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Five Stars: Hayward Bound

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Miami drops their fourth straight game, losing at home to the Utah Jazz

NBA: Utah Jazz at Miami Heat Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Five Stars is a series where we rate every player in every Heat game by the GameScore metric. The top five GameScores are the Five Stars, regardless of which team they play for.

First Star

Gordon Hayward (UT) 19.1

Hayward, Utah’s starting power forward, played a game-high 34 minutes and scored a game-high 25 points, on 10-of-20 shooting. He made four-of-five from the line and one-of-four from deep, with nine boards, four assists, and a plus-21 rating.

A huge road trip for us. - Hayward

Second Star

James Johnson (MIA) 14.3

Johnson came off the bench for the Heat and scored a team-high-tying 15 points on six-of-seven shooting, including his only three-pointer, which he made. He sank two-of-three from the foul stripe, with four rebounds, four helpers, a steal, and a plus-2 rating in 30 minutes on the floor.

Third Star (tie)

Rudy Gobert (UT) 13.0

Gobert played 33 minutes, and made three-of-six field goals. He didn’t attempt any long-distance shots, but made six-of-eight from the foul line. He added a dozen rebounds with two blocks and two steals, with a game-high plus-22 rating.

Third Star (tie)

Rodney McGruder (MIA) 13.0

McGruder played 21 minutes off the bench for the Heat, and scored 14 points on five-of-six shooting, including three-of-four from three-point distance. He made one-of-two from the foul line, with two rebounds and two assists. His plus-7 rating was better than any Heat starter.

Fifth Star

Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 12.4

Whiteside started at center for the Heat, and totaled 15 points with 14 rebounds in 32 minutes. He made six-of-13 shots from the floor, mostly from within five feet of the rim, and made half of his six free throw attempts. He also had a pair of blocks and an assist, earning a minus-23 rating which was just a point better than the worst mark of the game, Josh Richardson’s minus-24.

We’ve just got to keep working, it’s not easy to win in this league. - Whiteside


Saturday’s Worst

There were a lot of players to pick from, but the total lack of punch award goes to Utah’s Joe Ingles, who scored two points with a rebound in 16 minutes. He also had a turnover.

Miami’s Luke Babbitt, Justise Winslow, Dion Waiters, and Tyler Johnson combined to make eight-for-29 shots, a 27.6% success rate and just 20 points in 85 minutes.

That’s not who we are, that’s not who we’ve been for the last month, definitely disappointing. - Heat coach Erik Spoelstra

Seasonal Standings

Hassan Whiteside 37
Tyler Johnson 21
Goran Dragic 19
James Johnson 8
Justise Winslow 6
Willie Reed 3
Dion Waiters 3
Rodney McGruder 3