Five Takeaways From Heat’s 108-96 Victory in Season Opener

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5. Justise Winslow’s Leadership

Justise Winslow Orlando Magic

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Winslow has often been called the most mature 20-year-old ever because of his demeanor. His calm persona helped the Heat settle into the offense on Wednesday night when the Magic tried to desperately muster a comeback. It was refreshing to see that, other than Dragic, Winslow was in charge of setting up the offense and setting plays into motion. This speaks volumes to how much confidence Spoelstra is entrusting into his second-year forward.

Winslow missed both of his shots from beyond the 3-point line, but that did not stop him from contributing 15 points, eight rebounds, and four assists on the evening. Although his shooting stroke is still a work in progress, his on-court presence and across-the-board stats from the opener should be a sign of great things to come.

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Atreya is currently attending Purdue University and loves to watch and follow the NBA. He grew up in Alabama so he loves his Auburn Tigers just as much as he does the Miami Heat. He’s been a huge fan of the team since that magical 2006 title run and still believes Dwyane Wade can drop 50 on any given night. He’s extremely excited to be writing about the team he loves and keeping Heat Nation up to date on all things Heat. You can follow him on Twitter @atreya_verma.