With Heat limited on wing, with Deng and Granger out, Heat in third went with Napier, Chalmers and Cole together. Small(est) ball.
For those tuning in late, no Deng, Granger, McRoberts, Haslem or Birdman for Heat, but Hamilton making preseason debut.
Deng is out with lower-back tightness, never a good sign five days before the opener.
No Luol Deng for Heat, so you get your wish: James Ennis starting. And this is the seventh consecutive exhibition that Cole starts at point
Birdman, Deng, McRoberts, Haslem and Granger are all out tonight vs Grizzlies.
After my "exclusive" with Dwyane Wade, he went out of his way to offer this: "I have a scoop for you. Luol's nickname is Big Lou."
Weird preseason for Luol Deng. Scored 18+ twice, was at 4 or under twice. He's got 2p on 1/3 in 22min. tonight.
Luol Deng has long been a wonderful complementary piece. The Heat, though, might need more., So far, it's largely been a struggle.
Chris Bosh was not the only Heat player the Rockets' pursued. Did not advance nearly as far, but also had talks with Deng.
Cole, Wade, Deng, S. Williams, Bosh starting for the Heat tonight against the Houston Rockets.
Norris Cole again starts in place of Chalmers at point guard. Also starting: Chris Bosh, Shawne Williams, Luol Deng and Dwyane Wade.
Joakim Noah, 4 his (unusual) praise of Heat, did add this about Deng's situation: "Hopefully, it's not THAT good. But I love him to death."
Mirotic then comes in for Gasol after his 10 minutes of work, while Butler is in the Luol Deng crossover role.
Spoestra to hold out Wade, Bosh, Deng and Birdman tonight, likely to start Shawne Williams, Haslem, Granger, Cole and Chalmers.
Wade, Bosh, Deng, Andersen out for the Heat vs. Spurs. Cole & Chalmers starting together in backcourt.
Luol Deng now 8 of 11 for 19 points, keeping the Heat close.
Nice bounce-back games from Luol Deng and Shawne Williams tonight.
Draymond Green dunks over Luol Deng and gives the Heat small forward a little preseason stare down.
Deng looks smooth tonight & Bosh has all preseason. Waiting for a Wade game.
In addition to playing Chalmers at the two, Deng has been playing at the four.
Heat 23, Warriors 16 after a three-pointer by Luol Deng.
Deng feeling it. Maybe he's the Heat's 3-point answer?
Chalmers enters . . . for Deng. Clearly trying to see if Chalmers can also be backup two, as Wade moves to three.
Heat offense looks better, because they're making shots. Deng very active, but Warriors also playing second night of back-to-back.
With two shots just minutes into the game, Luol Deng has already surpassed his point total versus the Hawks.
GSW vs. MIA starters: GSW -- Curry, Thompson, Barnes, Lee, Bogut; MIA -- Cole, Wade, Deng, S. Williams, Bosh. Out: Ezeli, Livingston.
Heat starters: Cole, Wade, Deng, Shawne Williams and Bosh. So back near his Kansas college roots, Chalmers again doesn't start.
Looking like Shawne Williams will get the call at power forward. Spoelstra said he is not starting Granger-Luol in tandem again tonight.
Defense, Wade (3 of 9), Deng (1 of 6) make this another night of concern for the Heat. They badly need McRoberts and the good Chalmers
Deng continues to struggle with just 2 points (that he scored early in the 1st quarter), 1 assist and 1 rebound in 21 minutes.
Hawks have cut the deficit to single digits. Wade (4 points) and Deng (2 points) struggling to create some offense.
Then Granger with perfect set up to Deng on typical Deng cut. Heat 14-0 on Hawks. Horford 0 for 2 in return.
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.