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Sometimes things that happen in Las Vegas really should just stay here. On the second day of a back-to-back, Coach David Fizdale decided to rest his starters and give the "B" team a chance to show their skills in front of the coaching staff as well as Erik Spoelstra, who was in attendance watching from the stands, for Wednesday night's game against the Detroit Pistons. The new-look Heat squad raced out to an early lead and never relinquished it, though the Pistons did make a late surge that ultimately came up short in an otherwise uneventful game. Led by Weyinmi Efejuku’s 19 points and Garret Siler’s 15 points (on 6-8 shooting) and 7 rebounds, the Heat simply outhustled the Pistons with a lot of the young guys wanting to prove themselves. Spoelstra, Ron Rothstein and Bob McAdoo had to have noticed Siler’s steady rise in production since the beginning of the tournament and he may just have a shot to be invited to training camp, at the very least to be a big body that can give 6 fouls and maximum effort that is surprising due to his large frame. From the two games I’ve seen, Silas rarely forces the issue, doesn’t turn the ball over and has decent footwork to get free around the basket. In contrast, Dexter Pittman has looked too slow and hesitant to use his skills, preferring to simply trying to overpower his opponents which is leading to unforced errors and offensive fouls.