Heat burn Knicks 109-99 off Terry Rozier’s heroics

First Half:

Niko Jovic set the tone for the Heat early on a strong drive to the rim, Jimmy followed that up with a three-pointer as the Heat traded punches with the Knicks. Rozier was also active early sinking some good looks. The Heat were competitive and aggressive early on and it certainly helped that the offense was firing on all cylinders with Duncan getting involved as the Heat worked to pad its lead. The only player who was lacking offensively early on was Bam, but he’d force his way to the line to try and get on the board. Miami’s defensive scheme in the first quarter was really interesting, as Jovic and Bam switched often to keep the Knicks uncomfortable. With Rozier surging, Jaquez rolling, Klove making a mark in his return and Jovic working as an offensive conductor the Heat put together a 13-2 run to take a 10-point lead.

Miami didn’t slow down in the second quarter with the reserves playing smart basketball. Kevin Love contributed on both ends, showing a spring in his step that we haven’t seen in a while.

The Knicks managed to put together a 7-0 run, but Highsmith who has seen a renaissance of his own lately stopped the bleeding. Though not all of their shots sunk, Miami’s ball movement was great on offense – the Heat swung the ball around so well as they looked for the best shot. Even with the Heat…well hot, the Knicks competed to stay within striking distance. With Miami pesky on defense and stealing the ball often, the Heat converted turnovers into transition offense getting some easy buckets for Jimmy and Co.

Despite Miami’s suffocating defense, the Knicks would chip away slightly only for momentum to completely shift back to Miami to end the half. Jimmy and Terry were spectacular, catapulting the Heat right back out by 15. Terry ended the first half with 20 points yet again. Headed into the postseason, Rozier is definitely heating up at the right time.

Second Half:

Terry did not slow down, hitting his sixth three of the night. We like to say Rozier takes hard shots, but honestly, I’m convinced that they’re easy for him at the rate he’s able to sink them. Bam also started to get going a little bit, hitting a turnaround bank shot to give the Heat its biggest lead of the night. Shooting 80% from the field, Terry feasted on the Knicks going in his bag for sidestep shots from the elbow, threes, and driving to the hoop fearlessly.

For a team whose biggest problem has been scoring droughts, Terry is an incredible booster shot. The Heat were awesome from the three-point line – shooting over 50%, to stay comfortably ahead. Miami’s defense was strong as it managed to keep Brunson cold for much of the game and stop New York from entering any sort of rhythm. Bam had 8+ points in this quarter after a forgettable first half on offense. He acted as the offensive anchor for much of the third.

For the Knicks, it was McBride, and DiVincenzo who carried the scoring load. DiVincenzo alone had 3 threes in the quarter as the Knicks worked to mount a comeback. Miami stalled offensively with about a minute left in the third, allowing the Knicks within six – but a key Martin score and Jimmy drive kept momentum out of the Knicks’ hands headed into the fourth.

Caleb Martin would extend the Heat’s lead back to 13 as he opened the quarter with a three. Unfortunately on the other end, Dante’s Inferno still ran hot, creating a problem for the Heat. With the Knicks clamping down on Butler, Miami went to Martin who delivered. Highsmith also played clean-up, creating baskets out of thin air for himself out of pure hustle. Turnovers made things a lot closer than they needed to be for the Heat and with McBride cutting the lead to four, suddenly things seemed dire. The Knicks are a good team this season, and they showed it down the stretch.

Miami’s offense turned into a pumpkin in the 4th as they were shooting 3/12 halfway through screaming for someone to step up and take over. Up only two on the heels of a 10-0 Knicks run, Miami would go to Butler who’d defer. Precious tied things up for the Knicks, but a huge Highsmith three put the Heat up once again. Rozier got fouled on a three and made his free throws to maintain the lead, and would follow that up with a tough floater. With Brunson imploding, momentum had shifted back to Miami at the right time. A Jimmy floater would get the Heat eight, and as the clock wained down Terry would hit one of the toughest looks I’ve seen from three to stab the Knicks with a dagger. A Martin dunk, would drive it in even deeper to secure the win as the sounds of Pepas echoed through the Kaseya center. A gutsy win, in what could have been a fourth-quarter collapse against a very good team.

