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Posted on: January 7, 2012 4:38 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 7:10 pm
 

LeBron James back, Dwyane Wade not on Saturday

Posted by Ben Golliver

Two of the Miami Heat's Big 3 have been sidelined with minor injuries this week, but both are expected back in the lineup for a Saturday night game against the New Jersey Nets.

The Palm Beach Post reports that All-Stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are both listed as gametime decisions on Saturday but indications are that both will play.
Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, after Saturday’s shootaround at the Prudential Center, both declared that they were game-time decisions... It sure sounded, however, like their minds are already made up.
Update: The Sun-Sentinel reports later Saturday afternoon that James will play but that Wade is not listed in the starting line-up. Just before tip, the Heat confirm that Wade will not play and remains day-to-day.

Wade has been dealing with a foot injury that kept him out of games against the Indiana Pacers and the Atlanta Hawks this week. James rolled his ankle against the Pacers and sat out the Hawks game. 

Miami won both games and sits atop the Southeast Division at 7-1 on the season. The Nets are 2-6 and in the Atlantic Division's basement.
Posted on: January 7, 2012 1:54 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2012 6:33 pm
 

Report: Team USA to set first roster in 2 weeks

Posted by Ben Golliver

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With the 2012 London Olympics just seven months away, Team USA is reportedly heading for its first round of roster cuts.

ESPN.com reports that USA Basketball Director Jerry Colangelo will announce a roster of 18 "candidates" to make the 2012 team in less than two weeks.
"We have so much talent right now, the pool is extraordinary," Colangelo said.

The final 12-man roster and six alternates must be submitted June 18, before the NBA Finals will be complete. But all 18 names have to be given to the U.S. Olympic Committee by the end of January to be placed in the drug program.

Colangelo said the announcement will be made by Jan. 18.

The site reports that the only player not on either the 2008 Beijing Olympics team or the 2010 Turkey World Championships team who is under consideration is Los Angeles Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin. Given his starpower, Griffin seems a lock, leaving 17 spots in the pool.

Eight of those are expected to go to 2008 Beijing Gold Medal-winning players: Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, Deron Williams. All seem solid locks.

That least nine spots for members of the 2010 World Championship team. Six players who would seem to be locks from that roster: Tyson Chandler, Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay, Kevin Love, Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook.

That leaves three final spots in the 18-man pool contenders for the rest: Eric Gordon, Danny Granger, Andre Iguodala, Brook Lopez, Lamar Odom and Rajon Rondo.

The toughest decision at this stage will likely come in choosing a third true center in Lopez or another talented perimeter player in Granger, Iguodala or Odom. USA Basketball has been built on versatility and athleticism in the recent past but its wings are crowded with an embarrassment of riches. Love and/or Griffin could swing up from power forward to center, though, which could free up a spot for another wing in the 18-man group.

Another question is Rondo. He withdrew from selection from the 2010 team after it became clear he wasn't going to make the cut. Given the big names in front of him (Paul, Rose, Williams and likely Westbrook), what happens here? Paul and Williams both have recent injury concerns and Rondo's talent level is such that leaving him off this early would seem a risk not worth taking.

No matter how you slice it and regardless of who is left on the outside looking in, this team is stacked. Looking ahead, assuming full health from all involved, an 18-player pool and a final 12-man roster could look something like this. Cuts designated in parentheses.

PG: Paul, Rose, Williams, (Westbrook), (Rondo)
SG: Bryant, Wade, (Gordon)
SF: James, Durant, Anthony, (Gay)
PF: Bosh, Griffin, (Love)
C: Howard, Chandler, (Lopez)
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:12 am
Edited on: January 6, 2012 1:25 am
 

Report Card: Bosh carries Miami to unlikely win

Posted by Royce Young


Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley absolutely killed it on the Heat-Hawks broadcast. From ripping on Weight Watchers and the game while being off camera to openly ripping the game on air, Barkley was his usual candid self. That's what makes Barkley so good. You can't really catch him in a "Gotcha!" off camera embarrassing moment, because he'll say the same crap on air. You might not agree at all with what he's saying but you never have to wonder if he means it or is saying what he's really thinking. When he was openly upset at this game going into overtime, it was sealed: Chuck gets the gold star for the night. 

