The week started off rough for Miami as they continue to battle the injury bug with both Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow missing time. This Miami Heat weekly review consists of three games against the Memphis Grizzlies, Philadelphia 76ers, and New York Knicks in which we breakdown each game.
Game 1 – Memphis Grizzlies
The shorthanded Heat went into Memphis on Monday night to take on the streaking Grizzlies. Memphis had been playing their best basketball winning three of their four games. The Grizzlies were firing on cylinders with Miami ultimately running out gas after tying the game up early in the fourth period. The Heat were due for one of these bad loses as the lack of depth and fresh legs caught up to a team that was playing so well against sub .500 teams.
Game 2 – Philadelphia 76ers
Bouncing back from a rough loss Monday the Heat rolled into Philadelphia in a battle of Eastern Conference Heavyweights. The Heat survived a rough first quarter and dominated the majority of the game. The biggest take away from this game was the 2-3 zone which absolutely halted Philadelphia’s offensive flow. Having Derrick Jones Jr and Jimmy Butler up top on the zone led to many issues for Sixers, who were unable to space the floor. This pretty much took Ben Simmons out of the game completely and allowed Bam Adebayo some help to slow down Joel Embiid. This was a statement win for the Heat on a Nationally Televised game showing the country that Miami is here to play with the Heavyweights in the Eastern Conference as they handed Toronto, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee their first home loss on the year.
Game 3 – New York Knicks
The week wasn’t quite over yet as the Knicks rolled into town Friday night. Miami finally got former all-star point guard Goran Dragic back which was a huge addition off the bench. Dragic contributed tot he second unit with his elite scoring and playmaking early. Miami led start to finish. What stood out in this game was the ability The Heat have to score without Jimmy Butler. Butler only took three shots totaling nine points. He impacts the game in so many ways other than scoring. It is nice to see this team click so well, unlike past years.
Looking Forward to Next Week
The week ahead will be a tough one for the Heat. Three quality playoff teams stroll into the American Airlines Arena before we conclude this decade of Miami Heat basketball. Utah, Indiana, and Philadelphia are all very formidable opponents so a tough week is ahead for the Heat. Justise Winslow has already been ruled out for Monday’s game against the Jazz. Check back next week for another Miami Heat Weekly Review with in-depth breakdowns of every game.
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