With the new acquisition of Jimmy Butler, who joined the Miami Heat via a sign and trade with the Philadelphia 76ers in a four-team trade, the Heat will look to get back into playoff form this season. Even though the Heat are now without Dwyane Wade, who retired at the end of last season, their hopes to become a championship are still high. The South Beach team is also without Hassan Whiteside, who was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers this offseason.
The Memphis Grizzlies stayed quiet during the offseason. Their only trade was Mike Conley to the Utah Jazz in return for Grayson Allen, Jae Crowder, Kyle Korver, and draft rights to Darius Bazley. With the team in the process of rebuilding, they will hope to grab a win at the American Airlines Arena tonight.
-Solomon Hill (coach’s decision)
-Andre Iguodala (not with the team)
-Yuta Watanabe (G-League)
-Josh Jackson (not with the team)
-John Konchar (G-League)
-Jimmy Butler (not with the team)
-Dion Waiters (team suspension)
-James Johnson (conditioning)
-Udonis Haslem (wrist)
The Memphis Grizzlies would have the slight upper hand in the first half as they ended up shooting fifty-one percent from the field while the Miami Heat shot forty-one percent. Jaren Jackson scored 11 points in the first half while collecting two rebounds. Rookie guard Ja Morant helped out with ten points on seventy-one percent shooting. Jae Crowder had eight points which included a three-pointer in the middle of the second quarter. Serbia-native Marko Guduric played the most minutes off the bench but only had five points.
As for the South Beach ball club, Justise Winslow chalked up 12 points while shooting forty percent from the field. He also racked up four assists, one steal, and one block while Bam Adebayo recorded nine points and nine rebounds. Rookie Kendrick Nunn helped out with eight points on fifty percent shooting. Goran Dragic played fifteen minutes off the bench as he had six points but it was the visiting team who went into the locker room with a 60 to 54 lead.
The Heat would turn it up in the second half as they went on a huge 66-41 run, shooting fifty-three percent from the field. During that run, Nunn added to his impressive scoring with 16 more points which held a three-pointer in the fourth quarter. Winslow saw to it that he had 15 more points, along with five rebounds and three assists. Chris Silva played the most minutes off the bench as he had eight points.
On the other end of the floor, Jackson chalked up six more points while shooting a very low thirty-three percent. Jonas Valanciunas was held to two points while Morant had four more points. Tyus Jones played the most minutes off the bench but was kept to just six points as the Heat came back to defeat the Grizzlies, 120-101. Justise Winslow finished the game with 27 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, one steal, and one block while Jaren Jackson had 17 points, 3 rebounds, one steal, and two blocks.
The Memphis Grizzlies will host Lauri Markkanen (35.0 PPG, 17.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 52.0 FG%, 14.3 3P%) and the Chicago Bulls (0-1) on Friday at 8:00 p.m. The Miami Heat will travel to Wisconsin to battle the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.