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Ricky Rubio dished out 12 assists, scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds in a 103-101 loss to the Heat on Friday.
"The kid has something. He has that Steve Nash capability," Dwyane Wade said. "They've got a gem in him. He's going to be great for them."
Rubio left a lasting impression on the Heat.
"He's a handful on the pick-and-roll," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "At the end, we were forced to go bigger and switch just to get him out of that pulling trigger game and get us running around all over the place. He's a clever passer. Two or three times, he had me looking the wrong way."
Dwyane Wade's short bank shot with 2.9 seconds left lifted the Heat to a 96-95 victory over the Bobcats on Wednesday, marking just the second potential game-winning field goal for the Heat dating back to last season.
Last year, the Heat were 1-for-18 from the field and 0-for-11 from 3-point range when looking to tie or take the lead in the last 10 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime.
LeBron James was 1-for-7 in those situations, with the lone make coming on a fast-break dunk off a turnover with 5.5 seconds against the Grizzlies. Wade was 0-for-5.
With Heat coach Erik Spoelstra tailoring much of the offense to the versatile talents of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, and encouraging them not only to push the pace but also to sometimes set up camp down low, Chris Bosh is the guy who could get left behind.
After Tuesday’s shootaround, Bosh acknowledged that it remained “a feeling out process.”
“With this offense, I’m going to be trailing a lot, so it takes some getting used to,” said Bosh, who was 2-of-9 against the Mavericks. “Sometimes, it’s a race to the post, and those guys are fast. Nine times out of 10, I’m not going to beat them there. It’s just getting a feeling for where I can post up in the offense, and kind of dictating where the ball goes sometimes. And setting screens and rolling and sealing. And when I can, race down there to that block and get going.”
Erik Spoelstra said the Heat were prepared to be aggressive offensively against the Mavericks, giving LeBron James and Dwyane Wade more freedom to operate instead of being held to a structured offense.
"It allows us to add another dimension of inside-out and still be able to play to some of our other strengths, which is our speed and quickness," Spoelstra said.
James had 37 points and 10 rebounds in Miami's 105-94 win.