19 players from Kentucky most of any school on NBA opening-night rosters (none on Heat). Duke 2nd with 18 (Heat: Deng, McRoberts, Dawkins).
I think I just saw Luol Deng wearing a Wolverine costume on the Jumbotron.
Wade has his moment. He needed that. Nice over-the-top feed from Deng.
I’m thinking the drop-off in perimeter D from James to Deng is a bit bigger than from Ariza to Pierce.
So John Wall and Paul Pierce blow by Luol Deng on consecutive possessions.
Deng about to return.
Deng (foot strain) will check back in at the next break.
Deng out with a "slight right foot sprain." He will likely return, according to the Heat.
Heat listing Luol Deng with a strained right foot, expected to return.
End Q1: Wizards 28, Heat 22. Deng: 6p, 2r. Bosh: 3p, 3r. Cole: 8p, 1a. Gortat leads WAS with 8p
This Pierce-Deng showdown is like 8 years too late.
Chalmers enters for Wade, so he is a shooting guard. So now no Wade, no Bosh. Deng as go-to guy?
Deng getting results cutting to the basket. He already has 6 points.
Luol Deng showing an aggression not as visible during preseason.
Wizards 11, Heat 8, 6:23 left in Q1. Miami starts 3/12 FGs and 0/6 threes. Deng with 4p, 2r.
Deng gets a layup blocked, but it bounces out to Bosh. Hits a long 2.
Luol Deng vs. Paul Pierce: One in a Heat jersey, the other in a Wizards jersey. Odd.
Only school w/multiple plyrs on Heat roster is Duke (Deng/McRoberts/Dawkins). UF, LSU, Blinn JC, GaTech, M'quette, New Mex, Cleveland St...
NBA has a record 101 international players this season with Spurs leading the league with 9. Heat have 1 (Deng).
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)
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.
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."
Luol Deng on picking up the Heat's defense: "There’s still a few things I’ve gotta learn, but I feel comfortable."
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..."
... (2/2) Deng: "I'm loving it. The preseason has been up & down, but even the down has been so positive."
Luol Deng told me today that he spoke to several members of Bulls org, including Thibs & Noah, before signing with the Heat (1/2)...
That leaves the Heat with five free agents added in offseason: Deng, McRoberts, Granger, Shawne Williams and Shannon Brown.
With Heat limited on wing, with Deng and Granger out, Heat in third went with Napier, Chalmers and Cole together. Small(est) ball.
For those tuning in late, no Deng, Granger, McRoberts, Haslem or Birdman for Heat, but Hamilton making preseason debut.
Deng is out with lower-back tightness, never a good sign five days before the opener.
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
Birdman, Deng, McRoberts, Haslem and Granger are all out tonight vs Grizzlies.
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."
Weird preseason for Luol Deng. Scored 18+ twice, was at 4 or under twice. He's got 2p on 1/3 in 22min. tonight.
Luol Deng has long been a wonderful complementary piece. The Heat, though, might need more., So far, it's largely been a struggle.
Chris Bosh was not the only Heat player the Rockets' pursued. Did not advance nearly as far, but also had talks with Deng.