Duncan Robinson only played a minute in the Eastern semi-finals against the 76ers despite signing a whopping $90 million contract in 2021
Heading into the final two games of the second round of the 2022 playoffs, the Miami Heat were having a pretty incredible season. They finished the regular season with the best record in the Eastern Conference.
They later easily won the first round of the playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks. Even against the Philadelphia 76ers, they took a 2-0 lead and looked very comfortable. But since then, the Heat have been completely dominated by the Philadelphia 76ers.
While the majority of the credit goes to Joel Embiid’s return from injury and Harden’s return to form, another reason for that is the Heat’s poor shooting.
They constantly struggle from the 3-point line and the Sixers exploit that weakness. The surprising fact about these performances is that the Heat have a great sniper on the roster, but for some reason the franchise is adamant about playing him.
Yes, we are talking about none other than Duncan Robinson. After having a breakout year in 2020, he was well rewarded by the team. They did this by giving him a 5-year contract worth $90 million.
Despite paying him that much money, Robinson only played one minute in the second-round series against the 76ers.
As the above tweet pointed out, the Heat are shooting just 14-65 from the 3-point line, which translates to 21.5%. Maybe adding Robinson to the team will have a positive impact on the team’s 3-point shooting.
But there’s no real reason to discount the sniper. He was recently asked about the same thing to which he replied:
“Anything the coach needs me to do. He tells me to come in, I come in. He doesn’t tell me to come in, I don’t come in.”
Let’s see if Coach Spo gives him a chance and he can most likely help the franchise return to the series.
Will they be able to win the series and qualify for the Eastern Conference Finals? We will find out in the next matches.