James Jones Proves To Be Valuable Asset in Miami Heat Thumping of Orlando Magic

By Shane Phillips

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With Dwyane Wade sidelined for the second straight night as he rests his sore knees, the Miami Heat reserves were given a chance to shine as they took on their Florida neighbor, the Orlando Magic.

Erik Spoelstra called upon James Jones to fill in for “Flash” and he did not disappoint. Although Jones has played a very limited schedule and it was only his second game of the season, he shot 5-of-7 from the three-point line and contributed 17 points as the Heat thumped the Magic 120-92.

LeBron James was the high man for the Heat with 21 points and seven assists and Chris Bosh added 18 points, but the story has to be Jones.

The obvious argument is that Spoelstra should play Jones much more as he is a great threat from deep and spreads the floor, but how does he fit into an incredibly deep Heat rotation?

I would put Jones before Roger Mason Jr. and Joel Anthony because he provides an instant offensive threat while Mason Jr. is new to South Beach and Anthony is offensively challenged. The biggest problem with Jones is he can’t provide much else, so it kind of leaves him at the bottom of the barrel when compared to Ray Allen, Shane Battier and Norris Cole.

More importantly, Jones and his performance against Orlando proves that Wade can rest and his role will be left in good hands. It also proves that Spoelstra has so many options to choose from when a member of the “Big 3” needs a rest or an injury may strike the team.

Anyway, everyone seems to be on the same page as each member of Miami is playing at a high level and the defending champs are on a five game winning streak. Things in South Beach seem to be on track after a shaky start to the NBA season and it truly is a team effort.

Shane Phillips is a Miami Heat Writer for RantSports.com. Follow Shane on Twitter @Smphil01, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. 

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