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Big_guy305

This just in julius randle getting season ending surgery. The knicks might actually drop down a few spots now without there 2nd best player. They’re definitely weaker now .

Big_guy305

So I just went on the knicks blog and they’re blaming us for there injuries lmaooo. They’re officially bigger crybabies then the celtics.

SunManFromDogBone

It is unknown if Embiid will play vs Heat on Wednesday following 76ers win over OKC on Tuesday in his first game in 8 weeks.

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Reality Czech

I think the game is too important for them for him not to play. We’ll have to beat them with or without Embiid. Every game now is a play-in, playoff game.

SunManFromDogBone

The 76ers released their early injury report ahead of Thursday’s battle with the reigning Eastern Conference champs and Maxey (hip), Tobias Harris (left knee hyperextension (yikes)), Embiid (left knee injury recovery) and reserve big Mo Bamba, who also missed the last game with an illness, are all listed as questionable.

heat for life

we got enough ty terry and hh

ZechMerquise

go Nets, beat those pacers!

2qbn

Yes!

Reality Czech

Wow! It’s a final. Heat currently in 6th!! The ball is literally in our court. Pacers have played 75 games to the Heat’s 73.
Let’s go Heat!

ManilaHeat

Wow! Had to double check that…and so Heat in 6th! Hope we can hold on to it, thanks Nets

Bout30man

Yes, looking at the schedules, we have a legit chance to hold sixth. These next two games will likely decide our play-in avoidance fate as it looks like we won’t catch the Magic. And, despite last year, not having to play the extra games is a big deal.

ManilaHeat

So Bucks lost to Wizards. I guess we’re not alone haha. Sixers pulled off a comeback as Embiid returns. They might rest him next game and that’s our match.

Bout30man

Embiid is the player Jimmy was at his prime in that he can win a game in crunch time all by himself. Players like that are so rare. Embiid is so good that with him, the Sixers could go all the way. And without him, they have no chance, probably won’t make it past the first round. Sadly for us and the rest of the nba, looks like they will have him.

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heat for life

bucks lost to grizz.5 straight losses to grizz.spo might want to look at some tape on those 5 losses.portis middleton mt lopez dame all have that father time disease

Big_guy305

Awesome win from the heat. Knicks fans are such crybabies, injuries this, refs that….we’ve been dealing with that the whole season. Nobody in the east wants to play us PERIOD. Also big shoutout to scary Terry and locksmith. I been on the scary Terry bandwagon since he got here. He was great in Boston, and had good moments with the hornets. It took some of you awhile to see that, which is shocking because rozier bad game is still better then a good Lowry game. Rozier Is a cold blooded assassin and has been a flamethrower from 3 the last 5 or 6 games. Also locksmith was a beast again, and continues to show improvement. He hit a pivotal 3 in the 4th to give us momentum. I hope he stays in the rotation come playoff time. He’s definitely making it harder for spo. 40 percent shooter from beyond the arc, and a top 3 defender on the team, if we’re fully healthy in the playoffs with a 8 or 9 man rotation, then I’m taking him over jaquez. My 9 man rotation would be rozier,dunc,butler,jovic,bam,herro,caleb,Highsmith, love. If spo does 8 man rotation then I might take out caleb. So hopefully spo does a 9 man rotation.

Reality Czech

I wondered where you were last night. I think you and I were the 2 biggest fans of Rozier BEFORE he even got here. The choices at the time were Mitchell (impossible), D Murray (too high an asking price), and Rozier. I’d have been happy with either of the last 2.
After the trade, it was stated here that the Heat were in a higher position (4th or 5th) before the trade. That was true, but the reason certainly had nothing to do with Rozier.
So, 2 more fun facts. The Heat are 9 games above 500 for the second time this season. They were not 9 games above 500 before the trade. Also, before the trade, the Heat had the 13th ranked defense. Since the trade, the Heat defense has moved up to 5th in the league – elite level. But, once again, the reason isn’t about Rozier. It’s just that the Heat have played better team bb than they did earlier. Rozier has been a great addition who has made the team better, but with no single dominant player, this team must compete by having everyone contributing.

