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LeBron and Bosh both out tonight and, like everyone else in South Florida, will be paying more attn to other games than the one at AAA.
Greg Oden is back tonight for final game of reg. season and first time since that telling first quarter against Indiana on March 26.
Bill Kennedy, Brian Forte, Haywoode Workman your referees for tonight's Heat-76ers, 8 p.m., AmericanAirlines Arena (Sun Sports).
Out West, only HOU (4) vs. POR (5) is locked in. East? Only IND (1) vs. ATL (8). Nothing else is settled. Giddy up.
If you had to write a playoff preview for every possible matchup, you'd have 22 reports to write today. Tomorrow, only 8 will remain.
Dump conferences, play a balanced schedule, take best 16 & re-seed after every round. That would eliminate teams jockeying for lower seeds.
It's a make or miss league, so when observers make the case that Miami's too "small," tell them they're missing the point.
Miami's primary issues have been cold nights from shooters, lazy nights on defense that allowed so-so shooters to get rhythm.
I'm posting this stuff b/c I know we're going to hear "beat the Heat with size." That's a simplistic perspective. Hasn't been the issue.
Miami has won when getting badly outrebounded. It does not win when it shoots poorly, or allows opponents to shoot exceedingly well.
Simply, there's no correlation that I can find between Miami's success against big or small teams. It's a myth.
Dug into Heat's numbers tonight: little W/L correlation to rebounding, some correlation to turnovers, direct correlation to FG%.
Heat's Ray Allen was a finalist. Luol Deng voted the 2013-14 winner of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award,
The FIFA World Cup trophy just touched down at MIA http://t.co/15YhC0JECl
Mike Miller last night with the season on the line for Memphis: 21 points, 8-of-11 shooting, 5 of 6 from three-point range. That is all.
You know, just walking the dog, seeing a giant sting ray leap 3 feet out of the water in Biscayne Bay. Everyone's excited for the playoffs.
And there's a chance Memphis jumps Dallas in the standings to make it 6 teams in the Grizzlies' rear-view since Dec 28.
On December 28, MEM trailed PHX, MIN, DEN, NOP and LAL in the standings. Now, they're in the playoffs. Amazing comeback.
If NBA dumped conferences, Heat (5) would get Raptors (12) in 1st round, Indiana (4) in 2nd. If it ever comes up, Miami may want to vote no.
Spurs' road to Finals: Memphis or Dallas, then Houston or Portland, then Thunder or Clippers.
In a league where you can buy and sell draft picks, can't Atlanta just sell its playoff berth to Phoenix?
That turnover, and Memphis bucket, sucked the soul out of the building.
Incredible game here in Phoenix! This game is for the post-season, and it feels like it. It is loud and intense and on edge here.
Mike Miller season-high 21 (so far) in a playoff-like moment for Memphis.
So, Mike Miller has 18 in Memphis' biggest game of the season, huh?
Don't blame them for the way they approached season. Human nature. Also don't blame fans for frustration when wasting many nights watching.
Haslem pointed to Indiana game as proof of intensity Heat can bring when it matters. "It wasn't that long ago."
They care... now. They just couldn't get into this season. Even Ray Allen, ever the diplomat, admitted "it dragged a little."
4 yrs ago, Heat stressed about seeding, refreshing phones to check BOS score. Tonight? More interested in Rio 2 showtimes than CHAR score.
Heat's playoff opponent (Wizards or Bobcats) will be determined on Wednesday, the final day of the season.
Charlotte wins. So Miami won't learn its opponent until Wednesday. Not sure Heat really care. Season ends. That's what they'll celebrate.
Wade said Washington worked to deny him, so he couldn't get in rhythm he'd hoped for
Spoelstra says he rested LeBron & Bosh because "our schedule was extreme down the stretch."
Spoelstra: "It was a snowball rolling down the hill. Defensively, we clearly were not committed."
Wizards 114, Heat 93. Pacers clinch top spot in the Eastern Conference.
Washington wins, 114-93. Pacers wrap up #1 seed. Heat will be #2. If Bobcats lose to Hawks, Miami opens with Charlotte.
Bobcats have Bulls on Wednesday, but Chicago may have nothing to play for. Washington in Boston.
Bobcats down 4 to Atlanta. Hawks resting a lot of guys. If it doesn't hold, Washington still possible first round opponent.
Well, Michael Beasley played tonight... Wondering if this stops the stream of tweets.
I'm guessing Spoelstra doesn't waste a "we need to own it" on tonight
James Jones is 3-for-4 from 3, meaning he'll finish over 50 percent for season, such as that season was.
Washington could still get the No. 5 seed, but Brooklyn would need to lose to NY & Clev while Washington beats Boston
For all you masochists, there's a replay of this game at midnight.
It's the anniversary of the Titanic sinking. So there's that.
Wizards lead Heat, 101-65.
Spoelstra resting Bosh and LeBron is really interesting. Lot of swagger and very little fear of Pacers in that move. Both wholly warranted.
Wizards 98, Heat 65 at end of three. Wonder what LeBron and Bosh are watching in the locker room?
Wade plays 22 minutes, with 9 points & 3 assists. Shot 4-of-9 from field. Didn't appear limited. That's the one positive for Heat tonight.
Bobcats trail by 6 at halftime. Meaning that Heat-Bobcats could be locked in about an hour.
If Miami wins the championship, it would have the worst record for a champion since... the 2005-06 Heat.
Mad Men was excellent last night. Don't think it happens, but it's still in the running for GOAT. The Wire still with big lead ... for now.
It's amazing to me that there's been so much focus on HCA vs. IND, but no one talks about West. Miami just let that go.
So, officially, the Spurs, Thunder & Clippers will have homecourt vs. Heat in a potential Finals. Rockets can tie Heat tonight.
Now that Wade's gotten a little run, it'd be a shame if he has a setback by playing any more minutes.
Wizards have scored 70 in a half . . and John Wall hasn't even scored yet.
Tough call for Coach Of The Year. Three votes for ... Pop? Thibs? Hornacek? Casey? Someone else?
Jeff Hornacek might be one of the most gracious head coaches I've met. And that's in the face of perhaps coming up just short of postseason.
It'd be funny if the Raptors got to the Finals, after everyone seems to want to play them
Wizards 70, Heat 48 at halftime…
Miami gives up 70 in first half here, an improvement over last visit (73). I'll start tweeting more when they start defending.
Think I got it right now: Wizards lead Heat 70-48 at halftime. Yes 70. Washington 10 of 16 on 3-pointers. Wade 7 points.
Toney Douglas doesn't get back on Chalmers' raise, an easy Beal layup in transition. Nothing to see here folks.
Touchdown, Miller to Beal.