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Duncan Robinson Confident Playing In Empty Arenas. And Heat’s Vice Courts Heading To Disney

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Despite people’s concern of not having Miami Heat fans in the stands, Duncan Robinson is confident that he, along with his team, will be ready to go amidst the NBA’s return at Disney World.

After all, Robinson did play one-year of Division III at Williams College and spent some time in the G League.

“Obviously, Orlando is a unique situation in that it’s an empty gym,” Robinson told reporters in a media video conference early Thursday. ‘And I think maybe, myself, out of anybody, has experience playing in empty gyms, whether it be in the G League or my first stop in college, at Williams. I think we had a couple of games where there were like under 300 people there.

“So, I’m well equipped to play in empty gyms.”

Robinson, 26, totaled 243 made threes this season, ranking third in the NBA this season, behind Houston’s James Harden (271) and Sacramento’s Buddy Hield (244). In his second year with the Heat, Robinson has accumulated 13.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and a whopping 44.8 three-point field goal percentage.

Even with the regular seasons far from ending, Robinson passed the Heat’s franchise record for most made threes in a season, toping Wayne Ellington’s 227 three-pointers made in the 2017-18 season.

Robinson’s stellar three-point shooting will be an essential part of the Heat’s postseason success. This season, the Heat’s record when shooting 42% or higher from deep is 20-3. However, when shooting 30% or less, their record is 0-11. If Robinson’s not on his A-game this postseason, it will likely result in a dramatic turn of events for the Heat.

“I think I’m capable of maintaining [this pace] and continuing to shoot at a high level,” Robinson said on his hot shooting prior to the NBA’s hiatus. “I’ve also learned not to expect to just make shots. I have to prepare to do all the little things to prepare myself for these opportunities.”

Still, without the confidence given to him from his teammates, Robinson believes his ability to provide from beyond the arc wouldn’t be what it is today.

Robinson’s hot stretches have helped the Heat go from No. 21 (34.9%) in the NBA in three-point percentage in 2018-19 to No. 1 in the league in 2019-20, shooting at 38.3 percent.

“A combination of things [help him succeed],” Robinson said. “Part of it [is] being just continuing to get more and more comfortable with my teammates and also with this level. Having some guys go down and having a little bit more opportunity just from a role standpoint also. Also, you just go through stretches where you make shots. Sometimes you can’t necessarily control that.”

The 6-foot-7 forward spoke on adjusting to the Heat’s individual workouts, taking place on the practice court at American AirlinesArena.

“You just kind of walk in, no one’s really going in and out of the locker room, no one’s going in and out of the training room,” Robinson said.” “You just go up to the court. You have a little changing area up there. No one’s showering in the facility. You work out and then you leave. So it’s mitigated a lot of the hanging around before and after.”

While Heat players and staff won’t suit up for seeding games until August 1 against the Denver Nuggets, they’ll be making their way to the Disney campus via bus on July 8. Everyone involved will be mandated to quarantine in their hotel rooms — Heat will be at the Gran Destino Tower — until each person brings back two negative tests for COVID-19 at least 24 hours apart from each other. Soon after, Miami will be allowed to start training camp and settle into what will be home for nearly two months, depending on how far they make it in the postseason.

Heat’s Vice Courts Heading To Disney World

The Miami Heat will be using their “Vice Nights” court as a practice court. (Via NBA/Twitter)

Looks like the Miami Heat will be having some home-court advantage after all.

The NBA’s resumption of the 2019-20 season at Disney World’s Wide World of Sports complex will feature Miami’s well-known “Vice Nights” court. The Heat transported the court from American AirlinesArena to the Coronado Springs Resort Convention Center.

However, the court won’t be used for Miami’s games, instead utilized as a practice court alongside the courts brought by the other 22-teams involved in the league’s restart. According to the Sun Sentinel, the Heat plan on using the Vice uniforms during their eight “seeding games” before the start of the playoffs. They’ll kick things off August 1 against the Denver Nuggets.

Michael Yero covers all of South Florida’s major pro teams, along with high school sports for 305 Sports. He also covers sports for Immaculata-La Salle High School’s student newspaper, the Royal Courier.

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