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Miami Heat Weekly Review: Part 1

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The Miami Heat lost a tough game against the San Antonio Spurs and they need answers. The offense and defense are moving through a couple of players for the Heat, and that is not going to win games. The Spurs are one of the top teams in the western conference and they are not a push over.

These are the games where the Heat need to play close to perfectly in order to win. The Spurs outscored the Heat in three of the four quarters and that paved the way for their victory. The Heat need to get their other players involved in order to get their offense to play better.

The Heat had a hard time containing Kawhi Leonard as he would explode for 27 points. Leonard would also have 6 assists to go along with that, and lead his team to victory late in the game. The Heat defense is not strong enough to contain the powerful Spurs offense. Patty Mills and Pau Gasol would also score in the double digits for the Spurs.

Mills would contribute 18 points, and Gasol would put up 20 points. Hassan Whiteside would have another double double with 27 points and 15 rebounds, but it would not be enough to win the game. The bench production lost this game for the Heat by only scoring 14 points.

The Heat would bounce back with a win against the Sacramento Kings. This game was won because the Heat outscored the Kings when it counted the most in overtime. The Heat had the advantage for the entire game, but they never held a big lead over the Kings.

That would come back to hurt them in the fourth quarter where they would get outscored by 6 and go to overtime. The Kings offense was run through 3 players and that is what led to their overtime collapse. Rudy Gay, Arron Afflalo, and Demarcus Cousins were the only players to score in the double digits for their team.

The Heat would outscore the Kings 17-5 in the overtime period and come away with the win. Whiteside would have another double double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. The Heat offense got going in this game and had 5 players in double figures.

Tyler Johnson played a big role in that game with 22 points off of the bench. Johnson would be perfect from the three-point line going 2-2. Johnson would also go 6-6 at the free throw line. Johnson played a great game and helped the starters in a big way. Goran Dragic and Dion Waiters would contribute 45 points combined in the Heat win.

The Heat matched up against the Toronto Raptors and they would have a hard night as they were defeated by 9 points. The Raptors offense had a great game and looked one step quicker than the Heat defense. DeMar DeRozan was the issue for the Heat as he lit them up for 34 points.

Terrence Ross would also put in 20 points off the bench for the Raptors. The Raptors did not do anything special to win this game they were just more aggressive on the boards than the Heat. Toronto would have 50 total rebounds while the Heat would have 43.

Whiteside would once again have a double double with 21 points and 16 rebounds. Although Whiteside has had a double double in every game this season head coach Erik Spoelstra needs to find a way to get his other players to score more. Whiteside is a great player, but cannot win by himself and he needs help from the other starters and the bench.

The Heat bench needs to start putting up big points as well, taking some of the pressure off of the starting 5 players. The Heat will have a tough game on Monday against Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder and they will have to be great on defense in order to come away with a win.

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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Eagles’ Jalen Mills Arrested

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Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills was arrested in Washington D.C following an altercation with Washington Wizards player Devin Robinson, according to the Associated Press’ Howard Fendrich (via the Washington Post).

Both men were charged with disorderly affray, which is described as fighting in a public place.

According to the Washington Post’s Candace Buckner, a verbal altercation broke out between the two that escalated into a physical fight that took place on the sidewalk.

Robinson was transported to a hospital following the fight with Mills and upon his release he was taken to to department’s 2nd District station where Mills was detained.

Mills and Robinson were “involved in a verbal altercation which escalated into a physical altercation on the sidewalk adjacent to the Opera Night Club” in the early hours of Saturday morning, according to the police report.

Both teams have since responded, with the Wizards essentially parting ways with Robinson due to the incident.

“We are aware of the incident this morning involving Devin and are disappointed in his actions. We will not extend him a qualifying offer for the 2019-20 season,” the Wizards said in a statement.

The Eagles issued a statement saying that they are “aware of the situation” and “continuing to gather more information.”

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Mavs’ Kristaps Porzingis Accused of Rape in New York

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Dallas Mavericks big man and former New York Knick Kristaps Porzingis is being investigated back New York for an alleged rape that a woman told police took place sometime last year, according to the New York Post.

The woman, who informed police about the alleged rape on Thursday, says that she waited more than a year to come forward regarding the incident because she had discussed receiving $68,000 from Porzingis to keep quiet.

Roland G. Riopelle, the attorney for Porzingis, has since denied the allegations and has said they had previously referred the case to federal authorities due to the “accuser’s extortionate demands.”

“We are aware of the complaint that was made against Mr. Porzingis on Friday and unequivocally deny the allegations,” Riopelle said. “We made a formal referral to federal law enforcement on Dec. 20, 2018, based on the accuser’s extortionate demands. We also alerted the National Basketball Association months ago, and they are aware of the ongoing investigation of the accuser by federal law enforcement. We cannot comment further on an ongoing federal investigation. Please refer any questions to the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the National Basketball Association.”

The woman alleges that the incident took place on February 7th, 2018, at the Sky building in New York, where Porzingis lived, just hours following Porzingis suffering a torn ACL, the injury that has kept him off the court for more than a year.

An NBA spokesman said the league is aware of the situation while the Knicks’ team spokesperson said; “This is Kristaps’ personal matter and not related to the Knicks.” Mavericks owner Mark Cuban stated that the team is aware of the situation but “we have been instructed by federal authorities not to comment.”

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Knicks had informed the Mavericks of the pending Porzingis rape allegations during a trade call with NBA headquarters, that took place on January 31st,  that finalized the deal that sent Porzingis to the Mavericks.

A spokesman for the New York Police Department issued the following: “The NYPD takes sexual assault and all rape cases extremely seriously, and urges anyone who has been a victim to file a report so we can perform a comprehensive investigation, and offer support and services to survivors.”

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Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins Says Fans Have Called Him ‘N—-r’, Says He’s Reported it to League

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Golden State Warriors big man DeMarcus Cousins is speaking out about how NBA fans treat players, revealing that fans have called him the N-word during games and stating that he had reported the incidents to the league.

Cousins discussed the incidents during an interview with Chris Haynes on the ‘Posted Up’ podcast:

“Oh, I’ve been called n—-r, and it’s crazy because this has happened to me on a few occasions. I reported it to the league, and, you know, I may have said whatever I said back, and I was still punished for it. But obviously it became a bigger issue when it was Russ [Westbrook] and he was still fined for it. I don’t really understand it. We’re the product. We push this league. So, I don’t understand. When does our safety, when does, it become important?”

While Cousins spoke candidly about his experiences, he did not specific which cities in which he heard the racial slurs.

“I don’t really want to, because I’m not really trying to put a label on an entire fan base” Cousins said when discussing which cities he heard the slurs. T”here are ignorant individuals in every city. I’ll just put it like that. [NBA] tells you to ignore it, or whatever the case may be. But how many times am I supposed to ignore that? Me coming from where I come from [Mobile, Alabama]. They lucky all they got was a response.”

While Cousins did not mention any cities or teams, Haynes reported that one city was Sacramento, where Cousins spent the majority of his career playing for the Kings.

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