For all the cheap shots D-Wade’s dealt the Celtics over the years, he has the gall to call out Rondo’s foul as a “punk play?”
For all the cheap shots D-Wade’s dealt the Celtics over the years, he has the gall to call out Rondo’s foul as a “punk play?”
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — LeBron James had 38 points and 11 rebounds and the Miami Heat resumed their season with a 107-93 rout of the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night, extending their winning streak to nine games.
Dwyane Wade added 33 points and 10 assists for the Heat, who at 28-7 are off to their best 35-game start in franchise history.
Miami was playing in its first game since the All-Star break. The Heat hadn’t played since a 102-88 victory at home over the New York Knicks last Thursday.
The Heat were without All-Star Chris Bosh because of a death in his family. He is also expected to miss Friday night’s game at Utah, but it is not yet known whether he will play Sunday when Miami visits the Los Angeles Lakers.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points for the Blazers, who were coming off a 104-95 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night. Portland (18-18) has lost eight of its last 12 games.
It was Miami’s fifth straight road win.
Before the game, the Blazers activated center Joel Przybilla, who was signed by the team earlier this week.
Przybilla, who spent more than six seasons in Portland before he was traded to Charlotte last season, has not played since last March. An 11-year NBA veteran, the 7-foot-1 center finished with four points, six rebounds and two blocked shots in 19 minutes.
A fan favorite, he was treated to a standing ovation by the Rose Garden crowd.
The Blazers jumped out to an early 14-6 lead, but the Heat came back to tie it on Wade’s lob pass to James for the dunk. James and Wade combined for all of Miami’s points to that point.
The Heat extended the lead to 30-21 on Mario Chalmers’ jumper. They kept the Blazers at bay the rest of the half, going up 45-34 on Udonis Haslem’s 15-foot jumper before taking a 60-42 lead into the break. James and Wade accounted for 41 of the team’s points.
The Heat led by as many as 25 points in the third quarter. James’ fast-break dunk put the Miami ahead 77-55.
James went to the bench in the fourth quarter with the Heat still holding a sizable lead. But the Blazers chipped away a bit, coming to within 91-78 on Wesley Matthews’ reverse layup.
James’ break was brief and the Blazers got as close as 95-85 on Nicolas Batum’s 3-pointer with 4:35 left. James answered on the other end with a 3-pointer of his own.
James has scored 30 or more points in 15 games this season. Wade has scored at least 20 points in 10 straight games.
Last season, James scored 44 points against the Blazers, a record-high for an opponent at the Rose Garden, in a 107-100 overtime victory for the Heat. The road team has won the last five games in the series.
Notes: Miami coach Erik Spoelstra was selected the NBA’s Eastern Conference coach of the month on Thursday after leading Miami to a league-best 11-2 record in February. It’s the third time he has earned the honor. … Former Blazer Scottie Pippen was at the game. … Batum cut his lip in the second half but returned. … The game was the only meeting between the Heat and the Blazers this season. … Portland placed C-F Kurt Thomas on the inactive list because of a concussion he sustained the night before in Portland’s loss at Denver.
The Los Angeles Lakers say star guard Kobe Bryant is experiencing further symptoms from his broken nose. And the Los Angeles ear, nose and throat specialist who saw him Tuesday sent him to get an MRI and to see a neurologist.
Insisting he meant no harm, Dwyane Wade revealed Tuesday that he has apologized to Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant multiple times for a blood-drawing, nose-breaking foul during Sunday’s All-Star game.
The first of those apologies, Wade said, came during the game when he saw Bryant’s face had been bloodied. Wade also said he sent the Lakers’ star a message after the game in Orlando on Sunday night.
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NBA All-Star games are about as meaningful as a Kim Kardashian marriage, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t interesting take aways from last night’s action.
Dwyane Wade is earning a bit of a reputation in some circles as being a somewhat “dirty” player. Some believe he crossed a line when injuring Rajon Rondo in last year’s playoffs for instance, and last night did nothing to help his reputation.
