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Is there still a moment for Heat’s playoff mix to be mixed?  – Denver Post

Q: Do you think Caleb Martin is out of rotation? I know they want spacing with these different formations, but I think Caleb offers more than Duncan Robinson overall. -Jeffrey.

A: I think that’s still to be determined. The data from the nine-man rotation that Erik Spoelstra seems to favor are Bam Adebayo, PJ Tucker, Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry and Max Strus, with Tyler Herro and Dewayne Dedmon the top two reserves. Although the remaining two spots have been taken in the last two games by Duncan Robinson and Gabe Vincent, I think part of the equation could still be fluid. What Caleb Martin needs is time to show that he has overcome his latest injury, can fit in with the direction Spoelstra has taken for the team in his absence. And I firmly believe it can be a fit. Based on Spoelstra’s postgame comments about potential regulars sitting out Sunday in Toronto, that shot, perhaps a final shot, could be within reach for Caleb.

Q: Does it matter if you’re a “great” defensive team if you’re outplayed by the other team? Guess for you. —Tony, Miami.

A: This refers to a potential Heat first-round series against the Nets and a matchup against Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. And, yes, both will get their points, because that’s what they are. And I agree, the Heat don’t win games in such a 96-93 game. So, yes, there will be a definite need for small group offense. And this is where there is legitimate concern, when the two best acquirers are on the opposite side. Sometimes you just need to match an opponent point for point. With the Heat, despite all the defensive prowess, that remains a question. Saturday, however, was certainly encouraging, the way the attack took off from the start and continued.

Q: Happy for Tim Hardaway. Definitely a situation where he had some great years in Oakland with the Warriors, hurt his knee and looks like his career may be over, comes to Miami feeling great and has some amazing years with the Heat. The chip is missing but he is a Hall of Famer. -Douglas.

A: And talking to Tim, you could tell how much that meant to him. It has been difficult in recent years to be on the sidelines when his co-stars such as Chris Mullin, Mitch Richmond and Alonzo Mourning were already in Springfield. For years it was as if he felt like he didn’t belong. His tears when he learned of his induction were genuine. It may have been the most meaningful, or at least the most rewarding, moment of his basketball career.


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