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Saturday, May 28, 2022

ASK IRA: Why (heck?) Isn’t The Heat’s Eric Spoelstra Playing Duncan Robinson?

Today, we’re going to go with Jeopardy again! style, providing an answer, then following up with your questions, as there was a common theme.

got it. You’re angry, a 2-0 easily turns into a 2-2 restlessness.

And, yes, it’s hard to remember a time when 3-point shooting was so inconsistent.

Got it.

But upon cross-matching some of the email addresses in the “Ask Ira” database, it certainly seems that many of these names were the same ones that could not move faster than Duncan Robinson, suggesting many on the NBA trading deadline. .

So here’s the deal: The Heat were not only winning when Duncan was taken to the bench, but were also ahead of the series with Duncan out of the rotation.

Now that they are no more, it is understandable that change is being demanded.

But also note that you’re talking about Tyler Harrow playing Duncan, returning to the defensive issues that led to this latest change, in the first place.

That said, the Heat need a jolt, so maybe yes, a blow from Duncan.

The rationale for moving away from Duncan was a merit.

Well, now again there appears to be merit for Duncan.

So, we wait.

As for your general theme of mail bags, here’s a sampling of your thoughts (really removing the poorly worded ones):


Q: What has Duncan Robinson done so that he can’t even smell the floor, even though he is the last person on earth? Are we really down to rely on Jimmy Butler only for being a consistent 3-point shooter? If, as a team, you’re struggling to hit threes, including the wide-open, why not cast Duncan? How could Eric Spoelstra be so concerned about Duncan’s defense when there’s a guy on the other team by the name of James Harden who is just as bad at defense, if not worse, but at least he’s lighting it up from afar? Is. With Joel Embiid on the floor, you must build up ball speed and a 3-point shot to open the 76ers’ defense. But you can’t be stubborn or reluctant to change things up this season. If others are failing try Duncan. It should have been a no brainer after Game 3, but instead you make the same coaching decisions and expect different results. – Victor.


Q: Can you tell Eric Spoelstra to play Duncan Robinson in Game 5 and Kyle Lowry to sit there forever? – Jeffrey.


Q: Isn’t this damage on the sp? How do you play Kyle Lowry at full strength while limping?

Also, this team couldn’t win without our 3-point shooting with Joel Embiid blocking the paint. In the end, no one is hitting 3 and you’re still sitting Duncan Robinson on the bench.

This is definitely a disadvantage of SPO. Better hope Homecourt turns things around. – Bob, Davy.


Q: This was the second game in a row that 3-point shooting was bad. Max Strauss was playing good defense but was again struggling from 3-point range. Kyle Lowry, Tyler Herro, Victor Oladipo and Gabe Vincent weren’t hitting their 3s. Why was Duncan Robinson not given a chance at least in the second half? If this happens again in Game 5 and/or 6, Spoelstra must bring in Robinson. – Michael, North Miami Beach.


Q: With the Heat’s 3 point shooting, isn’t it worth giving Duncan Robinson a few minutes, at least when good defensive players like Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Victor Oladipo and PJ Tucker are on the field? Summer needs some offense from none other than Jimmy. Robinson arguably offers more spacing and can change the game faster than any other Heat player. – Tony, Fort Lauderdale.


Q: Ira, what is Spo waiting for to give Duncan a few minutes? – Phil, Boca Raton.


Q: What’s wrong with Spoelstra? Is he just plain stubborn? Why not cast Robinson just to see if he can hit a couple of 3’s? No one else seems to be able to shoot.

– Scott, Miami.


Q: How bad should the heat be from 3 point range before Duncan Robinson can play? – Enrique, Doral.


Q: With the Heat mass shooting brick after brick from Downtown two games in a row, it’s time for Duncan Robinson to play. There is a weapon stuck in a drawer, but in our case on the bench, but a paper tiger. Free Duncan and I don’t mean donuts. – Brian, Fort Lauderdale.


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