McRoberts provided six points (3-5 FG, 0-2 3Pt), three rebounds and a steal across 18 minutes in Wednesday's 99-91 Game 5 loss to the Raptors. McRoberts only saw action in one of the first three games of the series, but with Hassan Whiteside (knee) sitting out Games 4 and 5, the rangy big man has reemerged as a rotation member. He's combined to play 39 minutes in those two contests, but he hasn't been a high-priority option on the offensive end, which has limited his overall impact on the stat sheet. Expect that to largely remain the case so long as Whiteside remains sidelined, as coach Erik Spoelstra has essentially opted to distribute Whiteside's minutes among McRoberts, Udonis Haslem, Amar'e Stoudemire and Justise Winslow rather than directly handing them to one player in particular.
McRoberts (coach's decision) didn't play in Tuesday's 102-96 overtime victory against the Raptors in Game 1 of the series. After logging a postseason-high 20 minutes in the Heat's series-clinching Game 7 win over the Hornets on Sunday, McRoberts dropped out of the rotation Tuesday in a much more competitive game. McRoberts looks to be behind Hassan Whiteside, Luol Deng, Amar'e Stoudemire, and Udonis Haslem in the Heat's rotation of big men.
McRoberts finished with two points (1-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt), four rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 16 minutes during the Heat's 98-88 loss to the Celtics on Wednesday. McRoberts has appeared in two of the last three games and in four of eight April contests. He averaged four points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 14 minutes this month, but McRoberts may be unlikely to see much time in the playoffs. During two matchups with the Hornets this season, McRoberts combined to play 17 minutes while totaling just four rebounds and two assists.
McRoberts will draw the start in Wednesday's matchup with the Spurs, Jason Lieser of The Palm Beach Post reports. McRoberts is drawing the rare start because Luol Deng was a late scratch from the lineup. McRoberts should see a heavier workload than usual, but still draws a very difficult matchup with the the Spurs' stingy frontcourt defense. It is unclear how much time Deng will miss, but if he misses any more McRobert could continue grabbing some extra minutes.
McRoberts picked up three fouls in three minutes during Tuesday's win over the Pelicans. McRoberts certainly made his presence felt during his time on the court, though likely not in the positive way that he had hoped. He's barely held down a rotation spot of late, appearing in just five of the Heat's 11 games in March.
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