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Heat misses opportunity to get back to .500. Takeaways from loss to short-handed Grizzlies.

Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald on

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Five takeaways from the Miami Heat’s disappointing 101-93 loss to the short-handed Memphis Grizzlies (15-9) on Monday night at FedExForum to close its four-game trip at 2-2. The Heat (11-13) now returns to Miami to begin a three-game homestand on Tuesday against the Detroit Pistons (6-19) (7:30 p.m., Bally Sports Sun) on the second night of a back-to-back:

It hasn’t happened often recently, but the Heat entered Monday’s game as the much healthier team. The problem is the Heat still lost.

The Grizzlies were without four starters against the Heat on the second night of a back-to-back set after defeating the Pistons in Detroit on Sunday. Memphis ruled out starters Desmond Bane (big toe sprain), Jaren Jackson Jr. (return from injury management), John Konchar (right toe soreness) and Ja Morant (left ankle soreness) against Miami.

Bane has missed 11 straight games because of his injury. However, Jackson logged 30 minutes, Konchar logged 32 minutes and Morant logged 35 minutes in Sunday’s win over the Pistons, as all three players rested Monday on the second night of Memphis’ back-to-back.

The Grizzlies were also without Danny Green (left knee surgery recovery), Jake LaRavia (left foot soreness) and Ziaire Williams (right patellar tendinitis) against the Heat.

Meanwhile, the Heat had 13 of its 16 players available on Monday and had its preferred starting lineup of Kyle Lowry, Tyler Herro, Jimmy Butler, Caleb Martin and Bam Adebayo together for the second straight game.

 

The Heat still couldn’t come away with the win.

Miami pulled ahead by as many as 11 points in the first quarter after shooting 6 of 9 from three-point range in the opening period, the Grizzlies dominated the second quarter 31-19 to enter halftime with a seven-point lead over the Heat.

The Heat responded by opening the third quarter on a 12-2 run to take a three-point lead. But that lead was short-lived, as the Grizzlies regained control to enter the fourth quarter ahead by five points.

Memphis then controlled the final period from start to finish. The closest the Heat got in the fourth quarter was within five points.

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