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

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

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

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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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