September 27, 2022
Playoff

Oladipo celebrates the end of his arduous trip back by leading the Heat into the second round of the playoff

Who was going to take the initiative and lead? Someone had to do it on Tuesday night. They are not asking the voluntaries but they are requiring.

They are forcing Jimmy Butler to miss the game due to tendinitis in his right knee. It was very understandable. Can be taxing on a man’s legs to carry an entire team, and a city, through a playoff series. It can be taxing on a man’s legs to carry an entire team, and a city, through a playoff series.

Kyle Lowry also missed his second consecutive game due to a strained hamstring.

The Heat’s seasoned leadership, comprising 40% of the starting lineup, has been obliterated, reduced to street clothes and courtside admonitions.

In the situation, there was more familiarity than alarm.

Playoff: Miami’s four driving scorers — Butler, Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro, and Lowry — had missed 86 diversions within the standard season.

“We’ve had a lot of rotation variations,” coach Erik Spoelstra said, “which has given us the confidence.” “We’ve developed a lot of confidence in our ability to find new methods to win.”

Starting in place of Butler, Victor Oladipo raised his hand first and highest.

Then came Max Strus.

Both with the decisive spurts that defined Miami’s 97-94 Game 5 victory over Atlanta. The Hawks’ 4-1 elimination in this first-round NBA playoff series. With the Heat, they need to prevent a last-second Hawks in-bounds play for the dramatic triumph.

Depending on how Philadelphia-vs. Miami plays out. The Heat might get four more days of relaxation (and healing) before the second round begins. What will happen in Toronto, and when will it happen?

Tuesday night’s “White Hot” playoff crowd in Miami looked like a blizzard and sounded like nothing we’ve seen in this arena in six years: Playoff. For the first time since May 1, 2016, home supporters cheered their team’s advancement in a postseason series in the home building.

And you had to grin at how it happened and who made it happen.

Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh reigned supreme in this building not long ago. They’re only in the rafters now, in the recollection.

Butler and Lowry have now benching. So:

Victor Oladipo playoff has been healthy since March, nearly a year after undergoing surgery on his right quadriceps tendon. Strus, who was lightly recruited and undrafted out of college, has only been a starter for a few weeks and, at least this night, is the face of the Heat’s affinity for “finds.”

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