The Miami Heat (26-10) did a great job bouncing back from Friday’s loss as they took down the Portland Trailblazers (15-22) at home 122-111.
With Jimmy Butler out for today’s game with a back injury, Goran Dragic stepped up big off the bench with 29 points alongside Bam Adebayo’s 20 points. Derrick Jones Jr. was also in his grove with 19 points.
Meyers Leonard did a great job against his former team with 11 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists in just 23 minutes.
Damian Lillard led Portland in scoring with 34 points but it wasn’t enough to take the win on the road today. CJ. McCollum did not play due to an Upper Respiratory Infection.
Hassan Whiteside returns to Miami featured him finishing with 21 points, 18 rebounds, and boos from the Heat crowd along with a “we got shooters” chant.
The Heat did a great job bouncing back from an awful shooting performance against the Orlando Magic, shooting 52.2% overall and 40.9% from three. Miami also won the assist battle with 34 and the rebound battle with 47.
Takeaways From Today’s Home Win:
1) Coach Spo did a great job playing James Johnson with Jimmy Butler out:
James Johnson took advantage of stepping on the court today with 12 points and 6 rebounds on 4-5 shooting in 22 minutes. As I said in the post-game in Friday’s loss against Orlando, Miami needed to give Johnson a chance, taking Kelly Olynyk’s minutes and giving them to Johnson and testing what he can do. Olynyk was a DNP today as Coach Spoelstra let James Johnson show what he can do.
2) Many Miami Heat Fans dislike Hassan Whiteside:
Hassan Whiteside received numerous boos from the crowd in his return from Miami. Heat fans disliked his “we got shooters” video he made when news broke that he was being traded to the Portland Trailblazers. All Heat fans can agree they are pleased to have Bam Adebayo who has given them everything he’s got for every game over Hassan Whiteside who several times seemed energized to play last season with Miami.
Miami will be on the road on Wednesday as they face the Indiana Pacers as they look to go 2-0 in the season series. The Portland Trailblazers will play again on the road as they face the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday.