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Goran Dragic is ready to fight Brandon Bass. Officials settled it down quickly.
OK. who honestly thought they'd see Tyler Johnson, James Ennis and Michael Beasley on the court at the same time again this season?
If Tyler Johnson goes for 30 tonight he's gotta jump up on the scorer's table and do the whole Wade "This is MY HOUSE" thing.
Tyler Johnson contnues to play ahead of Shabazz Napier.
Confirmed: I have the worst breath in the building. http://t.co/D91TLX9biS
Those from the Celtics who were around when Walker played here almost to a man greeted him as Bill before the game.
Avery Bradley, who was out last time the teams met, opens 3 for 3 for Celtics, who jumped to 7-2 lead.
Heat to start Haslem, Walker, Deng, Chalmers and Dragic.
This will be 19th missed game for Wade. 16 hamstring, 1 hip, 2 knee (both against Boston, coincidentally).
At this point, the Heat are just mixing and matching lineups.
Chalmers starts in place of injured Wade. Walker starting at power forward and Haslem at center. Dragic and Deng the other starters.
Heat-Celtics playoff seeding (Heat vs. LeBron?) could come down to the final game of season, Celtics at Bucks. Just one crazy scenario...
--If the Heat win they have 2-gm lead over BOS for No. 7. --If they lose, they're tied record-wise, head-to-head & in conference record.
Heat additionally rule out Chalmers (pulled a muscle flossing), Ennis (Uber driver got lost) and Walker (Benjamin Button disease).
I don't want to get everyone's hopes up, but Juwan Howard is on this trip and did pack basketball shoes.
If both Heat-Celtics tied at end of season, playoff seed could be determined by fifth tie-breaker, record against conference playoff teams.
If No.7 Heat loses tonight, season series with No.8 Celtics would be tied 2-2 with season records identical (32-39).
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Wade said he suffered left knee contusion when he fell during Milwaukee game. He is not sure if he can play Friday in atlanta
Wade's left knee swelled up over night. Trainers holding him out as a precaution.
Birdman now ruled out too.
Dwyane Wade has now been ruled out for the Heat for tonight's game against the Celtics. Oy.
Wade out due to left knee.
Wade out tonight with knee
Eighth place in the standings up for grabs tonight between the Heat (32-38) and the Celtics (31-39). Heat leads series 2-1. Huge game.
No Whiteside (right hand laceration) for the Heat tonight against the Celtics and Birdman (left calf contusion) is doubtful. Rotten luck.
Erik Spoelstra said rewatching last night's game on the flight was like "kicking yourself in the gut." I'm not flexible enough to do that.
Spoelstra: "Tonight's not a night to feel sorry for yourself."
The main concern for Hassan Whiteside is the risk of re-tearing his stitched up wound. He could play through some pain once that heals more.
Chris Andersen is banged up, and Spoelstra doesn't think he'll play.
And birdman unlikely to play, Spoelstra says. So heat undersized tonight in boston
Whiteside out. Birdman doubtful.
No Whiteside tonight for Heat, Spoelstra says
Isaiah Thomas will play for Celtics.
Of course Birdman also entered alongside McRoberts.
Birdman enters locker room without visible limp.
Isaiah Thomas on the court warming up for Celtics
Whiteside in Heat locker room with hand heavily wrapped.
Tyler Johnson headed out for pregame workout so at least he's back.
Doubt Heat would consider it, but one-armed Whiteside still better than some options. Maybe he plays w/ his R arm tucked inside his jersey?
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Should Beasley start (which I'm still not sure will be the case), it would make him Heat's 19th starter of season, breaking franchise record
Heat projected starting lineup, which often is subject to significant change, has Michael Beasley listed at forward.
Birdman got banged up late vs. Bucks and was limping at finish, which would explain his lack of presence on key rebounding play at close.
Heat listing Whiteside (hand) as doubtful for tonight, and Birdman (left calf contusion) as questionable. Haslem listed as starting center.
I think I called him Jorge in Spanish on air and he quickly corrected me (it's "George") and I didn't know which way was up anymore.
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But for all that's gone wrong for Heat, being in East overrides all of that. Could have several more things go right in West & be out of it.
On way to Memphis, to see Cleveland play 1 of only 3 remaining games (Chicago, Washington) w/ plus-.500 record. That 2nd seed's a lock.
Not sure what analytics say, but pretty sure no team has ever lost like the Heat lost at Minnesota & Milwaukee this season & made playoffs.
That feeling when you think you left your laptop at gate & get pilots to stop pushback only to find u left it on another seat.:..
Zach Zarba, Eric Dalen, Josh Tiven your referees for tonight's Heat-Celtics, 7:30 p.m., TD Garden (Sun Sports).
I'm pretty sure if I ever cut open my hand on the rim (very possible given my vert), I would look down and see it and puke and pass out.
Still sitting in my seat at the arena in Milwaukee. A MAN SLICED OPEN HIS HAND ON THE RIM. I can't move past this & proceed with my life.
Mavericks looked much cleaner on offense tonight with Ellis & Harris playing together, & Ellis handling. Don't see what Rondo role is.
Not a joke: I saw a car on fire when I arrived at the arena today. And that guy had a better day than Hassan Whiteside.
Heat probably win if Beasley doesn't allow jump-ball. Probably win if Wade makes both free throws, too.