Chris Bosh

While pretty much everyone was dying for the Hawks-Heat game to end (most notably Sir Charles), one person wanted it to go on forever: Chris Bosh. It was his time to shine. He was the star of a team again, the focus offensively and the guy to carry his team. He also might have had 'Nam-like flashbacks to his time in Toronto trying to carry a relatively talentless team to a win. Bosh had 33 points and 14 rebounds, carrying Miami to an unexpected win in Atlanta, while also drilling a game-tying 3 at the end of regulation to send the game spiraling into a couple overtimes.

Gerald Wallace and the Portland Trail Blazers

It's time to re-evaluate the Western Conference. The Blazers are the real deal. It's true. With a 5-1 start and signature back-to-back wins over the Thunder and Lakers, the Blazers are playing faster and player tougher than ever. And a lot of it is behind the play of guys like Wallace who are completely tearing things up. His defense down the stretch on Kobe Bryant was downright outstanding and he's basically become a one man wrecking crew for Portland as he patrols the glass, the paint and adds something in every area. Wallace defines the Blazers right now, who are the best team in the West.

The Heatles' backup singers

Mario Chamlers: 29 points, eight assists, seven rebounds. Udonis Haslem: 14 points, 11 rebounds. Terrel Harris (who?): nine points, 14 rebounds. Without Dwyane Wade or LeBron James, it didn't seem like the Heat had any prayer of hanging with the Hawks, but the so-called nobodies on the Heat weren't just going to hand it to them. They played hard and eventually outlasted Atlanta in triple-overtime. 

Keith Smart's Kings

It's always a great thing when a new coach gets a win in his first game. It's even better when it's behind a massive comeback in the second half. The Kings came back from 21 down and even 14 in the fourth quarter. It's clearly a terrific win for Sacramento and Keith Smart who looked to have the full attention of his young team as they battled and played hard throughout, but that doesn't excuse a miserable 12-point second quarter and the fact they looked terrible for a good portion of the game.

San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs dismantled the defending champs and did it without Manu Ginobili. But they also kind of played terrible. The Mavs were just way more terrible. San Antonio shot just 39.5 percent from the floor, but of its 34 baskets, 16 came from 3-point range. Nobody really stood out for the Spurs, but they had five guys in double-figures. They didn't win pretty, but they whipped the Mavs despite playing kind of bad.

Triple-overtime

The game in Atlanta kind of turned into one of those weird good-but-bad games by default. Without LeBron or Wade, it wasn't a must-watch contest with the Hawks, but triple-overtime is triple-overtime. Except for one problem: Because of it, the game of the night, Blazers-Lakers, had the entire first half wiped out. Nobody saw any of it. And it was evidently a pretty entertaining half of basketball too but instead we were watching the Hawks go 0-9 in the third overtime and the Heat's scrubs lead Miami to a weird victory.

Dallas Mavericks

I wish I could figure the Mavs out. This is the third "F" I've given them already. Another 20-point loss for the defending champs as the Spurs drilled them 93-71. Dallas shot 35.1 percent from the floor, went 1-19 from 3, had just one player in double-figures, had 29 points at halftime and only 42 points after three quarters. They looked like a team that had quit. If you didn't know any better, you would've thought Paul Westphal was coaching them.

Atlanta Hawks

What the heck? They beat a full-strength Heat the other day in Miami and then turn around and lose on national TV to a Miami team missing Wade and LeBron. Really, even if they had outlasted Miami and won in triple-overtime, they'd be getting an F. The lone bright spot of the game was some guy named Ivan Johnson who showed up big. But that's what it came to for Atlanta. Not Joe Johnson, but IVAN Johnson trying to carry them to a win. Joe Johnson, Jeff Teague, Josh Smith and Marvin Williams combined to go 16-59 from the field. What a frustrating night for the Hawks and one that kind of sums them up perfectly.
Posted on: January 2, 2012 11:12 am
 

Dwyane Wade says 2012 his last for Team USA

By Matt Moore

Dwyane Wade has told FoxSportsFlorida.com that 2012 will be his last appearance for Team USA.
"This is my last run," Wade, 29, said in an interview with FOX Sports Florida. "No chance (Wade will return for another Olympics). No chance at all. Not a chance."
via 2012 to be Dwyane Wade's last Olympics.

