Miami Heat sharpshooters, Robinson and Strus, lead over Houston, 118-110

Miami Heat guard Max Strus (31) looks to pass against the Houston rockets(Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports)
Miami Heat guard Max Strus (31) looks to pass against the Houston rockets(Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Miami Heat came into Monday’s preseason contest against the Houston Rockets, the Heat’s fourth of the year, with a record of 2-1. Dropping their first preseason contest to the Minnesota Timberwolves, they would go on to beat the Nets and then the Grizzlies on the back of a Duncan Robinson explosion.

And that wasn’t too far away from the case on Monday night. With the Houston Rockets getting out to a quicker start than the Miami Heat, Duncan Robinson would continue to stay hot, nailing several threes to bring the Heat back even.

After Robinson was finished doing his work though, Max Strus would join the party and carry it the rest of the way during his minutes. Though the game was finished with some of the guys that will probably play more in Sioux Falls than they will in Miami this season, when it counted the most, the two shooters were there to lead the way for the Heat.

The Miami Heat played in their fourth preseason contest of the year on Monday against the Houston Rockets. And their shooters would lead them to victory.

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Though Robinson would only finish with 14 points, three rebounds, and four assists off the Heat bench, fifth in scoring, he would do his damage when the Heat needed it the most. Again, he was the guy to nail some tough and needed shots early on to get them back into a rhythm to eventually win it.

You look at his attempt numbers across his 22 minutes of action, 4-12 from the field and 4-10 from three, that’s 40 percent from range and you love the two attempts that he had going towards the basket that just didn’t go.

That diversification of his game is what should really help him take another step this year if he continues to utilize it. As far as his cohort though, Max Strus would lead the Heat in scoring and nearly all scorers in the game at 24, coming in second only to Jalen Green’s 25 for Houston.

Strus would also chip in four rebounds and two assists while shooting 7-14 from the floor and 5-10 from range in 24 minutes. The Miami Heat would win at the final buzzer and they showed that if all things were as normal as they could get with a tattered lineup that didn’t have Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro, or Kyle Lowry going, they could have won behind what Robinson and Strus were able to get done.

That leads to the really interesting thing though. If Robinson can keep going like he is, then what’s that mean for a rotation that often saw him left out last season due to struggles?

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Who knows, but whatever that is, it’s a great problem for the Miami Heat and Coach Spoelstra to have.