The Miami HEAT are streaking! A winning spree not many saw coming (or cared to predict), Erik Spoelstra’s savvy group of vets is finding a groove.
One key reason: DION WAITERS.
Another key reason, however? The emergence/steadiness of James Johnson.
JJ, who’s normally difficult to find a role for, is thriving as a versatile defender & playmaker off Coach Spo’s bench. JJ’s varied skill set is utilized well in Miami – he’s given enough control to create action on the fly (if necessary) & seems a bit more deliberate attacking off the dribble.
And every night, seems like he surprises us w/ one of these:
Tonight v. BKN, JJ had a line of 17, 4 & 5 dimes.
And on Saturday v. DET, JJ finished w/ 18, 8 & 5 dimes.
Over his last 10, Johnson’s avg. nearly 6 assists, 5 boards & 10 points…right on par with his production this season. Slowly but surely, JJ’s earning the right to play (at least) 30 minutes/night.
That’s reliable bench production – Spo favors Luke Babbitt in the starting five – one reason behind MIA’s recent surge.
JJ’s a strong candidate for Most Improved, a rare sight for someone on team #5.
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