Observations from Monday night’s scrimmage

Observations from Monday night’s scrimmage

The Heat wrapped up their annual Red, White & Pink scrimmage to raise money for the Miami Cancer Institute with the Red enjoying a 66-62 victory. 

Some news, notes and thoughts:

> Guard Dion Waiters sat out the game with some back soreness and is questionable to play in Tuesday’s third preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets.

“He’s been doing treatment all day,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “He just has a slightly sore back. If he was really pressed to go he probably could have. We just want to make sure he doesn’t make it worse. So, we’ll just see how he feels tomorrow.”

> Veteran point guard Beno Udrih, who went through a full contact practice for the first time in two weeks on Monday, looked good running the Heat’s offense. He had five assists in the third quarter alone and finished with 8 points, 7 assists and 3 turnovers. As long as he stays healthy there’s a reason for Spoelstra and the Heat to keep him on the roster. 

“He’s crafty. He’s a veteran, experienced point guard,” Spoelstra said. “So when you’re dealing with new players and some young players that’s is an important skill set to bring to the table. He can get your team organized. He doesn’t feel pressure. He tends to make the right plays at the right time and gets the ball where it needs to go. He’s the kind of guy, he’s played 13 years and the pace that he plays he can be out two weeks and then all of a sudden throw him in there and he’s lost a step. It’s the pace he plays.”

> Center Hassan Whiteside once again lead the Heat in scoring (16), rebounds (11) and blocks (3) and showed lots of energy.

“He’s been coming out with a great energy,” Spoelstra said. “I really like seeing that. He’s doing it on both ends of the court for two games in a row and in camp for two weeks. He’s been as fast as anybody and he’s been able to sustain that for whatever minutes we play him. I’ve been taking him out just to get in the rotations. I haven’t taken him out for anything close to fatigue.”

> Tyler Johnson had 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting and was more aggressive at shooting guard than he had been in his first two preseason games.

> Briante Weber turned in one of the more interesting stat lines with four points, 10 rebounds, six assists and one turnover. 

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Published at Tue, 11 Oct 2016 01:41:50 +0000