The Heat took a 93-91 lead with 4:29 left in the game, but then the Magic were nearly unstoppable on offense to finish the game. The Heat simply couldn’t get a stop, which is truly unfortunate against the Magic.
Miami was led by a balanced scoring attack — Adebayo (25 points), Dragic (20 points), Butler (19 points), Robinson (14 points), Herro (13 points).
This was a disappointing outcome, but not everything is bad news for the Heat. They didn’t look like a bad team. Their turnovers killed them and at the end, their defense didn’t show up. But they were right there all game long and that’s what happens every time they play the Orlando Magic.
But here are some of the takeaways from the game.
#1 — Herro struggled at the point position. He didn’t struggle all game, and he was a factor. But when he was the lone point man out there, he turned the ball over (4 times) and made some bad reads. We will see if Spo keeps him in that spot. Kendrick Nunn played 8 minutes in the first half, but didn’t play in the second half.
#2 — Precious Achiuwa is ready. He was very effective in his time in the game. 8 points in 14 minutes and he seemed about as comfortable as you could want considering all the changing things around him.
#3 — Turnovers were a huge issue. 22 of them and that is entirely too much. 13 of those came from Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo. The Heat really can’t expect to win with that type of play.
#4 — The Heat need to score much better from the perimeter. Miami was 7-20 from three-point range. Duncan Robinson made 3-6 and you would figure Miami would like him to shoot more than that. They are definitely using him different. He is dipping into the paint on some of his dribbles and creating more. His game should evolve if he continues to be more than just a shooter.
#5 — Don’t overreact. It’s one game. It’s the first game. This team will be just fine. The Magic played a good game and they just finished stronger than Miami. The Heat were right there, just one or two stops away. I think Jimmy wasn’t in much of an offensive groove, but it will come.
The Heat obviously drop to 0-1 on the season, and they will next play the New Orleans Pelicans on Christmas Day, 12 EST.