Miami Heat: 3 potential high-end role players shine in second preseason game

Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) makes a basket over Miami Heat forward KZ Okpala (4)(Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) makes a basket over Miami Heat forward KZ Okpala (4)(Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Miami Heat got high outputs out of three high-end rotational guys in their second preseason game.

The Miami Heat continue to find guys. They just know how to do it.

To say that they are a bit better at it than other teams is an understatement, but not intended to brag. They consistently grab guys in the late lottery, second round, or elsewhere and proceed to put them on full display to tear up the league.

On Friday night, it was to happen again. In their second preseason game of the year against the Toronto Raptors, the Miami Heat had three of their potential role players this season put in good work.

First off was KZ Okpala. From defense to his three-point shooting, he was on his game.

He also showed you the drive game that we’ve been wanting to see from him. His handle was pretty good and he was able to finish with strength around the basket.

He had one play where he took on three Raptors defenders and won, finishing the play with the foul. He would finish with 24 points, five rebounds, and two assists on 9/15 from the floor and 6/10 from three.

The Miami Heat got explosive showings from three rotation pieces on Friday.

The second guy to shine brightly on Friday night was the newest Miami Heat draft pick, Precious Achiuwa. We gave him a pass in just his first game against the Pelicans, but he displayed that energy he’s known for in this contest.

He had putbacks. He finished lobs.

He crashed the boards hard, while making everything hard for the opposing player. That’s the athleticism, energy, and motor we saw from him in college.

He would finish with 13 points, 15 monster boards, and two dimes of his own. They weren’t even the best of the night though.

Though he wasn’t any better than either of the other two, potential two-way guy, Max Strus, put on a display as well. Let’s be honest, if he keeps playing like this, not only will he get the second two-way slot but he’ll probably find his way onto the regular roster at some point.

I wouldn’t be mad at it at all with his shooting stroke and even better, he continued to show you on Friday that he can score it in a few ways while giving supreme effort all around. I really liked what we saw from the former DePaul Blue Demon shooter.

Strus finished with 22 points, two rebounds, and one assist on 8-11 from the field and 6-8 from three. The Miami Heat only played two preseason contests and are off again until they tip-off their regular season on the 23rd.

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They will face off against in-state rivals, the Orlando Magic on Wednesday. We can’t wait to tip-off the regular year because if the scrimmages have been any indication, we are in for another treat.