Shane Battier and Erik Spoelstra share an enjoyment for studying the analytics of basketball, something that they will inevitably discuss now that the veteran is a member of the Heat.

“He’s a coach that enjoys the cerebral part of the game,” Battier said. “And I sort of get off on that too, as weird as sounds. The chessmatch that is basketball . . . that’s something he and I will be able to talk about. I look forward to learning a few new tricks from him.”