For the first time in 133 days, the Miami Heat suited up to participate in NBA basketball.
While no games played have a significant meaning to them, the chance to regroup as a 17-man squad for the first time this season makes Miami a team to watch out for. With that being said, here’s last week’s (July 20 – July 26) Heat recap.
Grit and grind defined the Miami Heat’s second exhibition at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex.
With Jimmy Butler (rest) and Bam Adebayo (rest) sitting out the Heat’s second exhibition game, coach Erik Spoelstra chose to put the ball in the hands of his rookies and rotational players.
Stepping up was Kelly Olynyk, who scored 27 points along with eight rebounds. Still, the Heat fell short of their second consecutive win, falling to the Utah Jazz, 101-99.
Miami received help from their usuals, with Tyler Herro scoring 20 points, Duncan Robinson 10, and Derrick Jones Jr. 10 and Jae Crowder nine.
5 Takeaways on Heat’s Saturday Exhibition Loss:
1 – Kelly Olynyk making his case over Meyers Leonard.
2 – Who’s stopping Rudy Gobert?
3 – Tyler Herro continues to improve at point guard.
4 – Holding Duncan Robinson to one made three-pointer was Utah’s kryptonite.
5 – We saw some Kyle Alexander, but where’s KZ Okpala?
To read the takeaways: Heat Fall Short Of Comeback, Lose To Jazz 101-99.
Without Bam Adebayo and Kendrick Nunn in the Heat’s first game at Disney World, the help of effective three-point shooting set the pace for a 104-98 victory against the Sacramento Kings.
5 Takeaways From Heat’s Wednesday Night Scrimmage:
1 – It’s an exhibition game, let Tyler Herro find his groove.
2 – As usual, Robinson’s shooting helped the Heat’s start strong.
3 – Herro, Vincent, Silva trio essential to victory.
4 – Despite the loss, Sacramento showed great signs.
5 – It feels good to have some Miami Heat basketball.
To read the takeaways: Early Shooting Key To Heat’s 104-98 Scrimmage Win Over Kings.
Just when things couldn’t look any better for the Heat, two of their starters have arrived at “The Happiest Place On Earth.” on Tuesday.
Adebayo and Nunn remained separated from the team since their July 8 departure, staying in South Florida for the time being. Both players recently confirmed that they had COVID-19, ultimately separating them from the team.
Following a mandated 24-36 hour quarantine featuring two negatives samples of COVID-19, both players were cleared to engage in the NBA’s “bubble” at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex on Thursday.
Kendrick Nunn took part in Miami’s second exhibition, opening his debut with five points and three assists on 2 of 7 shooting in 18-minutes of action.
As for Adebayo, he took the night off to continue to regain his rhythm for the Heat’s final scrimmage on July 28 vs. the Memphis Grizzlies.
With just three days remaining before making his Memphis Grizzlies debut, Justise Winslow sustained a hip injury that’ll keep him sidelined for the remainder of the 2019-20 season.
“During Monday’s practice, Justise Winslow fell after absorbing contact during an intra-squad scrimmage,” the Grizzlies stated in a medical update. “Medical evaluation revealed a hip injury, which will cause him to miss the rest of the season.
“Winslow is expected to make a full recovery.”
Prior To The Scrimmages
In strange fashion, the Miami Heat will be playing three exhibition games just two weeks prior to the start of the 2019-20 NBA playoffs.
While these meaningless games once served the purpose of helping shake off any rust before the season commenced, they now have the power to reconstruct a team’s entire rotation.
While it’s not his expected go-to scenario, Miami Heat two-way guard, Gabe Vincent is making the most out of what he can get in the NBA’s return to play at Disney World.
Following a Sunday practice, Vincent spoke to the media in regard to using the “bubble” situation effectively, what aspects of the game he’s consistently developing during the hiatus and what he could provide for a rotation-filled Heat.