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Can The Miami Heat Make The Playoffs?

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The Miami Heat are starting to get back to the way they were playing right before the half way mark of the season. They have a winning attitude and are winning games against tough opponents. The Heat have had a tough schedule, but in their last 6 games they have played hard and won the games they needed to win.

The Heat are trying to make the playoffs and they are capable of doing so because they have been playing so well. The Heat have a record of 31-34 sitting one game behind the Detroit Pistons and the Chicago Bulls in the loss column.

The Heat lost a tight game against the Dallas Mavericks 96-89. Every game for the Heat is a must win and this is one they let slip away. Goran Dragic had a big game scoring 24 points.

Hassan Whiteside would also have a big game having a double-double with 19 points and 19 rebounds. Neither team had much help from their benches, but the Mavericks starters carried the load for their team.

Seth Curry was on fire from 3-point range hitting 5-7 and scoring 29 points. Harrison Barnes also had a great game scoring 24 points in the win. The Heat would try to bounce back against the 76ers in their next game.

The Heat would have a wire-to-wire victory against the 76ers with a final score of 125-98. The Heat played well all around in a game they had to win.

The high scorer on the team was Tyler Johnson who would score 24 points coming off the bench. Wayne Ellington would also have a good game coming off the bench and scoring 18 points.

The heat starters would also have great games as well. Dragic, Whiteside, and Dion Waiters would all score 15 points each. In the next game the Heat would struggle against the Orlando Magic.

Another double-double from Whiteside would not be enough for the Heat to win against the Magic. In a 110-99 loss the Heat had trouble from the 3-point line. The team shot 28.6% from there.

All of the Magic starters were in double figures and that hurt the Heat in a big way. Aaron Gordon had a big night with a double-double scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

Elfrid Payton also had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. The Heat got hurt on the boards and that lead to Nikola Vucevic grabbing 9 rebounds and scoring 25 points.

In there next 3 games the Heat would play back to back games against the Cleveland Cavaliers and a game against the Charlotte Hornets. In the first game against the Cavaliers LeBron James and Kyrie Irving would sit out and the Heat would win 120-92. In their second matchup the Heat would also win that game 106-98.

In the second game Waiters would have a huge scoring night with 29 points. Four of the Heat starters would be in double figures and the Cavaliers would not be able to catch up. James and Irving would both have big games combining for 62 points, but they would be the only two players on the team in double figures.

The Heat would capture a win against the Hornets beating them 108-101. This was a big game for the Heat against a division rival. The Heat starters had a big game with four of them in double figures.

The two key players in this game were Whiteside and Dragic. Both players would have double-doubles and help their team get their 3rd straight win. The Heat are keeping themselves alive in the eastern conference and it will be a tight race until the regular season is over.

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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