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Miami Heat Weekly Review: Part 4

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The Miami Heat are having a hard time this season finding consistency when it comes to winning. They are playing team basketball, but they have not made the right adjustments in order to win against their tougher opponents. The Heat have a record of 6-12 and they have plenty of time in the first half of the season to work out the issues they currently have.

Poor shooting has hurt the Heat because they are taking low percentage shots. They need to pass the ball more and find shooters under the basket. If the Heat can get up better shots and distribute the ball evenly they will be able to win more games.

Heat-76ers

Miami faced off against the Philadelphia 76ers and lost 101-94. The 76ers are not a one of the better teams in the NBA, but they give every team their best shot and that is exactly what they Heat were not prepared for.

Hassan Whiteside would have another double double with 32 points and 13 rebounds. Poor shooting hurt the Heat and helped the 76ers in this game because the Heat would shoot 38.6% and the 76ers would shoot 47.4%. The Heat bench would also be outscored by the 76ers bench 32-22 and that is a problem the Heat have yet to solve.

Heat-Pistons

In their next game Miami would play against the Detroit Pistons and get blown out in a 107-84 loss. Miami shot 36% from the field and Detroit shot 49.4%. The starters for the Heat did not show up in this game and the only starter in double figures would be Dion Waiters with 11 points.

The Pistons came out swinging and that led to their wire to wire victory. In every quarter the Heat were outscored and could not catch up. Andre Drummond would have a double double with 18 points and 15 rebounds. The Pistons starters played a great game and took control of it early on to get the win.

Heat-Grizzlies

The Heat would play a 2 game set against the Memphis Grizzlies one at the Grizzlies house and a game at home. In the first matchup the Heat would win 90-81. The Heat starters had a big game if it was not on offense it was on defense.

Whiteside would grab 12 total rebounds 8 of which were defensive. Josh Richardson, Rodney McGruder, and Dion Waiters would all score in the double figures. Tyler Johnson had a huge game off the bench scoring 22 points and grabbing  5 rebounds. Both teams shot poorly, but the Heat played a little better in this game to get the win.

Heat-Grizzlies Game 2

In the second game of this regular season series The Grizzlies would come out on top with a 110-107 victory. Starters on both teams were shooting the lights out, and all starters for Miami and Memphis were in double figures. The Heat would have 3 more turnovers in this game than the Grizzlies.

Both teams had great shooting percentages as the Grizzlies would shoot 50.7% and the Heat would shoot 49.4%. This game could have gone either way, but the Heat need to find a way to win close games. The Heat are currently 6 games under .500 and need to climb back to a better winning percentage.

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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