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Solid start by Wade with six points in the first four minutes of the game.
Bosh with the play of the preseason. Hacked hard, flips up a no-look shot that bounces on the top of the backboard and drops in. And one.
Bosh, over his head, off top of the backboard, in the basket, with an and-one bonus of a foul. Coming to a SportsCenter near you.
I'm not exactly sure how Bosh's wild shot went in but it did.
I was remarkably calm until that first pitch. The nerves have set in.
TNT's slogan heading into a season full of Cavs broadcasts. http://t.co/xIDP4ayqVV
Good test run for Rockets & Heat tonight. Both teams playing regular starters, rotation, w/ exception of McRoberts' absence for Miami.
Rockets starting Dwight Howard, Terrence Jones, Trevor Ariza, James Harden, Patrick Beverly. 8 p.m., TNT.
S.Williams will be replaced when J.McRoberts comes on line, of course, but Williams already appears to be an important piece for the Heat.
Also looks like Shawne Williams will start opening night, next Wednesday vs. Wizards, if McRoberts isn't back, and even then, possibly so.
If tonight is the Heat's dress rehearsal for opening night...Shawne Williams has come a long way. Congrats to him.
Chalmers started preseason opener, hasn't started at point guard in six games since
Heat also starting Shawne Williams again at PF. Seems to be their guy until Josh McRoberts is back.
Cole, Wade, Deng, S. Williams, Bosh starting for the Heat tonight against the Houston Rockets.
Norris Cole again starts in place of Chalmers at point guard. Also starting: Chris Bosh, Shawne Williams, Luol Deng and Dwyane Wade.
Spoelstra on Hamilton: He's playable. It depends on how it plays. He's been doing everything for the last month. He just hasn't done contact
Heat will start Norris Cole tonight for 6th time in 7 preseason games.
Spoelstra: "Josh McRoberts is not playing. Everybody else is active."
Michael Goldberg http://t.co/ePo3YDxXs6 (2/2)
If Norris Cole doesn't start due to tightness in his back, I'm wondering aloud if Spoelstra would go with Napier as the starter.
Norris Cole has a "tight back," according to Spoelstra.
Spoelstra says Justin Hamilton (heart procedure) is available to play tonight, which would be his preseason debut.
Justin Hamilton is able to play tonight, would be first time since heart operation.
Heat center Justin Hamilton is active for tonight's game.
Spoelstra says McRoberts has been doing some of practices, but still not playing, "We're being patient and diligent with this."
Erik Spoelstra says Josh McRoberts believes he is ready to play for Heat, but team still holding him out.
Erik Spoelstra says Josh McRoberts wanted to play tonight. "We're being patient."
Erik Spoelstra rules out Josh McRoberts (toe) for tonight's game.
Spoelstra says Cole likely to start, but has been dealing with a back issue. McRoberts out, Larry Drew won't play.
Erik Spoelstra gives no starting lineup but swears he's not playing coy.
NBA did not go like Major League Baseball with live officials in place at replay center. It seems like hire six more, make calls quickly.
Surprised to learn that no calls will be made out of NBA replay center. All calls still made by referees on floor.
Philbin said Dion Jordan, back from suspension, looked good today and that he still expects Brandon Gibson to resume playing andcontributing
ACC announces four UM-Notre Dame games in next decade-plus: 2016 (Oct. 29 at ND); 2017 (at UM, Nov. 11); 2024 in South Bend; 2025 here.
Alas, the Hawks have waived Dexter Pittman.
Dolphins say Dion Jordan has a week long grace period where he can practice but not have to be added to 53.If he plays in game,he's on 53.
My NYC cab driver is singing to his infant son on face time while swerving through traffic at a high rate of speed. Incredibly sweet & scary
Erik Spoelstra on dealing with roster turnover: "That's the life we chose... I'm going on my 20th year here."
Erik Spoelstra says Josh McRoberts (toe) felt ready & wanted to practice yesterday, but staff held him out.
Bosh says he was a lesser player in Toronto than he is now. Going back to Toronto Chris Bosh would be regression.
Bosh on Houston: "They're a title contender with or without me."
Bosh: "I consider myself a decently smart person."
Bosh on Heat media sessions being a little smaller this year: "Yeah, I don't know why."
I'm alone in the security line at MIA airport. Is this heaven or the set of punk'd?
Joakim Noah, Gator, on getting booed in Columbus: "Because we won the championship. And then we beat them in football. It's all good, tho."
if you know me.. then you know the first thing I had to do when I saw an alligator was pick it up for a picture
LeBron on Derrick Rose: "I'm not surprised at all. As a league, as a fan, it's great to have him back playing at a high level."
Joakim Noah, 4 his (unusual) praise of Heat, did add this about Deng's situation: "Hopefully, it's not THAT good. But I love him to death."
.... (2/2) Gasol said he was honored by Bosh & Wade reaching out to him, and that he spoke to LeBron, who never told him not to go to Miami.
Spoke at length to Pau Gasol about his recruitment by Heat. He says their situation was too "unclear" at time he made decision... (1/2)
Cavaliers beat Bulls in 1st look at each other. But the story was Derrick Rose (30 points), electric on 2nd night of back-to-back.
Rose has Kyrie Irving on skates.
Derrick Rose w/ 20 at the half in Columbus. No one on the Cavaliers can guard him (they haven't tried LeBron yet).
Ohio State marching band playing at halftime here in Columbus. I"m going to see if I can find Terry Porter.
No way of knowing if this will last.... but Derrick Rose looks 2011 fast tonight.
Aaron Brooks is the new DJ Augustin who was the new Nate Robinson who was the new John Lucas III who was the new CJ Watson.
Curious how Thibodeau will use all this depth.... especially when he's using Jimmy Butler (not available tonight) for 48 minutes.
Joakim Noah receives roughly the same reception in Columbus, Ohio, that he does in Miami. So that's something in common.
Tyler Johnson has $75K guarantee, Khem Birch $50K, so Heat keeping either on the opening-night roster would not cost extra in short run.
Tom Thibodeau says Jimmy Butler (wrist) is day to day. Won't play tonight vs Cavaliers in Columbus. Both teams playing most regulars.
I still like Cavs out of the East. And that's even presuming that D-Rose will be durable.
Dolphins continue to look at ex-UM receivers.Had T. Streeter on p-squad to start season before being cut. Today signed LaRon Byrd to p squad
LeBron is both the best basketball player on earth and one of the smartest people out there at now understanding his brand and managing it.