Heat Notes: Oladipo, Robinson, Haslem, Celtics Series

heat guard Victor Oladipo is slowly beginning to regain his offensive form ahead of the unrestricted free hand this summer after missing most of the season while recovering from a second operation to repair his right quadriceps tendon last May. The 30-year-old said he plans to refine his game with a healthy off-season.

I really haven’t had a healthy summer to really work on my gamehe said, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “This summer I look forward to refining all of the things I’m great at, including [three-pointers, pull-ups, drives to the basket] and more. Transition, half court, all that stuff that’s become second nature to me.”

After averaging 12.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists on .479/.417/.737 shots in eight regular-season games (21.6 minutes), Oladipo is averaging 11.5 points, 3 rebounds, 2.3 Assists and 1.3 steals on .387/.313/.787 shooting through 12 postseason contests (24.8 minutes). He’s impressively defended the heat in the playoffs but admits he’s still trying to find his rhythm across the court.

Definitive [offensively]mainly because I didn’t have a chance to find my rhythm‘ Oladipo said last week. “I can still be effective, find ways to affect the game. Also offensively it is more a matter of thought. I haven’t played much. I don’t have as many reps as everyone else, but I can still play at a high level.”

As Jackson notes, the Heat are keeping Oladipos bird rights this summer, giving them an opportunity to break the salary cap to re-sign him.

Here are a few notes about Miami:

  • Duncan RobinsonAccording to The South Florida Sun Sentinel’s Ira Winderman, the Heat’s five-year, $90 million deal is only guaranteed for $80 million, and the $10 million discrepancy hinges on both the team’s performance and his own post-season performance together. If the Heat wins a championship in any of their five seasons, including this one, the final $10 million will be guaranteed into the fifth season of their contract if the following criteria are met: Robinson plays at least 70 regular-season games, where he is at least an average of 25 minutes a night, and he appears in 75 percent of his team’s postseason games, averaging at least 25 minutes per competition. As Winderman notes, Robinson met both regular season criteria but falls behind in the playoffs. He has appeared in 11 of 15 postseason games (73.33%), playing an average of just 11.5 minutes.
  • Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes takes a look inside Udonis Haslem does behind the scenes to help the Heat win games, with the veteran emphasizing preparation as a key to success. “If they’re not prepared, I make notes about what we need to work on. It’s a full-time job for me, brother. No days off. Even in summer I just take a week off and then I’m right back in the lab, in the weight room, in the gym, doing fitness training. My body has to stay in order. The most important thing for me is that my body has allowed me to compete with these guyssaid Haslem.
  • The Athletic’s Joe Vardon shares 25 thoughts on Wednesday’s Game 5 vs Celtsnoting that health has played an important role in the series up to this point, and the Heat needs a more aggressive version of Jimmy Butler and more posts by Gave Vincent and Max Strauss if they hope to get ahead. In case you missed it, Miami will be without it Tyler Herro again for Game 5 as he continues to struggle with a tight left groin.

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