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April 8, 2015 Updates
April 6, 2015 Updates

Yes, he said, he remains intrigued about playing alongside Chris Bosh, who was declared out for the season with blood clots on his lung two days after Dragic was acquired from the Phoenix Suns at the NBA trading deadline. "Definitely, it would be easier than now," Dragic said of this uneven playoff quest. "He's a fantastic player. We would have one more option in the offense, and you know that you can count on him." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

In a week or sometimes soon thereafter, Dwyane Wade will formally be able to sum up the experience that has been the whirlwind of the Miami Heat's 2014-15 season. But based where the Heat stand at the moment, it's not as if the assessment is going to be decidedly different when that final analysis comes. "There's been times," Wade said, "when it's been awful." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"That's the story of the 2014-2015 season," Wade said. "We'll talk about it and hopefully move on past it in years to come. But that's the story of this year." Wade said hope remains, even with just five games left, to change the final chapter. "We're still in it," he said. "We've got five games left. We still have an opportunity. We're still in the playoff hunt. We can't think too far out of this season. We've still got to keep going." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

During the Pacers' 112-89 win, George played 15 minutes and scored 13 points (5-of-12 from the floor with three 3-pointers) and picked up two rebounds, two assists and two steals. Though George also turned the ball over three times and picked up just as many fouls, the Pacers (34-43) outscored the Heat by 12 while he was on the floor. So, he's back. And throughout the NBA, even rivals recognized the moment. "There's been a lot of injury stories this year, but that's one of the good stories," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We all saw it on TV. Even from a competitor's standpoint, it was great to see that he's back out on the court. It has to come on our game, who cares? The fact that an injured player is back, we're not hiding from competition." USA Today Sports

April 5, 2015 Updates

In today’s NBA, there aren’t many true centers remaining. Beasley estimated there are seven at most, and no one is younger or more athletic than Whiteside, whose two-year, $1.75 million contract is guaranteed only through this season. Now, if he can just get it all together. “He’s a force,” Beasley said. “There are a lot of things that he does that you can’t teach. That’s scary because once you start polishing those things up and teach him what he needs to know, I’m sorry for everybody else.” Charlotte Observer

In just 43 games this season, Whiteside has secured most of the franchise’s single-season rebounds records. Whiteside recorded a triple-double in points, rebounds and blocks in less than 25 minutes against the Bulls in January. He blocks more shots per game than everyone in the NBA except New Orleans’ Anthony Davis. Last week after missing three games, he returned from a freak injury that left him with 10 stitches in his shooting hand. “I’m used to my life being up and down,” Whiteside said, looking down at his mangled right hand, an injury suffered attempting to block a shot the week before. “I knew I was having too many ups, so I had to get a couple downs.” Charlotte Observer

April 4, 2015 Updates

McRoberts put to rest speculation that he might return for the end of this season or the playoffs. There are only seven games remaining of the regular season, and the Heat is currently eighth in the Eastern Conference standings. "I wouldn’t think so," McRoberts said. "I would still think I’d be out for the year at this point." Miami Herald

On the other end, Wade’s sometimes backup, Mario Chalmers, questioned his place on the team. As one of the Heat’s only uninjured players, Chalmers knows he has a lot to offer, but at this point he’s not quite sure how to do it. Seven games remain of this bewitched and broken season. “I don’t even really know what my role is on this team anymore,” Chalmers told the Miami Herald. “I don’t know what I’m supposed to be doing.” Miami Herald

After Wade’s injury in the second quarter, Chalmers backed up both Goran Dragic and rookie Tyler Johnson, who started the second half at shooting guard. Chalmers wasn’t complaining about his role on Thursday in that visiting locker room in Cleveland. He just couldn’t really explain it. “I don’t know,” Chalmers said. “It’s something I’ve never experienced before. This is something new to a lot of people on this team, but we’ve got to make it work.” Miami Herald

It’s all battlefield promotions and duct-taped ideas at this point, especially with Wade once again going down. Nothing makes sense anymore. “A lot of people are out of rhythm, and you really don’t know what’s going to happen — when you’re going to get the ball, when you’re going to shoot it, you just never know. You just got to be ready for everything, I guess,” Chalmers said. Miami Herald

April 3, 2015 Updates

Dragic has been feeling “slow” for a month now, though he was not visibly off until recently. This is not even about the numbers he has been putting up, which are not good, but how he looks and feels. “It’s like I cannot develop my speed and get going,” he said. That is not a good sign for the Heat. Since putting up a big game in Boston last week, Dragic has averaged nine points, 4.5 assists and three turnovers in 33.5 minutes over the last four games. He is shooting 35.6 percent, including 4 of 13 on 3-pointers. Palm Beach Post

Wade’s knee hit the court at Quicken Loans Arena in the second quarter, and he did not return. Afterward, he seemed mildly optimistic about playing Saturday at Detroit. “I’ll do treatment around the clock and see if it gets a little better,” he said. “We’ll see when Saturday comes. If I’m good enough to go, of course I will. If not, I’ll see Sunday.” Palm Beach Post



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