Observations from Monday night’s 124-121 loss to the Phoenix Suns at AmericanAirlines Arena:
— Positively brutal.
— Because nothing ever is easy with this team.
— Yes, shorthanded.
— But still with something to play for.
— Unlike Monday’s opposition.
— A complete game appears out of the Heat‘s reach at the moment.
— Which is not exactly what one wants with the Warriors and Rockets up next.
— Did we mention brutal?
— Yes, Wade braids.
— With Dwyane Wade’s first play of the game a blocked shot against Tyler Johnson.
— With Johnson responding on that possession with a 3-pointer.
— And this time the wheel of lineups landed on . . . Duncan Robinson.
— Who started alongside Whiteside, Olynyk, Richardson and Waiters.
— It left the Heat with their 22nd lineup of the season.
— Erik Spoelstra on the Heat’s missing players, “The good news is those injuries won’t be long term.”
— Going in shorthanded, Spoelstra said, “This will be a fun game for the guy to play in — if you’re available, you’ll play.”
— Wade then entered as the Heat’s first reserve.
— Followed by Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic.
— Rusty? Dragic’s first 3-point attempt hit the side of the backboard.
— The good news on the shorthanded front for the Heat? Warriors coach Steve Kerr said his team likely would be resting players for Wednesday night’s visit.
— Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said he sees something building between recent acquisition Tyler Johnson and Devin Booker.
— “They have a lot of respect for each other,” he said. “You can feel that, the way they interact and the way they talk on and off the court, that their chemistry is getting there.”
— Tyler Johnson went through his pregame handshakes with Udonis Haslem and Whiteside as if still teammates.
— Of his team’s woes, Kokoskov said, “I tell them you have to pound the rock and keep working hard every day, and eventually things will click.”
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