While I’m not going to say he intentionally injured Rondo or intentionally broke Kobe Bryant’s nose, he certainly crossed a line.
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All-Star Game: Feb. 26 at Orlando, Fla.
Player Pos Ht Wt A-S
x-Carmelo Anthony, N.Y. F 6-8 230 5
x-Dwight Howard, Orl C 6-11 265 6
x-LeBron James, Mia F 6-8 250 8
x-Derrick Rose, Chi G 6-3 190 3
x-Dwyane Wade, Mia G 6-4 210 8
Chris Bosh, Mia F-C 6-10 230 7
Luol Deng, Chi F 6-9 220 1
Roy Hibbert. Ind C 7-2 260 1
Andre Iguodala, Phi F-G 6-6 207 1
Joe Johnson, Atl G 6-7 235 6
Paul Pierce, Bos F 6-7 235 10
Deron Williams, N.J. G 6-3 209 3
Head Coach: Tom Thibodeau, Chicago
Assistant Coaches: TBA
Trainer: Keon Weise, Orlando
Player P Ht Wt A-S
x-Kobe Bryant, L.A.L. G 6-6 205 14
x-Andrew Bynum, L.A.L. C 7-0 285 1
x-Kevin Durant, Okl F 6-9 230 3
x-Blake Griffin, L.A.C. F 6-10 251 2
x-Chris Paul, L.A.C. G 6-0 175 5
LaMarcus Aldridge, Por F 6-11 240 1
Marc Gasol, Mem C 7-1 265 1
Kevin Love, Min F-C 6-10 260 2
Steve Nash, Pho G 6-3 178 8
Dirk Nowitzki, Dal F 7-0 245 11
Tony Parker, S.A. G 6-2 185 4
Russell Westbrook, Okl G 6-3 211 2
Head Coach: Scott Brooks, Oklahoma City
Assistant Coaches: TBA
Trainer: Jay Jensen, Portland
Fanatic Sports Morning Update for February 11, 2012
Jeremy Lin scores career-high 38 as Knicks top Lakers 92-85.
Russell Westbrook had 28 points and Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Utah Jazz 101-87.
No. 25 Harvard holds off Penn 56-50.
Dwyane Wade scores 26 as Heat take down Wizards 106-89.
Dirk Nowitzki scores season-high 33 points in Mavs win over Wolves 104-97.
Chris Paul had 24 points and the Clippers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 78-77.
Smith scores 23 as Hawks slip past Magic in OT 89-87.
Bucks 113, Cavs 112
Grizzlies 98, Pacers 92
Toronto 86, Boston 74
Tiger Woods 6 behind leader Wi at Pebble Beach
MIAMI (AP)—LeBron James was sent home from Miami’s game-day shootaround practice to rest Thursday morning, and the Heat say he will be a game-time decision for that night’s matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Meanwhile, the Lakers—and James’ former coach—fully expect him to play.
“When you talk about great players like him, those guys even though they’re sick or a little injured or whatever, they find a way to perform at a high level,” Lakers coach Mike Brown, one of James’ former coaches with the Cleveland Cavaliers, said Thursday afternoon. “I don’t think it’s any different for LeBron.”
James has been battling flu-like symptoms for much of this week. He said it affected him in the early minutes of Miami’s game against San Antonio on Tuesday, a contest where he started slowly and still finished with 33 points, 17 of those in a huge third-quarter run as the Heat turned a 14-point halftime deficit into a 22-point win.
James said he was feeling better Wednesday, though some symptoms apparently reappeared Wednesday night and into Thursday morning. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra indicated James was sent home only as a precaution.
“He’s feeling under the weather still,” Spoelstra said.
Miami will be without guard Dwyane Wade, whose sprained right ankle will keep him sidelined for the second straight game. It’s the fifth game Wade will miss in Miami’s first 14 this season because of injury, the first three of those caused by a sore left foot.
“The show still goes on,” Heat forward Chris Bosh said. “We’re still going to expect to win.”
