Connect with us

Miami Heat

The Miami Heat Blow Big Lead And Fall To The Hornets

Published

on

The Miami Heat fell to the Charlotte Hornets in a game where they had trouble on defense. The Heat did not have trouble in the beginning of the game, but they began to slow down in the second half of the game and let the Hornets get back and win the game. The Heat will need to play hard for a full 48 minutes in order to win these types of games.

The Hornets kept grinding and wearing out the Heat on defense and that is why the Heat lost on their home floor. Containing Kemba Walker is hard for most teams and the talented guard showed that last night.

Walker had a great game yesterday and he was shooting from all over the floor. He went 2-5 from three-point range yesterday, but the long ball was only part of his game plan. He went to the free throw line a few times and went 8-9. Free throws are important and Walker capitalized on his opportunities during the game.

Walker would be hard to guard when he got in the paint and around the basket, and would finish the game with 24 points, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Nicolas Batum would be the only other starter in double figures with 12 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.

The Hornets were active on defense against the Heat and they racked up 10 steals on the night, 7 of which came from the starting 5 players. The Hornets forced 19 Heat turnovers and that is a big contributor to why the Heat lost that game when they had a lead in the first half.

The bench production from the Hornets was also a reason why they had such a good game. Four players on the Hornets bench where in double figures in scoring, while the Heat only had one player off the bench with 12 points in Tyler Johnson.

The Heat starters had a good game. A player that struggled for the Heat last night was Luke Babbit a new addition to the Heat who played for the New Orleans Pelicans last season. Babbit would finish the game with 6 points and 3 rebounds in 20 minutes of action. A bright spot for the Heat last night was their center Hassan Whiteside.

Whiteside had another big game as he notched another double double with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Whiteside is one of the players the Heat will have to utilize often to keep themselves in close games. Whiteside is showing improvement in the free throw department making 4-7 against the Hornets.

The Heat have to work on their turnovers and learn how to handle the ball better. They also have to keep their opponents off the free throw line. 20 of the Hornets 97 points came from free throws.

Those are the two areas in the game where they had trouble and ultimately let the game slip away. The Heat also need to get their other players involved in the game. They have a player in Whiteside who is a double double machine, but if they can get a player like Dion Waiters more involved they will be able score more.

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.

Miami Heat

Heat Unveil New Version of Miami Vice Uniforms

Published

on

The Miami Heat have unveiled a new version of the best-selling third jersey in NBA history “Miami Vice”.

The Heat officially unveiled the new version of the popular uniform on Monday morning.

The overall popularity of the jerseys was far more than expected, and Nike couldn’t keep up with the demand.

This year, they promise to be ready.

“We’re ready to meet demand this time,” Heat chief marketing officer Michael McCullough said, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell. “We have four locations in town for fans to buy, and anyone who orders online will see the traditional delivery time this year.”

McCollough says there will be 14 “Vice Night” games which will see the team wear the jersey this season.

“The entire campaign drives that brand message,” McCullough said. “The more people think that your brand is cool, that what you are wearing is cool, that the arena decor is cool, the more people want to be in your building.”

Continue Reading

Boston Celtics

NBA Playoff Schedule 2018

Published

on

Are you ready for the NBA Playoffs? Well, we have you covered with the full NBA Playoff schedule including game times, TV coverage info, matchups and dates.

Here is how things are breaking down, schedule wise, per NBA.com. NOTE: * = if necessary

Western Conference

No. 1 Houston Rockets vs. No. 8 Minnesota Timberwolves

Game 1: Minnesota Timberwolves at Houston Rockets: April 15 at 9 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 2: Minnesota Timberwolves at Houston Rockets: April 18 at 9:30 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 3: Houston Rockets at Minnesota Timberwolves: April 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

Game 4: Houston Rockets at Minnesota Timberwolves: April 23 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT

*Game 5: Minnesota Timberwolves at Houston Rockets: April 25 at TBD

*Game 6: Houston Rockets at Minnesota Timberwolves: April 27 at TBD

*Game 7: Minnesota Timberwolves at Houston Rockets: April 29 at TBD

 

No. 2 Golden State Warriors vs. No. 7 San Antonio Spurs

Game 1: San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors: April 14 at 3 p.m. ET on ABC

