The Strus is loose: 3 ways new acquisition gives Cavs’ offense more juice

Max Strus, Miami Heat. Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images
Max Strus, Miami Heat. Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images /
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No. 3: Dependability

One of the best abilities in any workplace is availability. Since Strus became a key cog in the Heat rotation, he’s only missed 9.8 percent of regular season games on 25.9 minute a night average. In the playoffs that average jumps to 28.6 minutes per game.

Having a guy who doesn’t miss time is important because those that do have to take quarters to a few games to get their rhythm back. Players like Strus stay in-sync with their teammates which helps develop the bond to get through adversity.

Strus had a rough going in the NBA Finals but made 34.9 percent of his attempted triples through three rounds in the 2023 Playoffs and his constant movement was crucial for Miami.

Last season, 85.5 percent of his field goals were assisted. On nights when key players are banged up, Strus can play heavier minutes and increase his volume on perimeter quick fires. When he gets blitzed up top attacking through pick-and-roll, he can get rid of the ball quickly to the rolling big or closest man outside.

Final Word

At exit interviews with the Heat, Strus said Miami gave him an opportunity, he took advantage of it, and he’s so grateful. He’s a valuable player because he does his job, working at the frequency of the star players. Equally important: Strus is a good person to have around in the trenches when the season isn’t going as planned.

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