Wade cites a desire to let other young players have their chance at a medal during their careers as his primary reason. Wade won a bronze medal in 2004 and a gold medal in 2008's Beijing Olympics alongside now-fellow Heat members LeBron James and Chris Bosh. It was their insistence, along with that of Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony, notoriously close friends of Wade and James, that pushed Wade to come back for another season.

The lockout-affected season means that the NBA Finals will end as late as June 26th, and the Olympics begin July 27th, with Team USA training camp starting a few weeks ealier. Should the Heat's season go according to their plans, or at least as well as last year, Wade wouldn't have much time to rest his body, which is known to have injury issues. But Wade says the "unity' is what makes the experience special and will bring him back.

Team USA should be just as stacked this time around. With the Miami Big 3, Anthony, Paul, and Kobe Bryant expected to return, along with Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose, that's an absurd amount of talent right there. Competition could be as stiff this time around as it was in 2008, but expect Blake Griffin to have a good shot at making the team. Factoring in the kind of role players that usually make the team to give specific abilities (Tyson Chander's defense for example), and the 18-20 player list expected to be announced in January according to Jerry Colangelo, head of Team USA, (via FoxSportsFlorida.com) could make for some serious ego management in the roster decisions.

But having that much talent is never a problem, and Wade will be part of that pleasant conundrum.
Posted on: December 30, 2011 11:34 pm
Edited on: December 31, 2011 1:08 am
 

Report Card 12.30.11: Heat escape from Wolves

Posted by Ben Golliver

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A: LeBron James to Dwyane Wade game-winning inbounds lob

The Miami Heat really, really should have lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves, which is one of those phrases that you expect never to  think, much less write. But it's true: rookie point guard Ricky Rubio's 12-point, 12-assist effort kept Minnesota in it until the very end, and a careless LeBron James turnover on a critical late possession gave Minnesota multiple chances to steal their only game against the Heat this season.

Instead, order was restored by an absolutely brilliant play design from coach Erik Spoelstra. Miami set up a sideline inbounds play out of a timeout, using James as the inbounder. Miami ran two players to the near corner to pull Minnesota's defense away from the middle of the court and then ran guard Dwyane Wade on a looping pattern using a high screen from forward Chris Bosh to free himself. James then threw the lob pass to a suddenly open Wade, who did well to catch it from behind his body and finish a lay-up smoothly in one motion, as the Timberwolves defense tried, too late, to contest his shot. Final score: Miami 103-101. Can't draw it up any better than that.


A: Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls

You'll rarely see two teams play harder than the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Clippers did during the third quarter on Friday night, when bodies were flying all over the court on both ends. Chris Paul and Derrick Rose went tit-for-tat, blow-for-blow throughout, and DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin finished more dunks than anyone could keep track of. But the Bulls, led by Rose, remained their steady selves, down the stretch, pulling out a 114-101 win at Staples Center. Rose finished with a ridiculous 29 points on just 14 shots, adding 16 assists on top of that. Elite, elite, elite play. Paul was excellent; Rose was on a different level.

B: Boston Celtics and Paul Pierce's return

It must have felt nice for the Boston Celtics to enjoy a return to normalcy. After a dismal 0-3 start to the season in All-Star forward Paul Pierce's absence, Boston got its first win of the year by thumping the pathetic Detroit Pistons at home, 96-85. Pierce wasn't dominant, finishing with 12 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in just 23 minutes, but the contribution was much needed. 

