The Miami Heat have had quite the playoff journey. The Heat went from the play-in tournament (where they lost to the Atlanta Hawks but beat Chicago Bulls) to the NBA finals where they are playing the Nuggets.

Miami fought hard to get this point, and despite a loss in Game 1, they have enough talent to make the series competitive. Jimmy Butler had somewhat of a rough start at the start of this series, but chances are, he will bounce back. But he will need help from the supporting cast. In other words, if the Heat want to win this series, they will need players to step up. And they have players that can do just that. Here are three Heat players to watch in the Finals.

1.) Max Strus

Max Strus is one of the Heat’s nine undrafted players on their roster. He was a member of the 2019 draft, and after playing for the Boston Celtics’ summer league team (and a brief stint with the Chicago Bulls), Strus joined the Heat.

Strus had his best season this year, as he averaged 11.5 points and shot 35 percent from 3-point range. He started in 33 games this season and played in 80 overall. He is a player that can be a factor in the starting lineup but also off the bench. Strus currently averages around 9.8 points this postseason, and in Game 1 of the finals, he went scoreless. If the Heat want to win this series, they need Strus to knock down shots. If he has a similar series to his performance against the Knicks (as he averaged 14.7 points that series), the Heat are in good shape.

2.) Gabe Vincent

Gabe Vincent is one of the Heat’s other undrafted players. He went undrafted in 2018 and joined the Heat in 2020 after spending time with the Sacramento Kings. Vincent’s role gradually increased with the Heat, and this season he averaged 9.4 points. He is also having a solid playoffs as he averages around 13.4 points. He also is shooting 40 percent from 3-point range. He was a big factor in Miami’s Game 2 win over Denver, as he finished with 23 points.

Vincent has had some solid performances in the playoffs, and in the Conference Finals, he averaged 15.8 points. Vincent is doing well in the finals so far, and the Heat will need him throughout the series.

3.) Caleb Martin

Caleb Martin is another undrafted player. He joined the Heat in 2021 and this year he averaged 9.6 points. He also shot nearly 36 percent from 3-point range. He averages 13.5 points in the postseason. He had an excellent performance against the Celtics, as he averaged 19.3 points. He also had 26 points in Game 7 of the Conference Finals. He was key in that series and arguably was the Heat’s second best player.

Martin is struggling a bit in the finals, as he has a total of six points (in the series). But after a stellar performance in the last series, the Heat could use him.

Bonus: Tyler Herro

Tyler Herro is currently out with an injury, but reports say he could return by Game 3. Herro is a sharpshooter that can knock down big shots. While he has only played in one game this postseason, his shooting gives the Heat a boost. So, if Herro does return, the Heat have a good shot.

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