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Winderman’s view: Heat’s supporting cast supports when needed most

MIAMI — Observations and other notes of interest from Wednesday night’s 115-106 victory over the Sacramento Kings:

– This was about the little things.

– Which, to a degree, is what this superstar-less Miami Heat team is about.

– (With all due respect to playoff Jimmy Butler.)

– To be at their best, the Heat have to be at their collective best.

– Which means Jaime Jaquez Jr. again bringing the energy.

– Caleb Martin playing with a fast twitch.

– Kevin Love adding the subtleties.

– Josh Richardson getting back to his Rook 2 form from a previous Heat era.

– Those all were there Wednesday night.

– Which makes life easier for Butler.

– And Bam Adebayo.

– And Tyler Herro.

– And Terry Rozier, in his adjustment.

– Those four remain the primary consideration.

– But those four are not a big four.

– They need more.

– Like what was offered in assistance in this one.

– The Heat made it four consecutive games with a starting lineup of Adebayo, Haywood Highsmith, Butler, Herro and Rozier.

– Adebayo then was forced to the bench with his second foul 3:16 into the game, leading to an early entrance for Thomas Bryant.

– Bryant’s stint was brief, with Love and Jaquez then entering together as part of the regular rotation.

– Martin and Richardson followed.

– That left Nikola Jovic and Cole Swider as the only available players not to see action in the first nine minutes.

– Although Bryant’s stint was limited to 2:41.

– Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was asked about having to go without the 3-point shooting of Duncan Robinson, who is in NBA concussion protocol.

– “We have enough spacing and I feel like a handful of our guys are due and are ignitable,” he said. “Our whole offense doesn’t have to be built on that.”

– Spoelstra then reiterated his stance that a turnaround has to be a product of the Heat defense.

– “The defense is something that we definitely want to collectively have more commitment and resolve on that side of the floor,” he said. “We just feel like a lot of these things will take care of themselves if you get the karma of the game going in the right direction.”

– As for Robinson, he hit his head against the court in Saturday’s loss in New York but was not formally placed into concussion protocol until after a brief stint in Monday night’s home loss to the Suns.

– “He felt OK in the New York game and the next day was off, and he felt fine in the shootaround,” Spoelstra said of Monday’s sequence. “And then during the beginning of the game, he felt a little bit off and that’s when we had him go back in the training room and get checked out.”

– It appears Robinson will miss more than just Wednesday.

– “He’s at the beginning of the process of that,” Spoelstra said of the league’s concussion protocol. “But we’re glad the we caught it, because sometimes you don’t recognize and move around and do something at that speed.”

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