Willie Reed records double-double as Heat remain perfect in summer league

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Miami Heat remained perfect after three summer league games, defeating the Detroit Pistons 78-73 on Monday evening.

Power forward Willie Reed recorded a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds. Reed isn’t new to summer league play, but said he now thinks his body is at the point to make him a contender at the next level.

"I think I’ve gotten a little bit quicker and my athleticism has started to rise," Reed said. "When you continuously build and work on things with your body, everything else in your game starts to get better as well."

Reed said he is motivated to give full effort every day because his dream has always been to play in the NBA.

"I know if I make a team I’m going to have to be the 15th man and work my way into the roster," Reed said. "That’s the mentality you have to have when you are trying to get into the NBA."

Summer League head coach Dan Craig has been impressed with the impact Reed has had on both sides of the floor.

"Offensively, he is skilled and can make plays off the dribble," Craig said. "He gets us into second situations, triple handoffs, short-quick passes, which is a big part of our game."

Reed said he needs to continue doing what he has been to secure a spot on an NBA roster.

"I need to play hard and play great defense," Reed said. "I need to rebound the basketball, be physical, and be a leader on the court."

Defensively, Reed said his game has improved over the past year as he has gotten stronger.

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"It felt great to be able to rebound the basketball at a high level today," Reed said. "I just thank the man above that I was able to get out there and play hard and help my team win a game no matter what it took."

Craig also acknowledged rookie guard Josh Richardson after his first summer league start.

"Richardson showed me defensively that he took the challenge," Craig said. "He had some tough calls, but that was the challenge I gave him."

Craig said he wanted Richardson to pressure the guards and make them uncomfortable.

"He picked up a couple of cheap calls when he was picking up his full-court pressure," Craig said. "But I told him before the game you get 10 fouls in Summer League, so I said be aggressive, be up on the ball."

Richardson also said he was pleased with his first start and was prepared to step up for his team.

"My parents have always told me to stay ready and be ready for my opportunity," Richardson said. "I was definitely ready today."

Justise Winslow, the 10th overall pick, had another stand-out performance knocking down 17 points and securing four defensive rebounds. He said playing against long-time friend and eighth overall draft pick, Stanley Johnson, makes him better.

"We know we are both top talents, so when we are out there between the lines there’s a lot of trash talk and a lot of toughness," Winslow said. "For me and him it’s about making each other better, and when we do that the game is just fun."

The Heat get a day off before facing the Los Angeles Clippers at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.