With four seconds left in the game, Tyler Herro grabbed a rebound with the Miami Heat down 101-99 to the Utah Jazz. He made an outlet pass up the court, and Solomon Hill attempted a 3-pointer to win the game. It didn’t go in.
Yes, it was a scrimmage. The Heat didn’t call a timeout before that final offensive possession. And the Heat had both Chris Silva and Kyle Alexander (who is on a two-way contract with Miami, in case you forgot about him) on the floor in the final moments.
In fact, Jimmy Butler didn’t play in this game due to rest. Neither did Bam Adebayo, who recently rejoined the Heat in the Disney bubble. Kendrick Nunn, Miami’s other player who stayed behind the team at first, started and played 17 minutes.
The final score for Saturday’s game was a little deceptive. The Jazz out-played Miami for most of each quarter before a furious Heat rally tightened the game. Meyers Leonard was no match for Rudy Gobert, who feasted on easy dunks throughout the game. Leonard, in fact, committed four fouls in his first nine minutes of action.
The Heat’s frontline defenders also failed to contain dribble penetration, putting Leonard in a bad position. Mike Conley also scored on several easy floaters in the lane. Although the presence of Adebayo and Butler would’ve helped some of that, these are some of the same defensive issues that flummoxed the Heat for much of the second half of the season.
On the plus side, Kelly Olynyk showed his entire offensive repertoire. He scored 27 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the field, including 3-of-7 from beyond the arc. Olynyk even grabbed eight boards. He proved why Miami gave him a four-year contract in 2017 — he’s a 7-footer who can handle, stretch the floor and use his craftiness to get to the basket. If he replicates this play when the games start to count, Miami will be in great position to make some noise.
Herro scored 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting, but his performance was somewhat uneven. He went just 1-for-5 from downtown, had a fourth-quarter shot hit the side of the backboard and even tried to dunk on Gobert, the two-time reigning Defensive Player of the Year. (Herro, Kendrick Nunn can get a head of steam and dunk on JaVale McGee. You can’t.)
On the plus side, Herro made some nice plays with the ball in his hands to get to the rim. Of course, Herro won’t have as much free rein offensively once we get to the “seeding” games and playoffs. But it’s nice developmental progression for the 20-year-old, who many consider to be a long-term piece for the Heat.
After hitting five 3-pointers in Miami’s first scrimmage game, Duncan Robinson didn’t even get an attempt off during his first-quarter stint. He didn’t hit his first 3 until the opening minute of the third quarter — his only made shot from downtown. But Robinson made a great play to end the first half, pushing the ball up-court and finding Derrick Jones Jr. for a buzzer-beating layup.
The Heat will play their final scrimmage game Wednesday at 2 p.m. against the Memphis Grizzlies.