Whether James plays or not, the Heat plan to use Shane Battier and James Jones defensively on Lakers star Kobe Bryant, at least some of the time.
“It’s always a luxury having such great players on your team,” Bosh said. “But sometimes they’re out. This is why we made moves this season, was to be a deeper team.”
Dwyane Wade is hurting. His team has lost three in a row. And the schedule is not going to provide any breaks any time soon.
The season’s first official rough patch has arrived for the Miami Heat.
Some Heat players hit the practice court Sunday, Wade not among them. He was in the building, getting treatment on the right ankle he sprained in Friday’s loss to the Denver Nuggets— one of three lower body injuries he’s dealing with of late, including a sore left foot and strained calf.
There was no formal word on whether Wade would play Tuesday against the San Antonio Spurs, but it seems the Heat are preparing to be without him.
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NEW YORK (AP) — After nearly two years of bickering, NBA players and owners are back on the same side.
“We want to play basketball,” Commissioner David Stern said.
Come Christmas Day, they should be.
The sides reached a tentative agreement early Saturday to end the 149-day lockout and hope to begin the delayed season with a marquee tripleheader Dec. 25. Most of a season that seemed in jeopardy of being lost entirely will be salvaged if both sides approve the handshake deal.
Barring a change in scheduling, the 2011-12 season will open with the Boston Celtics at New York Knicks, followed by Miami at Dallas in an NBA finals rematch before MVP Derrick Rose and Chicago visiting Kobe Bryant and the Lakers.
Neither side provided many specifics about the deal, and there are still legal hurdles that must be cleared before gymnasiums are open again.
“We thought it was in both of our interest to try to reach a resolution and save the game,” union executive director Billy Hunter said.
After a secret meeting earlier this week that got the broken process back on track, the sides met for more than 15 hours Friday, working to save the season. Stern said the agreement was “subject to a variety of approvals and very complex machinations, but we’re optimistic that will all come to pass and that the NBA season will begin Dec. 25.”
The league plans a 66-game season and aims to open training camps Dec. 9, with free agency opening at the same time. Stern has said it would take about 30 days from an agreement to playing the first game.
“All I feel right now is `finally,’” Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade told The Associated Press.
Just 12 days after talks broke down and Stern declared the NBA could be headed to a “nuclear winter,” he sat next to Hunter to announce the 10-year deal, with either side able to opt out after the sixth year.
“For myself, it’s great to be a part of this particular moment in terms of giving our fans what they wanted and wanted to see,” said Derek Fisher, the president of the players’ association.
A majority on each side is needed to approve the agreement, first reported by CBSSports.com. The NBA needs votes from 15 of 29 owners. (The league owns the New Orleans Hornets.) Stern said the labor committee plans to discuss the agreement later Saturday and expects them to endorse it and recommend to the full board.
The union needs a simple majority of its 430-plus members. That process is a bit more complicated after the players dissolved the union Nov. 14. Now, they must drop their antitrust lawsuit in Minnesota and reform the union before voting on the deal.
Because the union disbanded, a new collective bargaining agreement can only be completed once the union has reformed. Drug testing and other issues still must be negotiated between the players and the league, which also must dismiss its lawsuit filed in New York.
“We’re very pleased we’ve come this far,” Stern said. “There’s still a lot of work to be done.”
The sides will quickly return to work later Saturday, speaking with attorneys and their own committees to keep the process moving.
When the NBA returns, owners hope to find the type of parity that exists in the NFL, where the small-market Green Bay Packers are the current champions. The NBA has been dominated in recent years by the biggest spenders, with Boston, Los Angeles and Dallas winning the last four titles.
“I think it will largely prevent the high-spending teams from competing in the free-agent market the way they’ve been able to in the past. It’s not the system we sought out to get in terms of a harder cap, but the luxury tax is harsher than it was. We hope it’s effective,” deputy commissioner Adam Silver said.
“We feel ultimately it will give fans in every community hope that their team can compete for championships.”
