Observations and other remarks from Friday’s defeat of 101-99 with Indiana Pacers:
When Victor Oladipo was something, the apparent heat force was their depth of talent on the wing.
– Victor Oladipo hasn’t been here since preseason.
“And on Friday, when Jimmy Butler returned to Miami, he was struggling with hip pain, Heat’s wings were basically clipped.”
– Yes, Tyler Herro had his moments.
– A lot, actually.
– And Max Strus was playing against time.
“But Heat couldn’t live up to what the Pacers offered from Buddy Hield, Tyrese Haliburton (how the hell did the Kings let him get away?) And Bennedict Mathurun.
– Kyle Lowry may be many things, but the dynamic wing is not one of them.
– And even Butler offers a more methodical approach.
– So Herro or the bust.
– And on Friday, bust again.
“If Oladipo can’t come back quickly and can’t come back looking like Oladipo, all or nothing Herro, then it can be.
– And that probably won’t be enough.
– The ostrich started the second game in a row to replace Butler.
It was actually Strus’s second and a half start, opening the second-half against Warriors on Tuesday night, when Herro lost in the second quarter with an eye injury.
– Meanwhile, Bam Adebayo remained in the original roster after being replaced previously with a bruised right knee.
– Herro, Lowry and Caleb Martin complemented the starting line-up.
– Gabe Vincent came in as the first Heat replacement.
– Dewayne Dedmon, who was previously on the injury report, then made a double shift with Duncan Robinson.
Then, with Heat fighting and Martin called for his third foul, Haywood Highsmith was called in in the middle of the second quarter.
Herro’s second throw-in moved him next to Josh Richardson to 10th place on the all-time Heat list.
– Herro’s sixth basket moved it next to Richardson to 21st place on the All-time Heat list.
After his fifth save in defense, Herro overtook James Johnson for 25th place on the all-time Heat list.
– After his first blocked shot, Martin reached 50 in his career.
– Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, Pacers style: “They play fast. It looks like in the last few games we only played teams that are playing very fast. I think we have to overcome this.
– He added about the Pacers: “They are young and they play with such enthusiasm, confidence and joy.”
“About Mathurin’s emerging rookie, Spoelstra noted” how confident he is as a young player. You see him editing and he comes into play as if he was already in the flow phase. “
After spending a week at camp with a Heat’s G League partner before meeting the Indiana team, forward Jamal Cain said time at Sioux Falls allowed him to reconnect with fellow Heat Camp colleagues such as Orlando Robinson, Jamaree Bouyea and Mychal Mulder.
“It felt good to just see some of my boyfriends,” he said. “I built a relationship with them over the summer and we were kind of in the same boat, so it was good to see them just to talk about the whole Sioux Falls process.”
“The Heat highlighted the shared systems in Miami and Sioux Falls, and Cain said it is.”
“It’s definitely the same with the intensity, the way they want to exercise, and some of the things to be done,” said Cain. “Some games and playstyles will be essentially the same. But the weather is a little different.
Pacers coach Rick Carlisle spoke about defending Heat before the game.
“You have to be mindful that you are in a game of playmaking, not calling,” said Carlisle. “You just have to play basketball. And all these different looks that teams are throwing make teams kind of step back and look, and when you do that you are now hesitating.
Carlisle also spoke about Lowry before the game.
“Guys who feel really comfortable taking running shots and make it look effortless are the guys you really worry about. Because these are guys who can make it all out.
“About playing Heat without Butler, Carlisle said,” When they’re down, they get even more dangerous in many ways. “
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