NBA GAMETHREAD: Miami Heat (33-25) @ Denver Nuggets (40-19)

This is our GAMETHREAD: Chat live about the game here!

Injury Report:

Miami Heat:

  • Tyler Herro (knee) — OUT
  • Josh Richardson (shoulder) — OUT
  • Kevin Love (heel) — OUT
  • Thomas Bryant (suspension) — OUT
  • Jamal Cain (g league) — OUT
  • Cole Swider (g league) — OUT
  • Dru Smith (knee) — OUT

Denver Nuggets:

  • Vlatko Cancar (left-knee surgery) — OUT

Starting 5:

Miami Heat:

  • Terry Rozier, G
  • Duncan Robinson, G
  • Jimmy Butler, F
  • Nikola Jovic, F
  • Bam Adebayo, C

Denver Nuggets:

  • Jamal Murray, G
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, G
  • Michael Porter Jr, F
  • Aaron Gordon, F
  • Nikola Jokic, C

Broadcast Info:

  • Tipoff: 10:00 PM EST
  • TV: TNT
  • Radio: AM 560 Sports WQAM & The HEAT Radio Network (Jason Jackson)
  • Spanish Radio: WAQI 710 AM & The HEAT Spanish Radio Network (José Pañeda)
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ManilaHeat

Ouch! And just like that Heat drop in standings. Head home, lick ur wounds, rest and grind again. Race to 5/6 seed is on!

SunManFromDogBone

Tough game. Shit happens. Outblocked 8-1. Out 3’d 12-7. Back in 8th place 1.5 games behind 4th place NY. Onward and upward. Next up Utah and Detroit at home.

GO HEAT!!!

ZechMerquise

we only hit 7 3’s.
If Herro and Love were available, the outcome would have been different

Big_guy305

At least knicks lost too

oregoner

according to Zach Lowe, the Magic and Heat have the easiest schedule from now until the end of the season. Heat just gotta finish top-6

Big_guy305

Heat can do it, just gotta keep stacking wins, and get healthy.

heat for life

what free agents gonna go to play with him and pop hope none

oregoner

I’m gonna go easy on Rozier. That’s probably the first big game he’s played since pre-pandemic. But he looks like he wet his pants tonight

heat for life

rc would say he had good game.hes a bad shooter.period 4 airballs lol.dude cant shoot

Reality Czech

One game does not make a career. He’s a fair shooter. Numbers don’t lie dude, no matter what you try to say. It’s black and white. He was never a high percentage shooter. But he’s certainly better from distance than what he showed tonight. It’s not my opinion, it’s the numbers, pure and simple.

Big_guy305

Yes agreed, he’s not one of the best, but always shot at league average or close to it beyond the arc. You already know hfl lives from game to game sample size lol.

Reality Czech

Quarter to quarter, moment to moment. He’s like the Florida weather – if you don’t agree with what he says, just wait a minute and it’ll change. 😆

Big_guy305

Lmaoo definitely 🤣

ManilaHeat

Got that right. Peace hfl 😁

Big_guy305

He played well, he just shot terrible from 3, and messed up on that last possession for us. Hopefully he get his 3 pt shot back .

oregoner

i don’t know enough about his game. He shot multiple airballs and had a back-breaking turnover late. He also had a great steal and 3-pointer at one point.

But regardless of what he’s good at or bad at, I will repeat what I said to start. That dude hasn’t played a big game since pre-pandemic. All of a sudden, he gets traded from a last place team and is playing the last minute of an NBA Finals rematch.

After what I saw from J-Rich, I trust the Heat organization to coach him up and get him ready for big moments in the future. But he looked overwhelmed tonight.

Reality Czech

He also helped to bring the Heat back with some nifty drives. I don’t think he looked overwhelmed at all.

oregoner

I’m not ready to make any declarative statements about Terry. I did it with J-Rich and I was proven wrong. I agree that he showed a lot of talent tonight. But I was texting with a friend about him looking overwhelmed before he puked all over himself in the last minute 4th quarter.

Reality Czech

That’s correct.

Bout30man

Me too. Rozier does a lot of things to help even when his shot is not falling. I do wish he shot a better percentage from outside as it is seeming like that isn’t a strong part of his game, even though it is still early to fully assess. But, there were other factors, such as other guys not being there, and some of our better players having off nights. Hopefully when Ty and JRich return, he will have a more defined role, one more about assists, defense, and most importantly, breaking down defenses, penetrating, and scoring in close.

Big_guy305

Maybe an off-season with our shooting coach will get him shooting better from 3 like Jimmy this year. Hopefully when jrich and herro come back, rozier shot chart could mirror dwade, in the aspect of taking more shots closer to the basket. Also instead of him shooting 8 3s, he could take 4-5.

oregoner

yeah, i’m less worried about him becoming a better 3-point shooter, i just think the needs to find his role with this team, and that will take time. Hopefully he gets into a better rhythm by the playoffs. I think he’ll definitely get there next season. Kevin Love is probably our best recent comparison.

