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Miami Heat Roll To Win Number 11 Of The Streak

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If you haven’t been counting along the Miami Heat’s winning streak is now at 11 games. This team has been leap frogging its way into play off contention. They are now only 2 spots away from the 8th seed in the eastern conference.

The Heat have been beating teams both over and under .500 and they are becoming difficult for opposing teams to game plan for. As the Heat keep rolling, they are building their chemistry as a team and everyone is becoming comfortable. Coach Erik Spoelstra has been doing a great job putting certain units on the floor and they have produced great performances and big wins.

In their last 3 games the Heat have played the Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Against the Hawks the Heat came away with a huge 116-93 win.

Hassan Whiteside played a big role in this game with a big double-double by scoring 18 points and grabbing 18 rebounds. There was also big production off the bench from James Johnson and Tyler Johnson.

Both players would combine for 27 points. Goran Dragic would score 27 points in the game he would go 4-5 from 3-point range. Dion Waiters also had a big game scoring 20 points and grabbing 7 rebounds.

In the game against the 76ers the Heat would come away with another big 125-102 win. Hot shooting was key for the Heat in this game. The Heat shot 58.5% from the field and 54.5% from 3-point range.

Making more then half of the shots they took is a big reason why they won. It was a high scoring game for both teams, but the Heat bench was the difference maker.

The bench scored 50 points for the Heat. Whiteside had a monster double-double with 30 points and 20 rebounds. Waiters and Dragic would combine for 37 points and lead their team to a win.

The Heat won another high scoring game, but this was a close one ending with a score of 115-113 against the Timberwolves. The Heat were still shooting over 50% from the field and from three in this game, and that helped them get this win.

Four starters were in double figures for the Heat and the Timberwolves. The bench for both teams was a different story, as the Heat bench would score 33 points and the Timberwolves bench would score only 19 points. The starters and the bench for the Heat are playing great team basketball in order to get these wins.

Since the Heat signed Okaro White a 6’8 forward out of Florida State to a couple of 10 day contracts the Heat have not lost. White has been signed through the rest of the 2016-2017 NBA season for the Heat.

In the 10 games he has played in he has not shown great production. He has averaged 4 points per game, and 2 rebounds per game. The one big he had came against the Nets where he scored 10 rebounds and grabbed 7 rebounds.

He is playing big minutes for the team and needs to increase his production. He will have 30 more games in order to show what he can do for this team. The Bucks will be the next match up for the Heat who are 2 games behind the Bucks in the loss column.

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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