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Heat Dethrone Kings in Opening Scrimmage

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Yesterday, the Miami Heat emerged victorious in their opening Orlando scrimmage, defeating the Sacramento Kings 104-98. Here were some key takeaways:

Duncan Robinson

26-year-old Duncan Robinson led the charge in the Heat’s scrimmage opener. Robinson, who is known as one of the league’s best 3-point shooters, racked up a team-high 18 points. In the 40-minute game, Robinson logged 20 minutes. 15 of his 18 points came from behind the arc.

Tyler Herro

20-year-old rookie Tyler Herro totaled 15 points in his scrimmage minutes, despite having a slow start. Herro missed all seven of his three-point attempts and committed four turnovers. He also added six rebounds. Herro’s rocky start is nothing to be worried about due to the league’s four-month hiatus. He also recently recovered from an ankle injury.

 

The Starting 5

The Heat were without usual starters Bam Adebayo and Kendrick Nunn. Prior to traveling to Orlando, Adebayo and Nunn tested positive for COVID-19. After testing negative, the two starters were able to rejoin the team Tuesday. Upon arriving in Orlando, they had to quarantine for 48 hours before participating in team activities.

In place of Adebayo and Nunn, head coach Erik Spoelstra chose to move Derrick Jones Jr. and Goran Dragic into starting roles.

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Along with Jones Jr. and Dragic, the Heat’s three other starters were the usual: Jimmy Butler, Duncan Robinson, and Meyers Leonard. Butler had a fairly quiet night, finishing with nine points and three rebounds, but only played a limited number of minutes. Dragic ended the night with 11 points and two rebounds in limited minutes as well.

Additional Stats

Kelly Olynyk finished the scrimmage with 12 points and six rebounds. Andre Iguodala added 11 points with two rebounds. Gabe Vincent and Chris Silva saw action, as well.

Moving Forward

The Heat’s next scrimmage will take place tomorrow against the Utah Jazz. Currently, the Heat are fourth in the Eastern Conference with a record of 41-24– 2.5 games behind the third-seeded Boston Celtics. Once the regular season resumes, the Heat will take on the Nuggets, Raptors, Celtics, Bucks, Suns, Thunder and Pacers twice.

Though the Heat are a “dark horse” to make it past the second round of the playoffs, they will most likely surprise many people.

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