Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said that yesterday was the most scrimmaging his team has done since training camp opened earlier this week. And the scrimmage previewed how the Heat’s rotation will look on opening night.
Spoelstra said today was the most scrimmaging the Heat has been able to do this week.— Anthony Chiang (@Anthony_Chiang) October 1, 2021
A lineup of Kyle Lowry, Jimmy Butler, Duncan Robinson, P.J. Tucker and Bam Adebayo opened both halves of the scrimmage, signaling that they will make up the starting lineup. They battled against a lineup of Gabe Vincent, Tyler Herro, Max Strus, Markieff Morris and Dewayne Dedmon. Those players seem to be the second unit (at least until Victor Oladipo returns), with Herro as the clear sixth man. As I’ve written before, Vincent and Strus are unproven role players at this point.
Lowry played well in the scrimmage. In perhaps the best highlight of the day, he threw an outlet pass that Butler caught in traffic, reminiscent of a football play. Butler then threw a lob to Adebayo, who slammed the ball home.
Herro, who bulked up over the off-season, made a thunderous dunk.