Observations and other notes of desire from Saturday night’s 110-95 loss to the Brooklyn Nets:
— This, think it or not, was not the things of nightmares, even if it did suggest a fourth consecutive loss.
— The nightmare would be an opening-round playoff sequence for the Heat from the Nets.
— They certainly aren’t halting Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
— And it’s not as if they can outscore them.
— The Heat’s opening-spherical playoff opponent will or else be Chicago, Toronto, Cleveland or possibly Atlanta.
— The respond to at the moment is “all of the above” when it comes to the playoff decision in the initially round.
— That could make No. 4 the safest 1st-round playoff location, versus Toronto, Chicago or Cleveland.
— And if the Heat do wind up in the No. 4-No. 5 in the opening round, and if the Nets wind up at No. 7 immediately after the opening enjoy-in match, it would indicate no Warmth-Nets till the East finals.
— Not that there would not be a overwhelming route along the way.
— (Anything appears dauting at this level.)
— But it would defeat experiencing Durant-Irving (and Ben Simmons).
— And that is not even obtaining into having punked in this just one by Andre Drummond.
— This was not like the losses to the shorthanded 76ers, Warriors and Knicks.
— This was getting rid of to the greater group.
— And it is not as if Victor Oladipo at the second is inspiring top secret-weapon feelings.
— And it’s not as if Markieff Morris is even figuring into the blend.
— It again was Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry, P.J. Tucker and Duncan Robinson at the begin for the Heat.
— All but Adebayo and Lowry had been shown as questionable heading in.
— The Nets opened with Durant, Irving, Bruce Brown, Seth Curry and Drummond.
— Brooklyn entered 2-1 with that beginning 5.
— Tucker opened defensively on Durant, with Lowry opening defensively on Irving.
— And the Warmth ordinarily switching just about everything.
— Lowry was termed for his second foul with 5:05 still left in the to start with, and remained in the match.
— Soon after two game titles absent thanks to knee ache, Tyler Herro was back again as sixth male.
— That aided.
— Oladipo, again from again spasms, then entered together with Dewayne Dedmon and Caleb Martin.
— As soon as Tucker went out, Butler took the defensive assignment on Durant.
— The upshot was Morris remaining shuffled out of the rotation.
— As nicely as Max Strus.
— It opened as an additional foul-a-thon for the Warmth, placing the Nets in the reward with 9:15 left in the next time period.
— Saturday’s game showcased a tribute to previous Warmth guard Goran Dragic, who is now with the Nets.
— Quinn reported that created it a unique night time.
— “No query,” he mentioned. “I know, personally, I worked incredibly carefully with G and have really fond memories. One particular of the best issue guards to put on the jersey. So, yeah, any time we get to see him, we really like viewing him. Definitely. we never love looking at him on the other team, but it is generally great to be all around somebody of that caliber.”
— Nets coach Steve Nash mentioned the tribute for the duration of the game’s initial timeout was a pleasant contact.
— “I have the utmost regard for him as the kind of particular person and competitor that he is,” Nash mentioned. “Well deserved. All the successes and his time here in Miami was quite exclusive. So it is fitting that he would be revealed that type of regard this night.”
— Quinn mentioned the workforce reviewed its late-recreation struggles ahead of Saturday’s sport.
— “It’s a challenge we’re operating by way of,” he stated. “Obviously currently it has not been excellent, and our guys are making an attempt to determine it out, as perfectly, retaining the ball moving through the video game, although also acquiring our most effective gamers the ball in their arms to make plays for our team. We have a large amount of unselfish fellas, guys who like to make performs for every single other. So just retaining that going regularly.”
— The Warmth entered 3- towards the Nets.
— “I think they just have this kind of a fantastic procedure below and heritage below,” Nash mentioned. “Their continuity, they are such a perfectly-oiled equipment. The way they compete. The way they defend. The way that they enjoy alongside one another and wherever their standards are. They are not likely to conquer on their own and I imagine that is a wonderful indicator of a crew, an organization, tradition that has genuinely developed anything.”
— Nash extra, “I assume that a lot more than everything is just how reliable they are and how aggressive they are.”
— Saturday was the initially time the Nets had both Durant and Irving available against the Heat.
— “Whenever we get the fellas jointly like this, it’s just significant that we make the time to perform, get far better and boost,” Nash claimed.
— The Nets nicely could wind up as a Heat initial spherical opponent.
— “We are where by we are,” Nash mentioned, “so we have to play what’s in front of us. And for us, that is likely the perform-in video game, and all that issues is that we are as organized and as significantly more than enough forward as we can quite possibly be in the quick quantity of time to engage in very well in the engage in-in match.”