A six-pack of Heat records on a Wednesday:
▪ TNT’s Shaquille O’Neal, who has spent a bit of time with Hassan Whiteside during a past dual years, has some recommendation about how Whiteside should hoop his disappointment about infrequently not personification late in games.
“Sometimes as a actor we have to know strategy,” O’Neal said. “Yes Whiteside is a large man; he’s a fanciful large man. But he’s not a normal large male that we call a tenure five.
“When teams go small, Erik Spoelstra knows what he’s doing, says, ‘Hey, let’s go small, let’s trap, let’s rotate, get some steals, emanate some quick breaks. [Whiteside] has a legitimate beef. He unequivocally does. He done a comments hey, there’s lot of teams that wish a center. He is correct.
Never skip a inner story.
“But he needs to know strategy. If we was him, we would contend OK I’m going to [let] manager do what he do, though I’m going to get a rest. Because playoff time when a diversion slows down, they’re going to need you, large man. Don’t let all that things [bother you]. we know as a actor we wish to play all a games. But we didn’t win championships until we had 15, 20 games off.”
Whiteside played late in Tuesday’s playoff-clinching win opposite Atlanta and played well, including conflict a go-ahead basket late.
▪ When Whiteside has played in purchase time (defined by a NBA as a final 5 mins of games with a domain of 5 points or fewer), a Heat has outscored teams by 23 points in 76 minutes.
That’s fifth on a group behind Kelly Olynyk (plus-49), Josh Richardson (plus-42), Wayne Ellington (plus-35) and Goran Dragic (plus-35).
Dwyane Wade, incidentally, is a 0 plus/minus in a purchase with a Heat. Bam Adebayo is a team-worst minus-35.
Incidentally, Whiteside leads a group in purchase sharpened during 61.9 percent (13 for 21).
Hassan Whiteside talks to a media after his viral diatribe where he criticized a Miami Heat for their 110-109 overtime detriment to a Brooklyn Nets. Speaking to a press on Monday, Apr 2, Whiteside pronounced he was “frustrated” when creation a comments Andre FernandezMiami Herald Staff
▪ The Heat’s starting lineup of Dragic, James Johnson, Tyler Johnson, Richardson and Whiteside is now a minus-9 for a deteriorate in 176 altogether minutes.
▪ With dual blocks in a final 1.3 seconds of Tuesday’s win, Richardson became a initial actor with dual blocks in a final dual seconds of a fourth entertain or overtime given A’mare Stoudemire did it for a Phoenix Suns opposite Sacramento in overtime on Nov. 14, 2008.
Related stories from Miami Herald
The Heat is strictly in a playoffs. Here’s how to get tickets for a initial round
Heat creates playoffs, though inner greeting not what one actor expected
▪ By creation a playoffs, a Heat positive that a first-round collect in Jun will be forwarded to Phoenix as partial of a Dragic trade. That collect would have been defended by Miami this deteriorate usually if it had been in a tip seven.
After that collect is employed on breeze night, Miami will be available to trade a 2019 first-round pick, that could be a useful chip in a Heat’s efforts this summer to acquire an All-Star actor or potentially dump income as a step toward giving itself some-more flexibility.
The Heat also owes Phoenix a first-round collect in 2021 to finish a Dragic trade.
Dwyane Wade talks to a media about Hassan Whiteside’s widespread basketball skills as a core for a Miami Heat on Monday, Apr 2, 2018. Andre FernandezMiami Herald Staff
▪ The Heat has played 52 games that have been tighten late — a domain of 5 points or fewer in a final 5 mins — and is 28-24 in those games. Those 52 are a many in a league, 3 forward of Houston.
The Heat’s 47.2 percent sharpened in purchase moments is fifth in a league.
“I don’t know what it is, though we always make it engaging during a finish of those games,” Dragic said. “I’m anticipating [Wednesday] is not going to be close, though we know, that’s us.”
Hawks manager Mike Budenholzer, on a Heat: “They expostulate a round and conflict a basket. Really helps them widespread a round and condense we with their shooting. we consider they are only a unequivocally good group and good coached as always. Their physicality and athleticism unequivocally stands out.”