Justise Winslow: The moment is coming when someone, not his own size will try to pick on Justice Winslow. No, this is not Winslow having to go against a center, a position he played for the Miami Heat at the close of the 2016 playoffs, when Hassan Whiteside was sidelined.
Instead, it will be the polar opposite, when Winslow, now cast at the Heat’s point guard at 6 feet 7, with being pressured full court by a diminutive point guard with the singular goal of making all 94 feet as miserable as possible.
Through the initial stages of Winslow stepping in at point guard in place of sidelined Goran Dragic, Winslow mostly has been defended by wings, as has been the case through most of these first four NBA seasons.
But the time is coming, when disrupting the Heat could come down to disrupting Winslow from the moment he touches the ball in the backcourt.
“I feel comfortable bringing it up against anyone,” he said ahead of Friday night’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at AmericanAirlines Arena. “I’ve played against Patrick Beverley, Avery Bradley recently. Those guys kind of picked up.
“Kawhi [Leonard] did a pretty good job of just occupying me, especially in the halfcourt, for sure.”
Josh Richardson has really found his groove with the Miami Heat this season.
Currently averaging 18.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.2 steals in 35.1 minutes over 32 games, the swingman has put in the effort to make sure that he’s looked at as one of the team’s go-to scorers.
Looking at how Josh Richardson and Justise Winslow are playing now, take a moment to look back at the 2015 draft and realize just how lucky the Heat were. Virtually no one after Josh Richardson has worked out as well as he has. And few after Justise Winslow have turned out better than he has so far. Both, if you re-drafted today, are probably in the Top 10 of that group. Pretty amazing. Bryan, Los Angeles.