One Third of Players Suited up for Miami against Golden State Were Skyforce Alumni
The game was a double-digit loss for the shorthanded Miami Heat, but the Sioux Falls Skyforce had quite an impact during the Wednesday night contest against the Golden State Warriors.
Two of the five starters for Miami had suited up for the ‘Force this season. Hassan Whiteside continues to impress and is emerging as a viable option at center. Shabazz Napier who has had an up and down rookie campaign also got the starting nod last night.
The Whiteside stat line: 10 points on 5-10 shooting, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks in 29 minutes. For Napier: 10 points on 3-7 shooting from the floor 3-4 at the line plus 6 assists.
Not as impactful, but definitely noteworthy was the NBA debut of Tyler Johnson as he auditions for the Heat during his 10-day contract. Johnson got a couple of free throws in the final minutes of action against the Dubs.
Finally, an additional Sioux Falls component is Justin Hamilton who was a first team all-NBADL last season. The 7-footer has been in and out of the rotation for the Heat this season and also saw some garbage time last night, but did not score.
The Splash Brothers of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were too much as they combined for 51 points to spark the 104