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Monday, December 05, 2022

Winderman’s idea: As things falter, Lori limps, plus other Heat-76 thoughts

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Overview and other notes of interest for the Philadelphia 76ers from Sunday night’s 116-108 NBA playoff loss:

– Yes, looking back is an easy way out.

– Even when questions were being raised about the lack of a veteran point guard on the roster.

– or sufficient height.

— and, overwhelmingly, the Heat compensated.

– With Gabe breaking through to Vincent.

– and Omar Yurtseven kept the heat during the regular season.

— but in these moments, Kyle Lowry is one wrong step away from a hamstring disaster that puts a lot more on Victor Oladipo’s plate than anticipated.

— and when Dwayne Deadmon couldn’t leave due to illness, the heat went down even further, leaving 6-foot-5 PJ Tucker in the middle.

– And then Markif Morris.

– No, no roster is perfect in the world of salary-caps and luxury-taxes.

– but it is bearing a stress test.

– As it certainly happened on Sunday.

– Lullaby straight is necessary.

— and, therefore, so is Deadman Sans sniffles.

– The margin of error is razor thin.

– If watching a lullaby is so painful, imagine how painful it would be to be a lullaby.

– Every step seemed to have come with a grunt.

– With something weak like a hamstring, when does too much become too much?

– Tuesday in Game 5?

– And, yes, he will be on the injury report again.

– Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler, Lowry, Tucker and Max Strauss were again at the start for the Heat.

– He was essentially a given.

– Beginning with the start, Lowry surpassed 82nd-ranked Kenyon Martin on the NBA’s all-time playoff list and tied with 80th-placed Dennis Rodman and Moses Malone.

– Beginning with, Butler tied Chris Bosch, Eddie Jones, Meta World Peace, and Kevin McHale in 85th place on the NBA’s all-time playoff list, and placed Jones in 12th place on the Heat all-time playoff list.

– With the appearance, Adebayo tied Dan Majerle and Jamal Mashburn for 17th place on the Heat all-time playoff list.

– What had to be changed after that because Deadmon was missing the game due to illness.

– So the first option, was to enter for Adebayo. , , Oladipo.

– This moved Tucker to the center against Joel Embiid.

– With lots of double-team coming up.

– Tyler Harrow entered next for the Heat.

– Then Vincent charms Tucker again with Adebayo.

Vincent was called out for three fouls in his first three minutes.

– Not the one who needed the heat this night.

– Lowry then returned and ended his 0-for-7 start in the series with a layoff.

– Eventually, Morris also joined the mix, entering the third period, with Adabio and Tucker in foul trouble.

– Butler’s second point put him 91st on the NBA’s all-time playoff list behind Rajon Rondo, his 13th point moved him past George Mikan to 90th, later Dave Cowens to 89th gave.

– Butler’s first assist saw him move past Tim Hardaway and Boris Diav to 83rd on the NBA’s all-time playoff list.

– Butler’s first 3-pointer left him in 87th place on the NBA’s all-time playoff list behind James Jones and Taishun Prince.

– Butler’s second free throw put him behind 62nd-ranked Pau Gasol on the NBA’s all-time playoff list, his fifth behind 61st-placed Hal Greer.

– Butler’s first steal left him behind Ben Wallace and Robert Parrish in 56th place on the NBA’s all-time playoff list, while his second place took him to 55th place ahead of Reggie Miller.

– Butler’s second block pushed him to 15th place on the Heat all-time playoff list, overtaking Josh Richardson.

– Tucker’s first 3-pointer overtook Brian Russell in 61st place on the NBA’s all-time playoff list.

– Strauss’s first 3-pointer tied Luol Deng in 25th place on the Heat all-time playoff list.

– Lowry’s third assist moved him past 47th-ranked Paul Pierce on the NBA’s all-time playoff list, with his sixth assist propelled Shaquille O’Neal to 46th.

– The Harrow’s second defensive rebound saw him pass Eddie Jones to 12th place on the Heat all-time playoff list.

– Herro’s fifth rebound propelled him to 17th place on the Heat all-time playoff list, overtaking James Posey.

– Going Heat coach Eric Spoelstra, “We are able to get better aggressively. We have to do it with more intention, more force and attention to detail, and they have some things they try to overcome Going to do it. Then, who’s going to blink.”

– Both the coaches addressed the chess match of the playoff.

– “This is what the playoffs are about,” said Spoelstra. “It’s who can go to who. So this series has contrasting styles, and that’s probably what makes it interesting for basketball fans.”

– 76ers coach Doc Rivers said, “Obviously, I love that you build your team all year long. A great coach once said to me, ‘You’re building your chess board during the season.’ By the time the playoffs start, they are already in their place. Now you have to move them around.”

– Rivers said he’s sure Joel Embiid hasn’t had his last hard run in the playoffs, after recovering from his blow to the face in the first round.

– “I have a feeling the playoffs are going to be a huge hit, according to what I’m seeing,” he said of the league-wide physicality of this post-season. “He’s really weathering the storm and getting through stuff.”

– Rivers said one advantage of Embiid’s return was for Adebayo to force his catch off the paint.

– “One of the things that Miami does so well is they make it up to the bum,” Rivers said. “Bam is one of the better passers in the league. I don’t think he gets enough credit for that. And Joe got up and pushed him higher. Just that with Joe’s size and agility that helps.”

– Rivers said that in Deadmon’s absence he wasn’t going to allow the Heat’s little ball to affect his approach with Embiid saying, “We don’t care who Joel plays against. We want him to get as many on the floor as possible.” Stay on the floor for as many minutes as you can.

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