The league hopes fans come right back, despite their anger over a work stoppage that followed such a successful season. But owners wanted more of the league’s $4 billion in annual revenues after players were guaranteed 57 percent of basketball-related income in the old deal.
Participating in the talks for the league were Stern, Silver, Spurs owner Peter Holt, the chairman of the labor relations committee, and attorneys Rick Buchanan and Dan Rube. The players were represented by executive director Billy Hunter, president Derek Fisher, vice president Maurice Evans, attorney Ron Klempner and economist Kevin Murphy.
Owners locked out the players July 1, and the sides spent most of the summer and fall battling over the division of revenues and other changes owners wanted in a new collective bargaining agreement. They said they lost hundreds of millions of dollars in each year of the former deal, ratified in 2005, and they wanted a system where the big-market teams wouldn’t have the ability to outspend their smaller counterparts.
Players fought against those changes, not wanting to see any teams taken out of the market when they became free agents.
“This was not an easy agreement for anyone. The owners came in having suffered substantial losses and feeling the system wasn’t working fairly across all teams,” Silver said. “I certainly know the players had strong views about expectations in terms of what they should be getting from the system. It required a lot of compromise from both parties’ part, and I think that’s what we saw today.”
Even the final day had turbulent patches. It required multiple calls with the owners’ labor relations committee, all the while knowing another breakdown in talks would mean not only the loss of the Christmas schedule but possibly even the entire season.
“We resolved, despite some even bumps this evening, that the greater good required us to knock ourselves out and come to this tentative understanding,” Stern said.
He denied the litigation was a factor in accelerating a deal, but things happened relatively quickly after the players filed a suit that could have won them some $6 billion in damages.
“For us the litigation is something that just has to be dealt with,” Stern said. “It was not the reason for the settlement. The reason for the settlement was we’ve got fans, we’ve got players who would like to play and we’ve got others who are dependent on us. And it’s always been our goal to reach a deal that was fair to both sides and get us playing as soon as possible, but that took a little time.”
It finally yielded the second shortened season in NBA history, joining the 1998-99 lockout that reduced the schedule to 50 games. This time the league will miss 16 games off the normal schedule.
Though the deal’s expected to be approved, it may not be unanimous as there are factions of hard-liners in both camps who will be unhappy with substantive portions of the deal.
“Let’s all pray this turns out well,” Pacers forward Danny Granger wrote on Twitter.
But getting what the owners wanted took a toll. Stern, after more than 27 years as the league’s commissioner, hoped to close a deal much sooner but was committed for fighting for the owners’ wishes even at the risk of damaging his legacy. Hunter dealt with anger from agents and even questions from his own players about his strategy, wondering why it could so long for the players to use the threat of litigation to give them leverage that had otherwise eluded them.
The sides met just twice in the first two months of the lockout before stepping up the pace in September, when it was already too late to open camps on time. The sides tried meeting in small groups, large groups and even mediation, but nothing sparked compromise.
Things changed this week with the entrance of Jim Quinn, a former NBPA counsel who had good relationships on both sides. The meeting Friday was held at the office of his law firm, though he did not take part.
Hunter said the terms of the deal would come out shortly, preferring to keep them private until they could be shared with the players. They might not like the deal, but it will be better than what many of them feared. Resigned to possibly missing the season, some had signed deals overseas so they would have some paycheck.
Instead, they’re a step closer to returning home.
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MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade is ready to play basketball. Preferably in Miami.
And if that’s not an option, he’s preparing himself to start looking elsewhere.
Wade said Thursday that he has authorized agent Henry Thomas to listen to any viable offers that may be out there for him to play internationally this season — with the caveat that, until such time as all hope for an NBA season is gone, he won’t be signing any deal with any other club.
“I told my agent to just take a peek,” Wade said in an interview with The Associated Press. “It’s time. There’s a possibility that we’re not going to have a season. We’ve got to see what’s out there, what the possibilities are. I want to play competitive basketball this year. I’ve missed a year of basketball in my life before. I’m not trying to miss another. I don’t have too many years of basketball left.”
