Too late for Victor Oladipo? Plus Heat-Magic Thoughts – Wed News

Observations and other notes of interest from Sunday night’s 125-111 loss to the Orlando Magic:

– First of all, perspective ..

– Victor Oladipo did this, including 25 points in his first half against mostly second-tier members of the second-worst team in the NBA.

– On a night when some people on both sides were making maximum efforts.

—and for all the right things Heat has said about Viktor, and for all the right things Oladipo has said about Heat, little matter when it has come in meaningful minutes since the starting rotation reset The game is against the Kings on March 28.

— so, in some ways, it may be more about Oladipo making a statement about its impending free agency than about its playoff prospects.

— Recall, he set a tone a week ago with his 21 points in Toronto.

– and then was put out for a week until Sunday.

– The question is not necessarily whether he is in the playoff rotation ahead of Gabe Vincent.

— but instead do either primary playoff rotation.

— and it may come down to Duncan Robinson’s postseason use.

– Since Tyler Herrow, Dwayne Deadman and Caleb Martin all appear destined for roles in the post season rotation.

– As for the heat, the approach was as it should have been: when in doubt, sit them outside.

– So No Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry, PJ Tucker, Hero and Deadman.

— but also no Bomb Adebayo, who entered NBA health and safety protocol on Sunday.

This means that Adebayo will probably be isolated from teammates until Friday.

— Since the Heat don’t open the playoffs until Sunday, this should make Saturday’s practice particularly important, given not only Adebayo’s potential return to the practice court, but also the Heat’s lone pre-playoff practice when they have to learn about their opponent. I know.

– An opponent that will not be determined until the conclusion of Friday night’s play-in tournament.

– The Heat were also without Markif Morris, who was an active scratch.

–Coach Erik Spoelstra also highlighted with those in his potential playoff rotation.

– So that left the starting lineup of Omar Yurtseven, Haywood Highsmith, Duncan Robinson, Mychal Mulder and Oladipo.

– Haven’t seen one before.

— and one that cannot be seen in the playoffs, which does not include such participation in Mulder’s two-way contract.

– Robinson led the Heat in games played for the third consecutive season, tying for the franchise record. Both Glenn Rice and Norris Cole previously led the Heat in three consecutive seasons, with Rice’s run ending in 1995 and Cole’s in 2014.

– With his second 3-point effort, Robinson moved Eddie Jones to second on the Heat all-time list.

– With his seventh point, Robinson moved up from Jamal Mashburn to 24th on the Heat all-time scoring list.

– Adebayo ended his season shooting 50 percent or better off the field in a career-best 16 consecutive games. The only long streak in the Heat’s 34 seasons was 21 such games by Shaquille O’Neal in 2007 and 18 by Alonzo Moring in 1997.

– Butler ended the season one free throw, tying Bob Lanier in 71st on the NBA’s all-time list.

Tucker ended the season one free throw 700 for his career.

– Lowry ended a steal of season one, tying Charles Oakley at 68th on the NBA’s all-time list.

– Lowry also made an assist for season seven, tying Nate Archibald at 26th on the NBA’s all-time list.

– The Heroes finished the season third in points, trailing Michael Beasley in 21st place on the Heat all-time scoring list.

– Deadman finished Season One Steel Sharmila 250 for his career.

– In the sign of the night closing in, Udonis Haslem and Javonte Smart were the heat’s first two reserves.

– Like Mulder, Smart, because he is on a two-way contract, is ineligible for the playoffs.

– Vincent then entered as the Heat’s third reserve.

– Strauss and Martin watched everything from the bench.

– Magic coach Jamahal Mosley said the Heat’s style is what he wants his team to eventually emulate.

– “I think it’s the brand of style that we continue to build,” he told Pregame, “our guys are physical, aggressive, high level of competition. But just being able to hang out night in and night out after that.”

– Regarding his off-season goal for his team, Mosley said, “I’ll tell you one thing, the one thing we want all of our guys to come back to is shooting out of that basketball. I guess That’s big.”


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