The Eric Mika tracker, game 4

It wasn’t a great outing for former BYU basketball star Eric Mika or the Miami Heat in game 4 of the Orlando summer league.

Not only did the Heat lose a double-overtime heartbreaker, 73-71 to the Detroit Pistons, but Mika had his toughest shooting game so far. He finished the day with two points on just 1 of 5 shooting from the floor. He added a rebound and a highlight level block in 12 minutes.

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Something that hurt Mika’s stat line was the fact that he didn’t get to the foul line at all after taking four free throws a game in the other two games he played.

Mika started out cold as he missed two shots in the last few minutes of the first quarter, but got on the board quickly in the second when he caught the ball on the block and showed off one of his go-to moves from his time at BYU. Once he caught the pass, he faced up and put the ball on the floor to get into the lane. He then used a little pump fake to clear some space before banking in the short shot. His only other attempts of the game came in the fourth quarter when he missed a pair of midrange jumpers.

In three appearances, Mika is averaging 5.3 points on 36.4 percent shooting from the floor and 100 percent from the foul line. He has also chipped in with 2.7 rebounds in 13.3 minutes.

Up next for him and the Heat is a matchup with the New York Knicks on Thursday at 6 a.m. MT in a game that can be seen on NBA TV.

Another player with local interest, Tyrell Corbin saw his first action with the Charlotte Hornets over the last two games and had some nice showings. His best game came in a 95-81 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder when he finished with nine points on 4 of 6 shooting from the floor, including a make on his only 3-point attempt. He also handed out three assists while playing just 11 minutes.

He followed that up with five points, three assists and a rebound in 17 minutes in the Hornets 87-82 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.

 

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