The big splash barely has created a ripple for the Miami Heat, with Victor Oladipo mostly out of sight since his acquisition at the NBA trading deadline from the Houston Rockets. Instead, it is has been the less splashy that has kept Erik Spoelstra’s team above water in the playoff race.
Having spent recent weeks extolling the virtues of Dewayne Dedmon for the muscle he has added to the second unit, Spoelstra took time during the Heat’s weekend road games to pause for an appreciation of veteran forward Trevor Ariza.
“Trevor’s one of the most underrated players in this league,” Spoelstra said ahead of Sunday night’s game against the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center. “But I would say that the contending teams that had him before, he’s not underrated. He does so many things — his activity, his deflections, his ability to guard multiple positions.
“And he also has been a very underrated scorer over the course of his career.”