SunManFromDogBone

“I think you and I were the 2 biggest fans of Rozier BEFORE he even got here.”

What tf am I…chopped liver? H4L and I were proposing trading for Rozier before anyone else got on the bandwagon. We were also proposing trading Herro for a legit two-way PF/C to help Bam out in the paint and on the boards. Jus sayin…

GO HEAT!!!

Reality Czech

Hahaha. Okay, I’ll give you at the same time, but not that before time. And hfl was an early detractor, at one point agreeing he saw no difference between Rozier and Lowry based on his in depth 5 game evaluation, as opposed to a 9 year career. But it’s okay, I don’t mind being a mentor to him – these young(er) upstarts need a little guidance and wisdom now and then. 😆😆

SunManFromDogBone

As I recall, I proposed trading Lowry and a pick for Rozier long before anyone else did. That’s my recollection and I’m sticking to it. I threw H4L’s name in there just to get your attention, which obviously worked.

Reality Czech

Lol. And for the record, I like chopped liver!

SunManFromDogBone

Liver and onions, chicken livers and liverwurst aren’t bad either.

heat for life

i was talking about rozier for a while rc and sun.he looked like crape first 5 gmes was a little worried he had that father time disease which jim currently has.obviously hes back to his form father times not devoured him yet.he is our best player.

SunManFromDogBone

You gotta be more patient. You can’t throw players under the bus after one bad game or five. Highsmith has been a while in developing his offense. Now he has confidence in his 3 and is usually very good anywhere near the paint. With his elite defense, he definitely is earning a regular spot in the rotation. I see him as a younger PJ Tucker 2.0 with more potential. Jovic and Jaquez will also be fine. It will just take time. This time next year I can see all three at a different level.

Reality Czech

As you said recently, amen!

SunManFromDogBone

Remember that a year from now when everybody else has amnesia.

ManilaHeat

Nice facts to know. Hope the trend upwards continue. I’m not worried abt Heat defense. Its the offense that’s been off and on but as the playoffs approaches I guess they have to “turn it on” now. Thanks to Terry Heat have additional shot/play maker that strikes fear in the heart of opposing teams lol

Big_guy305

Sorry I was playing basketball lol, I got home around 10, and took a shower. I had game recorded so I watched it late. But I agree with everything you said. Also the i love the fact that our defense got better while having frequent injuries and 2nd most starting lineup changes.

Bout30man

Nice to know someone on here actually plays ball. I used to play so much growing up, in pickup games, one on one, horse, etc. I would still occasionally get in games all the way to about fifty yrs old. The last game I think I played in was when I was about sixty on a cruise ship.

Big_guy305

Sheesh I could only hope to play when I get to that age. I bet you was super sore after playing that game. Im just getting back into playing after a long time needed some cardio, but I’m still sore,so not in basketball shape yet lol.

ManilaHeat

Dunno whose more of those cry babies…Celts or Knicks?

Big_guy305

That’s hard I think it’s a tie for them, but I’ll give a slight edge to knicks for yapping about bam trying to hurt there players.

vagibugi

Off the topics, what the hell is doing that much of NY fans in Florida?

Reality Czech

Half the people in South Florida are originally from New York. Me too, but I’ve been a Heat fan from the beginning. The same thing happens when the football Dolphins play a team like the Jets.

heat for life

im originally from that putrid city to been down here since the 60s

Reality Czech

We used to love visiting and spending time there, even staying in Manhattan hotels 3 different times. I love/loved the city. I miss it. But it’s a disaster now.

SunManFromDogBone

Went there once. Nice place to visit but wouldn’t want to live there. Prefer Cali weather much more.

Reality Czech

I lived in Santa Barbara county for 4 years before moving to Florida. The town I lived in was very windy, but there was a great tourist spot about 15 minutes away called Solvang, where the weather was much nicer.

