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Ennis w/ four fouls, nothing else of significance in 11 minutes. He has a future, but the Heat need a backup 2 for now.
Have to figure, at the least, the Heat will summon Tyler Johnson back by Friday's game against the Mavericks.
That was the third assist of Hassan Whiteside's career. Manny & Floyd here to see it.
With 5 minutes left in the 3rd quarter, the Heat have already surpassed their point total from the 2nd quarter.
This is the other hamstring for Wade, not the one that kept him out earlier this month.
Whiteside inside for a layup and flexes his biceps while I furiously type this boxing story. Heat 73, Bucks 64 5:18 3Q.
Most impressive play of night for Whiteside. Spins baseline past Henson, then gives crowd the guns. Now w/ 10 & 8. Hanging with it.
Wade will not return to the game because of a strained right hamstring.
Wade's hamstring a huge issue now. The hamstring issues have been ongoing. And this team does not have backup shooting guard.
Dwyane Wade (right hamstring strain) will not return.
Wade right hamstring strain. Will not return.
Wade right hamstring injury will not return.
Heat are on a 12-2 run since the Bucks opened up a 7-point lead at the start of the third quarter. Chalmers has 7 of those points.
Chalmers now 5-for-5 for 13 points & 5 assists, and about to declare himself the best fighter in the building.
Wade to Heat locker room.
This time Cole enters as first point off bench in second half, not Napier.
PACQUIAO on conversation with Mayweather: "He gave his number to me and then said we would communicate with each other."
Pacquiao now has Mayweather's cell number.
Say this for both guys, too: they're 2 of the 8,000 or so people in their seats as the third quarter starts.
Mayweather said it was important to get with Pacquiao to eliminate "the lies" that have been out there.
Mayweather walked over to Pacquiao, who said it was the first time he had every spoken to Mayweather.
So if Manny & Floyd really did patch up some things tonight, we may have witnessed history. And it happened at a Bucks game.
Mayweather walked over to Pacquiao and engaged in a conversation. Mayweather said he wanted to talk about all the lies.
Manny Pacquiao says he is confident he’ll fight Mayweather. Also said this is the first time they have ever spoken.
Floyd & Manny had a conversation & a handshake at halftime. I'm in favor of the players clearing out if they want to take care of this now.
Mayweather's entourage now taking pictures of Pacquiao's media scrum.
Yes, this is the best Heat halftime show ever.
Pacquiao now doing media. The plot thickens.
Six bodyguards then surround Mayweather as he walks back to his seat. Pacquiao seemingly sitting without personal security detail.
Hassan Whiteside has 4 points (1-6 FGs), 7 rebounds, 0 blocks and 0 fouls in 17 minutes.
Mayweather initiating, walking over to Pacquiao's seat just following halftime buzzer.
Pacquiao and Mayweather now talking at midcourt.
Bucks lead Heat 54-50 at halftime. Bosh leads his team with 13 points, Wade has 12, Granger 11.
Manny Pacquiao and Mayweather talking courtside. This is intense.
Bucks 54, Heat 50 at halftime. Bosh 13 points, Wade 12, Granger 11. Whiteside 7 rebounds and four on 1-of-6 shooting.
Bucks 54, Heat 50 at half. Bosh with 13, Wade 12, Granger 11.
The Chalmers-Cole backcourt is back.
Granger 4 of 4 tonight after not being used Sunday in Chicago.
Those were "MVP" chants for Whiteside.
Whiteside now 1-for-6. Well, Wilt had off nights too (I think.)
Whiteside now 1 of 6.
Call stands, common foul on Mayo.
So perhaps Deng is more essential for Heat than Whiteside?
Checking for a flagrant on Mayo.
Whiteside 1-of-5 shooting and has missed three consecutive layups.
Heat down 10 at home to Bucks midway through second period. Another flat home showing.
Bucks 41, Heat 35 5:41 2Q. Someone just won a year's supply of Grand Slams at Denny's during the timeout.
