Gerald Henderson Struggles Only When He Faces Miami Heat Defense

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Gerald Henderson must like playing against the Brooklyn Nets defense better than the Miami Heat defense.

That would be understandable, and statistics don’t lie.

When Henderson’s Charlotte Bobcats played the Heat on Friday, Henderson had his worst shooting night of the season. He was 2-of-16 from the floor and 0-of-3 in 3-pointers. But he did redeem himself at the free-throw line with the Heat putting their bodies all over Henderson and putting him to the line. Henderson was 7-of-8 in free throws and scored 11 points. He also had four turnovers.

The Heat made Henderson look awful, but they have made some very good players look awful all season. Prior to the game with the Heat, Henderson was shooting the ball very well for the Bobcats. He scored 35 against the New York Knicks and 34 against the Orlando Magic just last week.

But give Henderson credit. He didn’t allow the fiasco against the Heat to get him down for too long.

Saturday at the Nets, the Bobcats lost again and Henderson put in 37 minutes as he did against the Heat.

He had a much better night against the Nets with 8-of-12 shooting from the floor and 6-of-8 from the free-throw line to go along with three rebounds, five assists and two steals.

The last time he had played the Heat, Henderson didn’t have too bad of a game, shooting 8-of-18 from the floor and scoring 18 points, but that was the night before he scored 34 against Orlando.

Henderson hopes to keep his hot shooting touch for the rest of the NBA season. He will if he avoids the Heat.

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