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Heat Stay On The Brink With 10 Games To Go



After a wild weekend for the eastern conference the Miami Heat are in great position to make the playoffs. The Heat were briefly in playoff position over the weekend, but were quickly knocked back down after wins by the Detroit Pistons and the Milwaukee Bucks.

There are only 12 games remaining in the regular season, and these three teams are jostling for playoff position. Time is running out for the Heat and they need to win in order get back to the 7th or 8th seed.

They can put pressure on the Bucks and the Pistons if they win games. As the season comes to a close the Heat might need help with a couple of losses from the teams ahead of them.

In a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves the Heat would come away with a 123-105 win. This win put the Heat in the 7th spot in the eastern conference momentarily. The Heat had a lot of help from their bench in this win.

Tyler Johnson would score 23 points off the bench, and James Johnson would contribute 17 points and 6 assists in the win. Starters Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside would both have double-doubles in the game.

Dragic would score 19 points and dish out 10 assists. Whiteside would score 23 points and grab 14 rebounds. Their playoff position would be short lived after their game against the Trail Blazers.

In their matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers the Heat would fall 115-104. This loss would bounce them right back out of a playoff spot. The Trail Blazers would only score 14 points off the bench, but the starters would have huge games.

Damian Lillard would score 49 points. Three other starters would be in double figures and that would prove to be too much to handle for the Heat.

James Johnson would be the high scorer in the game for the Heat, scoring 24 points off the bench. Whiteside would also have a big game scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

The Heat would play against the Phoenix Suns and win 112-97. This win put them back in the playoff picture at the 8th seed.

Whiteside would have a big game, and also break a team record for most rebounds in a single season. He would finish the game with 23 points and 14 rebounds.

Tyler Johnson would have a big game off the bench being the second highest scorer with 17 points. The Heat bench played a big role in this game having 4 players in double figures. The Suns were hurt by the 3-pointer in this game only making 25% of them for the game.

In their game against the Toronto Raptors the Heat would lose 101-84. Both teams shot poorly from downtown. They both shot 26.1% from that range, but the Heat had a poor shooting night in the paint as well.

They would shoot 39% from the field. The Heat had trouble containing DeMar DeRozan who went off for 40 points. Some Heat players went scoreless in this game such as Luke Babbit, Wayne Ellington, and Okaro White.

Combined all three players saw 30 minutes of playing time. That hurt the Heat, but they are able to stay in the 8th seed in the eastern conference because of a loss by Detroit.

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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