The Heat started their post all-star break hunt off rather slow. They lost 3 of their first 4 to non competitive teams this season. Since their home loss to the Timberwolves, they are now winners of 5 of the last 6 including beating down on the best team in the NBA this week, the Milwaukee Bucks.
Beating on the Bucks
In a Monday night showdown, Giannis and the Bucks came down the AAA, where the Heat have lost only 4 games at home all year. Miami came in with a game-plan to slowdown and shutdown Giannis and they did what they could. They held Giannis to a season-low 13 on 6 of 18 shooting and a +/- of -13. Miami did their job on the defensive side of the ball holding the Bucks to 89 points. On the offensive side, Miami was given a balance attack from 6 different scorers, having 6 different 10+ point scorers. Jimmy Butler and Jae Crowder paved the way with 18 a piece. Goran Dragic poured in 14 points and Bam Adebayo had one of his Bam games were now accustomed to with 14 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks.
Duncan and Dragic Light up the Magic
Duncan Robinson scored 27 points (9-12 from downtown) and Goran Dragic scored 25 points and added 9 assists to take down the Magic in Miami. Between Robinson’s sweet stroke and Dragic’s home dominance, the Heat are a team to be reckoned with at home. That is why if they can sneak into a top 2-3 seed they will be dangerous. Wednesday’s game vs the Magic was a little different than usual as the unstoppable duo was Dragic and Robinson not Bam and Butler. Kelly Olynyk continues his post all-star game dominance as he posted 16 points, 5 rebounds and a +/- of +9. With key injuries across the board and departures, he has worked his way into the rotation. Miami did however get torched by Terrence Ross as he went for 35 points (12-18, 8-10 3pt). There was again a 4th quarter scare here in this one but Miami was able to hold on winning their 4th straight.
Miami Gets First Look at Healthy New Look Pelicans
When Miami played host to New Orleans on November 16 of 2019, it was a lot different look of roster to when they played them in this March matchup. Without Lonzo, Zion and Ingram, Miami was able to handle New Orleans 109-94. This time around, those three where all in the lineup and all did their part to muscle past the Heat. None of these guys took over in the stat sheet, but what they did do was hit timely buckets when you thought the Heat had a chance at coming back. Speaking of timely buckets, the Heat knocked down 9 three-pointers all game, 8 of them coming off the fingertips of Duncan Robinson (Other one being a late-game three by Solomon Hill). Robinson also put together a +/- of +15 where the next closes was Iguodala and Dragic with a +3. Duncan is really taking the NBA by storm with his shooting over the past couple months.
Adebayo Lifts Heat Past Wizards
With Jimmy Butler leaving this game midway through the 3rd and Jae Crowder out due to concussion protocol, Bam had to be the one to step up. And, the first time all-star did just that. He scored a game high 27 points adding 14 rebounds, 6 assists and a +22. Duncan Robinson on the other hand continued his fantastic week as he finished the game with 23 points (7 threes), 7 rebounds, 2 blocks and a game-high +26 while on the court. Robinson becomes the 2nd player in NBA history to hit 7 threes in 3 consecutive games while shooting over 55% (Mike Miller). Bam left his mark on this game but so did Duncan hitting 3 of his 7 threes in quarter #4, including 2 in the last 2 minutes to essentially ice the game. Miami ended their 4-game road losing streak with this win.
Crazy Stat of the Week
Yes, you read that right. Over his last 9 games, 3+ weeks, Duncan Robinson is 48 for his last 86. That is unheard of. Right now, he is more likely to hit a three than make one. And, before you say well yeah that’s how shooting works, just think George Hill leads the NBA in 3-point percentage at 48%. Not every three pointer will go in, that’s just not how it works. Yet right now that is how it seems for Duncan Robinson. The un-drafted sharpshooter is here to stay.
What’s to Come
After a brief two-game road trip, Miami returns this week/weekend to face some of the lower tier Eastern Conference teams. Miami will host the Hornets on Wednesday, the Knicks on Friday and the Bulls on Saturday. This is before a three-game road trip that will include Miami going into Milwaukee to face a right-now depleted bucks team and a Pacers team that is chasing Miami down in the standings. Miami has struggled heavily on the road so this should be a nice mid-March test. I expect Miami to take care of business this week going 3-0 before heading on the road for three.
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