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I haven't missed a Miami Heat game since the 2015 season and let me tell you I'm not a fan that takes it lightly on their team. I understand that this season they are coming off the shortest offseason ever and with covid and people being out for safety purposes makes it difficult to win games especially with basically 0 rest. But, the fact that Bam was an first time all-star last year, Kendrick Nunn was first team all rookie, Tyler Herro was second team all rookie, and Duncan Robison broke the single season Miami Heat record of 3s made in a single season and was only 2nd in 3s made all season behind James Harden. Its hard to understand why this team behind these 4 rising stars aren't being more successful in the wins column.
First off, Kendrick Nunn has been non existent since the bubble started last year and that has continued into this season. I am not sure why as he showed he can be a good ball handler and can score when he wants to. I would like to see Kendrick to be put back into the starting lineup. Before last night's game, you could really see that he wasn't the same player as last year and I can understand why, he was stripped of his minutes and for no good reason. Last night he showed why he deserves to be put back into the starting lineup as he scored the ball, played good defense, made good passes throughout the game.
Duncan has been who we all thought he is and much much more. He's making 3s, like usual, but he's also grown and shown how good his ability is to drive and score and drive and pass when ran off the 3 point line. His inprovemt on the defensive end has been impressive as well and it will continue to improve as he plays more games. Duncan has shown that he is much more then just a 3 point shooter for this team and if he keeps showing that, this team will have better and more consistant success.
Tyler Herro struggled in the beginning of the season coming into a new role as the point guard and having to make plays out on the court while reading the defense. You could tell as his turnovers were very high and he was not being the offensive player that we saw the year before. Now, i understand that it takes time to come into a new role, especially in the NBA at 20 years old but he has settled into his role very well over the past few games before getting injured with being able to score at the rim and the midrange and very much improved on the defensive end even though he can still improve. If Tyler can put all of these pieces together by limiting his turnovers, scoring at all 3 levels, being a good passes and playing solid defense then this Miami team will continue to make progress.
Even if all of these guys played great every game, the Miami Heat need Bam to play like he did last night. Now if you look at his stats for the reason, you might be wondering why I'm saying that because he played a good game last night like he usually does. BUT the way he did it with his midrange shots and the timing that he took over the game is what he needs to do night in and night out for this team to really get back to winning. Bam last night looked more to shoot the ball on offense, not just drive and pass. His ability to hit that midrange shot is off the charts percentage wise but he needs to shoot at a higher volume to make defenses respect him more with that shot, like he did last night. If he can constantly shoot that midrange shot like Chris Both did for the heat, he will be even better then Chris Bosh ever was. Bam needs to realize that he is the heart and soul of this team and he needs to look to be that leader and that guy who can be that dominant and good every single game.
As soon as he figures that out, the Miami Heat will start winning more games. My ideal starting lineup would include all four of these players, Nunn, Herro, Robison, Bulter, and Bam with Goran, Bradley, K.O., Precious and Iggy coming off the bench.
With this combination the Heat would finally start to put the pieces together.
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