HoopsHype Luol Deng Buzz Meter

by HoopsHype - Updated: October 30, 2014 | 03:56 PM

Ira Winderman

19 players from Kentucky most of any school on NBA opening-night rosters (none on Heat). Duke 2nd with 18 (Heat: Deng, McRoberts, Dawkins).

Shandel Richardson

I think I just saw Luol Deng wearing a Wolverine costume on the Jumbotron.

Ira Winderman

Wade has his moment. He needed that. Nice over-the-top feed from Deng.

Jorge Castillo

I’m thinking the drop-off in perimeter D from James to Deng is a bit bigger than from Ariza to Pierce.

Shandel Richardson

So John Wall and Paul Pierce blow by Luol Deng on consecutive possessions.

Chris Miller

Luol Deng has a slight right foot sprain. His return is likely #WizHeat

Jason Lieser

Deng (foot strain) will check back in at the next break.

Joseph Goodman

Deng out with a "slight right foot sprain." He will likely return, according to the Heat.

Ira Winderman

Heat listing Luol Deng with a strained right foot, expected to return.

Jason Jackson

UPDATE: @Luol Deng is out with a slight right foot sprain … his return is likely #HEATLive

Jason Lieser

End Q1: Wizards 28, Heat 22. Deng: 6p, 2r. Bosh: 3p, 3r. Cole: 8p, 1a. Gortat leads WAS with 8p

Jorge Castillo

This Pierce-Deng showdown is like 8 years too late.

Ira Winderman

Chalmers enters for Wade, so he is a shooting guard. So now no Wade, no Bosh. Deng as go-to guy?

Surya Fernandez

Deng getting results cutting to the basket. He already has 6 points.

Ira Winderman

Luol Deng showing an aggression not as visible during preseason.

Jason Lieser

Wizards 11, Heat 8, 6:23 left in Q1. Miami starts 3/12 FGs and 0/6 threes. Deng with 4p, 2r.

Jason Lieser

Deng gets a layup blocked, but it bounces out to Bosh. Hits a long 2.

Ira Winderman

Luol Deng vs. Paul Pierce: One in a Heat jersey, the other in a Wizards jersey. Odd.

Chris Miller

#Wizards starting five: Wall Temple Pierce Gooden III Gortat. Heat: Cole Wade Deng Williams Bosh.

Joseph Goodman

Tonight's starters: For the #Heat: Cole, Wade, Deng, Shawne Williams, Bosh. For the #Wizards: Pierce, Gooden, Gortat, Temple, Wall.

Jorge Castillo

#Heat starters: Norris Cole, Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng, Shawne Williams, Chris Bosh.

Surya Fernandez

#Heat starters: Bosh, Deng, Williams, Wade, Cole. #Wizards starters: Gortat, Pierce, Gooden, Temple, Wall.

Jason Lieser

Only school w/multiple plyrs on Heat roster is Duke (Deng/McRoberts/Dawkins). UF, LSU, Blinn JC, GaTech, M'quette, New Mex, Cleveland St...

Surya Fernandez

NBA has a record 101 international players this season with Spurs leading the league with 9. Heat have 1 (Deng).

Barry Jackson

Link: Heat notes: Deng, Granger look to recapture games; PGs, Bosh and more: UM's Golden, D'Onofrio address issues: miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/20…

David Locke

Worst Catch and Shoot FG% (top 100 atts) - Thorton (31.1) Tobias Harris (31.6) Budinger (31.8) Thad Young (32.6) Deng (32.8) Sully (33.3)

Jason Lieser

Deng hit 30.2% of his 3s last yr & 32.2% the yr before, both below his career mark. "I believe I’m a better shooter than that," he said.

Jason Lieser

Luol Deng: "My 3 is definitely a lot better. It’s one part of my game I really want to focus on and bring back."

Jason Lieser

Luol Deng on picking up the Heat's defense: "There’s still a few things I’ve gotta learn, but I feel comfortable."

Ethan J. Skolnick

Deng on his close friend Noah: "I don't want (Heat fans) to cheer him. No way. No way. They can love me, but nah..."

Ethan J. Skolnick

... (2/2) Deng: "I'm loving it. The preseason has been up & down, but even the down has been so positive."

Ethan J. Skolnick

Luol Deng told me today that he spoke to several members of Bulls org, including Thibs & Noah, before signing with the Heat (1/2)...

Ira Winderman

That leaves the Heat with five free agents added in offseason: Deng, McRoberts, Granger, Shawne Williams and Shannon Brown.

Joseph Goodman

2014-15 #Heat: Cole, Wade, Deng, McRoberts, Bosh Chalmers, Brown, Granger, Andersen, Haslem Napier, Dawkins, Ennis, Williams, Hamilton

Ira Winderman

With Heat limited on wing, with Deng and Granger out, Heat in third went with Napier, Chalmers and Cole together. Small(est) ball.

Ira Winderman

For those tuning in late, no Deng, Granger, McRoberts, Haslem or Birdman for Heat, but Hamilton making preseason debut.

Ira Winderman

Deng is out with lower-back tightness, never a good sign five days before the opener.

Ira Winderman

No Luol Deng for Heat, so you get your wish: James Ennis starting. And this is the seventh consecutive exhibition that Cole starts at point

Surya Fernandez

Birdman, Deng, McRoberts, Haslem and Granger are all out tonight vs Grizzlies.

Jason Jackson

#HeatNation your guy @James Ennis is starting - Go Crazy!!! Shawne Williams @Chris Bosh @Dwyane Wade & @PG30_MIA too. Loul Deng out (back)

Shandel Richardson

After my "exclusive" with Dwyane Wade, he went out of his way to offer this: "I have a scoop for you. Luol's nickname is Big Lou."

Jason Lieser

Weird preseason for Luol Deng. Scored 18+ twice, was at 4 or under twice. He's got 2p on 1/3 in 22min. tonight.

Ira Winderman

Luol Deng has long been a wonderful complementary piece. The Heat, though, might need more., So far, it's largely been a struggle.

Surya Fernandez

Wade has 14, but the rest of the #Heat starters have done very little on offense: Cole (0), Deng (2), Williams (2) and Bosh (4)

David Hardisty

Nice throwdown -- Dwight Howard dunks over Luol Deng, Birdman. youtube.com/watch?v=hIAGWw…

Jonathan Feigen

Chris Bosh was not the only Heat player the Rockets' pursued. Did not advance nearly as far, but also had talks with Deng.

Surya Fernandez

#Heat starters: Cole, Wade, Deng, S. Williams, Bosh. #Rockets starters: Beverley, Harden, Ariza, T. Jones, Howard.