LeBron James posted a season-low 13 points for the Miami Heat last night, but the Atlanta Hawks couldn’t capitalise in a 104-88 victory for the hosts at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
With Dwayne Wade also dropping from the line-up, it seemed like a perfect opportunity for Mike Budenholzer’s side to claim a big win against the NBA Champions.
However, the depth at the disposal of Erik Spoelstra was simply too much for the Hawks, who dropped to 6-5 following the loss.
For Miami (8-3), it was business as usual without James on fire or Wade in the line-up, and whilst it took a quarter for the team to click into gear, the all-star forward understands the importance of rotating the roster.
"We understand what needs to be done when guys are in there, in and out of the lineup," said James in the aftermath of the victory, according to the Sun Sentinel.
His individual stat line didn’t make for pretty reading however, with just 13 points and a shooting percentage under 50% - the second time he’s dipped below that mark this season.
However, teammate Chris Bosh added 19 points, whilst Ray Allen chipped in with 17 off the bench and Mario Chalmers added 14 following a one-game suspension.
It gives Spoelstra reason to be cheerful following a less-than-spectacular opening to the season, and as long as the Heat maintain their identity, he’s happy to ring the changes when necessary.
“The depth is important. Understanding how we play. Making sure we get to our identity. As long as it's the right fit there and guys are committed to getting off to a good start, our guys feel comfortable there," he said, according to NBA.com.