Eric Mika's first opportunities to show what he can do for the Miami Heat in the Orlando summer league have been sparse through two games.
He has played in one of the first two games as the Heat have started out 0-2 with a seven-point loss the Charlotte Hornets on day 1, followed by a 13-point setback to the Magic on day 2.
In a 74-67 loss to the Hornets, Mika saw 13:01 minutes of action off the bench and provided some nice production on the offensive end. While he didn't shoot the ball great from the floor, he was able to show off how tenacious he can be as he secured the Heat at least four extra possessions. Two came by way of offensive rebounds, including one that he finished off for his only field goal of the game while the other led to a pair of free-throws. On another occasion he was able to break through a box-out and draw a foul to give the Heat the ball back.
As for his scoring touch, it wasn't on full display in his first appearance as he connected on just 1-of-4 shots from the field. What he did show in the shooting department was an ever improving touch from the charity stripe. He made all four of his attempts from the line while looking very comfortable.
He also showed off some nice passing skills from both the block and the high post as he collected two assists.
All told, he finished with six points, four rebounds, two assists and a turnover during his time on the floor in game 1.
He shared his thoughts on the experience from game 1 with Basketball Insiders.
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A second shot to prove his worth in game action didn't come over the weekend as Mika did not play in Miami's 81-68 loss to the Magic as the Heat went with Norvel Pelle and Sebastian Saiz — who both didn't play in the first game — in the backup big-man roles behind Okaro White and Bam Adebayo.
The only other player suiting up in Orlando with local ties is former West High School guard Tyrell Corbin, who hasn't played in two games for the 2-0 Hornets.