The Heat have won three consecutive games and are now 4-4. This is not an ideal start, but it is much better than the previous record of 1-4. Let’s dive deeper into the Heat’s most recent win against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Heat Season Companion Part One: Bam Adebayo Had 30 Points and 11 Rebounds Against the Grizzlies
There were a number of contributors for the Heat’s 108-102 win against the Memphis Grizzlies. However, Bam Adebayo is the Heat player who stood out the most in this game. Adebayo had 30 points and 11 rebounds in this win against the Grizzlies. Adebayo is much more aggressively offensively this season, which is great to see. Naturally, Adebayo played his usual excellent defense in this game, as well.
Other Heat Players Played Fairly Well
Bam Adebayo is not the only Heat player who had a good game against the Grizzlies. Kyle Lowry scored 17 points and has been playing a bit better lately. Haywood Highsmith had 14 points and is becoming increasingly important for the Heat due to his two-way impact.
Jimmy Butler scored 15 points in this game. Butler is starting off the season a bit slower than expected. Hopefully, he picks it up soon.
Jaime Jaquez had 11 points on efficient shooting. This included a crucial three-pointer late in the fourth quarter that sealed the victory for the Heat. Jaquez is already very good defensively. His offense has looked shaky at times, but it will come around in time.
Tyler Herro Suffered an Ankle Injury
One of the main negatives from this game for the Heat is Tyler Herro’s injury. Herro suffered an ankle injury in this game. The Heat will reassess his condition in two weeks. This is a major blow to the Heat.
Hopefully, Tyler Herro will return to the team soon.
Heat Season Companion Part One: The Heat Outscored the Grizzlies in the Fourth Quarter
The fourth quarter has been the Heat’s weakest quarter so far this season. However, the Heat outscored the Grizzlies 31-26 in the fourth quarter of this win. This is encouraging to see and the Heat will ideally continue to play well in the fourth quarter. That is crucial to continuing to win games.
The Heat’s Bench Didn’t Do Enough Again
Unfortunately, the Heat’s bench production is a continuous problem so far this season. In this game, the Heat’s bench players only contributed 26 points in total. Jaime Jaquez contributed almost half of the Heat’s total bench points. The Heat’s bench will have to play better or the Heat will have to make a trade to improve the bench unit.
The Heat Play the Hawks Next
The next game for the Heat is in Atlanta against the Hawks. The Hawks are 5-3 and the Heat only have one road win so far this season. It is still a good bet that the Heat will win, given how often they have beaten the Hawks in recent seasons.
Check back next week for more Miami Heat content.