As a player, you know that you aren’t needed much when your team leaves you on the bench even though they’re down to 11 players. That was the case on Saturday when James Jones racked up another DNP-coach’s decision for the Miami Heat.
When you’re the guy who can’t really dribble and you camp out by the three-point stripe, the league stamps you as a specialist. Plus the Heat’s actions essentially told Jones that they had enough scorers. Kind of like “we do not need you but we’ll keep you here because we really like you.”
And once it was announced that Dwyane Wade was going to miss the last two games, everyone expected Roger Mason, Jr. to fill that role. After all he was the one that started for Wade in the first game that he sat out.
However, things changed and Jones hit the Mike Miller lottery because of Erik Spoelstra’s fear of taking players out of their established roles. Which is why you never see Ray Allen stepping into the starting lineup.
Just like Miller, Jones will probably only see time when Wade is in a suit. But you know that he will always be ready, as evident by his season-high 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including 4-of-5 from the three-point line.
“He’s mentally tough,” coach Spoelstra said via the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “He’s always keeping himself ready. When his number is called, it’s uncanny how it looks like he’s in rhythm.”
Miami finding him turned the game into a 28 point tragedy for the Orlando Magic. Chalk that one up to the bench guys.
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