Jason Kidd is probably leading candidate for Coach of the Year in any other season. This season, probably a distant 3rd.
Heat haven't been able to get Whiteside going offensively yet. Henson's size has helped limited him.
Whiteside frustrated after last two possessions. Thought he was fouled on first one, had shot blocked on 2nd.
Heat shooting .609 and losing by five.
Norris Cole about to enter. Clearly not being traded tonight.
Chalmers has outplayed Napier by a wide margin so far tonight. Five assists, not making mistakes.
Heat are shooting 12/18 (66.7%) from the field so far, which includes Napier's difficult 3-point attempt at the end of the 1st quarter.
Bucks lead 30-29 at the end of the first quarter. Heat allowed the most points in a first quarter since Dec. 17 vs Jazz (33).
Miami shooting 70.6%, but trails 30-29 to Milwaukee after Q1. Brandon Knight, Khris Middleton w/ 10 apiece. Whiteside 2 pts, 2 rebs.
3 is a magic number for Granger so far tonight … 3/3
Bucks 30, Heat 29 at end of one. Bosh and Granger will nine apiece for Heat. Pacquiao and Mayweather scoreless.
Granger perfect from the field with three 3-pointers in the first quarter.
Granger now 3 of 3 on 3-pointers.
The video board read, "Coming in 2015?"
Pacquiao and Mayweather shown on big screen. Neither offers more than a smirk. Yet a LeBron-like buzz in building after the introductions.
Pacquiao + Floyd Mayweather Jr are sitting courtside opposite each other here. The jumbotron just showed them with a msg: "Coming in 2015?"
Pacquiao and Mayweather introduced at AmericanAirlines Arena. Videoboard reads, "Coming in 2015?"
Floyd Mayweather, Jr., gets a much louder reaction than Manny Pacquiao, good & bad. Heat put them on video splitscreen w/ "Coming in 2015?"
Confirmed: Manny Pacquiao on one side of the court at the Heat game tonight and Mayweather on the other side by Heat bench.
Is Manny Pacquiao sitting courtside at the Heat game tonight? My eyes aren't so good anymore.
Heat shooting .857, and losing by two.
It's on, tonight, here at AmericanAirlines Arena: Pacquiao vs. Mayweather . . . seated opposite each other for Heat-Bucks.
The Bucks are avoiding the paint so far -- they're just making outside shots.
Whiteside gets his first dunk of the game. It won't be his last tonight.
Whiteside will get 3-4 dunks per game if he just runs the floor with Wade
Like the dunk contest field, but would have been neat to see Tyler Johnson in there.
Most fascinating part of Giannis Antetokounmpo being named to All-Star dunk contest is last Buck to compete in it was . . . Ray Allen ('97).
TONIGHT'S STARTERS Heat (20-24): Granger, Bosh, Whiteside, Wade, Chalmers Bucks (22-22: Antetokounmpo, Ilyasova, Pachulia, Middleton, Knight
Manny Pacquiao hanging outside the Heat locker room pregame
SPOELSTRA on Brandon Knight: “I won’t tell you how I voted, but we view him as an All-Star.”
Spoelstra on the Bucks: "We have great respect for this team. How could we not? They've beaten us twice."
Spoelstra says Danny Granger will "most likely" start in place of Deng.
Heat says Deng and Andersen won't play tonight because of injury. Granger and Whiteside likely starters instead, Heat says.
Granger starting for Luol Deng most likely, says Spoelstra.
Spoelstra says Granger likely to start at small forward, with Whiteside to start at center.
Spoelstra on Whiteside: “He’s much more alert on the weak side.”
Asked Spoelstra about whether there are any minute limitations on Whiteside? "No." So he can go as long as necessary? "Um hmm."
Birdman has a sore elbow and back.
Spoelstra says it's Birdman's elbow and back.
Birdman and Luol Deng both out tonight against the Bucks.
The best thing about covering the NBA is no longer covering Super Bowl media day