Winderman’s view: Pacers 109, Heat 106 (OT)

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Ira Winderman, South Florida Sun Sentinel
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Observations and other notes of interest from Sunday’s 109-106 overtime loss to the Indiana Pacers at AmericanAirlines Arena:

— That ultimate value that Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson had as trade chips?

— Doesn’t seem so much anymore?

— That midseason revival by Kendrick Nunn?

— Tapered off.

— Precious Achiuwa’s Rising Stars rookie turn?

— History.

— So we’re basically at a point where Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo are asking for a friend.

— Whether it comes on the trade market. (Kyle Lowry?)

— Or the buyout market. (LaMarcus Aldridge?)

— Because Trevor Ariza, alone, certainly does not seem like enough.

— So perhaps it was back spasms that led to the recent uneven performances by Goran Dragic.

— Sunday, they had the veteran guard sidelined.

— Back in the mix was Andre Iguodala, after missing two games due to a hip issue.

— Such is life with a roster that counts on so many 30-somethings.

— With this all while Butler has been playing through ankle soreness.

— Dragic remains 10 assists from tying Bimbo Coles for fifth on the Heat’s all-time list.

— The starting five remained Butler, Adebayo, Kelly Olynyk, Robinson and Nunn.

— Achiuwa played as the Heat’s first reserve, after being limited to mop-up duty Friday night.

— With Achiuwa then promptly overpowered by Domantas Sabonis for a 3-point play.

— Following up by missing a pair of free throws.

— Basically creating his own negative-five swing.

— It didn’t appear this way earlier, but Achiuwa continues to look undersized in the Heat’s power rotation.

— Another reason why Aldridge would help.

— Tyler Herro followed off the bench.

— And then, with Dragic sidelined, Gabe Vincent.

— Followed by Iguodala.

— With the appearance, Iguodala tied James Edwards for 50th place on the NBA’s all-time regular-season games list.

— Iguodala’s first steal tied Ron Harper for 23rd on the NBA’s all-time list.

— Ariza later followed off the bench when Iguodala checked out.

— The appearance moved Ariza into 94th on the NBA’s all-time appearance list, past Tyrone Corbin.

— Ariza’s first Heat points came on a layup with 5:58 left in the third period.

— Ariza played as the Heat’s first reserve in the second half, entering for Adebayo, instead of Achiuwa.

— He shortly thereafter drained a needed 3-pointer.

— Pacers coach Nate Bjorkgren, pregame, on Indiana guard T.J. McConnell, “He changes the course of the game. He is putting a ton of pressure on the defense. On offense he is really trying to race it down the floor.”

— McConnell wasn’t quite the pest he was on Friday.

— Robinson’s first 3-pointer tied Josh Richardson for ninth on the Heat’s all-time list.

— Also, Robinson’s first 3-point attempt was the 1,000th of his career.

— Robinson recorded his 400th career defensive rebound in the second period.