Spoelstra said he did not play James Ennis because he wanted to give an extended run to Danny Granger.
Erik Spoelstra said he held out James Ennis in order to give Danny Granger more time. Granger scored 3p on 1/3 in 16min.
Heat notables who haven't played yet tonight: Udonis Haslem, James Ennis. Danny Granger has gotten just 11min, but he's in to start Q4.
It took a while but Granger knocks down the first Heat 3-pointer of the night.
Granger doing a nice job early on of facilitating.
BUT, Granger takes Anderson into the paint and makes the contested layup. Granger to shoot the freebie.
Danny Granger . . . your Heat go-to guy tonight.
Spurs: Joseph, Green, Anderson, Duncan, Bonner. Heat: Cole, Chalmers, Haslem, Granger, Williams. Just like in the Finals.
Spoestra to hold out Wade, Bosh, Deng and Birdman tonight, likely to start Shawne Williams, Haslem, Granger, Cole and Chalmers.
Both Wade and Bosh prepared to spectate Saturday in San Antonio. Figure on plenty of Granger.
Getting feeling Granger being saved as somewhat of a leading man Saturday, when Heat complete back-to-back in San Antonio. Has not played.
Looking like Shawne Williams will get the call at power forward. Spoelstra said he is not starting Granger-Luol in tandem again tonight.
Erik Spoelstra wasn't sure if Danny Granger (knee) would be able to practice regularly or play any preseason games. Hasn't missed a day yet.
Quick notes from 1st half: Bosh seems more assertive offensively & rebounding. Cole's best game yet. Granger looks way ahead of projections.
Shawne Williams enters as first Heat reserve, for Granger.
Then Granger with perfect set up to Deng on typical Deng cut. Heat 14-0 on Hawks. Horford 0 for 2 in return.
Heat up 12-0. Cole, Bosh, Granger all looking good early.
Heat open up quick 10-0 lead: Bosh 4 points, Granger 3, Cole 3
Heat rolling, up 10-0 on ATL in first two minutes. Two 3s by Granger, two nice moves by Bosh against Horford.
Granger opens 2 of 2 on 3-pointers, after three games of struggles from distance for Heat.
If Granger does wind up with regular-season minutes at power forward, it could significantly reduce Haslem's opportunities.
Heat starters tonight vs ATL: Norris Cole, Wade, Deng, Danny Granger & Bosh. Spoelstra still test driving options while McRoberts is out.
Granger to start at power forward tonight, third PF in four exhibitions. Also Bosh, Wade, Deng and Cole.
Did the Heat not learn anything from the last 10 years? Danny Granger can't guard LeBron James.
Danny Granger & Shawne Williams need to make perimeter shots to justify rotation spots. And for the Heat to have enough shooters.
Heat now going with Khem Birch, James Ennis, Danny Granger, Shabazz Napier and Shannon Brown. No Udonis Haslem tonight or Reggie Williams.
Heat 1 of 10 on 3-pointers until that Granger conversion.
Random observation: Granger spent most of that timeout hopping on one foot, switching back and forth.
Granger on NBA TV contract: More money more problems. That’s going to be true when it comes to that next deal when you see numbers like that
Danny Granger is ahead of schedule. DG: “I’m very encouraged and I haven’t had any problems with my knee.”
Granger said he is adjusting to South Florida quite nicely, noting that he rode his bike to Sunday's workout at the arena.
Danny Granger, "Coach Riley gave us that speech that we've got to keep that 'edge'. "
Granger on TV deal, "It'll definitely be a point of discussion at the next collective-bargaining agreement. More money; more problems."
Danny Granger on how infusion of TV money will change the next CBA talks: “More money; more problems.”
Danny Granger on the new tv deal: "That'll definitely be a point of discussion for the next CBA... mo' money, mo' problems."
Spoelstra says Wade is usually the first player to get to the arena to workout early and that Granger is the next to show up.
4 Heat reserves in double figures: Ennis 17, 4-8 FGs, 8-10 FTs, 6 rbs. S Williams 12, 5-7 FGs. Cole 10, 4-8 FGs, 6 rbs. Granger 12, 5-8 FGs
Ennis 17 points, Granger 12, Shawne Williams 12 in Heat's 98-86 preseason opening loss to New Orleans in Louisville.
Shawne Williams, Danny Granger lead the Heat with 12 points each.
Looks like this could be it for most Heat regulars. On the court now: Cole, Granger, Birch, Ennis and Shawn Jones.
Heat back to Cole and Chalmers playing side by side in backcourt. Still no Napier. Granger now at the four.
Heat 1 of 8 on 3-pointers at halftime against Pelicans, with only conversion coming from Granger.
Norris Cole lead the Heat with 6 points (2-2 FGs) at the half. Danny Granger with 5 points, 3 assists.