Vice. City. Curse. It strikes again, this time against the Atlanta Hawks. After a final score of 115-113, the Heat fall to six games under .500, and a very winnable game was lost. Something is definitely wrong with this Miami team, and part of it is the absence of three of the team’s main guards. You can’t win games with Rodney McGruder playing 36 minutes.
Wayne Ellington-15 points on 5-13 shooting doesn’t seem great, but all five shots he made were from behind the arc. The Heat need a player to shoot with confidence, and Ellington was that guy. He started getting going early, something else the Heat have struggled with.
Steals-The Heat had 20 steals as a team, for 24 total Atlanta turnovers. The Heat took advantage of a young, inexperienced team and jumped in the passing lanes. The disadvantage, though, is that they only mustered 22 points off of 24 total turnovers, showing low efficiency in that category.
Turnovers-20 turnovers for Miami just enforces the point that they need their starting guards back. They continue to be bottom 10 in that category, and show no signs of playing cleaner basketball in the future.
Free Throw Percentage-66.7% from the line, 20-30. That’s 10 points that the Heat needed, just left off. Whiteside was 1-7 from the line. Ouch.
The Game’s Final Play-Dwyane Wade passed the ball off to Josh Richardson, who was…2-7 on the night from beyond the arc. Wade is usually a heady player, but that play was definitely questionable.
Pretty much everything-The Heat are struggling, and it’s incredibly noticeable. After falling to 7-13 through 20 games, something needs to be done. A trade to shake things up, a change in offensive scheme, shuffling minutes around, something. The Heat lost to the Hawks. Who are tanking intentionally. John Collins outplayed Whiteside, the Hawks outplayed the Heat, and Miami is wasting Dwyane Wade’s last dance on an awful season. Obviously, there’s time to turn things around, but there’s not much to look forward to through 20 games. At least Josh Richardson is good.
The Heat take on the Pelicans on Friday at 8PM EST in Miami.