Wright gives Heat a look at what it's missing

MIAMI -- If you listen to his words, Warriors forward Dorell Wright has nothing but love for Miami.

"This organization has done nothing but good things for me," Wright said after the visiting Warriors' 114-107 loss to the Heat. "I can't say anything bad. They gave me an opportunity to start my career. I've learned so much being here and I'm just happy to come back and showcase everything I've been learning and the things I can do already."

But if you listen to his game, he had something to prove. He wanted to send a message.

For six years, Wright willingly played with handcuffs as a background singer for star Dwyane Wade. Then, with LeBron James in their eyes, the Heat cut ties with Wright, who was drafted out of prep school by Miami in the first round (No. 19) in 2004.

On Saturday, Wright showed the Heat what it could've had, finishing with 30 points on 12-for-21 shooting. It was his second 30-point effort in three games.

"Everyone says it doesn't matter," coach Keith Smart said. "But any time you get a chance to come back to a franchise you love, you want to prove to them that you let this one get away. I'm sure that was in his mind. It takes a couple years to remove that from your thinking."


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Guard Acie Law doesn't even have to wait for Smart to summon him. At about the 4-minute mark, he can just get up, head to the scorers table and check in for point guard Stephen Curry.

"It gives me rest and I know when I'm coming out and going back in," Curry said. "It's good to know when you're going back in and not playing a guessing game. I think it's as close as we've come to a set rotation, so it's good that we know what to expect night in and night out."

Smart's rotation has been all over the place since the season started. He said the injuries and a roster full of new players have prevented him from nailing down a rotation. But his comfort with Law and Curry's need for a break has provoked Smart to create the pattern.

Curry -- who on Saturday played his fifth game since sitting out six games with a sprained right ankle -- is still getting his conditioning up to par. The task is made tough by flu-like symptoms he's been experiencing since the start of this road trip.

"Steph is still battling a little bit of the flu. And I like what (Law) is doing," Smart said. "He gave us a nice little pop the last two nights. We're going to work with that (rotation), particularly until Steph gets back up to speed. ... As our team keeps involving, I'm going to try to lock a couple of guys in to direct times."

  • The Warriors attempted 16 free throws. That's as many as Wade attempted and one fewer than James attempted. Miami was 35 for 47 from the free throw line.

    -- MARCUS THOMPSON II