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First of all, full credit for the title goes to Vaughan Jones. Like Jones, I too thought the Heat would rollover the Suns, especially at home. It turned out to be anything but that.
The Miami Heat were embarrassingly defeated at home by the Phoenix Suns, 124-121. They have now lost three in a row and drop to 26-33.
Miami rolled out an interesting starting line-up, probably due to injuries. Coach Spo called on the G-league stud, Duncan Robinson to start at SF alongside Olynyk, Whiteside, Waiters. With Richardson at the point. It worked fine. Robinson only played 22 minutes and scored five points (1-5 from 3).
The Heat front court really carried the load with 28 points from Olynyk and 29 from Whiteside. Both players had double-doubles and Kelly played 41 minutes. Injuries have clearly thrown the rotation out of whack, but the unbalanced playing time falls on Spoelstra. As well as players like Whiteside staying out of foul trouble, he committed five here.
It Literally Got Hairy
Just in case you were wondering what the title pun was about…
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 26, 2019
Dwyane Wade decided to try something new. It’s your call if it works or not, but it didn’t do much for his play. Wade shot 5-14 and committed four turnovers on his way to 13 points, 5 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks.
Of the four players off the bench for Miami, three scored in double figures. One of those was Goran Dragic, playing in his second game back. Hopefully Dragic will be ready to start soon if Winslow cannot get healthy in time. Richardson is unable to facilitate and score at the same time.
“I don’t even care about his performance. It's just great to have him back out here.”
— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) February 26, 2019
On Phoenix’s side of things, Booker put up 20 points. The first overall pick of the 2018 NBA draft DeAndre Ayton had 14 points and 10 boards. Although he was mostly held in check by Whiteside. Because Miami was unable to hold off the Suns second half resurgence, Phoenix finally broke their losing streak of 17-games.
Miami will look to pick up the pieces from this loss and try to make ground on the Magic and Hornets. That starts with getting healthy.
Unfortunately, the slide may not stop soon, as Miami will face the Golden State Warriors at home on Wednesday night.