SunManFromDogBone

I grew up in Arizona. Way to hot for me.

I‘m in San Diego area. Best weather in the U.S. Not too hot, not too cold, no humidity. Closest to a ‘perfect’ Mediterranean climate, w/ mild winters AND summers…kinda speaks for itself. Doesn’t fluctuate a ton so some may find it boring, but I love it.

Reality Czech

And you’re on bedrock there, which is a good place to be in that rock and roll seismic state.

SunManFromDogBone

Yup. Our house is on solid granite in hills at 1,500′. Have been here 7 years and haven’t felt a thing. When I lived in L.A. and Orange Counties, jolts were quite frequent. When you ask locals who have lived here for many years if they have felt strong earthquakes they look at you funny.

vagibugi

seismic waves travels through hard rock faster then through soils or weak rocks, and there is a little chance for mixing waves od different speeds and altitude close to the surface, which caused most damage. Still, you are not safe just because you are living at bedrock. Its probably more about how far away are the big fault zones.

vagibugi

Thanks for explanation. It looks really strange.

Alien

When you have to shovel your driveway sometimes two or three times in a day during a winter blitz (which the north east is notorious for), if by chance you find yourself in Florida, you ask yourself what the heck am I doing in NY?

vagibugi

I wondered where our stars Bam and Jimmy might be. But they show up just in time to finish the job.

This is scary Terry at his best. I cant decide whether he is a player of the game, or its Hayward. His defense on Brunson was elite.

SunManFromDogBone

Rozier and Highsmith are the two wildcards the Heat needed to climb out of the funk they were in.

Herro’s return to playing at 75%+ and Jaquez’ return to normal would be two additional boosts.

The team will need all hands on deck from here on in, especially if the “Playoff Jimmy” of 2023 does not return.

However, if Rozier, Highsmith, Herro, Jaquez Jimmy, Duncan, Bam, Love and Jovic can play up to their potentials, the Heat will be a very tough team to beat in a 7 game series.

GO HEAT!!!

Reality Czech

Agree. If Herro could come off the bench when Rozier rests and do his hit from distance and drives to the basket stuff, it makes the Heat that much more dangerous.

SunManFromDogBone

Yup. Herro would be much more valuable off the bench as the primary ball handler able to exploit inferior second unit defenses.

heat for life

1a 1b terry hh
jim and bam late to the party
jjj never showed up
dunc hit 2 threes grabbed 4 jerseys
caleb lost control only 2 times
jovic a quiet very efficient game
not sure whos better for us klove or tb undecided

Big_guy305

Might give the slight edge to klove over tb because he’s a better shooter and can defend bigs better also better passer.

Alien

Heat still has to find a way to deal with size. Ny went big in the 2nd half like they always do against the Heat and it did not take. long to wipe off the 16 pts Heat’s deficit. Even Heat was forced to go big with HH,JJJ,Love, Jovic being on the floor together at one stretch in the 3rd qtr and it did not slow down the Knicks run. The Heat can not depend that someone will come big in the 4th qtr like Rozier did to win a game. The Heat have to find a way to protect the lead or play against size. Again this game has shown that size bothers the Heat.

Bout30man

Good comments. It’s also important to note that the Knicks were missing some very good players. Still, a nice win. Bringing Terry to the team and the emergence of HH have made us a little tougher to knock off. Two things hurting us are the big man thing you mentioned, and Jimmy just doesn’t look like a superstar anymore. I like Bryant to get some minutes, but nothing is going to fix the size problem completely.

heat for life

gsw never had much size.best attribute is pure ability.30.rebounding is position instincts and the want to.dennis rodman was the best rebounder ive ever seen not big at all.hh terry bam jim caleb can compete with any team in the east.jamal murray always hurt these days w/o him we could beat denver i believe

Alien

GSW advantage in the league is that they have skilled players who can shoot over longer arms, ball movement and player off ball movement is second to none in the league (OKC thunder is competing favorably in those areas this season and explains why they are doing so well in the western conference). The only player in GSW who has a knack for rebounds is Green and that is why their rebounds suffer when he is off the court. His positioning is an instinct that cannot be taught. He is not their best rebounder but blocks out opponents so well to give his teammates opportunities to go for rebounds.

