Despite featuring just eight available players on the second night of a back-to-back road trip in Texas, the Miami Heat were able to defeat the San Antonio Spurs 109-105 to remain undefeated in the preseason after three games.
Tyler Herro continued to display his stellar form so far through the preseason, with a confident swagger to his game and a steady confidence in his shot. He finished with 26 points on 12-25 shooting in 33 minutes as a starter, though he did have a game-high six turnovers. He made just one 3-pointer, but continues to show a willingness to drive aggressively to the basket while also displaying his usual bag of tricks to shake his defender free and hit the mid-range shot.
San Antonio getting a dose of Herro Ball tonight— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) October 9, 2021
15 on 7-13 shooting in the 1st half pic.twitter.com/g3zQ3fj2pF
Max Strus led the team with 28 points, going 9-18 from the field and 6-11 from beyond the arc. Miami will need to count on him during the regular season, so it’s an encouraging sign to see him playing well during Summer League and the preseason.
Max Strus got all the way loose tonight in San Antonio pic.twitter.com/mmHKLLywwG— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) October 9, 2021
Speaking of Summer League sensations, Omer Yurtseven made his first start and finished with 14 points on 6-8 shooting in addition to stuffing the box score with 11 rebounds (six offensive), four assists, two steals, and two blocks in 23 minutes. He even knocked down the two 3-point shots he attempted. The more I see of him, the more I wonder how long will it take for him to supplant Dewayne Dedmon as Bam Adebayo’s backup.
He had also made a clutch play to help his team grab the road win.
As the only Heat starter playing, you would think Duncan Robinson would have a huge game as possibly the team’s #1 option but he had a bizarre game in which he went scoreless on 0-5 shooting — all 3-point attempts — in 28 minutes. He had four assists and two rebounds but probably should have also sat out. Regardless, a meaningless exhibition game won't shake Robinson’s faith in his outside shot so let’s just move on, shall we?
Markieff Morris continues to round into NBA shape, but appeared a bit sluggish as well playing the back-to-back set and finished with five points and seven rebounds in 17 minutes of work. Much more impressive was the work of Micah Potter, one of only three players to come off the bench for Miami, who grabbed a whopping 17 rebounds (six offensive) and 13 points in 37 minutes. Javonte Smart had some good moments as well, notching 15 points, five assists and three rebounds in 33 minutes as a reserve.
Miami next plays on Monday, October 11 when they host the Charlotte Hornets at 7:30pm.