Last season the Heat was the number one team in the Eastern Conference when the regular season ended. Miami went all the way to the Conference Finals to lose in seven games against Boston.
When analysing the way that the Heat played, an anonymous Eastern Conference executive shared his observation that the team looked better with Gabe Vincent on the floor instead n Kyle Lowry.
Lowry averaged 7.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists in 29.5 minutes over 10 playoff games last season. Meanwhile, Vincent played 18 playoff games averaging 8 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 23.5 minutes per game.
“Go back and watch them in the playoffs last year. I think the dirty little secret there is that they were better with Gabe Vincent on the floor than with Kyle Lowry,” the executive said. “Now, to be fair to Lowry, he was not healthy, that was obvious. But on the other side, they were really good with Vincent in there. He did not play lights-out, but he could get the ball to Jimmy (Butler) and get out of the way, then play some defense on the other side. So they’re fine with him as the backup.”