Miami Heat: If Duncan Robinson And P.J. Tucker Can Stay This Hot…

Miami Heat guard Duncan Robinson (55) celebrates an and one with forward P.J. Tucker (17)(Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports)
Miami Heat guard Duncan Robinson (55) celebrates an and one with forward P.J. Tucker (17)(Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Miami Heat have been a team that has relied on the three-point shot over the last few seasons or so. While Jimmy Butler hasn’t shot the three-ball well, something he’s actually been getting a lot better at towards the end of this latest regular season, the Miami Heat have constantly brought in, nurtured, and leaned on shooters.

Look at guys like Gabe Vincent, Max Strus, Tyler Herro, or even Kyle Guy, who has since been let go. None of those above though fit the bill quite like one of the Miami Heat’s best resident snipers across his time in the league and with the team though, Duncan Robinson.

Struggling for much of this year, Robinson is coming off of his first regular-season since receiving his shiny new big-money deal.

While it’s normal to think that some of the pressure that comes with receiving a payday got to him, he has still been over 37 percent on nearly eight attempts from deep per game this year, while maintaining his over 40 percent clip on nearly eight attempts per game across his entire career.

The Miami Heat saw a resurgence from two of their shooters in Game 1 against Atlanta. If P.J. Tucker and Duncan Robinson can stay hot, the sky is the limit.

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Not alone in his slight struggles, P.J. Tucker has also endured his own three-point shooting struggles, though his has happened quite a bit differently than Duncan’s. Being the best percentage three-point shooter in the entire league for much of the season, P.J. Tucker hit a major slump at the beginning of February.

Where he was typically knocking down, at least, around 40 percent of his three-point shots per game prior to that point, 50 percent on most nights, and even as high as 60 percent at times, he became a below-average shooter after February.

That slump seemed to continue throughout the rest of the season, eerily similar to what happened to him last season in Milwaukee. But then, Game 1 against the Atlanta Hawks happened.

Combined, the duo would shoot 12-13 from three and 15-18 from the floor. They would combine for 43 of the Miami Heat’s 115 points.

P.J. Tucker would finish with 16 points, five rebounds, and one dime while shooting 6-8 from the field and 4-4 from range. Robinson would add in 27 points and one rebound on 9-10 shooting from the floor and 8-9 from range.

They were, downright, amazing. Listen, you don’t need this type of production from them every night, however, you won’t complain if you can get it.

The point of it all is this though. If they can just remain this hot, giving the Heat a large dosage of what they gave in Game 1, then the sky is the limit for this team.

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That goes beyond just this series with the Hawks too. That’s for certain.