Heat Notes: Vincent, Game 6, Robinson, Nuggets’ Scouting

Gabe Vincent remains questionable for Saturday’s Game 6 with a sprained left ankle, but he appears to have solidified his long-term future with the Heat, writes Anthony Chiang of The Miami Herald. Vincent, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, has been indispensable for Miami in the playoffs. He’s the team’s third-leading scorer in the postseason at 13.1 PPG and is shooting better than 50% on pull-up threes during the Eastern Conference Finals.

Chiang points out that it has taken a lot of patience for Vincent to reach his current role, as he started the season as a reserve, missed eight games due to injury in December and didn’t enter the starting lineup until February. Although he’s likely to have several suitors in free agency, the Heat may see him as their starting point guard for the foreseeable future, especially with Kyle Lowry‘s contract expiring after next season. No matter where he ends up, Vincent can expect a hefty increase on his current $1.8MM salary.

“You never know when or where your opportunity will come,” Vincent said. “All you can try to do is try to be ready for it, whether it’s work in the dark or film, just trying to stay prepared, knowing that there’s other facets of my game that I may not have been able to show at this level based on the opportunity provided. And when it was, I just try to take advantage and most importantly help my team win.”

There’s more from Miami:

  • Vincent was a partial participant in the Heat’s shootaround Saturday morning, according to Chiang. The expectation is that he’ll try to play tonight, but a final decision won’t be made until closer to game time. Miami was ineffective without Vincent in Game 5, falling behind early and losing by 13 points at Boston.
  • With the Celtics aggressively contesting his three-point attempts, Duncan Robinson has been able to create easy two-point opportunities by dribbling into open space, Chiang adds. He has also become a better finisher in the lane, shooting 11-of-12 from there in the series. “I feel like this is the best player I’ve been in my entire career just because that’s how development works,” he said. “You continue to improve and get better.”
  • As the Nuggets prepare for both potential opponents in the NBA Finals, Denver coach Michael Malone sees a resemblance between the Heat and his own team in their ability to get contributions from a variety of players, according to Chiang and Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald. “But when I look at (the Heat), I kind of see a lot of similarities between them and us,” Malone said. People talk about Jimmy (Butler), and Bam (Adebayo) was an All-Star, but to me they have guys stepping up every night.”
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