C: Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers remained undefeated on the season, improving to 3-0 on Friday night, but it took overtime and a gift from the Gods to make sure it happened. Indiana struggled to shoot all night, finishing just 36-for-94 from the field and a pitiful 2-for-10 from deep. The Cleveland Cavaliers, one of the league's weakest sisters, were almost exactly as terrible (34-for-88 overall and 5-for-25 from deep) but one Cavaliers miss swung this in Indiana's favor. Rookie guard Kyrie Irving made a beautiful series of moves to free himself near the rim on the final possession of regulation, staring at a point blank lay-up that would have given Cleveland a thrilling buzzer-beating victory. Instead, Irving, who finished with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists, saw his attempt rim out, forced to hold his head in disbelief. The Pacers slammed the door, winning overtime 14-7, to seal the 98-91 victory. But, Indiana: you're better than all that.

D: New Orleans Hornets' bricklaying

The Phoenix Suns have had a rough start to the 2011-2012 season but they got an elixir for their ills in the New Orleans Hornets' bricklaying. Minus guard Eric Gordon, who didn't play because of a knee bruise, the Hornets starting backcourt of Jarrett Jack and Marco Belinelli combined to shoot 9-for-33. The starting frontcourt of Trevor Ariza and Carl Landry was only barely better, at 8-for-27. In fact, not a single one of the 12 Hornets who played shot 50 percent or better. The final damage: 26-for-90. Unreal.

F: Chris Bosh's ridiculous pass

Oh, Chris Bosh. Just when you were starting to look invincible and slightly more likeable you had to pull us back in. The following blooper brings plenty of unintentional comedy. Bosh, working near the three-point line, hesitates to pass the ball to center Joel Anthony, who decides to move away and set a pick for a teammate. With Anthony's head turned, Bosh decides to fire a pass to him, which richochets hard off his back and out of bounds. Bosh doubles down on the hilarity by giving Anthony a death stare, pointing at his own eyes as if to say, "Watch for the pass." Sorry, man. That one was on you.

Here's the video.



E for Effort: Minnesota Timberwolves

Just like the Charlotte Bobcats earlier this week, The young, frisky Timberwolves watched an excellent shot at upsetting the Heat slip between their fingers at the last possible moment thanks to miracle work by Dwyane Wade. Now 0-3 after suffering varying degrees of heartbreak throughout the first week of the season, Minnesota now possesses what it hasn't in previous seasons: its dignity. A respect level is beginning to develop around the league, thanks largely to the hype building around Rubio, and these close encounters will surely turn into nailbiting upsets before too long.
Posted on: December 30, 2011 9:50 pm
 

Wade's birthday message to LeBron: You're bald

Posted by Ben Golliver

Happy birthday, LeBron James. You look old and you're balding.

That was the message from the other two members of the Miami Heat's Big 3, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, when James turned 27-years-old on Friday. The pair passed on those birthday wishes to James during a halftime feature aired on Fox Sports North during Miami's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

"Happy birthday," Bosh deadpanned. "Shout out. To LeBron. Nah, happy birthday man. I know you look 37 but you're turning 27, good for you, man."

"Happy 27th birthday to you brother," Wade said, flashing his trademark smile. "Glad I could share this moment with you. I don't think you're 27 but that's what you tell us so we're going to roll with it."

Wade then continued to take a shot at James' receding hairline, pointing to his own forehead for effect.

"Been around to see you grow from an 18-year-old kid that had a line-up to a 27 year old man that don't have one," Wade said. "I'm looking forward to seeing it come back soon. Happy birthday brother."

With friends and teammates like these, who needs bloggers? Here's the birthday message video from Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to LeBron James via YouTube user 07rcmp.


Posted on: December 28, 2011 11:40 pm
 

Report Card 12.28.11: Spurs ground Lob City

Posted by Royce Young


A: San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs are too old right? THIS is the year it all starts coming apart for them, right? Yeah, right. The Clippers came to town bringing their lightshow of dunks and alley-oops, but the old, slow Spurs had no problems handling all that noise. San Antonio used a 38-point third quarter to pull away from the Clips and really highlighted a lot of issues Lob City has. They need a shooter and some depth, badly. The Spurs seem to have it all together once again, as long as the old guys can stay healthy. Doubt them all you want. Pay attention to the young, excited kids running and jumping and dunking. But the Spurs will just keep winning no matter how boring you may find that, thank you very much. The Spurs are 2-0 with blowout wins over Memphis and the Clippers. No big.

