Today in the Miami Sports Minute, we recap a solid win for Hurricanes Basketball and preview the Miami Heat as they travel to take on San Antonio.
Watsco Center in Coral Gables welcomed an infrequent visitor in Boston University. The Terriers of the Patriot League had not played against the Hurricanes since 1965. It was a nice performance for Miami led by freshman phenom Lonnie Walker who made his first career start. Walker showed why he was highly recruited by such powerhouses as Kentucky, using his versatility from the perimeter and off the bounce.
Bruce Brown’s absence opened the way for Walker to start and he made it apparent that he is ready for extended run. Walker created off the dribble showing excellent mid-range, but he was sharp from beyond the arc as well hitting five out of seven attempts from long distance.
— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) December 6, 2017
The career high 26 points led all scorers, Walker also paced the Hurricanes with seven rebounds and Miami held off any attempts for a comeback in the second half, rarely letting the lead get below double figures.
Dejan Vasiljevic added 15 including three out of six from three point land, Jaquan Newton was a stat sheet monster contributing nine points, six rebounds, and three steals. As we mentioned yesterday the Hurricanes struggled from the charity stripe, only converting eight of 15 attempts for a 53 percent clip. The difference for Miami is the efficient shooting from all areas of the court, the Hurricanes shot 52 percent from the field including 11 of 21 three point shots.
In NBA action the Miami Heat travel to San Antonio Wednesday for the opening game of a quick three game road trip. Miami will then travel to Mexico City to face Brooklyn before ending the swing in Memphis.
We’re back on the road! pic.twitter.com/Y9L2D9XW0K
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) December 6, 2017
Miami will return home December 13th against Portland. The Heat are coming off a poor showing against the Golden State Warriors where they fell 123-95 to bring their record to 11-12 on the season.
Miami is 5-5 in their last ten games and are still a work in progress on offense, ranking near the bottom of the league in scoring per game at exactly 100 points. A lot of these issues can be attributed to unfamiliarity as Erik Spoelstra has modified his rotations due to injuries. The Heat also turn the ball over at a high rate which something the Spurs opportunistic and stifling defense will exploit. Miami must space the floor and pass the ball in sync to have any chance of success, San Antonio leads the league in points against at 97 per game.
We will have a recap of the Heat and Spurs in our next Miami Sports Minute. Make sure to follow us on Twitter @MiamiSportsWave for the best Miami Sports content!