Ira Winderman: Heat have had front-row view of college-to-pros coaching circus
MIAMI — Perhaps it is fitting that John Beilein never made it to AmericanAirlines Arena for Saturday night’s game, or that he won’t be coaching against the Miami Heat on Monday night when the teams meet again in Cleveland.Because when it comes to college coaches finding the errors of their ways — or in one case, avoiding such a misstep — there is plenty of Heat history that is part of the process.With all due respect for what Brad Stevens has accomplished in his move from Butler to the Boston Celtics or Billy Donovan from Florida to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the college-to-pros coaching path ...
Dwyane Wade's Heat jersey officially retired, goes up to AmericanAirlines Arena rafters
MIAMI — It was a moment clinched long ago for Dwyane Wade that became official at halftime of the Miami Heat’s Saturday night game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.Wade, the star guard that has had the most decorated Heat career in franchise history, watched his No. 3 jersey ascend into the rafters of AmericanAirlines Arena.As the second of the three-day festivity for No. 3, Saturday was the main course, the entree with Friday’s celebration of Wade’s career, dubbed “Flashback,” the appetizer and Sunday’s exclusive screening of his self-made documentary, “D. Wade: Life Unexpected,” the dessert.A...
Sixers lose to Bucks, 119-98, as Simmons leaves early and Antetokounmpo scores 31 points
MILWAUKEE — The 76ers are far from road warriors. They have ended up more like roadkill when venturing away from their home arena.But their confidence was high heading into their game Saturday night against the Milwaukee Bucks.The Sixers were riding a four-game winning streak — all at home — and looked at this game as a barometer of their improvement.“I want to see us playing at a high level,” coach Brett Brown said earlier in the day. “I’ve said, and it’s going to be repetitive, and it’s true. It’s their health, their spirit, and their form.“That’s the recipe to land the plane. That’s the rec...
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Coby White scores career-high 33 points, but Bulls drop 8th straight with 112-104 loss to Suns
CHICAGO — It had been a while since the Bulls saw a game like this from rookie guard Coby White, a reason to be optimistic about one of the most important pieces of their young core.White knocked down seven 3-pointers, matching a career high, and scored a career-best 33 points, but it was not enough in a 112-104 loss to the Suns on Saturday night at the United Center.The Bulls, who lost their eighth straight game, turned the ball over a season-worst 26 times, leading to 30 Suns points.As the Bulls’ depth has thinned recently because of injuries, the calls for White to be inserted into the star...
Heat celebrate Wade night with record-setting 124-105 rout of Cavaliers
MIAMI — The coronation came at halftime, Dwyane Wade’s iconic No. 3 raised to the rafters at AmericanAirlines Arena.The celebration by his former team was well under way by then, the Miami Heat scoring a franchise-record 82 first-half points in what turned into a 124-105 rout Saturday night of the Cleveland Cavaliers.Playing with the spirit that has defined their Miami dominance this season, even on the nights when a franchise icon isn’t being honored, the Heat improved to 23-3 at home, up by 30 at the intermission, focus on this most special of nights not waning until the waning stages.In the...
Nets blow out Hornets with blistering third quarter
This is what the post-Kyrie Nets will have to look like: perfectly balanced, and feasting on the dregs of the Eastern Conference. The Nets (26-29) smoked the Hornets, 115-86, Saturday in Charlotte, N.C., blowing it open with a 33-18 third quarter. Every other quarter was within five points.The 29-point win was the Nets’ second-biggest margin of victory this year, behind only a 41-point win over the Warriors on Feb. 3.“The ball was hoppin’ tonight,” head coach Kenny Atkinson said. “The ball was moving around, guys were touching it … I was very pleased with the maturity we showed.”Atkinson did r...
New York Daily News
Heat's Jimmy Butler out Saturday vs. Cavs due to personal reasons
MIAMI — Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler is out Saturday against the Cleveland Cavaliers at AmericanAirlines Arena due to personal reasons.Butler also missed Friday night’s Heat tribute to Dwyane Wade at AmericanAirlines Arena, with Butler having previously been scheduled to appear in a segment of that event as part of the weekend’s retirement of Wade’s No. 3 jersey.Butler’s time away from the team is not injury related, an NBA source told the South Florida Sun Sentinel.Butler recently missed two games during the Heat’s five-game western trip due to a strained right shoulder, with the Heat losi...
Timberwolves return from break with 127-117 loss to Celtics
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota fans have yet to see what the combination of D’Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns looks like in person on the court.Since the Wolves acquired Russell, he and Towns have played in just one game — at Toronto a few days before the All-Star break. That wait is going to take longer with Towns now expected out for at least the next two weeks as he and the Wolves will treat a left wrist fracture Towns suffered in late January.Towns was on the bench, his left wrist in a brace as the Wolves lost to the Celtics, 127-117, at Target Center.In the meantime, the Wolves have to kee...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Magic offense stalls again during 122-106 loss to Doncic-led Mavericks
ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando Magic’s shooting woes flared up again during a 122-106 loss to the Dallas Mavericks Friday night at Amway Center.Evan Fournier scored 28 points to lead Orlando (24-32), which shot just 39.4% overall and 20.9% from the 3-point line in their first game back from the all-star break.Nikola Vucevic finished with 27 points while Terrence Ross added 19 points and Markelle Fultz had 14 points for the Magic.Fournier and Ross were a combined 8 of 20 from the 3-point line, leaving the rest of the team 1 of 23. The Mavericks outscored the Magic 45-27 from behind the arc.Luka Do...
Another buyout: Pistons say farewell to Markieff Morris
DETROIT — The Pistons’ remodel is turning into a full-fledged makeover.In a two-week span, they’ve unloaded two of their biggest contracts and made a commitment toward rebuilding. Add another name to the list.The Pistons reached a buyout agreement with forward Markieff Morris on Friday and have requested waivers. If he clears waivers, he could be headed to the Los Angeles Lakers, according to a report by The Athletic’s Shams Charania.In 44 games this season, Morris posted 11 points and 3.9 rebounds, shot 40% on 3-pointers and was one of the Pistons’ most consistent big men off the bench.Morris...
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