Miami Heat‘s Duncan Robinson is having a ceaseless shooting slump in the 2021-22 season. Through 27 games, the fourth-year wing is shooting just 38.3% from the field and 34.2% from deep. He is however edging to break a decades-old record.
That is worlds apart from the expectations the Heat had from him during their $90 million deal over the summer. From 2018-19 to the 2020-21 season, only two players league-wide attempting at least 1,000 triples had converted at a higher rate from three than Robinson. They are Stephen Curry and Joe Harris, who hit on 42.3% over that span.
Robinson got so upset that he even stopped uploading new episodes of his podcast, The Long Shot. Over the last few days, though, everything has started coming up aces for the sharpshooter. Robinson just saw the best shooting night of the year with a 9-of-13 effort. It was during Saturday’s blowout win over the COVID-crippled Chicago Bulls.
He’s also on the edge of breaking one of the longest-standing records in Heat franchise history. Robinson officially played his 174th consecutive game played after the Bulls game. That tied a record set by Glen Rice in 1994. Glen Rice’s record will break on Monday if Robinson hits the court. Rice said of Robinson’s streak, via the Sun-Sentinel:
“I’m glad it’s Duncan because he’s a Michigan guy. It’s hard to get us to miss games. He wants to be on the floor every minute, every second that he can possibly be. That’s just the type of person he is. And that’s great. I’m happy for him. Records are made to be broken and kudos to him.”
If Robinson starts against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, he will officially break the decades-old record. Match fitness and all signs point to him hitting the court for a 175th straight time in Cleveland.
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H/T to Heavy.