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“I deserve more credit for fighting through all those s*** injuries.”

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1) The heat reminds everyone why they are so hard to beat the Suns

Throughout the season, Miami’s defense struggled when Bam Adebayo Sitting – By Monday, the Heat has a defensive rating of 95.8 when Adebayo is on the field, but it jumped to 139.4 when he sits. Miami’s offense was the same with Jimmy ButlerOffensive: 147.6 when Butler played, 95.1 when he sits out.

Monday night against the Suns, Butler and Adebayo switched roles — and reminded the East why the Miami Heat are always tough in the playoffs. And why could they be more.

Finishing with 30 points, Adebayo dominated the paint and sparked a 13-point comeback in the fourth quarter.

While Butler has been on the defensive this season to save the game.

Miami’s 113-112 win at home moved the Heat to . 500 on the season. They have won 3 in a row and 5 of 7 after a slow start.

The Heat’s slow start had some moves debated by Pat Riley and the front office, and what changes needed to happen to fix a broken team. While there are questions, the reliable stuff from Heat will show up. The Heat just needed what they got Monday night: Caleb Martin to find his grove (he knocked down five three-pointers); Strong play from Dewayne Deadmon (12 points on 5-of-7 shooting) and Gabe Vincent (10 points) from the bench).

It was a physical and overall win for Miami, a team better built for 16 playoff games than 82 in the regular season. There are still questions to be answered, including whether Martin is the guy who wants to be in the playoffs, and how they’ll deal with the traditional big guys inside (Deender Eaton Scored 16 points on 8 of 10 shooting plus 12 boards on Monday). But they’ll be tough, and with a few breaks it could be more than that, even in a deeper east.

The sun got 25 of Devin Bookerwho had the usual smoothness of hitting 11 of 22 shots.

2) The Warriors win back at home behind 36 out Jordan Paul

It was Jordan’s bobblehead night at Chase Arena – which seemed to spur a ballpark party.

starting from a place Clay Thompson In a winning streak (officially “managing a right Achilles injury”), Paul scored a season-high 36 points on 13-of-20 shooting with five 3-pointers and sparked the Warriors to a comfortable home win, 132-95 over the Spurs.

The Warriors looked comfortable back home (they’re 0-7 on the road this season) and played their most complete game of the season. Stephen Curry He had 16 points, but this was the kind of solid win that means big minutes for players who need to run like Jonathan Cuminga (25 minutes, 15 points) f Anthony Lamb (17 points on 6 out of 7).

Two other Warriors notes. First, after the game, said coach Steve Kerr James Wiseman He’s going to be sent down to the G-League to get some reps because he’s out of the Warriors tournament now but needs a run.

secondly, Donte Divincenzo He was thrown out of the game for a blow to the head Josh Richardson in this play.

It’s hardcore, but the Warriors thought the ejection was over the top. I’m not sure it was intentional, but officials don’t mess around with blows to the head.

3) her hornets lamelo ball Once again, ending an eight-game losing streak

LaMelo Ball is still finding its rhythm. In only his second game of the season (coming back from a sprained ankle), he scored 17 points but shot 6-of-19 to get there.

However, his nine assists—and improved ball movement that led to seven Hornets scoring in double figures—spurred Charlotte to a 112-105 win over the Magic that ended the Hornets’ eight-game losing streak.

The game is more fun with LaMelo back on the court, plus the Hornets might pick up some extra wins after a rocky start.

The game is also more fun with was was Play like this for the Orlando Magic.

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