A: LeBron James and Chris Bosh

The Heat got a tougher than anticipated test from the Bobcats, but LeBron and Bosh were terrific for Miami. LeBron had 35 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Bosh had 11 of his 25 in the fourth. And he also had this incredibly awkward and awesome dunk.

B: Oklahoma City Thunder

The Thunder picked up a third straight win, beating Memphis 98-95 on the road, but it's a bit tainted as Mike Conley injured his ankle on the very first possession of the game. And on top of it, the Thunder shot just 37 percent from the floor and gave up 19 offensive rebounds. But winning is winning and it's always good. Especially when it's on the road against a contender. Kevin Durant dropped a beautiful 32 points and carried OKC down the stretch.

C: New Orleans Hornets

They beat the Celtics to start 2-0. And they did this one without Eric Gordon. That really deserves an A. But you're supposed to be doing bad, New Orleans! You're supposed to be tanking this season away! You're supposed to be setting yourselves up for the Anthony Davis sweepstakes! Each win will be bittersweet this season for that stupid reason. It's supposed to be about the future and every win hurts that a bit. It's a horrible thing, but reality.

D: Russell Westbrook

How's this for a line: Four points, 0-13 shooting, four turnovers. Yikes. So why isn't this an F? Because Westbrook picked up six assists, hit two very important free throws in the final seconds and his team won.

F: Boston Celtics

What can you say? The Celtics are 0-3 and just lost to the Hornets despite their best player sitting. And it wasn't even a close game as they lost by 19. Yeah, Paul Pierce is hurt. Yeah, it's a night after that tough game in Miami. That's not supposed to be an excuse for a team like the Celtics though.

E for Effort: Charlotte Bobcats

So, sooooo close to knocking off the Heat. Miami was dragging a bit and probably overlooked Charlotte a bit as the Heat were coming off a game the night before against Boston, but the Bobcats were ready to go. Charlottle held a one-point lead with a few seconds left and if not for Dwyane Wade being ridiculous, the Bobcats would've registered the upset of the early NBA season. Things to be encouraged about though if you're Paul Silas and the Bobcats though. Gerald Henderson, Kemba Walker, Bismack Biyombo and D.J. Augustin should give Bobcat fans something to be excited about.

Incomplete: Indiana Pacers

The Pacers are 2-0, but have wins over the Pistons and Raptors, with both games being relatively close. Are they good or just beating who they're supposed to beat? It's hard to know right now.
Posted on: December 27, 2011 6:40 pm
 

Miami Heat make 'All of the Lights' intro video

Posted by Ben Golliver

Nothing says serious championship contender quite like Eddy Curry making a rap music video cameo while wearing two polo shirts.

The Miami Heat have released a 2011-2012 introduction video set to the tune of Kanye West's "All of the Lights". It's pretty incredible and almost defies explanation, but we'll give it a shot anyway. 

The one-minute spot features LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and company bouncing their hands and shaking their moneymakers as psychedelic graphics spin around them. Wade is dressed in a white suitcoat, James a green sweater, and Bosh dons a striped sweater. Things get cooky when Shane Battier shows up in double popped collars, James Jones in a scarf, Mike Miller in a jean jacket and cargo shorts. The Heat dancers also make a mandatory appearance.

There are goofy faces, shoulders that are dusted off and some flexing. It ends with the tagline, "Let's Go Heat." This baby has it all.

Related: In early December, the Heat released a hype video dubbed "The Wait Is Over". 

Take a look at the Miami Heat's "All of the Lights" introduction video courtesy of the Miami Heat on YouTube




Hat tip: Palm Beach Post
 
 
 
 
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