Q: Hey Ira, I got a good idea: Instead of sending Nikola Jovic to the G League, play him. – Andy.
A: Well, for starters, I removed the exclamation mark at the end of your missive, because I don’t think the Heat being without Nikola Jovic will dramatically change the outlook for the Heat or the outlook for Nikola. It has become apparent that Erik Spoelstra believes seasoning is the most essential element for Nikola at this stage, with the G League the perfect outlet for such seasoning. Yes, Nikola is intriguing with his diverse skill set. But he also is only 19. That was not a pick made with this season in mind. So it is better to be with a team of young, hungry players who also will have the opportunity to practice more often than the Heat’s veteran roster, who might not hold a single practice over the next week. Plus, there already is ample familiarity with players on the Sioux Falls Skyforce, such as Jamal Cain, Orlando Robinson and Jamaree Bouyea. Plus, Nikola now gets to work alongside an NBA veteran in Stanley Johnson. With the Skyforce playing three games between Friday and Monday, the minutes will be there. And who doesn’t enjoy Sioux Falls in December?
Q: This whole team needs seasoning. – Scipio.
A: Fine, but you be the one telling Jimmy Butler he’s going to Sioux Falls (but first wait until I’m in another room). As it is, it took a private plane just to get Dion Waiters to Sioux Falls for a practice. And I also figure that Kyle Lowry likely is not down with the winter golfing in South Dakota.
Q: The Clippers made a run after Pepas was played. – Nat.
A: I tried to tell Farruko to pipe down, but one man can only do so much. For their part the Heat stress that it is a hype song, not a victory celebration. (But, yes, you were not the only one to note this from Thursday’s game. I do wonder, had the game gone into overtime and had the Heat again gone ahead, would there have been Pepas 2.0?)