Dragic scored 16 points (6-17 FG, 0-5 FT, 4-5 3Pt) while adding seven assists, six rebounds and two steals in 38 minutes during Sunday's Game 7 loss to the Raptors.
The lefty struggled from downtown Sunday, failing to knock down a three-point attempt, but he still managed to tie for the team lead in scoring as the team's offensive woes continued. Dragic averaged 18.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists for the series, bringing to a close what was an up-and-down year for him personally, and he will look to established a more well-defined role with the Heat heading into the 2016/17 campaign.
After scoring just 40 points combined in the previous three games in the series, Dragic erupted for a postseason career high in points while helping the
After receiving just 29 minutes in Game 3 while being glued to the bench during crunch time, Dragic has averaged 41 minutes per contest in the last two bouts. Despite the added minutes in those contests, he's needed a combined 30 shots to accrue 28 points, and the point guard's assist rate has also plummeted. With Dwyane Wade's usage soaring through the roof in the series, Dragic hasn't really had the opportunity to function as the Heat's primary playmaker, and his stats have undoubtedly suffered. Still, thanks to stronger efforts in the first two games of the second round, he's averaging a solid 17.2 points and 4.8 rebounds in the series.
The veteran point guard was on the receiving end of an errant DeMar DeRozan elbow in the second quarter, which required three stitches on the inside of his lip and five on the outside during halftime. The in-game injury notwithstanding, Dragic put together his third straight performance with at least 20 points, which have all featured at least 50 percent success rates from the field. He also managed to hit what was arguably the biggest shot of regulation, a 25-foot three-pointer with 10 seconds remaining that knotted the game at 86. After averaging a solid 14.1 points in the first round against the Hornets, Dragic is off and running against the Raptors with averages of 23 points, five rebounds, three assists, and 0.5 blocks over the first two games of the conference semifinals.
Dragic appears to have carried over his momentum from Sunday's Game 7 masterpiece against the Hornets, and he'll need to continue playing at a high level for the Heat to keep advancing in the playoffs. Dragic and Dwyane Wade are the only two players on the Heat's roster who are truly capable of creating offense via dribble penetration, so expect Dragic's usage to remain high throughout the remainder of the series.
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