Five Takeaways from the Heat’s 122-101 Victory over the Cavs

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3. Josh Richardson’s Emergence Isn’t a Fluke


When one takes a look at Richardson’s overall per-game averages, they are nothing to write home about. The rookie shooting guard’s overall 2015-16 numbers are as follows: 5.2 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists per contest.

However, if you take a look at Richardson’s per-game numbers over his past 10 games, you will see why he has become the second-best player off of the Heat’s bench. He has averaged 11.5 points on 56.6 percent from the field in 27.6 minutes per game in his last 10 appearances.

It wasn’t until the past month that the 2015 second-round draft pick became a staple of the rotation and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Since becoming a regular contributor on February 19th versus the Atlanta Hawks, Miami has gone 11-5.

The Heat’s bench is now considered a positive with both Richardson and Hassan Whiteside leading the second unit.

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D.J. Siddiqi grew up in the heart of South Florida in Broward County. Growing up in South Florida during the late 90's and 2000's, D.J. witnessed the Pat Riley years where the Miami Heat faced off with the New York Knicks all the way to the painful late 2000's seasons where the Heat were a one-man team with Dwyane Wade. D.J. has closely followed the Heat over the past decade-and-a-half, and unfortunately witnessed Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals in person when the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 15-point deficit to knock off the Heat. D.J. has writing experience as a columnist with sites such as Bleacher Report and Rant Sports, and he is proud to bring his knowledge of the Heat and the NBA to Heat Nation.