Observations and different notes of curiosity from Saturday evening’s 113-99 loss to the Chicago Bulls:
– It’s nearly as if Heat coach Erik Spoelstra merely is seeking to purchase time within the absence of sidelined middle Cody Zeller, who’s recovering from a process for the nasal fracture sustained final Saturday in Orlando.
– This time, after three ineffective minutes in his preliminary stint, Omer Yurtseven didn’t return within the first half, with Kevin Love as a substitute shifted to middle when Adebayo took his second break of the sport.
– Then, when beginning middle Bam Adebayo took his first break of the second half, it was Haywood Highsmith coming into for the primary time, as a substitute of Yurtseven.
– Even with Love additionally out of the sport on the time.
– In different phrases, Spoelstra was extra keen to go together with a entrance line of Highsmith, Jimmy Butler and Caleb Martin than tempt the fates with Yurtseven.
– With Zeller, there was instant belief from Spoelstra from his arrival finally month’s buyout deadline.
– With Yurtseven, there was nothing comparable within the second-year huge man’s week again.
– Keep in thoughts that Yurtseven can be a free agent within the offseason.
– So if the Heat determine in opposition to re-signing, there nonetheless stays time to clear that roster spot for Orlando Robinson.
– Which would make Robinson playoff-eligible.
– The Heat once more opened with Adebayo, Kevin Love, Butler, Tyler Herro and Gabe Vincent.
– The Heat’s first seven pictures all have been 3-point makes an attempt. The first two-point shot, by Herro, didn’t come till 6:40 remained within the opening interval.
– Max Strus and Yurtseven then entered collectively because the Heat’s first two reserves.
– Followed by Martin.
– And then Victor Oladipo for 9 deep.
– The look was the five hundredth regular-season recreation of Oladipo’s profession.
– Oladipo’s first steal was the 800th of his profession.
– Then, within the second half, Spoelstra opted for Highsmith over Yurtseven when Adebayo went out.
– Spoelstra declined to get into specifics pregame in regards to the reasoning behind holding out Lowry on Saturday as a substitute of Sunday in opposition to the lesser Pistons.
– “Because this was part of the plan,” Spoelstra stated, with out providing specifics in regards to the plan. “This is what we planned on during the week and we’re sticking with the plan. This is when we deemed his next work day.”
– Pressed, he solely added. “This was the plan and we’re simply following the plan.
– Lowry went by means of a whole capturing cycle with assistant coach Anthony Carter pregame.
– The Heat have two remaining back-to-backs, one every of the ultimate two weeks of the common season.
– “We’ll see where we go from here,” Spoelstra stated of the planning with Lowry. “But this is the plan for this week. We’re formulating the plan for next week and we’ll see where we go from there.”
– Asked if Lowry was the one Heat participant on such a administration program, Spoesltra stated, “Right now, yeah. That could change. We’ll see.”
– Oladipo was again within the combine after being held out of Wednesday evening’s residence victory over the Grizzlies.
– “You have to stay ready,” Spoelstra stated of Oladipo. “Look, there are things that happen for players during the course of a long season. It doesn’t always go how you plan, how you hope.”
– So, from Spoelstra, the same old, simply be prepared. “We need contributions from everybody on the roster,” Spoelstra stated. ” It could possibly be completely different guys at completely different instances for various circumstances, accidents. It’s about producing proper now and serving to the group win.”
– Adebayo’s second offensive rebound was the 900th of his profession.
– Strus’ second 3-pointer was the four-hundredth of his profession.
– Butler’s second defensive rebound gave him 2,800 for his profession.
– Butler’s sixth rebound moved him previous Keith Askins for sixteenth on the Heat all-time checklist.
– Butler’s seventh free throw moved him previous Amar’e Stoudemire for seventieth on the NBA all-time checklist.
– Herro’s fourth basket was the 1,five hundredth of his profession.
– Spoelstra spoke pregame of the Heat’s offensive uptick.
– “For us offensively, we’ve been trying to build the right habits all season long,” he stated. “There have been times where we’ve been trending in the right direction and then we’ve taken a step back. This is probably our longest stretch where we’ve been the most intentional in playing to our strengths and maintaining a consistent shot profile.”
– Bulls coach Billy Donovan supplied pregame reward for Butler.
– “I think the thing that doesn’t get talked enough about him is he’s really, really smart,” Donovan stated. “He, I think, plays the game in a way that he derives a lot more pleasure getting his teammates involved and getting guys going and almost kind of using himself as a decoy to help.”
– Donovan added, “And then, obviously, in big moments, he’s not afraid to take the big shot. But you can just tell when you watch him play, the only thing that’s on his mind is, ‘What do I have to do, what do we have to do to win tonight?’ I’ve got great respect for guys like Jimmy Butler.”