3. Role players step up with Herro sidelined
Without their most dynamic scorer in Tyler Herro, a collective effort was needed to fill Herro's 25-points-per-game void.
Against the Hawks, Jaime Jaquez Jr., Kyle Lowry and Josh Richardson all stepped up, combining for 53 points and nine out of Miami's 12 made 3-pointers.
Jaquez started in place of Jimmy Butler and scored a career-high 20 points with timely cuts and his ability to get to the basket off the dribble. In the second quarter, he shook Bogdan Bogdanovic and made a 3-pointer.
Jaquez has flashed a majority of the time he has been on the court and made the most out of his third start of the season.
It has been a different story with Josh Richardson, who has struggled with his shot all season long, and only had one game where he was over 50% from the field. But on Saturday, Richardson was on target, missing one shot out of seven attempts.
Unlike previous games where Richardson looked to facilitate, Richardson was decisive with his attacks and knocked down spot-up 3s and pull-up jumpers.
With Herro out for at least two weeks, the Heat will need offense from multiple players, and more strong outings like this from Richardson will be needed.
Kyle Lowry has started to look for his shot more. On Saturday, Lowry scored 17 points, went 4 for 6 from 4-point range and got to the foul line five times.
With Herro out, Lowry has amped up his shot attempts, taking 11 in Wednesday's win in Memphis and eight Saturday. Before that, Lowry had not taken more than seven shots in a single game.
Although Lowry's strength is setting up his teammates for good looks, it's critical for Lowry to also contribute by scoring and spacing the floor. Lowry has been Miami's most effective 3-point shooter, making four 3s over the last two games shooting 8 for 13 overall behind the arc.
Defenses will do all they can to take away Adebayo and Butler with Herro out, so the Heat will need more contributions like this from Lowry, Richardson and Jaquez going forward.