Defensive Effort on Display, But Offense?

The Heat just put an end to a back-to-back which was an absolute mess. A win where they put up 84 points vs the Raptors and a loss where they scored 6 points in the 4th quarter. Let’s say the Heat are happy to have this week over and done with.

Strong Defense Gets it Done v Raptors

On Thursday night, Miami took down a injured Raptors team in a defensive battle. This led to Kyle Lowry scoring 15 points on 4of 16 (2/12 from three) shooting. Fred VanVleet shot 3 for 16 (1/11 from three). The Miami’s 2-3 zone defense was able to keep Toronto’s guards off-balance all night. 76 points by the Raptors are the lowest amount Miami has held an opponent to. Also, the 76 points are also the lowest amount of points the Raptors have scored in a game all season.

Slow but Balanced Attack Leads Offense

In that same game vs the Raptors, the offense was very much dead. They scored 84 points, but in a win – so, by any means necessary. Miami shot just a heir over 40% from the field and 32% from three. Goran Dragic scored all of his 13 points in the 2nd quarter. Bam lead the way of all scorers with 15 points and added 14 rebounds, 2 assists and a block. Jimmy scored less than 10 points for the third time this season but also added 12 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals. Tyler Herro took over in the 4th quarter, scoring 8 of his 13 points in the money quarter including two threes. Miami won this game 84-76 in what was a very defensive effort from both sides, but ultimately Miami was the better defensive team.

Non-Existent Effort v Magic

Miami on the second leg of a back-to-back only had to travel to Orlando after a night-win in Miami, but still nonetheless the legs are tired. Miami came out with a piss-poor effort scoring a minimal 22 points in the 4th quarter. Yet still only down 5, Miami put another stinker up in the 2nd quarter. Shots were not falling, defense was effortless, yet you were only faced with a 56-44 deficit.

A Strong 3rd Quarter Leads to a What the Heck 4th

Miami came out of halftime stronger. They outscored the Magic 35-28 and only trailed Orlando by 5 going into the 4th. Miami had to be feeling good as a team. After a bad 1st half, you came out and scored as many points in the 3rd as you did the entire 1st half. Then, came an absolute miserable 4th quarter. They scored 6 points, SIX. After being down-n-out the whole game Miami had a chance to win it and blew it. In the 4th quarter, they were outscored 21-6.

ReGroup and Welcome Portland

Miami had a bad week. Bad losses to Washington and Orlando and even a bad win vs. Toronto. But, after a back-to-back they get a rest till Monday. Miami needs to regroup, maybe think about losing KO and adding JJ, and incorporate a better in-game plan if things go south mid-game. Portland comes to town on Monday, where Hassan Whiteside visits his own stomping ground. Heat we’ll have a lot on their plates with McCollum, Melo and Lillard as the scores.

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