The Miami Heat (2-1) earn their second win of the 2017-2018 season as they knock off the Atlanta Hawks (1-3) 104-93. The Miami Heat were without their star center Hassan Whiteside as he was out with a leg injury. The Atlanta Hawks were also out a few key players as Dennis Schroder and Ersan Ilyasova were both out with injuries. While the Heat missed their star player, they still found ways to play good defense and put points on the board. Also, a Miami Heat bench player had a terrific first half as he was light out from behind the arch.
The Atlanta Hawks’ starting lineup against the Miami Heat featured Malcolm Delaney at point guard, Kent Bazemore at shooting guard, Taurean Prince at small forward, Mike Muscala at power forward and Dewayne Dedmon at center. Both Kent Bazemore and Taurean Prince led the Hawks in scoring as they both scored 20 points. Prince also had seven rebounds and three steals in the game. The rookie out of Wake Forest, John Collins, also had a solid day coming off the bench. Collins dropped 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for a double-double. The former Heat forward, Luke Babbitt, played well against his former team as he went 4-for-5 in field goals.
The Miami Heat’s starting lineup against the Atlanta Hawks featured Goran Dragic at point guard, Dion Waiters at shooting guard, Josh Richardson at small forward, James Johnson at power forward and Jordan Mickey as the man in the middle. The third-year player out of Tennessee, Josh Richardson, was the Miami’s lead scorer as he dropped 21 points with four rebounds and two steals. Goran Dragic also played well as he dropped 19 points with six assists. The Miami Heat bench played very well today as Wayne Ellington was on fire in the first half. Ellington dropped 20 points and made six three-pointers in the second quarter. Ellington tied a team record for most three-pointers in a quarter. Kelly Olynyk also played well as he put up 10 points and grabbed 10 boards for a double-double.
The Miami Heat will get a day off before they host the San Antonio Spurs (3-0). The Spurs are coming off a nice win 101-97 against the Toronto Raptors. The Spurs could be without their star player Kawhi Leonard as he is dealing with a leg injury. Without Kawhi, the Spurs will likely turn to LaMarcus Aldridge to lead the Spurs. The 6’11” power forward is leading the Spurs in points per game (26.5) and rebound per game (10). You can watch the Spurs-Heat game on Wednesday night at 8pm EST on ESPN.