Caleb Martin, who was removed from the Miami Heat’s starting lineup when Kevin Love was signed on the buyout market, has been a major difference-maker in their first-round series against Milwaukee. According to Anthony Chiang of The Miami Herald, Martin leads all playoff players in plus/minus at plus-75 and has been particularly effective in Game 4’s fourth-quarter comeback. He recorded 10 points, five rebounds, and a steal without missing a shot in the final frame. Martin is averaging 13.5 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 2.3 APG, and 1.3 SPG on a stellar .643/.467/.846 shooting line through four games against the Bucks.
Head coach Erik Spoelstra praised Martin’s impactful playoff performances in the series, saying, « That’s the kind of X-factor that he is. He has just a burst of energy and effort where you feel him immediately. » Martin himself said, « Most of the time, I know it’s going to be on the defensive end. So to be able to come in and knock down timely shots when I needed to was big. I just felt comfortable in those moments. »
The Heat lead the series three games to one entering Wednesday’s Game 5. Martin’s productivity in both starting and bench roles has been crucial to their success, providing an instant change of energy that fits well with the unit. With his stellar performance, Martin has proven to be a valuable asset to the Heat’s playoff run.
Keywords: Caleb Martin, Miami Heat, Kevin Love, buyout market, first-round series, Milwaukee Bucks, plus/minus, Erik Spoelstra, X-factor, energy, defensive end, timely shots, productivity, bench role, playoff run.
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