Five Stars is a Hot Hot Hoops exclusive where we dig into the box score of each Heat game and pick apart the numbers under the numbers. The top five players are the Five Stars, regardless of which team they play for. I used the GameScore metric, with a slight adjustment for plus/minus to rank the players. This article is for Miami’s 13-point win over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night, their seventh in a row.
James Johnson (MIA) 24.9
James Johnson earned the First Star of the game for the first time, in his 12th overall trip into the Five Stars (he’s fourth on the team in that regard). He had the highest estimated PER of anyone in the game, racking up a 22.4 rating in 31:57 off Miami’s bench. He drained seven-of-13 shots overall, missing his only three-pointer but making all four of his attempts from the charity stripe. He added eight defensive rebounds, five assists, two steals, a blocked shot, and a game-second-high plus-26 rating to go with his 19 points.
Wayne Ellington (MIA) 21.0
Wayne Ellington makes his fifth trip into the Five Stars, earning a plus-26 rating in 33:36 off the bench for the Heat. He was only two-of-three from two-point distance, but rang up five-of-seven three-pointers to finish with 19 points. He also had two assists and a steal, finishing with a PER of 16.9.
Andre Drummond (DET) 19.6
Andre Drummond kept Hassan Whiteside to single digits while scoring 17 points with 20 rebounds (eight offensive) in 35:10. He earned a minus-7 rating while making eight-of-15 shots overall, missing his only three-pointer, and sinking just one-of-three foul shots. He also had three steals, two blocks, and a single helper, leading the Pistons with a 21.5 PER. On the bright side, Whiteside did do this:
Down the stretch we were terrible. We didn’t make plays. We’ve got to find better stuff down the stretch. I don’t know if defenses have us figured out or what, but we’re just not making plays. - Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy
Goran Dragic (MIA) 17.2
Goran Dragic got into the Five Stars for the 24th time, ranking him second on the team. He earned a 17.7 PER starting at point guard for the Heat. He led the team with 23 points, earning a plus-4 rating while making eight-of-14 shots from the field, including both of his three-point attempts. Dragic also pitched in with four assists, two rebounds, and a steal in 33:17.
We are clicking on all cylinders. We’re playing together, having fun, and guys are making plays. We’re just playing the right way. We’re healthy and it’s fun. - Dion Waiters, clearly not speaking for Chris Bosh, Tyler Johnson, Josh McRoberts, Justise Winslow, or Josh Richardson
Reggie Jackson (DET) 15.1
Reggie Jackson scored a game-high 24 points by draining 10-of-17 shots overall. Detroit’s starter at point guard, he made both of his three-pointers and both of his one-pointers on the night, with seevn rebounds, three assists, and an 18.5 PER for the Pistons in 30:56.
1: Aside from Dion Waiters going one-for-nine from long-distance, Miami made 13-of-19 three-pointers, a 68.4% success rate.
Our toughest, most physical, most committed minutes were there at the end. That's what's good to see. - Heat coach Erik Spoelstra
2: Luke Babbitt was the only other player to earn an “above average” PER, earning a 19.2 rating in 13:29. He made three-of-three overall, all from beyond the arc, and added three rebounds.
Detroit’s starter at shooting guard, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, made just two-of-11 shots from the field, going one-of-four from outside and not getting to the line. He scored just five points overall, with one assist, one steal, two fouls, a turnover, and a minus-6 rating. His minus-2.1 PER was the only one in negative figures.
Five Stars Standings
Hassan Whiteside 185
Goran Dragic 155
Tyler Johnson 94
Dion Waiters 62
James Johnson 54
Willie Reed 33
Wayne Ellington 27
Josh Richardson 26
Justise Winslow 16
Rodney McGruder 5
Derrick Williams 3
Josh McRoberts 1
Luke Babbitt 1