball player? Winslow turned 21 on Sunday. Winslow’s second NBA season was cut short due to season-ending shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder in January. -- The Palm Beach Post