Heat mailbag: Pat Riley’s mantra was ‘use eight, rotate seven, play six and trust five.’ Does Erik Spoelstra have a final five?

Miami Heat’s Tyler Johnson (8), James Johnson, second from left, Kelly Olynyk (9) and Josh Richardson (0) talk on the court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Miami. The Heat won 129-102. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

MIAMI — It’s time for another Heat mailbag.

If you weren’t able to ask a question this time, send your questions for future mailbags via Twitter (@Anthony_Chiang and @tomdangelo44). You can also email me at achiang@pbpost.com.

Nick, Boca Raton: Pat Riley recently said, “The old mantra was use eight, rotate seven, play six and trust five. And I always knew who my five were. And I think coach knows who his five are going down the stretch.” But does Erik Spoelstra really have a set five to turn to late in games?

Anthony Chiang: It doesn’t seem like it because this roster is different than most of the star-driven rosters Pat Riley had as a coach. If we’ve learned anything from the NBA-high 47 clutch games the Heat have played this season, it’s that Erik Spoelstra isn’t afraid to use different lineups down the stretch depending on the flow of the game, matchups and what’s working on that particular night. Some games, Hassan Whiteside will be on the court for the final minutes of a close game. In others, Whiteside will watch from the bench. And the same goes for a lot of the Heat’s players. But if there are two players who are almost locks to be on the court in crunch time, it’s Josh Richardson and Goran Dragic. Richardson has played in 44 and Dragic has played in 40 of the 47 clutch situations Miami has been a part of. Instead of a set five, Spoelstra has a group of players he can choose from late in games. And I wouldn’t expect that to change much in the playoffs.

@ivanrosari0: Is there any scenario to get some draft picks this offseason?

Anthony Chiang: The only way the Heat can acquire an additional draft pick is through a trade. Miami doesn’t own both of its picks in a draft until 2022. The Heat’s 2018 first-round pick will go to the Suns as part of the trade that brought Goran Dragic to Miami. And the Heat don’t have a second-round pick this year either. This is nothing new, though. Miami hasn’t had many picks to trade since dealing for Dragic in 2015.

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