SAN ANTONIO — For the second consecutive game, the Heat used a different starting lineup.
This time the change was at power forward. Derrick Williams started in place of Luke Babbitt against the Spurs on Monday.
“Certain games may dictate different things particularly with Goran being out,” coach Erik Spoelstra said after shootaround Monday. “We’ll do whatever is necessary. But Derrick gave us good minutes, good heft, athleticism, a burst of energy. We just have to continue to build and do what we’re doing right now, which is working at just getting better.”
The Heat will use a starting lineup of center Hassan Whiteside, Williams, small forward Justise Winslow, shooting guard Dion Waiters and point guard Josh Richardson in San Antonio.
This lineup played together for six minutes against the Jazz on Saturday and the results weren’t pretty. The Heat used this lineup toward the end of the first half and to start the second half and were outscored by 15 points in the contest, as the lineup missed each of its 12 shots.
Babbitt started the first eight games at power forward, averaging 5.9 points and making 31.6 percent of his threes. The Heat have been outscored by 13 points with Babbitt on the floor this season.
But Williams impressed Spoelstra enough Saturday against the Jazz to get the start.
After logging just three minutes of playing time over Miami’s first seven games, Williams played 20 minutes against Utah and finished with 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting and four rebounds. He even started the second half at power forward in place of Babbitt.
“I try to bring a spark, bring a different type of energy that we don’t have right now,” Williams said Saturday. “Coach was kind of getting guys in and out, trying to bring more energy on the court.”