Alien

Size is not only body size and height, it is also about wing span. You may not be the tallest person on the court but have the longest wingspan on the court and the ability to use it to your advantage. DENNIS RODMAN at 6′ 7″ was not always the tallest player on the court but had an impressive wingspan of 7′ 3″ to which he used to his advantage coupled with his renowned no nonsense hustle on the court.

SunManFromDogBone

Rodman averaged over 14 rpg eight times. He averaged over 18 rpg twice (18.7 in 1991-92 and 18.3 in 1992-93).

Charles Barkley was 6’5″ or 6’6″ (depending on who you ask) and averaged 22.1 ppg and 11.7 rpg for his 16 year career (1984-2000). He averaged over 11 rpg in 11 seasons. His best season was 1986-87 when he averaged 14.6 rpg.

Big_guy305

Heat still have problems with size but we still outrebounded them by a good margin. There top rebounders only had 6 (hart, bogs) Mitchell had 1 rebound. There size isn’t on the level of nuggets and wolves.

SunManFromDogBone

Knicks were missing Randall (9.2) and Anunoby (4.9) representing a combined 14.1 rebounds and 38.5 points per game. Plus, Robinson (9.6), Hartenstein (8.3) and Achiuwa (7.7) combined average 25.6 rebounds per game, but had only 8 total rebounds yesterday. It is very highly unlikely that will ever happen again. Jus sayin…

Alien

..agree.

Alien

Size is not only about rebounds, it is also about those long arms affecting your mid range jumpers and 3 point shots.Can you imagine a hotshot like Duncan throwing an airball. That was size affecting his line of vision.Size is about disrupting your passing lanes. It is about the opponents having better rim protection. Those shots the Heat made in the 1st half suddenly became much more difficult to make in the 2nd half. In the 3rd quarter the Heat went for a period of 6 minutes with out making a single shot.That is a lot of minutes to go without scoring in TODAY’S nba. If not for the heroics of Rozier in the 4th quarter, that game was lost in the 3rd quarter when the Knicks went big. In part Rozier was taking his man one to one, side stepping to get a better line of vision and making those shots. Luckily they went in. Notice that Rozier hardly drove to the paint in the 2nd half because there were longer arms/ bigger bodies ready to meet him in the paint and wisely he did not drive to the paint (Caleb who tried few times was unsuccessful).The Knicks did not react by double teaming Rozier, perhaps it may or may not have been a different outcome if they did.

Editing was for spelling errors

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SunManFromDogBone

If Randall and Anunoby had played, the outcome would likely have been different.

Alien

That was the most impressive all round play by Rozier in Heat uniform. The challenge will be consistency and having every player contribute efficiently moving forward.

Reality Czech

From statmuse:
Terry Rozier has averaged
19.5 points,
4.6 rebounds and
4.2 assists
in 15 games between March 4, 2024 and April 3, 2024.”
Rozier has scored in double figures in each of those 15 games. In that period, he’s been arguably the most consistent player on the team. With Highsmith playing so well, that really helps too. But like you say, we need consistency from everyone else.

ManilaHeat

So here’s the scenario for that coveted 6th seed…Heat got 7 games left with 4 vs .500+ teams. Pacers currently holding that spot has 6 games with 3 vs .500+ teams including Heat. This is what I hate. That the Heat might not have their fate in their hands and will have to wait for a team (or teams) to lose a game or two, maybe even 3 to avoid play-in. Possible? Yes. But they can’t “rest” and might have to grind it out up to 82nd game.

Also what’s with those Knicks fans saying Bam is intentionally trying to hurt their players?! And refs favors the Heat always? Head-scratcher for these cry babies

heat for life

bam has made some semi dirty plays vs nykgood keep it up bam couldnt have picked a more deserving loser franchise btw your good at making it look accidental

oregoner

WOW! Best game of the year?