Wade sat out his first season of college basketball at Marquette while getting academics and eligibility issues in order. This, obviously, is a different sort of issue.
It’s not like he’s lost all hope for a season — not even close, actually. Wade said he still has some hope that the season can begin on Christmas, though he acknowledges that seems less than likely.
“I’m with the majority. When everybody’s ready to go, I’m ready to go,” Wade said. “I’m ready to stick with our guns if that’s what we decide to do. The message to fans doesn’t change from what I’ve said: It’s hard for players to say that we’re sorry for this, because people say that we’re not. This is our job and you see what we have to do. No one wants to be on the court more than the players.”
He was speaking Thursday between shooting takes of a new Gatorade ad campaign that launches early next year. It was the 140th day of the lockout, and as he spoke, he looked out a floor-to-ceiling glass window not far from the AmericanAirlines Arena — the building where the Heat play their home games.
The 2006 NBA finals MVP was back in that arena Tuesday night, as a guest for a concert featuring Jay-Z and Kanye West. It was his first time in the building since the Heat wrapped up their end-of-season business after losing the NBA finals to the Dallas Mavericks. Once the lockout started when the existing labor deal expired June 30, teams have not been allowed to contact players, nor give them access to their facilities.
So when Wade went there Tuesday, he couldn’t venture anywhere near the Heat locker room.
“I went through an entrance I’d never gone through before,” Wade said. “It was weird. Very weird, walking into that arena. It was different staff, then I saw some people I knew, but it was weird. It’s just unfortunate that it’s got to be like that. It’s like you’re a criminal, like you can’t walk into a place because you’ve done something wrong. I won a championship here. I’d like to win another one.”
Wade has stayed busy during the lockout, with tons of work-related travel and continually trying to build his business brand. He just got back from Australia, flies to Oregon for meetings Friday, has more work lined up next week and is working all that around the demands of being a full-time dad to his two sons, neither of whom seem to mind that the Heat aren’t playing games right now.
“They like having me around,” Wade said.
So his two biggest fans are taken care of. It’s the other ones that Wade worries about.
He’s an endorser for several products, Nike’s Jordan Brand included, which might seem a bit awkward these days given the brand’s namesake — Michael Jordan — is one of the NBA owners on the opposite side of the negotiating table from where players are. Wade said it’s not necessarily awkward for him, but does worry about what the lockout may do to his business dealings.
“I’ve built a fan base and I’ve built a brand, but obviously than there’s nothing bigger than the basketball court, that stage,” Wade said. “There are things that I’ve got to worry about that people don’t necessarily understand or probably don’t care about, but it’s one of the things that I have to care about.”
Foremost, though, he wants to play. In Miami. And soon.
Wade said he didn’t know what the league’s player representatives were going to say on Monday before the news conference that revealed talks between them and the NBA had broken down and the union was beginning to transition into a trade organization with hopes of finding a deal another way.
He’s anxious and concerned, for certain. He’s planning to spend Thanksgiving with longtime girlfriend Gabrielle Union and her family. For Christmas — one of his favorite days to watch NBA games — he’d like Union’s family to join his family. And if the NBA says “game on,” he’d be more than happy to re-do his holiday plans.
“Hopefully,” Wade said. “Hopefully. You never know. They haven’t said ‘No games on Christmas’ yet. So I still can say there’s hope.”
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BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Dwyane Wade’s body is spent. He’s in absolute agony. He’s gritting his teeth and taking huge gasps of air as the clock is ticking down, all while people surround and implore him to keep going all the way to the finish.
This isn’t a 48-minute NBA game watched by thousands of fans.
It’s a 30-second stationary bike ride watched by a few scientists.
“If there’s an edge that we can find,” Wade said afterward, “I want to find it.”
So he went looking for it at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, becoming the first athlete tested at the company’s new lab on the campus of IMG Academies in southwest Florida.
