The Miami Heat opened the Summer League against the Indiana Pacers and were highlighted by some quality play from two of their current players, Tyler Johnson and Zoran Dragic.
The Summer League consists of mostly rookies and first and second year players. The Heat started Tyler Johnson, Zoran Dragic, Justise Winslow, James Ennis and Willie Reed.
James Ennis also played very well for the Heat (13 points), and Willie Reed started to turn some heads as well. Winslow was a bit hesitant, but he got it going later on. He could certainly be more aggressive moving forward. He was always composed with the ball and played terrific defense, he finished with 15 points. Miami was without Shabazz Napier and Henry Walker who will likely play at some point.
Josh Richardson got some playing time for the Heat. He played some good defense, and then got his game going better in the second half. He was awesome from the free throw line and had 14 points. He will be a piece moving forward. Others to see meaningful time were Joshua Smith and Travis Trice. The Pacers were lead by their rookie Myles Turner and he played really well.
But it was the leadership and constant attacking from Tyler Johnson (9 points) that sparked the Heat. He got to the rim, and lead his team. It was his energy that helped the Heat play so well. It helped that Zoran Dragic (12 points) got to the rim and was hitting his outside shot as well. They set the pace from the very beginning and the Heat never looked back.
Miami used a 16-0 run throughout the 3rd and 4th quarters to really open up the game. The Heat won the game 92-76 and will be awarded 6 points for the game after winning the game and 2 quarters.
The Heat played on Sunday at 5:00 in Orlando against the Brooklyn Nets.
#HEATSummerLeague: @iamjustise getting a few pointers from @304skywalkerjr. HEAT up 20 in the 4th. pic.twitter.com/MHCqNtZIwg— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) July 4, 2015