5 Defining Miami Heat stats that explain the season so far, and where it's going

Jimmy Butler playing like a star, the Heat's improving defense and the Terry Rozier effect.

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Different starting lineups

Because of injuries, the Heat have been forced to use 29 different starting lineups this season. The Heat have had 190 games missed due to injury this season, and that number will go up as Rozier and Josh Richardson recover from injuries when the season resumes later this week.

It’s been a season of mixing and matching lineups for Erik Spoelstra. Astoundingly, the Heat don’t have a single lineup that has logged 100 minutes together all season – and we’re at the All-Star break! Compare that to the Celtics, whose starting lineup has played 438 total minutes this season, and that factoid becomes even more alarming.

Miami’s new starting lineup – Rozier, Tyler Herro, Butler, Caleb Martin and Adebayo –  are plus-19 in 41 minutes. The early returns have been strong, but that group needs to build chemistry over these final 27 games. Of course, they’ll have to wait for Rozier to return.