For the better part of a day, Wade went through a battery of tests. Some were typical, like blood work. Some were not particularly taxing, like when he simply lay still for a few minutes while a machine scanned his body to determine its composition. Some were arduous, like a treadmill that could show how quickly he burns through carbohydrates while exercising, and that diabolical, high-resistance exercise bike.
Take the data, add it up, and an already elite player for the Miami Heat might be able to get a little bit better.
“It’s kind of exciting,” said Dr. JohnEric Smith, the associate principal scientist at the lab who monitored Wade’s tests. “My research focus has always kind of been on wanting to know what are the limits of human performance. And having access to athletes like a Dwyane Wade, who’s already on top of his sport. and try to identify ways to make him a little better, that’s exciting to me.”
In basic terms, the institute takes its studies on the effects of exercise and nutrition and tries to turn those findings into better products. More labs are planned to open internationally in the coming months.
For everyday people, subtle changes to a sports-drink formula may not necessarily have much of an effect.
But for Wade and athletes of his ilk, that’s not the case.
One of the tests — Wade running on a treadmill, breathing through high-tech headgear — showed he burns through carbohydrates faster than most athletes. By adjusting what he eats and drinks a bit on game day, just based on that one finding, Wade could very easily find himself able to be more effective in the closing minutes of games.
“If it makes me 1 percent better, it makes me a better player,” Wade said.
One thing scientists came away from Wade’s testing particularly pleased with was that he was willing to do whatever they suggested, with no problem.
And some of it, well, made Wade look just a little silly.
Here’s the scene: He’s facing the wall, palms out, looking at what’s called a DynaVision Training Device. He had to keep his eyes fixed on the center of the device, which was about 3 feet wide and 3 feet high. A small screen would generate a four-digit number every few seconds, and Wade would have to call it out at the same time he tapped whichever of dozens of lights that would randomly turn red.
The first time, Wade didn’t do as well as he liked.
The second time, he saw his score and raised his arms in celebration.
“It’s come a long way,” said Dr. Asker Jeukendrup, the global senior director of Illinois-based GSSI, when asked how research into athletic performance is evolving. “Where the big advances will be is in how we actually educate the athletes. Products will develop, but what really needs to happen is the education, and traditionally that’s something that GSSI has always been very good at. We have a lot of education to do.”
Wade went to the testing with specific requests.
Like any athlete, he’s always looking for more endurance. But he’s also been prone to cramping throughout his basketball career, no matter how much he drinks on game days or replenishes during workouts or games. He hopes his trip to the lab, where sports nutrition, as well as hydration, is studied, leads to better answers.
“Just trying to get myself that edge, so I don’t have to deal with that as much,” Wade said. “Hydration is so important, so huge, especially with me. I lose five pounds after each game. Just trying to get that competitive edge that I need, especially as I get older, you can’t rely on your youth as much, so you keep trying to find that something.”
He came away from the five hours or so of work convinced that the testing was worthwhile. Wade has tried to stay as close to game shape as he can during the NBA lockout, simply because he — like all players — doesn’t know when the call will come to announce that it’s time to head to training camp with a new labor deal.
On this particular day, Glen Davis of the Boston Celtics was also training at IMG, albeit in a different area than the GSSI lab. Davis popped into the testing briefly and chatted with Wade for a bit, but collected no secrets about what the 2006 NBA finals MVP was trying to learn about himself.
For that matter, no one else will get those secrets, either. Wade said it was humbling to be the first athlete to go through the new lab, and can’t wait to put the newfound knowledge to use.
“At first, you don’t want it out. At first, if you do find something that can help you and give you an edge, you want to keep that edge,” Wade said. “And then eventually, you pass it on. It might get passed on to a close friend, a teammate. And then if it’s something that’s game-changing, then you pass it on to everyone else. But before I say anything, I want to make sure it works for me.”
The Miami Heat couldn’t quite get the job done last season against the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals and now LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh get to sit around and wait till a new collective bargaining agreement is worked out before getting to try it all again.
