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The Heat can clearly approach the second half of the season with appetite and ambition. Why ? Because the Miami franchise is still second in the Eastern Conference (26 wins, 15 losses) while everything has not been perfect since the start of hostilities.

Already, the injuries and the many missed matches of Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo or even Markieff Morris have deprived the Heat of several of their best players. Then, of the first 41 matches played, 25 were away, that is 60% of the matches!

“I have been home very little. It’s like paying rent for a storage room. So it will be nice to be at home, in my apartment…”, explains Gabe Vincent at the Sun Sentinel. “I told my brother recently: we were hardly at home”, adds Caleb Martin. “My quarantine was almost the only time I had the feeling of living at home. »

It is obvious that, sportingly, playing 25 times at home, in front of his home crowd, in the second half of the season represents an opportunity. For organizations too since except for a game in Atlanta on January 21, the Heat will stay in Miami for two weeks to finish this month of January.

“We can’t wait to be back home”, rejoices Duncan Robinson. “It was a very interesting time to start the season, with many away games, lone players and all that. There, we have the opportunity to come back with a full group. »

Beware of relaxation

But for Erik Spoelstra, even though the Heat have won 12 of their 16 home games so far, this homecoming won’t mean automatic wins. We will have to win the matches on the floor.

“I think everyone is aware that the first part of the season was intensive,” says the coach. “We didn’t really have time to unpack and everyone realized that it was a little different. Now, the message is not to say that, from now on, we are at home with our families, we will relax and the victories will come. This will not be the case. One of the advantages of playing away is that you know it’s going to be tough and the level of urgency isn’t necessarily the same as at home. »

The coach therefore warns that a guilty release is thus possible for the Heat. To really take advantage of this advantage, players will have to be vigilant.

“We have to take advantage of that and win at home. Spoelstra is right in that sense, it’s natural to relax at home and it’s hard to keep your foot on the accelerator.”, recognizes Gabe Vincent. “It’s obvious that we love playing at home, in front of our home crowd. It’s always positive and, in addition, we’ve been good at home so far.”, continues Caleb Martin.

Shots Bounces
Players GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Early pd bp Int CT party Points
Jimmy Butler 23 33.8 50.0 25.0 87.1 1.9 4.0 5.9 5.4 2.0 2.0 0.4 1.3 23.2
Tyler Herro 35 32.9 42.9 38.3 87.1 0.7 4.3 5.1 4.1 2.9 0.6 0.2 1.4 20.7
Bam Adebayo 18 32.9 51.9 0.0 75.9 2.7 7.4 10.2 3.2 2.9 1.1 0.3 3.3 18.7
Kyle Lowry 37 34.1 41.8 32.2 84.1 0.6 3.9 4.5 8.3 3.1 1.0 0.4 2.7 13.6
Duncan Robinson 38 28.3 38.9 35.7 81.8 0.4 3.0 3.4 1.4 0.7 0.7 0.2 2.6 12.1
Max Strus 30 23.0 46.9 42.0 77.1 0.4 3.1 3.4 1.2 0.7 0.3 0.1 1.5 11.5
Caleb Martin 31 23.0 50.5 36.8 66.7 1.2 2.6 3.8 1.0 0.8 0.9 0.5 1.6 9.2
Gabe Vincent 33 21.8 44.1 38.4 77.4 0.5 1.6 2.0 2.9 1.5 0.8 0.2 2.1 8.8
pj tucker 35 28.5 49.8 46.6 69.7 1.7 4.0 5.7 2.2 0.9 0.8 0.3 2.3 8.2
Kyle Guy 6 17.1 51.4 45.0 80.0 0.2 1.2 1.3 2.3 0.8 0.7 0.2 1.5 8.2
Markieff Morris 10 18.7 45.7 36.4 100.0 1.3 1.5 2.8 1.4 1.2 0.3 0.1 2.2 7.7
Dewayne Dedmon 34 17.2 58.1 60.0 76.1 1.8 4.4 6.1 0.9 0.9 0.4 0.5 2.2 6.4
Omer Yurtseven 32 15.2 47.9 14.3 64.3 1.8 4.7 6.5 1.1 1.0 0.5 0.5 1.8 5.8
Nik Stauskas 2 11.8 37.5 50.0 75.0 0.5 1.0 1.5 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 5.5
Chris Silva 6 10.5 61.5 0.0 88.9 1.7 2.7 4.3 0.5 0.7 0.0 0.0 2.0 4.0
Kz Okpala 21 11.6 43.5 34.6 72.7 0.5 1.4 2.0 0.7 0.2 0.2 0.3 1.2 3.7
Udonis Haslem 8 6.5 50.0 50.0 100.0 0.5 1.6 2.1 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.1 1.4 3.0
Haywood Highsmith 4 10.4 50.0 57.1 0.0 0.5 0.8 1.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.8 3.0
Marcus Garrett 12 10.7 23.8 25.0 40.0 0.8 1.2 1.9 0.6 0.2 0.4 0.2 1.3 1.1
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