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Ladies and gentlemen, give it up for Chris "Birdman" Andersen.
The tattooed wonder was mesmerizing on both ends of the floor in this one. He scored 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting in just 17 minutes.
At 34, Andersen is still one of the most athletic of specimens in the NBA. He moves off pick-and-rolls perfectly and has given the Heat an alley-oop candidate not named LeBron James or Dwyane Wade.
And how about his defense? He grabbed three rebounds (impressive, considering the amount of time he was on the floor), but should really be credited with more. He helped keep DeMarcus Cousins out of the box on a number of occasions, allowing his teammates to snag boards they otherwise wouldn't have.
Moving right along, Norris Cole wasn't exactly amazing, but he was one of the few Heat players who was actively engaged on the defensive end. Granted, he was too aggressive at points (four fouls in 25 minutes), but he came up with three steals.
What I am noticing, however, is that Cole doesn't seem to have established any continuity or even confidence on the offensive end. It's not that he scored just two points, but he committed two seemingly careless turnovers.
By careless, I mean he took too long to make decisions, and when he did, he was hesitant to follow through.
I don't even want to address Rashard Lewis' performance, but I will.
He was simply awful, going just 1-of-5 from the floor for three points. He continues to be a defensive liability, and the one shot he blocked looked like an accident.
Lewis' eyesore of a display aside, this was an out-of-character-like performance for most of Miami's bench—in a good way.