The supporting cast to the Big Three is set to change whenever a new season gets underway. The Miami Herald reports that General Manager Pat Riley is planning to go after Shane Battier, Grant Hill, and Tayshaun Prince once the lockout is finally lifted.
If those three don’t work out, the Herald notes, the team will then turn its attention to Michael Redd and Tracy McGrady.
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Dirk Nowitzki said Saturday that Dwyane Wade and LeBron James were “a little childish, a little ignorant” in a video that appears to show them mocking the Mavericks star’s recent illness.
Wade said he really did cough and turned it into a generic joke because cameras were rolling. He and James blamed others for trying to make a big deal out of it.
The video taken by the CBS affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth shows Wade walking alongside James following a shootaround the morning of Game 5 of the NBA finals. Wade coughs, then says, “Did you hear me cough? Think I’m sick.”
Nowitzki was coughing and sniffling throughout Game 4 because of a sinus infection that also left him with a 101-degree fever. He played anyway and led Dallas to a victory over the Miami Heat that evened the series at two games each. The Mavs also won Game 5, sending them into Game 6 on Sunday night with a chance to be crowned champions.
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After two days of intense film study and painstaking analysis of the final 14 possessions in their end-of-game collapse in Game 2 of the NBA finals, the Miami Heat finally came up with the reason why.
It wasn’t a highly technical reason.
“We let one go,” Dwyane Wade said.
And entering Game 3 of the NBA finals, the Heat will try to let Game 2 go again. The way Miami sees it, carrying over the stigma of that loss – one of the worst late-game collapses in finals history – would only doom them again Sunday night when the scene shifts to steamy Dallas for the first of three games on the Mavericks’ home floor.
Dallas rallied from 15 points down in the final 7 minutes to beat Miami in Game 2, outscoring the Heat 22-5 to finish the game and knot the series. Thanks to that win, Mavs’ fans still may see another NBA championship celebration, only this time, by the Western Conference champions and not a Heat team that hoisted a trophy at Dallas after the 2006 finals.
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Phi Slamma South Beach had rained down another 3-pointer, Dwyane Wade this time. Miami was up 15, about to be up 2-0 in the NBA Finals, about to all but start the victory parade down here. Seven minutes and change remained and LeBron James came charging over to Wade, who was holding his post-release pose in the air in front of the Dallas Mavericks’ bench. Soon James was throwing jabs at Wade’s chest in celebration, and the entire Finals spun on the Heat’s preening.
Upsetting,” the Mavs’ Tyson Chandler said.
“A turning point,” teammate Jason Terry said.
“I don’t think it’s an issue,” LeBron James said.
The Heat had come so far, so fast, and now here was the moment when it all came unglued, when they went right back to their worst tendencies. Oblivious. Cocky. Just unnecessary. When they play hard they reach seemingly unattainable heights. When they think things will be easy, even for just a moment, they can crater out with unfathomable fury.
One ill-timed congratulatory act didn’t just light a fire under a Mavericks team that was fading fast. The Heat fueled the blaze with a final seven-minute horror show of ugly offense, worse defense and mental mistakes after fundamental breakdowns. Dallas closed on a 22-5 run, sucker-punching the dazed, confused Heat, 95-93 to even the series 1-1 Thursday night.
Well I’m not a fan of the Heat…AT ALL. So this is pretty funny to me. It’s excrutiating to watch Lebron celebrate and pump his chest when the memories of him quitting in Boston last year are still fresh. I also think the little man crush that Wade and James have is disturbing.
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Before Dwyane Wade even sat down for a post-practice news conference Monday, he offered a pre-emptive strike.
“I’m not hurt,” he said.
And that was news Miami Heat fans wanted to hear on the eve of the NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks.
Wade, Udonis Haslem, Mike Miller and James Jones were all back in practice Monday, one day after being held out of contact drills for precautionary reasons. Everyone fully participated in the workout, which coach Erik Spoelstra said he had to cut a bit short because of how physical things were getting in the practice, during which the Heat had players in knee pads and mouthguards.
Not much to say here…They got a little rest, now everybody is ready to go.
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