The Miami Heat are off until Wednesday, off a win in D.C. on Sunday. While they are resting, the headlines and newsmakers apparently are not.
The Miami Heat are off on Monday and Tuesday after pulling out a victory on Sunday. They went into Capital One Arena in D.C. to knock off an underachieving Washington Wizards team. While the game wasn’t easy, as this Wizards team can score, they always play the Heat well, and they have a flat out stud in Bradley Beal, it shouldn’t have been so hard.
That also speaks to why I would frame them in the underachievers’ box, because with the talent and ability that they have on the offensive side of the ball, they should be better. Defense is an effort thing and with as many points as they are capable of piling up on the opposition, a little bit more effort would have netted them at least a few more wins. While I am not saying it would have made them a playoff team, they should have been better, but they aren’t as important as the winning team.
Bam to Beal
After the game ended, things got just that much more interesting for the Miami Heat. The first thing of note was the fact that Bam Adebayo seemed to be dead set on displaying his admiration for one Wizards player in particular, Bradley Beal.
Dawning a Beal jersey in his postgame question and answer session, Bam then essentially went on to say that this wasn’t a recruitment effort. Yea, right Bam and if it wasn’t, then you aren’t doing your job. Tampering is illegal, but pushing as close as you can to that line to sway your contemporary to jump ship isn’t.
Another area of question was the injury suffered by Jimmy Butler during the game, which was reported to be a foot or toe injury after the game by multiple outlets, from Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Here is a quote from Coach Erik Spoelstra on the matter, per Winderman.
He sprained his ankle in the previous game and then he started to overcompensate,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “You could just see he was not moving well. He was ready just to keep on grinding through it. Then Jay and I made the call to, you know, just send him back to the locker room.
That is such a Jimmy move and we love to hear it. We are also happy that they made the call to sit him though, as they thought that was best moving forward. The report also indicates that he hopes to play Wednesday against the Hornets.
Tyler Herro made a Twitter appearance on Monday. In a cryptic tweet, he basically set Heat Twitter ablaze.
Is he close to a return? The tweet can surely be read that way, but we will just have to wait and see. Hopefully, he returns soon in order to get back into a rhythm and the swing of things for a deep Miami Heat playoff push.
Moving On Up!
The Miami Heat are a must-see? Would you look at that? They love us, I mean, they really love us!
According to reports, ESPN has decided to shift next week’s Miami Heat game on March 16th against the Bucks to national television. With the Heat taking the first two games of the trilogy, they are probably hoping that Milwaukee comes out to demolish this scrappy Miami team.
There are five words I have to say to that. Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo.
They will indeed be waiting and we can’t wait either. We also can’t wait for Jae Crowder to return after his one-game absence, which reports seem to indicate could be as soon as Wednesday and Meyers Leonard as well, whom we don’t know as much about.
The healthier the better is how it goes with this Miami Heat team. With the Boston Celtics on a minor slump, losing six of their last eleven games, this is the time for the Miami Heat to try making a move in the standings. This starts on Wednesday against the Charlotte Hornets.