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Miami Heat Hot Streak



The Miami Heat have been on a roll, and they are showing that they can be a contender in the eastern conference. Being the 14th seed is an uphill climb for the team and they will need to stay hot from now until the all-star break, and after the break as well.

Getting to the 8th seed in the eastern conference by the end of the regular season is not impossible, but they will need to keep playing well on both sides of the ball. Early in the season the losses were piling up and now battling their way back into playoff contention will be a hard task.

The 5-game winning streak that the Heat have been on is an indication that they are getting hot at the right time. In three of those games they were playing against western conference teams.

Two of those teams are western conference powerhouses being the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets. The Heat played these games at home and their home record is 9-13, which is better than their 7-17 record on the road this season.

Those two games were close, but the Heat would beat Houston by 6 points and Golden State by 3 points. Those wins were important for the team’s chemistry.

The last two games the Heat played were against the Warriors and the Brooklyn Nets. Both games had a similar out come because of the final play that included Heat guard Dion Waiters draining a game winning 3-point shot.

Those are the types of wins that the Heat need in order to keep their momentum going. In the Nets game the Heat had to battle back from a large deficit in order to win.

They did that by turning their offense into defense. They would box out on missed shots and hustle up the court to set up their half court offense, and also score fast break points.

In the Warriors game the Heat were keeping the game close and going into the fourth quarter the Heat had the lead. The Big 4 of the Warriors were scoring big numbers, but they could not put the Heat away because they were shooting better from 3 point range.

In the game the Heat would shoot 43.3% from three, while the Warriors would only shoot 26.7%. In this game something that rarely happens actually happened, and the Warriors died by the 3 ball. The Heat handed the Warriors their 7th loss of the season and rolled into their next game against the Nets.

The first quarter of the Nets game was good for the Heat they outscored the Nets by 4, but in the second and third quarter the game would go down hill for the Heat. At the start of the 4th quarter the Heat would be down by 18 points.

What seemed to be an insurmountable lead for the Heat was not. The Heat started to battle back by shooting the 3 ball well again.

They were also getting in the paint and drawing fouls on the Nets. The Nets started to get frustrated and stopped scoring and that opened the door for the Heat to win the game.

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.


Eagles’ Jalen Mills Arrested



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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Dallas Mavericks

Mavs’ Kristaps Porzingis Accused of Rape in New York



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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Golden State Warriors

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



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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