Through the first three games of the NBA Summer League, former UConn star Shabazz Napier struggled to find any rhythm in his jump shot.
On Thursday, the Miami Heat played their fourth game of the summer and spectators saw more of the same from Napier, who went 2-13 from the field - making just one of his six three-point attempts - in a 84-74 loss to the Indiana Pacers.
After missing his first three shots, Napier’s first basket came by way of a questionable goaltending violation as he drove the lane and put up a floater. His second and last field goal of the game came with 5:41 remaining in the third quarter, as Napier came off a screen and drilled his only 3-pointer.
Napier finished Thursday’s game with a final stat line of seven points, five assists and two rebounds.
Along with a shaky start shooting the ball, turnovers have also been a concern for Napier to start the summer. He had an uncharacteristic 14 turnovers in the first three games, but only committed two on Thursday afternoon. His two turnovers against the Pacers are the fewest he’s had in a single game during the Orlando portion of the Summer League.
In four games in Orlando - all starts - Napier averaged 10.8 points per game along with four assists, three rebounds and 4.5 turnovers.
With the loss on Thursday, the Heat are now done in Orlando but will continue playing in the Las Vegas edition of the Summer League and are set to be back on the court Saturday, July 12 at 10:00 p.m. against the Houston Rockets.