After all the injuries, it feels like this is almost a full squad. Maybe just Herro and J-Rich missing?

Best game of the year for Rozier. Great two-way game from Highsmith, including the biggest shot of his life. Jovic was awesome.

Most importantly, great passing and great defense. If the Heat can play like that, they can beat anyone for the first three quarters. Fourth quarter offense is still a concern, but that’s where we’ll live or die with playoff Jimmy.

Next two games against Philly and Indy. Time for the Heat to show what kind of seeding they deserve.

Reality Czech

As noted, I think Jovic has continued to improve on both sides of the ball, and I love the size he gives the team. Yet, I wouldn’t categorize him (5 points, 6 assists) as awesome tonight.
Rozier has shown he can be ‘that guy’ in the 4th quarter. Since March 1, he’s averaging about 18.5 ppg. At his best, Herro can also bring firepower in a 4th quarter. I don’t think we can rely on Butler to carry the day alone – I just don’t see it, but he obviously is a key to our success, along with others.

heat for life

with jims loss of explosiveness,he knows it by the way.he has become a very good facilitator made some great passes last night which led to hoops.he still has that great bball iq to make winning plays.he gets caught in the air alot but somehow finds the right guy to pass to.

SunManFromDogBone

He may be OK to start and see what kind of game he is having to determine how many minutes to give him. He is nowhere near ready to be placed in clutch situations when the game is on the line, especially when Miami has so many better defenders. He’s still a work in progress and should continue to get better over the remainder of the season and next year. He’s still just a kid who is growing up fast.

Alien

100% agree!

Reality Czech

‘randy

 4 hours ago

knicks are so good. heat should play like that

 Reply

Reality Czech

 Reply to  randy
 4 hours ago

They were for 3 quarters’

Hey Randy, I hope you stuck it out til the end. The Heat not only played ‘like that’, they played just enough better to get this win. I’m assuming you are a fan and not a troll.

oregoner

the Knicks have made it to the second round of the playoffs only twice in the past twenty years.

they were eliminated by the Heat both times

Reality Czech

Yeah, I was responding to ‘Randy’ during the game. He posted that when the Knicks caught up in the fourth.
Of course, you’re right about those playoff wins. However, this is probably the best Knicks team since the 90s. Brunson is a one man wrecking crew. Very good overall team, especially when Randle and Anunoby are available.

Bout30man

Yes, picking up Bogdonovich too, when this team gets healthy, I think they are capable of beating anyone. I still think Boston is just a little better, and maybe a healthy Philly is an even match. But, I like NY over the Bucks. As for us, unless Playoff Jimmy makes an appearance, the only team I think we can beat, if everyone is healthy, is Milwaukee. Having said that, I am super enthused by Terry’s play. And Harold is now a big part of our hopes. But, we have had some fall off. Caleb has been a little out of control, JJJ has come back to earth, we miss JRich, Jovic, while improving, still has not reached his potential, who knows how or if Tyler can fit in, Patty and Wright are not giving us much, and most of all, Jimmy seems to no longer be a superstar. So, we got a shot, but we need more from all the players I just mentioned, and KLove and Bryant to be effective, to have a chance. But, without Terry and now Harold, coming on, we had no chance, Now, at least we have a chance.

Reality Czech

Your auto correct is out to get you by changing Haywood to Harold. 😀

Bout30man

Thanks. But I actually referred to him as Harold. After all this time, you would think I knew his name. Truth is, I had to look up the third J in Jaime’s name.

Reality Czech

Lol. Some mornings I have to look at my ID to remember my name.

SunManFromDogBone

Good team win.

  • It looks like Miami has found their new #1 Alpha Male scorer. His name is “Scary Terry” Rozier.
  • It also looks like Haywood Highsmith has found his mojo and has worked his way into a good 3 & D rotation player.
  • Jimmy looks like he has lost the “pep in his step” and may be dropping a notch or two in energy level and physical athleticism.
  • Jaquez, Martin and Jovic are very inconsistent and one or more of them may not be able to earn a spot on the team’s play-in/playoff rotation.

