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Sunday, June 26, 2022

Heat’s Max Strauss knows more will be expected, ‘I just have to be full’

Max Strauss counts himself this season. This made his game a net advantage for the Miami Heat.

But, as is the case with many of Heat’s development projects, the next question is how long will that matter.

For all of Heat’s developmental projects over the years, several have come with completion dates, with the latest concern being Duncan Robinson.

Earlier, the Heat was on the verge of being something special with Derrick Jones Jr., Chris Silva, even Tyler Johnson among others.

So for all the gains Strauss made, from a two-way player a year ago to playoff starter to reserve for most of this past regular season, what ultimately matters most is backing the move. Is.

What could be the type of payment Duncan Robinson received last summer…

All of which Strauss knows must be more.

“I just have to be more complete,” said Strauss, knowing that the shelf life of Heat 3-point experts can be limited, as have Jason Capono, James Jones, even Wayne Ellington’s Heat. Example given by tenure. “Obviously the teams are going to force me to make plays inside the arc. That’s why I have to be better there. And I feel like I’ve taken leaps and bounds as a player in this league.

“Our team didn’t have the result we wanted, but looking at the whole year, I think I’ve personally had a very successful season. So I’ve grown up, learned a lot. Improvements And that’s what’s exciting about this sport, it wants you to continue to thrive, the challenges that come with it, and how you can get better.”

That part, of course, is non-negotiable.

“You have to develop yourself into a complete player,” said Heat president Pat Riley. “You have to be able to go downhill. Max has to be able to go downhill and finish now. You can’t go downhill and lap and disappear. He has to be able to go downhill and make a little pull-up jumper And it has to be laid-up.

“And, therefore, his game has to change a little bit and he knows it. And he’ll develop it.”

Where 26-year-old Strauss believes progress has been made is in the aspect that likely turns him over to Robinson.

“I mean, I always thought I was solid on the defensive end,” he said. “But I think this year proved that for other people. I feel like I’ve got more respect and getting more respect around the league as a better defender. And it’s not something that’s going on.” The bus is about to leave.

“People are still trying to attack me. And I hope they do, because I think it takes them out of their rhythm and takes them out of their guilt. And I just keep proving over and over again that I can stand guard in this league and be the kind of person who can stop people. ,

While much was made of Kyle Lowy’s hamstring strain and Jimmy Butler’s soreness, Strauss was also a fixture on reports of post-season injury due to a hamstring strain. Through it all, he started all 18 playoff games.

So the wonder of a year’s summer?

Or something more important?

“I mean when you look at it, the starting lineup, they put one of their better defenders on me,” he said of where he stood at the end of the season in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics. “So personally it should be an achievement in itself from where I came from this season and for us to get into the playoffs and start the series, I mean Marcus was smart guarding and he was defensive of the year. So that’s to say in itself that I’ve done some good work this year.

“But I have to figure out other ways to be more helpful. And we all have to find ways to do that and become better next year.”

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