Observations and other notes of interest from Thursday night’s 117-112 overtime victory the Charlotte Hornets:
– When you get down to it, this had to be a no-lose situation for the Heat.
– As in they couldn’t afford to go south in this one the way they had in their previous two, against the Pacers and Blazers.
– The Heat were coming off a two-day break, with one game over the previous five days.
– The Hornets were playing on the second night of a back-to-back that had them flying through a hurricane overnight.
– And were without LaMelo Ball, Gordon Hayward and Cody Martin.
– Entering last in the East.
– On a six-game losing streak.
– If not now, then when?
– And still, this type of struggle.
– No, never should have gone overtime.
– But it did.
– It is hard to deny that there is a late-game crisis of confidence in place.
– Saturday, the rest factor won’t be as arresting when the teams meet again.
– But to be who they want to be, the Heat have to do it again.
– They can’t keep settling for two-game splits.
– As they previously have done against the Raptors, Blazers, Kings and Warriors.
– Because after Saturday, there are the Suns at home on Monday and then a challenging four-game trip that included a matchup against the resurgent Cavaliers.
– Tyler Herro missed his second consecutive game due to a sprained left ankle.
– Caleb Martin, who also had been listed as questionable pregame due to a quad contusion, was available and in the starting lineup.
– The Heat’s other starters were Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler, Max Strus and Kyle Lowry.
– With the start, Butler tied Jamal Mashburn for 23rd on the Heat all-time list.
– The game was Butler’s 700th regular-season appearance.
– Dedwayne Dedmon, Gabe Vincent and Duncan Robinson again entered together as the Heat’s first substitution.
– With Erik Spoelstra mostly going with an eight-man rotation in Herro’s absence.
– Butler’s second rebound moved him past Dan Majerle for 24th on the Heat all-time list.
– With his third point, Duncan Robinson moved past Steve Smith for 23rd on the Heat all-time scoring list.
– With his first steal, Dedmon reached 250 for his career.
– With his first steal, Vincent reached 100 for his career.
– Adebayo’s first steal tied Goran Dragic for 11th on the Heat all-time list.
– Adebayo’s 11th shot moved him past Hassan Whiteside for 15th on the Heat all-time list.
– Butler’s fourth free-throw attempt was …read more
Source:: The Mercury News