At this point, the only definite rotation players I see are:
Bam, Butler, Rozier, Duncan, Love, Highsmith and Herro, if healthy.

The players I see competing for the final 1-2 postseason rotation spots are:
Martin, Jaquez, Jovic, Bryant and Wright.

The players who do not make the play-in/playoff rotation cut will likely be used sparingly/as needed.

The next seven games should be very revealing. I’m curious to find out which players will step up and which ones will wilt.

GO HEAT!!!

Reality Czech

I am seeing steady improvement on both sides of the ball from Jovic. Tonight 1/2 5 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, (including a couple of really great ones), +13. Last 10 games averaging 9/3.5/2 shooting 38.5% from 3. Not getting as many rookie fouls. And he gives us needed size in the lineup. I hope he stays in the rotation.

The best closing group I’ve seen in a while was the one tonight – Bam, Butler, Martin, Highsmith, and Rozier . A very aggressive defensive group, and the way Highsmith and Rozier have been shooting, it opens up the paint for the other 3. They were impressive in the last 5 minutes and put the Knicks on their heels.

SunManFromDogBone

If Herro is healthy by playoffs, who do you see in Spo’s 7-8 man rotation? If you are counting Martin and Jovic in, who is out?

Bam, Butler, Rozier, Herro, Duncan, Martin, Jovic, ?

Last edited 9 days ago by SunManFromDogBone
oregoner

Kevin Love for sure. You also forgot to mention Jaquez. With Herro, that makes 9.

Maybe Highsmith replaces Caleb or Jovic depending on how the series plays out.

Maybe Thomas Bryant or Patty Mills for a few minutes if injuries or matchups make it necessary.

Shoutout to the Skyforce guys – Cain, O-Rob, Dru Smith – who won’t be in the playoff rotation but will hopefully be back next year

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Reality Czech

Good question. Herro absolutely has to come off the bench. I don’t see his game being compatible with Rozier. So starting 5 – Rozier, Duncan (or Highsmith if Duncan is struggling), Butler, Jovic, Bam.
I’ll go with 9 here because I’m digging myself into a hole. Herro, Love, Highsmith, Martin.
Jovic plays Babbitt minutes unless he’s on fire.
Jaquez, Delon, Bryant in reserve.
Mills, Orlando in street clothes.
So, my definitive answer is…. I have no idea.

Bout30man

Yes, that closing group is one that can go up against the league’s best. If it’s a close game, I like our chances with that group. Defense wins a lot of the close games, which are many. It’s funny how the mind doesn’t register or remember as much the difference between a missed shot and a missed difficult shot, but missed difficult shots are often the determining factor.

Bout30man

By difficult shots I mean well defended shots.

heat for life

dunc really hasnt been good for a while.his playmaking has taken a step back.defenses know he can semi take it to the hoop.jjj has really bottomed out not sure whats going on with him.caleb is not playing that much better than jjj.jovic def playing the best of the 3 i believe.his size def helps our smallish team.like bam seems he can guard 1-5 to a lesser degree.his shot will determine his level cause he can do everything on the ct

ManilaHeat

HHH happy place again lol. Passed this test though knicks almost spoiling it but thankfully Terry terrorized them with skillful out of this world shot making! 8/11 from 3! More pls. Looks like we are not missing Tyler hehe. For now. Go Heat!

oregoner

I’m still missing Tyler and J-Rich. But the real test comes in the next two games, against the Pacers and Sixers. If the Heat win those two, I’m feeling good about this team heading into the playoffs

Reality Czech

Yes. If the Heat at least beat the Pacers, Rockets, Hawks, and Toronto twice, I think we will be 6th seed.

heat for life

after seeing terry wade balling out lately feeling alot better do u finally agree hes heads above turtle as a player or do u feel the heat are better with lowry?

Reality Czech

Electric atmosphere. Outstanding clutch game by Rozier with nice contributions from others.

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