MiamiHerald / The Miami Heat beat to the Washington Wizards 117-115 in its next-to-last preseason game Wednesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena – minus starters Hassan Whiteside, Dion Waiters and Goran Dragic, who were all given the night off to rest.
So what did we learn?
1. Tyler Johnson and James Johnson remain a very good combination for the Heat. Coach Erik Spoelstra still has wiggle room and time to decide what the Heat’s best starting lineup is. But make no mistake the same Johnson and Johnson connection off the bench that was so lethal last season is in midseason form and it’s going to be hard for Miami’s coach to split that tandem up.
The Heat’s dynamic bench duo looked good in Monday’s win over Charlotte and again for 18 minutes and 17 seconds together Wednesday. Tyler, who has had a stellar preseason shoting 55.8 percent from the field and is 7-of-14 from three-point range, had 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting Wednesday to go with three rebounds and three assists. JJ, who struggled in both of his preseason starts, still hasn’t made a three-pointer this preseason (0-for-15). But he finished with 12 points (5-of-11 shooting), six rebounds, four assists, a block and a steal Wednesday. It’s not by accident he’s looked his best playing by Tyler’s side.