If Miami can get the kind of production from Gerald Green that they did last night, he may just find himself in the rotation come playoff time. With Dwyane Wade out with a sore neck and back, Gerald Green filled in and scored a game-high 30 points en route to a 112-106 Miami victory over the Kings. The win gave them a season sweep over Sacramento and propelled Miami into a tie for third with the Hornets, but would get the third spot due to the superior division record.
Miami’s other big star, Hassan Whiteside, also struggled and managed only 6 points, but did grab 13 rebounds and swatted 3 shots away. The Heat were largely led by Green, Dragic (18), Johnson (14), and Deng (17). Winslow chipped in with 12 points off the bench. The Heat did at one point, give up a huge lead much like they did in their previous gaem against the Lakers, but they held on in the end.
Let’s see how they measured up to the 3 keys.
- Make Rondo a scorer: Rondo had 5 points and 10 assists, which is mediocre by his standards. The Heat did a good job of making him a non-factor. He is capable of being a one-man offense, but they did a good job of keeping the ball away from him.
- Don’t repeat: I know that having Cousins out made it harder to get up for this game, but Miami’s first half focus allowed them to build a big lead. They did play a little sloppy in the second half, but they pulled it out in the end.
- Take advantage of turnovers: Miami forced only 13 turnovers, which is around their average. They were able to score off of them, but the stat that I do not like is the 18 turnover that they committed.
A good all-around performance without Wade. The Heat next take on the Trailblazers tonight at the Rose Garden in Portland.