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Miami Heat Weekly Review: Part 3

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Heat-Spurs

The Miami Heat have not been playing good basketball early on this season. They are facing some of the tougher teams in the league, but they have been showing signs of getting better. The Spurs are no joke and they continued to show the Heat that in their most recent matchup.

The Heat would lose 94-90 and that is because of a lack of ball distribution. The Heat only had 3 players in double figures in scoring in total, but the Spurs would have 5 players in double figures with 4 of them being starters. Hassan Whiteside would have a double double with 23 points and 17 rebound, but once again his effort could not win the game for the Heat.

Heat-Hawks

The Heat would play the Atlanta Hawks and lose another close game 93-90. Whiteside would have another huge night grabbing 25 rebounds and scoring 19 points. Once again the Heat hurt themselves during that game with a team shooting percentage of 40.4% while the Hawks were shooting 46.3% on the game.

Miami’s lack of bench production is a primary cause of why they are losing. The Heat only had 27 points off the bench while the Hawks would have 33 points off the bench. That six point margin loomed large in the final score. Miami needs to start getting better production off of their bench or risk losing games.

Heat-Bucks

The Heat would bounce back and win a game against the Milwaukee Bucks. This was a great performance by the Heat because they never gave up the momentum they had. In the first quarter the Heat were down 27-21, but they would come back in the second quarter and tie the game up at 48 going into halftime.

After that the Heat would hold the Bucks to 14 points in the third quarter, and 11 points in the fourth to capture a 96-73 victory. The Heat would dominate in the second half and that is what they need to continue to do.

The Heat still had a problem with bench production in this game. The bench would only score 25 points in total, but that would not slow down the starters. Dion Waiters was the top scorer in the game having 23 points. He would also have some help from Whiteside who would have another double double with 12 points and 17 rebounds.

The Heat would still have a poor shooting percentage with 40.2%, but they would be bail out by the Bucks who shot 32.9% on the night. The Heat needed that win to possibly get on a roll and back in the playoff picture.

Heat-Wizards

The Heat would win 2 in a row by beating the Washington Wizards in a close game winning 114-111. The Heat starters were on fire with everyone scoring in double figures. The team shot 50.6% in a game in which not much defense was played on both ends.

Washington shot 47.7% on the night. If the Heat can keep this type of performance up by outscoring teams they can become more dynamic as a team. This Heat team needs to prove that they can work well in the tough division they are in or they could end up having a bad season, and missing the playoffs.

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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Kings, NBA Announce Start of Joint Investigation into Allegations Against Luke Walton

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The Sacramento Kings and the NBA have announced that they have started a join investigation into the allegations of sexual assault made by
Kelli Tennant, a former host on Spectrum SportsNet LA, in a civil suit filed against new head coach Luke Walton from alleged incidents back in 2014.

“The Kings and the NBA take these allegations very seriously and will collaborate to conduct a complete and thorough investigation,” the team and league said in a statement.

The Kings’ investigation will be led by Sue Ann Van Dermyden, the founding partner of Sacramento law firm Van Dermyden Maddux, and Jennifer Doughty, a senior associate attorney at the firm, while the league’s investigation will be led by Elizabeth Maringer, the league’s senior vice president and assistant general counsel, integrity and investigations.

Tennant held a news conference earlier this week to comment on the allegations to which Walton’s attorney responded by calling the allegations “baseless” and calling Tennat “an opportunist”.

Walton became the head coach of the Sacramento Kings immediately following his dismissal as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this month.

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Former NBA Player Sebastian Telfair Convicted in Gun Case, Faces 15 Years in Prison

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Former NBA player and once highly touted young prospect Sebastian Telfair has been convicted of possessing a firearm and could face up to 15 years in prison, according to TMZ Sports.

Telfair, 33, was busted back in June 2017 in Brooklyn, New York after cops found several weapons in his possession during a traffic stop.

Telfair, a high school phenom, played for the Boston Celtics, Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Oklahoma City Thunder, Toronto Raptors, and Phoenix Suns, among others, throughout his 12 seasons in the NBA, but many believe that he never reached his full potential.

Telfair plead not guilty and tried to fight back the charges, but a jury found him guilty on Wednesday of felony criminal possession of a weapon.

Telfair, who could face up to 15 years in prison, is scheduled back in court in June for sentencing.

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Sports Reporter Suing Kings’ Luke Walton for Sexual Assault Allegations

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Sacramento Kings new head coach Luke Walton is already in the news, but for all the wrong reasons, and he has hired attorney Mark Baute to defend him against the allegations of sexual battery made by sports reporter Kelly Tennant, who is suing Walton.

According to TMZ Sports, Walton and his legal team are blasting the accuser, and Baute issued the following statement;

“Luke Walton retained me to defend him against these baseless allegations,” Baute said. 

“The accuser is an opportunist, not a victim, & her claim is not credible. We intend to prove this in a courtroom.”

According to the suit, Tennant, who worked as a reporter for Spectrum SportsNet and SportsNet LA, claims that while Walton was an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors, he asked her to come and meet him at the Casa Del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica, California, to drop off a book she had published.

Tennant says that she asked Walton to write the forward in her book due to a business relationship that the two had had for several years.

Upon arriving at Walton’s hote, he conviced her to come up to his room so that the two could “catch up” and upon arriving in his room Walton pinned her to the bed and placed his hips and legs over her body, forcing kisses on her neck, face, and chest.

Tennant claims that she screamed for him to stop and attempted to break free, but Walton held her down, groped her breasts and groin, and rubbed his erection on her leg.

Tennant claims she was “in shock and fear. She was afraid she was about to be raped,” the suit states. 

Additionally, Tennant claims that when Walton finally stopped and released her he escorted her out of the hotel room as if nothing ever happened and she claims that “He smiled, laughed again and made the disturbing statement, ‘Good to see you,'”

The disturbing behavior allegedly continued while Walton was the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers back in May 2017, and Tennant claims that Walton once greeted her by uttering “vulgar, guttural sounds at her” and said, “mmmm … you’re killing me in that dress.”

The Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Sacramento Kings all stated that they had no knowledge of the alleged incident during Walton’s tenure.

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