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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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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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