Q: At what point does Erik Spoelstra accept the fact that it was a mistake signing Kevin Love and take him out of the rotation? He has played enough games to see if he has a thing left. – Joel.
Q: Ira, make it stop. Victor Oladipo doesn’t know when enough is enough. He’s Dion Waiters. If he misses his first eight, he thinks he’ll make the next eight. But he won’t. – Andy.
A: I grouped these two for a reason, with the reason being that if you remove someone from the rotation, you have to replace them with someone. With Caleb Martin thriving in reserve, if you don’t start Kevin Love at power forward, then who? (And we know Erik Spoelstra isn’t going to start two big men). Haywood Highsmith? And now that you’re starting Tyler Herro, if you don’t have Victor Oladipo as your spark off the bench, then who? This has been a flawed roster from the start. And when the Heat had the flexibility to make moves at the buyout deadline, power forward remains a conundrum and bypassing a wing option now seems particularly lamentable.
Q: Saturday in Orlando was the second night of a back-to-back on the road. This was an L before the season started. – Chris.
A: If that’s the perspective then the Heat are in deep trouble, considering they have three more second nights of back-to-backs on the road this season, in Detroit, New York and Washington. If you’re putting those in the loss column as well, then be prepared to travel during the play-in round.
Q: Anyone can get sick watching this team lose game after game by jacking up a reckless amount of threes. – Paolo.
A: No, in today’s NBA you have to take them. But you also have to have the right people taking them, which often is not Victor Oladipo. And, of course, you have to make them. The 37 attempts Saturday were fine. The 26 misses were the problem.
Source:: The Mercury News