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Miami Heat Roll To Win Number 11 Of The Streak

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If you haven’t been counting along the Miami Heat’s winning streak is now at 11 games. This team has been leap frogging its way into play off contention. They are now only 2 spots away from the 8th seed in the eastern conference.

The Heat have been beating teams both over and under .500 and they are becoming difficult for opposing teams to game plan for. As the Heat keep rolling, they are building their chemistry as a team and everyone is becoming comfortable. Coach Erik Spoelstra has been doing a great job putting certain units on the floor and they have produced great performances and big wins.

In their last 3 games the Heat have played the Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Against the Hawks the Heat came away with a huge 116-93 win.

Hassan Whiteside played a big role in this game with a big double-double by scoring 18 points and grabbing 18 rebounds. There was also big production off the bench from James Johnson and Tyler Johnson.

Both players would combine for 27 points. Goran Dragic would score 27 points in the game he would go 4-5 from 3-point range. Dion Waiters also had a big game scoring 20 points and grabbing 7 rebounds.

In the game against the 76ers the Heat would come away with another big 125-102 win. Hot shooting was key for the Heat in this game. The Heat shot 58.5% from the field and 54.5% from 3-point range.

Making more then half of the shots they took is a big reason why they won. It was a high scoring game for both teams, but the Heat bench was the difference maker.

The bench scored 50 points for the Heat. Whiteside had a monster double-double with 30 points and 20 rebounds. Waiters and Dragic would combine for 37 points and lead their team to a win.

The Heat won another high scoring game, but this was a close one ending with a score of 115-113 against the Timberwolves. The Heat were still shooting over 50% from the field and from three in this game, and that helped them get this win.

Four starters were in double figures for the Heat and the Timberwolves. The bench for both teams was a different story, as the Heat bench would score 33 points and the Timberwolves bench would score only 19 points. The starters and the bench for the Heat are playing great team basketball in order to get these wins.

Since the Heat signed Okaro White a 6’8 forward out of Florida State to a couple of 10 day contracts the Heat have not lost. White has been signed through the rest of the 2016-2017 NBA season for the Heat.

In the 10 games he has played in he has not shown great production. He has averaged 4 points per game, and 2 rebounds per game. The one big he had came against the Nets where he scored 10 rebounds and grabbed 7 rebounds.

He is playing big minutes for the team and needs to increase his production. He will have 30 more games in order to show what he can do for this team. The Bucks will be the next match up for the Heat who are 2 games behind the Bucks in the loss column.

Blest Eshareturi is a contributor to Sports Rants. Writer for the MLB, NBA, and NFL sections. Teams that are followed are the New York Giants, New York Yankees, and the Miami Heat. New York City native with a passion for sports.

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Knicks’ Owner James Dolan Bans Heckling Fan

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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.

According to TMZ, Dolan was heckled by a fan during the closing minutes of Saturday’s loss to the Sacramento Kings in which the fan told a departing Dolan to “sell the team.”

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.

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NBA Announces Partnership with Puma

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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.

 

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NBA G League Back on Twitch

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If you’re looking for more reasons to check out one of the endless amount of Twitch streams, look no further as the NBA G League is bringing real-life, live, professional basketball back to 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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