Overview and other interesting notes from Wednesday night’s 118-104 loss to the Golden State Warriors:
— While back cramps may well be a factor, Victor Oladipo still has the eye of a player who hasn’t yet fully returned to the pace of an NBA game.
– Again, we’re talking about a player who has made just four appearances this season before Wednesday night.
– At this time, expectations will need to be restrained.
– Maybe for more situational brilliance.
– Maybe with Oladipo bringing Heat hopes closer to where Nets’ hopes could be with Ben Simmons.
Good players try to make a comeback.
– The canvas was clearly there, Tyler Harrow knocked it out with a knee pain.
— and Oladipo certainly made an effort to move things along in its limited minutes.
– Nice, including an early reverse layout and then a late 3-pointer.
– but also a bad late foul on the Warriors’ 3-point effort.
– Time is still not enough.
– As the clock progresses in the regular season.
— Depending on the position of the hero, there may not be many of these opportunities.
– As it were, casting Oladipo to point guard at times hardly played to his dominant skill set.
– Gabby Vincent needed to be dismissed for the second consecutive game with a toe problem.
– Jimmy Butler again went from suspect to the starting lineup with his ankle sprain.
– Opening with Bam Adebayo, PJ Tucker, Duncan Robinson and Kyle Lowry.
— and of course Jimmy Butler opened the scoring with a three, showing you can get a triple-shot at Big Face Coffee.
— It was Butler’s 18th made three of the season. His 19th part came shortly after that.
– Shorthanded, the Warriors started with a lineup of Jordan Poole, Moses Moody, Andrew Wiggins, Jonathan Cuminga and Kevon Looney.
– Markiff Morris played in the Heat as the sixth man.
— Morris entered the center in place of Adebayo.
– Max Strauss followed for the Heat.
– And then Oladipo.
Caleb Martin scored the first nine rounds.
– Martin is listed as suspect with his knee issue.
– This time, Dwayne Deadman also got minutes, making it 10 deep by the midpoint of the second period.
– Deadmon’s first action in three games.
— Dedmon converted a 3-pointer immediately upon entering.
– Lowry’s fourth 3-point attempt was the 5,300th attempt of his career.
Tucker’s second shot was the 2,000th shot of his career.
– With his first steal, Butler surpassed Josh Richardson in 17th place on the Heat all-time list.
– Spoelstra said the Warriors’ approach this season has been unique to today’s NBA game.
– “They are a truly selfless ball-movement, body-movement team,” he said. “They play differently than most teams in the league. And even without some of their guys, they still have that style.”
– He said, “So it’s really become a pick-and-roll major league. And they do a lot of stuff from movement, catch-and-shoot, misdirected actions. You have to put your system and what they do , has to be very disciplined towards him and do it consistently throughout the game.”
– Spoelstra was also asked about the rise of the Warriors pool.
– “It’s been exponential,” he said. “I enjoy watching stories like this, players who weren’t necessarily blue-chippers or lottery picks. It just shows you that really good players take a variety of paths to get to this point. “
– Warriors coach Steve Kerr said stopping Draymond Greene, Klay Thompson and Otto Porter, among others, was a matter of practicing discretion.
– “Just talking to the training staff and continuing the process of making sure our players, who are injured or who are recovering from injuries, are getting the care they need and the rest they need And don’t subject them to risk,” Kerr said. ,
– He continued, “These decisions are based on process, not on the results of last night’s game. We are just following the process and it is important that we keep these guys healthy as we get into the playoffs. So just thinking Make a wise decision.”
– He further explained, “In general, Otto and Kel won’t play back-to-back. I always reserve the right to play them. And with Drummond just coming back from his injury, he’s playing back-to-back are more vulnerable, otherwise they would not be.
– Kerr also spoke pregame on Adebayo, who helped coach last summer’s Olympic gold.
– “I think the versatility he brings right now is what separates, for me, the best defenders in the league,” said Kerr. “It’s the versatility to defend multiple positions, multiple tasks, turn around and protect teammates. He does it all. He can guard from one to five at the switch.”
– Kerr said, “He’s absolutely elite and it was really fun to coach him in the Olympics. Just a great guy, great partner. Drummond and Baum’s tandem was really worth watching. Not just defensively. They push the ball into the transition.” Very special in terms of his ability, the kind of game that takes place in a point-centre role. Very unique player.”