Reality Czech

I was just going to say something similar, that, as with other players who came her from other teams, the Heat help them improve, be it body fat, defense, shooting.

heat for life

this wembayama in a year or two gonna be best player in nba

Big_guy305

Just couldn’t make shots, just that that simple, good effort tho.

heat for life

more about jimmys non aggressiveness

Big_guy305

Even with that we was still in the game.

heat for life

w/o murray denver loses alot

Big_guy305

Jokic is still an mvp, and we’re missing herro, love, and jrich.

heat for life

teams better w/o herro

Big_guy305

Nah, he would of helped tonight, especially from beyond the arc. We only made 7 3s, if herro played he would of made up for rozier airballs.

Reality Czech

Pay no mind to that. He’s a Herro hater, Spo hater, and at various times, has been a Duncan hater, Highsmith hater, and others. With all that hot air, he could be filling up those balloons in New Mexico, lol.

Big_guy305

Lol I try not to , but sometimes his takes just make me giggle inside with a weird cringy stare.

Reality Czech

Never a dull moment

Reality Czech

3-1 road trip. Have to move on.

heat for life

take that every day of week

sweeterswish

Not the result that I wanted, but I’m glad we didn’t just lay down. Good competition, good game. We couldn’t hit our shots.

heat for life

denver better hope murray injury not serious.they cant win it all w/o him

Big_guy305

3 reasons why we lost:

1. Not enough made 3’s

2. Too many rozier airballs

3. Jimmy didn’t play good enough

heat for life

agree

Reality Czech

I agree also. 26.9% 3p%. Only Martin was above 33%.

heat for life

ok close game they lost murray .should have won this game missed so many ez shots

Bout30man

All you can say is good comeback effort. But, I hate losing, even to one of the best.

heat for life

cats won so u gotta be happy

Bout30man

I worry more about the Heat nowadays. Still, feel like not having our guys equaled their not having Murray. And then we had a poor shooting night. Just enough to lose to a good team. We just got to move on.

heat for life

terry is not a pg hes a 2 never passes looking to score

Reality Czech

Not really. 6.3 apg. That usually means he’s passing the ball.

Reality Czech

He would’ve had more assists if the Heat didn’t shoot so poorly tonight

heat for life

6 assists a game is not alot rc

Reality Czech

Best on the team

Reality Czech

Better than Mitchell, Conley, D Murray, Barnes, Durant. Equal to Maxey, Jamal Murray, Greek. Sounds pretty good to me.

heat for life

hes shoot first guy

Reality Czech

Passes up there with many point guards as I documented. Nothing wrong with looking to score either. He does both.

Big_guy305

This over

heat for life

wow thats ball game dam

heat for life

bam cant miss now and rozier is chucking a 3

heat for life

has their ever been a player that has shot 4 air balls in a game .

Big_guy305

Maybe gobert

heat for life

thats alot of airballs bro.

Reality Czech

2qbn? (Since he’s no here to read this)

heat for life

2qbns post are full of hot air

Reality Czech

2 point game pretty amazing

heat for life

delon wright steal needed

Big_guy305

Rozier 4th airball smh

Reality Czech

Yup

heat for life

why jack a 3 tr fk

Reality Czech

Yeah, no need to do that as he’s been bad from distance tonight

Big_guy305

Thank you lady ref

Big_guy305

Rozier heating up

Reality Czech

This is what I’m telling you hfl

heat for life

your ahead of me rc

Reality Czech

As always

heat for life

lol

heat for life

joker looks winded

Big_guy305

6 point game

heat for life

caleb just to dam small

Big_guy305

I thought nuggets would destroy us on the boards, but surprisingly they only have 2 more rebounds then us.

sweeterswish

LET’S GO HEAT!

heat for life

reggie jacksons been terrible tonight i can see why hes been on 1/2 the teams in nba

Big_guy305

We need another score.

Big_guy305

Martin earned that the hard way.

heat for life

effort

sweeterswish

challenge it? why not, they got every other call.

Big_guy305

Rozier got no lift on his shot, his third airball, he still dealing with that injury.

sweeterswish

That and the altitude.

Big_guy305

Pretty much.

Big_guy305

Lucky joker

heat for life

he makes those crazy shots all the time

heat for life

kcp daydreaming during tip

Big_guy305

Good D dunc

heat for life

no pg lineup like it no shorties out there.i thought terry would be better to be honest with my hhh bros.he is a bad shooter think sample size big enough

Reality Czech

Nope. As I have previously told you, if you looked at his stats, you’d know that he was not a high percentage shooter in his career. He’s a scorer, a very good assist to turnover guy, and a decent rebounder. And 12 games in is not a big enough sample size, especially coming off an injury.

Reality Czech

Oh yeah, a very good driver too

Big_guy305

9 point deficit, just keep chipping away.

Big_guy305

Nice hook bam

Big_guy305

One of worst shooting game’s of the season.

heat for life

tr 3 air balls u ever hear of that

heat for life

pj carlisimo sighting

heat for life

duncs become a complainer

sweeterswish

Jimmy and Bam ate the wrong gummies… lol F’n Colorado! I kid… but they need to find that next level.

heat for life

rcs my main guest along with manila big 2qbn

heat for life

hhh my home away from home

heat for life

big u just arriving?

Big_guy305

Yes sir ,was at the gym earlier.

heat for life

bams effort level a 7 hes just intimidated by the best player in the world

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