“I know that I can help win in various ways”

The numerous injuries suffered and players incorporated into health and safety protocols have not prevented the Miami Heat from currently sitting at the top of the Eastern Conference.

The step forward taken by role players has allowed those of South Beach overcoming prolonged absences from the likes of Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo and Kyle Lowry, who have missed a combined 56 games.

One of these heroes from rotation is being Gabe Vincent. After playing for the Nigerian national team at the Tokyo Olympics, the guard he is in the prime of his three-year NBA career. An appointment, the Olympics, which has served to maintain competitive dynamics and improve their level of play.

“Playing basketball at a high level always helps,” Vincent told the media. “You gain more experience and comfort. You start to see the same actions. You build trust through those experiences. The combination of all this has helped me to enter this season better.»

Not quite a point guard, the 25-year-old Vincent has seen his minutes mostly concentrated at this position, especially during games when Kyle Lowry hasn’t been available. A transition that he has appreciated despite not having been especially easy for him.

“I appreciate enjoying this responsibility,” the player continued. “I’m still learning, obviously. I continue to do it even though I enjoy it. It’s been fun. It’s been a challenge at times, trying to figure out different situations and how to get the ball where the guys want it while learning from them. But it’s been a good experience so far.”

In his last eight games, all of them as a starter, Vincent has averaged 13.6 points, 5.4 assists and 1.5 steals in 34.2 minutes, a time that demonstrates the trust that coach Erik Spoelstra is placing in him . Still, the guard he is aware that his role will be reduced once Lowry returns.

“I know what they ask of me,” says Vincent. “He can be inconsistent at times, but I know what I can bring to the team and I know I can help win in a number of ways. It can be a different way every night.”

In addition, Vincent wanted to thank Lowry for his willingness to teach him the vicissitudes of the position, mainly in regard to the readings of the defenses and the pick and roll with Adebayo. “He’s been great in helping me develop, giving me confidence, wanting me to coach more to help the guys as well,” Vincent continued. “Kyle has been a great help, especially now that I’m trying to learn this position.”

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