The Miami Heat are on a four-game losing streak with a tough schedule ahead of them. The Heat fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder 97-85 and that was the second game of their four-game losing streak. In this game Hassan Whiteside was held to only 5 points, but he did grab 12 rebounds in the game.
The Heat offense could not get hot enough to beat the Thunder because of the explosive way the Thunder play. Only two of the Heat starters would be in double digits in scoring, Luke Babbitt and Goran Dragic would both have 11 points. The Thunder offense would be a different story.
The starters for the Thunder played great, but the player to watch during this game was Enes Kanter. Off the bench Kanter would score 24 points and grab 10 rebounds in the team’s win. He was a big reason the Thunder had a wire to wire lead over the Heat.
Russell Westbrook had a huge game with 14 points and 11 assists. Domantas Sabonis would also have a double double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. The second leading scorer in the game for the Thunder was Victor Oladipo who would score 17 points in the win.
In Dwyane Wade’s return to Miami the Chicago Bulls came to make a statement and they did. The Bulls would win the game 98-95 and Wade would have a lot to do with that. Wade would finish with 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists. The Bulls had 3 other starters in the double figures in scoring.
Jimmy Butler would have 20 points. Robin Lopez would finish with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Rajon Rondo would finish the game with a double double having 16 points and 12 rebounds. The Bulls bench would contribute 25 points in the win over the Heat.
The Heat had a great game, but they just could not contain the Bulls offense. Hassan Whiteside had a huge night with a double double scoring 20 points and grabbing 20 rebounds. Whiteside would also add 3 blocks to his stat sheet. The Heat had great bench production getting 35 points off the bench.
The Heat could not close out this game well although 3 starters were in double digits in scoring they do not have a player that can close. That is the missing piece for this team and if they do not get one soon they can expect to have a rough season.
The Utah Jazz would blow out the Heat in a 102-91 win. The Jazz were playing great all over the court and the Heat could not stop the great play of the Jazz. The Jazz would lead the game from tip-off to the end and the offense would be the reason why. Gordon Hayward would be the top scorer with 25 points.
Rudy Gobert would finish with a double double scoring 12 points and getting 12 rebounds. Rodney Hood and Dante Exum also had big games contributing 27 combined points. The Jazz also have a deep bench which contributed 32 points in the win.
The Heat got outscored in every quarter except the 4th, but their efforts for a comeback would fall short. Hassan Whiteside would have another double double with 14 rebounds and 15 points. The Heat would have 49 points off the bench which is a positive sign for the team.
Justise Winslow would have an efficient night scoring 11 points and getting 6 rebounds. Miami needs to make adjustments in order to win games against great opponents. They need to figure out which players work better with each other and start looking to move players if need be. Their next game is against the Spurs tonight and they need to come out hot in order to win.
Knicks’ Owner James Dolan Bans Heckling Fan
New York Knicks owner James Dolan apparently has some thin skin when it comes to heckling over his horrendous run at the top of the Knicks empire.
That didn’t sit well with Dolan, who called the mad rude and abruptly banned him from attending anymore Knicks games and followed it up by having the man escorted out of the building by security.
NBA Announces Partnership with Puma
The National Basketball Association has officially announced that they have agreed to a multiyear partnership with Puma, who will now be recognized as an official marketing partner of the NBA, according to an official league statement.
“We are thrilled to partner with the NBA to bring PUMA to the next level in our reentry to the basketball market,” Adam Petrick, Global Director of Brand and Marketing at PUMA, said in a statement. “This partnership is a testament to the continued resurgence of PUMA within the basketball industry.”
Per the new agreement, Puma will not be allowed to feature athletes in their respective NBA uniforms and team logos has the brand looks to regain it’s once prominent presence in the NBA.
“PUMA played an important part in the early footwear culture of the NBA,” Dan Rossomondo, NBA Senior Vice President, Media and Business Development, stated.
“As PUMA expands its presence in the basketball market with new player relationships and a new line of basketball sneakers, becoming an official footwear partner of the league was a natural next step to help amplify the brand’s return to the category.”
The NBA has been busy with partnerships as of late. Just last week we reported on their new deal for the NBA G League and Twitch, where Twitch streams will now broadcast NBA G League gameplay, and Twitch streamers will be allowed to participate, via a unique partnership with them.
NBA G League Back on Twitch
The NBAGLeague’s official channel on Twitch, stated the following about their renewed partnership with the popular streaming platform:
“Thanks to a new partnership, you can now watch and co-stream any NBA G League game that is streamed on Twitch on your very own Twitch channel! So bring your hot takes, play-by-play, stat breakdowns, and fan rants because it’s your chance to put your unique spin on the broadcasts”
The news means even more attention will be put on the Twitch marketplace, and one would assume that there may be interest in the future in leveraging Mixer streams as well, if there isn’t already talk of that occurring.
The focus on co-streaming is particularly interesting as it brings a new level of interaction to NBA G League action, and a way for fans, and other Twitch streamers, to get in on the action like never before via a new co-streaming element.
Per an official press release: “Co-streaming is a feature unique to Twitch which allows a streamer to share another channel’s video feed, but with their own commentary and community. The result is a more personalized social experience. If you’re a streamer and want to give co-streaming a try, you can find a commentary-free broadcast to use on your co-stream”
This could be, potentially, a big tool for Twitch streams featuring NBA G League content to get incredible exposure, and a way for the NBA to market G League action on other Twitch channels, and via other niches, such as IRL streams.
Furthermore, it presents a great opportunity to shine the spotlight on female streamers who have a passion for broadcasting, or sports commentary.
On the surface, it seems like a win win for all involved.
Everything kicked off, officially, on February 8th, but here is the remaining schedule of games.:
UPCOMING TWITCH SCHEDULE (ALL TIMES ET)
Saturday, Feb. 9 — 8:30 PM — Memphis Hustle vs. Texas Legends
Friday, Feb. 22 — 8 PM — Agua Caliente Clippers vs. Wisconsin Herd
Saturday, Feb. 23 — 8:30 PM — Iowa Wolves vs. Texas Legends
Friday, March 1 — 8 PM — Fort Wayne Mad Ants vs. Wisconsin Herd
Saturday, March 2 — 2 PM — Capital City Go-Go vs. Raptors 905
Friday, March 8 — 8:30 PM — Raptors 905 vs. Austin Spurs
Saturday, March 9 — 7 PM — Windy City Bulls vs. Greensboro Swarm
Friday, March 15 — 8:30 PM — Agua Caliente Clippers vs. Texas Legends
Saturday, March 16 — 7 PM — Erie BayHawks vs. Canton Charge
Friday, March 22— 10 PM — Agua Caliente Clippers vs. Santa Cruz Warriors
Saturday, March 23 — 10 PM — Agua Caliente Clippers vs. Santa Cruz Warriors
Viewers can watch the original broadcast at on the NBA G League’s official Twitch channel, or they can choose to watch Twitch Partners and Affiliates who are planning on co-streaming the NBA G League this year.
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