Heat needed more, don’t get it, plus other Heat-Hawks thoughts – The Mercury News

Observations and other notes of interest from Friday night’s 111-110 NBA playoff loss to the Atlanta Hawks:

— Sometimes there has to be more.

— More than a 21-0 third-quarter surge.

— More than Jimmy Butler setting for late jumpers.

— More than a mere 13 points from Bam Adebayo.

— And now there might have to be more for another reason, with Kyle Lowry dealing with a hamstring issue.

— All with the Heat’s lead down to 2-1 and the teams back at it Sunday.

— This should have been the night when the Heat broke the Hawks’ spirit.

— Instead, Trae Young found a way.

— And the Heat didn’t.

— Bad loss.

— Knowing that the Hawks will continue to relentlessly attack the defense of Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson.

— Creating debate about where Robinson stands in this series.

— Again the same for the Heat at the outset, with the now-familiar lineup of Bam Adebayo, Tucker, Butler, Max Strus, Lowry.

— Friday was the 100th career playoff game for Lowry, pushing him past Rick Mahorn for 83rd on the NBA all-time playoff list.

— But now the concern, in light of his leg injury, is his status for Sunday’s Game 4.

— The appearance moved Butler past Chris Webber for 93rd on the NBA all-time playoff list.

— Herro entered as sixth man with 5:36 left in the opening period, after Lowry was called for his second foul.

— With Gabe Vincent then also moving into the mix.

— Robinson was next.

— And then Dewayne Dedmon.

— As Martin watched.

— Until he entered late in the third period, briefly in place of Robinson in the rotation, in an offense-defense substitution.

— Butler’s second free throw moved him past Cliff Hagan for 65th on the NBA all-time playoff list.

— Butler’s third defensive rebound moved him past Jamal Mashburn for 14th on the Heat all-time playoff list.

— Butler’s fifth assist moved him past Mookie Blaylock and Reggie Miller for 98th on the NBA all-time playoff list.

— Butler later passed Chris Andersen for 12th on the Heat all-time playoffs rebounds list.

— Butler’s second 3-point attempt moved him past Jeff Hornacek for 91st on the NBA all-time playoff list.

— Adebayo’s second steal moved him past PJ Brown and Ray Allen for 16th on the Heat all-time playoff list.

— Adebayo’s 11th point moved him past Eddie Jones and into 11th on the Heat all-time playoff scoring list.

— Herro’s second 3-pointer moved him past Dan Majerle and Antoine Walker for 11th on the Heat all-time playoff list.

— Tucker’s first 3-point attempt moved him past Clifford Robinson for 86th on the NBA all-time playoff list.

— Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was asked pregame about the Hawks’ Young discussing the chess match between the two in the series.

— “Look,” Spoelstra said, “he’s a great player. And he has our full respect, the coaching staff and players, alike. Because you know what he’s capable of. Even as we’re preparing to play in this building, in going through some of their moments that they’ve had, he’s had some spectacular highlights and moments in front of their home crowd.”

— Spoelstra added, “So there’s just deep respect in terms of game planning and all that. I don’t know, I’m a horrible chess player.”

— Spoelstra said taking a series on the road invariably changes the dynamic.

— “Certainly you talk about how the momentum and the urgency, the energy can shift when you go from one building to another,” be said. “And as competitors, you have to really embrace that and enjoy it. That’s part of it.”

— He added, “It’s awesome playing in front of your home crowd. It’s equally stimulating and challenging when playing in a road venue.”

— Of the aforementioned Spoelstra-Young chess match, Hawks coach Nate McMillan said of the Heat, “They’re playing their game. There’s not anything that we’ve seen that has surprised us.”

— McMillan added, “They’ve done a good job of just being aggressive and establishing their defense from the start.”

— McMillan said moments such as Friday first required an exhale.

— “It’s basically, as I told out guys, ‘Take a deep breath. Take a deep breath,’ ” he said. “What we have to do when you face pressure like that, you have to be able to get yourself back to calm.”


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