That didn’t take long. Dion Waiters at #3, and Justise Winslow at #1, landed spots in the NBA Top 10 Plays of the Day in Tuesday’s night action. Wait until Josh Richardson returns and Derrick Williams finds his groove. The Miami Heat fans will get their entertainment money’s worth this season.
Hassan swats & Justise finishes to lead Tuesday's Top 10 #NBApreseason Plays! pic.twitter.com/rSKnhUut3n— NBA (@NBA) October 5, 2016
Dion Waiters starts his Heat career with a Top 3 play on a emphatic dunk capping a quick downhill run to the rim, assisted by Udonis Haslem’s pick and a help defender glued to Derrick Williams in the corner.
Alone at #1 was the Winslow dunk. He got the attention, but the play began by Whiteside blocking a shot, which lead to a Goran Dragic assist, and finished with a Winslow basket. Action doesn’t get better than that sequence.
Word is Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson will miss 6-8 weeks with knee problems. Add that news to Milwaukee Bucks guard Khris Middleton’s injury, and the Heat’s chances of making the playoff improve ever so slightly, as other teams deal with their own personnel problems. If Miami can stay relatively healthy and string together victories against lesser opponents, they could make the playoffs practically by default.
One exhibition game doesn’t make a season, but it does make a statement. Even when teams game plan against Winslow and Waiters, they leave more room for Whiteside and Dragic to spring free. Then what to do against Richardson, Luke Babbitt, Tyler Johnson, James Johnson, etc.?
Miami’s balanced scoring can drive another team crazy, because when you stop one guy, another one is there to step up. The Heat have so many ways to win, that on any given night anyone might be seen on the Top 10 Plays of the Day list.