December 7, 2022 | 6:11 am EST Update
Shams Charania: The Minnesota Timberwolves are signing ex-Lakers wing shooter Matt Ryan on a two-way NBA contract, sources tell me and @Jon Krawczynski. Ryan had a solid stint for the Lakers, making 13 three-pointers over 12-game stretch.
Brady Hawk: Erik Spoelstra: “We simply just didn’t play well. I thought we were pretty stable defensively through 3 quarters, and then the floodgates opened.” “Our offense got us in trouble at key times in the 2nd half.”
The Pistons outscored the Heat 69-46 in the second half. “I think a lack of focus just on the defensive end,” Heat guard Tyler Herro said when asked to explain the loss. “Obviously, down some guys still but I feel like with the guys we had out there, we could have gotten the job done. We needed to make a few more plays on both ends.” With star Jimmy Butler held out on the second night of a back-to-back, the Heat got big performances from Bam Adebayo and Herro on Tuesday. Adebayo finished with 21 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the field and 15 rebounds. Herro matched his season-high with 34 points on 12-of-17 shooting from the field, 2-of-4 shooting on threes and 8-of-8 shooting from the foul line. It’s tied for the third-point points he has scored in a game in his NBA career.
Bally Sports Florida & Bally Sports Sun: “Obviously it wasn’t the result we wanted or I wanted, but it’s definitely good to play again; it’s good to be out there.” Victor Oladipo talks about how rewarding it was to be back out there on the floor and making his season debut. @MiamiHEAT | #HEATCulture
“He’s arguably top one or two greatest players of all time,” Kevin Love said of his former teammate. “Any time you get an opportunity to play against him, that’s always going to be special. I think last year, we got really caught up with him coming home because obviously the crowd is going to be into it. Akron and Cleveland, that’s their hometown hero, always will be.” So, does James rank No. 1 or No. 2 in that GOAT debate? “1A, 1B,” Love said with a smile. “I have seen it firsthand playing with him. I personally think he is one, but again, that’s up for debate for everybody.”