August 8, 2016, 10:16 am
Pat Riley challenged Miami’s starting point guard to come back to South Beach in better shape next season and The Dragon is taking heed.
The 30 year old has been working out with the Slovenian National Team to stay in shape this summer in addition to his own individual workouts, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
A native Slovenian, Dragic’s efforts to up his fitness help both Miami as well as the national program. The Slovenian team gets to work with their top player while Miami should get a more fit point guard running the show next season.
With Dwyane Wade and his ball-dominant, non-floor spacing play style out of the picture Dragic is looking at a ton of added responsibility this year. If Chris Bosh returns, there’s a few new toys for The Dragon to work with coming off of Hassan Whiteside screens. He’ll have Bosh as a terrific shooter from any spot on the floor as well as Josh Richardson and Dion Waiters to bomb from deep. There’s also a rim running Whiteside, of course, leaving Dragic with tons of options to create in a new-look Heat offense.
A more youthful roster could also enable the speedy Dragic to up the pace when the time calls for it. Any way you slice it, there will be more creative routes available for Erik Spoelstra this season.
The Heat come into the season with an intriguing mix of skillsets with Dragic possessing the keys to the car. His offseason work could pay off in a big way.
April 20, 2019, 6:54 pmRodions Kurucs - F - Brooklyn Nets
Rodions Kurucs did not play in Saturday's Game 4 loss to the Sixers.
The second round rookie started the first three games of the series but was a DNP-CD in this one. We'll see if he can get into Game 5 – or any games after if needed – but there's a chance his season is over. If it's over, it was an impressive first season for the second rounder and the Nets may have a real rotation piece going forward.
April 20, 2019, 6:50 pmDeMarre Carroll - F - Brooklyn Nets
DeMarre Carroll played 21 minutes after being removed from the starting lineup in Saturday's loss.
Carroll scored two points and missed all six of his shots. He did grab seven boards, including three on the offensive end. With Caris LeVert and Jared Dudley both contributing, Carroll will likely remain on the bench as a small-ball option.
April 20, 2019, 6:47 pmJJ Redick - G - Philadelphia Sixers
J.J. Redick scored 9 points on 3-for-11 shooting in Saturday's Game 4 win.
Redick came back down from a big Game 3 performance. He did hit a clutch three towards the end of the game to give the Sixers a one-point lead and while it wasn't the difference maker, it was incredibly clutch. He'll need to play well consistently in round two – assuming they get there – if the Sixers want a chance at the conference finals.
April 20, 2019, 6:44 pmBen Simmons - G/F - Philadelphia Sixers
Ben Simmons scored 15 points with eight boards and eight assists in Saturday's 112-108 win against the Nets.
Simmons took more of a back seat with Joel Embiid back, as expected. The Sixers ended up eeking out the win in this one and the Jared Dudley/Simmon feud got some more fuel under it. The Sixers are up 3-1, but this series has been incredibly entertaining from the start.
April 20, 2019, 6:26 pmBlake Griffin - F - Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin (left knee soreness) is feeling "much, much better" according to coach Dwane Casey and is will go through warmups to determine his status for Saturday's game.
Detroit has not been able to make the first two games of this series competitive and it would make sense for them to let him give it a go for the home crowd. Either way, the Bucks look to be in total control of this series.
Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter
April 20, 2019, 6:22 pmSpencer Dinwiddie - G - Brooklyn Nets
Spencer Dinwiddie scored 18 points with four boards and one steal in Saturday's 112-108 loss to the Sixers.
Dinwiddie continues to play well off the bench along with his fellow guards Caris LeVert and D'Angelo Russell. The Nets let this one slip away and will now have to win in Philly to keep their season alive.
April 20, 2019, 6:17 pmJarrett Allen - C - Brooklyn Nets
Jarrett Allen scored 21 points with seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block in Saturday's Game 4 loss to the Sixers.
Allen had a nice final stat line, but he was getting worked by Joel Embiid all game. He also had a costly turnover at the end of the game when Tobias Harris, Embiid and Ben Simmons trapped in on the block – Harris may have gotten away with a foul.
April 20, 2019, 6:10 pmD'Angelo Russell - G - Brooklyn Nets
D'Angelo Russell scored 21 points with six assists, seven boards, two steals, one block and four 3-pointers in Saturday's loss to the Sixers.
Russell played well in this game outside of his 2-for-10 shooting on 2-pointers, and even hit a few clutch shots down the stretch. He continues to give the Sixers fits on offense, but the Nets came up just short in this one.
April 20, 2019, 6:04 pmCaris LeVert - G - Brooklyn Nets
Caris LeVert played 42 minutes in Saturday's Game 4 loss scoring 25 points with five rebounds, six assists, one setal and three 3-pointers.
LeVert was expected to play more in this game after only logging 23.7 minutes per game over the first three. He once again looked healthy and commanded the game at times. After watching today's game you could not have guessed he suffered a gruesome injury earlier this season.
April 20, 2019, 5:53 pmJoel Embiid - F/C - Philadelphia Sixers
Joel Embiid was unstoppable in the Sixers' Game 4 win, posting 31 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and six blocks on Saturday.
Jarrett Allen had absolutely no chance against a one-legged Embiid. He's clearly the best player on the floor in this series and the Nets will have to get creative in defending him, or hope for an injury, if they want any chance at coming down from a 3-1 deficit.