Winderman’s take: Heat recapture starters, but also find shaky footing in loss to Hawks

Observations and other interesting notes from Monday’s 121-113 loss to the Atlanta Hawks:

– This is what rust looks like, the early three fouls on Caleb Martin, the 0-for-7 start on Tyler Herro’s 3-pointers.

– Yes, the Heat were able to overcome injuries with their recent run.

– But the second part of the injury equation is getting the players back to work.

– And that is often not an easy process.

– With Monday standing as Exhibit A.

– While the Heat are still waiting for the return of Kyle Lowry.

– Without sustained health, it could just be a rollercoaster ride all the way.

— With the Heat going with their 20th starting lineup on Monday.

– So now the search for another winning streak.

– With challenges in New Orleans and Dallas ahead on this trip.

– The Heat returned to the quarter-fifths of their preferred starting lineup, with Martin and Herro back.

– He only left Lowry out of the game, due to knee discomfort that he has on a day-to-day basis.

— With Gabe Vincent making his fourth consecutive start at point guard, again scoring in double figures.

– Vincent was nominated for the NBA East Player of the Week which on Monday went to Knicks guard Jalen Brunson.

– The Heat had gone 4-1 with Haywood Highsmith starting the previous six at power forward instead of Martin. This time a limited role for Highsmith.

– The other starters for the Heat were Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler.

– The Heat also had Jamal Cain as an inactive, saving him an NBA day on his two-way contract.

– Victor Oladipo returned to play as the Heat’s sixth man, this time coming on when Martin was fouled twice early.

– Oladipo was solid as a playmaker, reaching double figures in assists for the first time this season.

– Orlando Robinson and Max Strus then came in to make the deep eight for the Heat.

— With Robinson, who has a two-way contract, again playing ahead of veteran great Dewayne Dedmon.

– Monday was the first game since Dedmon became tradeable this season.

– Highsmith then entered as the Heat’s fourth reserve.

– Leaving only Dedmon and 42-year-old captain Udonis Haslem as those who will not enter.

– Adebayo set his personal best with his 56 consecutive games scoring in double figures.

– Adebayo’s fifth defensive rebound was the 2,400th of his career.

– Adebayo’s 20th point moved him past Grant Long for 11th on the Heat’s all-time scoring list.

– Butler’s second free throw attempt moved him past Udonins Haslem for ninth on the Heat’s all-time list.

– Herro’s ninth shot was the 3,000th of his career.

– Herro’s third assist moved him past James Johnson for 22nd on the Heat’s all-time list.

– The Heat went 5-1 within their division, with the only loss being a shorthanded loss on the road against the Wizards.

– The game was the sixth of nine evening games this season for the Heat (games that start before 6 p.m. local time).

– The game was the 17th time the Heat played on Dr. Martin Luther King Day, the 11th time on the road. The Heat had won their previous three on vacation.

– Former Atlanta mayor and civil rights leader Andrew Young was among those in attendance.


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