Game 2: San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors: April 16 at 10:30 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 3: Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs: April 19 at 9:30 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 4: Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs: April 22 at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC

*Game 5: San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors: April 24 at TBD

*Game 6: Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs: April 26 at TBD

*Game 7: San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors: April 28 at TBD

 

No. 3 Portland Trail Blazers vs. No. 6 New Orleans Pelicans

Game 1: New Orleans Pelicans at Portland Trail Blazers: April 14 at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

Game 2: New Orleans Pelicans at Portland Trail Blazers: April 17 at 10:30 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 3: Portland Trail Blazers at New Orleans Pelicans: April 19 at 9 p.m. ET on NBA TV

Game 4: Portland Trail Blazers at New Orleans Pelicans: April 21 at 5 p.m. ET on TNT

*Game 5: New Orleans Pelicans at Portland Trail Blazers: April 24 at TBD

*Game 6: Portland Trail Blazers at New Orleans Pelicans: April 26 at TBD

*Game 7: New Orleans Pelicans at Portland Trail Blazers: April 28 at TBD

 

No. 4 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. No. 5 Utah Jazz

Game 1: Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City Thunder: April 15 at 6:30 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 2: Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City Thunder: April 18 at 8 p.m. ET on NBA TV

Game 3: Oklahoma City Thunder at Utah Jazz: April 21 at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN

Game 4: Oklahoma City Thunder at Utah Jazz: April 23 at 10:30 p.m. ET on TNT

*Game 5: Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City Thunder: April 25 at TBD

*Game 6: Oklahoma City Thunder at Utah Jazz: April 27 at TBD

*Game 7: Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City Thunder: April 29 at TBD

 

Eastern Conference

No. 1 Toronto Raptors vs. No. 8 Washington Wizards

Game 1: Washington Wizards at Toronto Raptors: April 14 at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

Game 2: Washington Wizards at Toronto Raptors: April 17 at 7 p.m. ET on NBA TV

Game 3: Toronto Raptors at Washington Wizards: April 20 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2

Game 4: Toronto Raptors at Washington Wizards: April 22 at 6 p.m. ET on TNT

*Game 5: Washington Wizards at Toronto Raptors: April 25 at TBD

*Game 6: Toronto Raptors at Washington Wizards: April 27 at TBD

*Game 7: Washington Wizards at Toronto Raptors: April 29 at TBD

 

No. 2 Boston Celtics vs. No. 7 Milwaukee Bucks

Game 1: Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics: April 15 at 1 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 2: Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics: April 17 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 3: Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks: April 20 at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

Game 4: Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks: April 22 at 1 p.m. ET on ABC

*Game 5: Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics: April 24 at TBD

*Game 6: Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks: April 26 at TBD

*Game 7: Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics: April 28 at TBD

 

No. 3 Philadelphia 76ers vs. No. 6 Miami Heat

Game 1: Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers: April 14 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN

Game 2: Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers: April 16 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 3: Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Heat: April 19 at 7 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 4: Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Heat: April 21 at 2:30 p.m. ET on TNT

*Game 5: Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers: April 24 at TBD

*Game 6: Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Heat: April 26 at TBD

*Game 7: Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers: April 28 at TBD

 

No. 4 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. No. 5 Indiana Pacers

Game 1: Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers: April 15 at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC

Game 2: Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers: April 18 at 7 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 3: Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers: April 20 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN

Game 4: Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers: April 22 at 8:30 p.m. ET on TNT

*Game 5: Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers: April 25 at TBD

*Game 6: Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers: April 27 at TBD

*Game 7: Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers  April 29 at TBD

 

Continue Reading

Cleveland Cavaliers

Miami Heat Deny Offering Goran Dragic, Justise Winslow For Cavs Kyrie Irving

Published

on

Another hour, another Kyrie Irving story.

ESPN.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Miami Heat, one of the reported teams on Irving trade request list, would be willing to build an offer around point guard Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow to facilitate a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

However, due to the history between the Heat and the Cavaliers, “there’s little chance for a deal unless the Heat offered an overwhelming package”.

Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that the Heat are denying offering Winslow and Dragic because they believe that the Cavaliers’ asking price for Irving is too high.

ESPN.com’s Zach Lowe reported earlier this week that the Cavaliers are acting like a trade is “inevitable” and that their top priority “is snagging a blue-chip young player.”

Continue Reading

Trending