Tryout Night for Morris, Oladipo, Yurtseven, Plus Heat-Raptor Ideas – The Mercury News

Overview and other notes of interest from Sunday night’s 114-109 win over the Toronto Raptors:

– With the prospect of players resting the heat for the final time this season, there was a sense of a last-chance saloon for Viktor Oladipo, Markief Morris and Omar Yurtseven.

– The nine-man rotation that Eric Spoelstra has shown preference for will probably change little.

– But with Jimmy Butler (toe), PJ Tucker (knee), Dwayne Deadman (ankle) and Gabe Vincent (toe) out, there were opportunities.

– And took advantage.

— so Morris started Power Forward, his first debut as a member of the Heat.

Yurtseven played as the first big man off the bench.

– And played as a guard before the Oladipo bench.

– After entering the NBA’s health and safe protocol, Spoelstra had to take it remotely.

– Morris showed he could still fill a box score.

– Oladipo displayed a clever 3-point stroke, which was somewhat unexpected, considering where he was trending in that regard, and could still explode for a dunk.

— and even Yurtseven had a six-point burst in the fourth quarter.

– Of the three, Oladipo arguably had the most significant influence.

– (At one level, for both teams, given that they had five turnovers in the first half.)

— and Morris can certainly be reopened in case of emergency.

— but then consider that Butler, Tucker and Deadman will be back against the Hornets on Tuesday, and that likely remains the exception.

– All rotation additions, including Caleb Martin, proceeded well enough for qualifying minutes.

– Maybe Spoelstra reconsiders the role of Duncan Robinson?

– Because this night Oladipo, Morris, Martin and Yurtseven were all better.

Rounding out the starting lineup were Kyle Lowry, Bam Adebayo and Max Strauss, with Morris and Martin.

– Laurie took the court to a standing ovation in his return.

– The Raptors had their own late scratch, with Ozzy Anunobi unavailable due to a quad injury.

— Tyler Harrow played as the sixth man from the Heat’s limited bench.

– Herro’s third shot propelled him past Steve Smith to 21st on the Heat all-time list.

— Entering with Yurtseven then with Robinson.

— and then it was Oladipo, another player who was dropped out of the mix earlier.

Oladipo’s seventh point was the 8,000th mark of his career.

– Adebayo’s sixth defensive rebound was the 2,100th of his career.

– Lowry held court with the media before the game, shining the 2019 championship ring as he won with the Raptors.

One of the questions he answered was about his transition to heat.

– “It’s been easy enough,” he said, “because I’ll always be myself, no matter what jersey I get, no matter what city it’s in. I’ll still go out there and try to win games, play my best, Will work hard, do what I have to do to help my team win and win at the highest level. It’s been a smooth transition, because I’m always going to be who I am. It’s different, yes, but Plus it’s about basketball at the end of the day.”

– As far as adopting heat culture is concerned, Lowry said it is more than heat accepting kyle culture.

– “It’s me, therefore, it’s Kyle,” he said. “But they have a culture. It’s a great culture.”

– Comparing it to what he did in Toronto, he said, “I’m always going to be me and who I am. And you know, it’s great. They’re both great franchises, great cultures. And places , great organization and coach and venue.

– Lori was acquired at the expense of Goran Dragic and Precious Achiuva, with only Achiuva remaining with the Raptors.

– “I think he’s stepping up his game to the three-point line, being able to put the ball down on the floor has been good for him,” Lowry said of Achiuwa. “It’s one of those things where Nico [Nurse] And the coaching staff has given him the confidence to do so, to step out of his comfort zone and be different. It’s just a little baby getting into a new position and able to blossom a little more. It’s good for him to be in that position to come here and change and become a different type of player and be more successful. ,

– Lori said that her sons have embraced the Florida transition.

– “They wear shorts and T-shirts everyday,” he said. “My kids are great. My kids are awesome. You know, they were basically like, ‘No, no!’ ,

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