- Dwyane Wade honored that Kobe Bryant paid him one-of-a-kind compliment in his book
- Jimmy Butler on why Miami Heat’s defense has been elite: ‘We got rid of Derrick Jones Jr.’
- Report: Kendrick Nunn partners with NBPA to help single fathers in Chicago
- Report: Victor Oladipo to seek specialist’s evaluation regarding timetable for knee injury
- Erik Spoelstra declines to answer whether Victor Oladipo will play for Miami Heat again this season
- Dewayne Dedmon offers fantastic response when asked what he’s willing to do for Miami Heat
- Report: Victor Oladipo increasingly unlikely to receive ‘anything near’ maximum deal this offseason
- Kendrick Nunn shows he’s been fully vaccinated and exclaims COVID-19 ‘can kiss my a–‘
- Gabrielle Union dedicates lengthy, heartfelt tribute to DMX
- Report: Victor Oladipo will not travel with Miami Heat on upcoming road trip
Tyler Johnson Says Miami Heat’s Identity Is to ‘Make It Ugly’
- Updated: December 21, 2018
After the Heat edged the Houston Rockets on Thursday, Johnson elaborated on the team’s winning identity, per Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald.
“I feel like our identity is trying to make it ugly,” Johnson said. “A lot of teams aren’t used to that. So, I feel like in the three years that we’ve been here, we’ve had to win ugly a lot. In most of our games, we’re not running away with anything. It’s a two-point game, one-point game going down the stretch. It’s always been part of our identity.”
Johnson, 26, has a great point regarding the team’s way of winning. While the Heat have destroyed a couple of teams this season, many of their wins have come in close, hard-fought games. Without a definitive star, different players are stepping up to the plate and guiding the team to victory.
During Thursday night’s triumph, Johnson was one of the Heat’s most outstanding players. The 6-foot-4 guard put up 19 points, four rebounds, and two blocks to help knock off 2018 MVP James Harden and the Rockets.
Despite injuries to numerous rotational players, the Heat are finding ways to work around barriers and win ball games. Already without guard Dion Waiters, the team learned earlier this week that they would lose All-Star point guard Goran Dragic for nearly two months. Yet, the team has responded with their longest winning streak of the season. The Heat certainly have a resurgent group.
Johnson is averaging 11.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game this season.