The Miami Heat began their nine-day five-game road trip, making their first stop against the Los Angeles Clippers. In their last game, the Clippers won against the Heat by five points at the American Airlines Arena. Here are the five takeaways from the Heat-Clippers game.
1. Derrick Jones Jr. went off: The Heat were limited with their roster, but that didn’t stop Derrick Jones Jr. from making some noise for Miami. Jones Jr. made a few three-pointers in the first half, but it was the second half where he showcased his explosive athleticism with his slam dunks. Jones Jr. had 25 points in that game, a clear sign that he continues to improve as an offensive player, going beyond just dunking at will.
2. Duncan Robinson’s 3 point streak continues: Duncan Robinson continues to knock down the three-ball like it was second nature. Robinson scored a trio of three-pointers, despite only going 3 for 10 from beyond the arc. Robinson, much like Jones Jr., will only continue to improve his offensive game, adding another layer to his already growing game.
3. Who is Landry Shamet?: As I mentioned before, the Clippers defeated Miami at the American Airlines Arena, and one of the players who was vital for the Clippers’ victory was Landry Shamet. In that game, Shamet had 22 points and 6 assists. In last night’s game, Shamet still recorded the same number of assists he had against Miami, while also making 23 points. Shamet was a key contributor off the bench for the Clippers.
4. A tale of double-doubles: Bam Adebayo and Paul George were very impressive in last night’s tilt at the Staples Center as they recorded a double-double for Miami and the Clippers respectively. Adebayo had 22 points and 11 rebounds, while George made 23 points and 10 assists. Adebayo continues to have a story of a season for Miami, especially now that he is selected to be a part of the All-Star game in Chicago, joining Jimmy Butler as representatives for the Heat.
5. Fighting through the pain: The Heat were without Meyers Leonard and rookie Tyler Herro, both of whom were out with an ankle sprain and a sore left foot respectively. In the third quarter, Butler would exit the game with a sore right shoulder. It was nothing serious of note for Butler, who could make a swift recovery for Miami during their road trip.
For the Heat, Derrick Jones Jr. led the way with 25 points, Kendrick Nunn and Goran Dragic had 13 points each, Duncan Robinson and Jimmy Butler made 11 points each, and Bam Adebayo with a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds.
For the Clippers, Landry Shamet made 23 points, Montrezl Harrell, Lou Williams, and Kawhi Leonard had 14 points each, JaMychal Green and Ivica Zubac with 12 points each, Mo Harkless made 11 points, and Paul George with a double-double of 23 points and 10 assists.
The Heat continue their road trip as they face the Sacramento Kings. Game starts Friday at 10pm on Sun Sports.