Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

Heat plan to stay small, will not play Dampier or Ilgauskas

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Despite giving up 19 offensive rebounds in a Game 1 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, the Heat don’t plan to get any bigger for Game 2.

According to our own Ira Winderman, Zydrunas Ilgauskas has said that he will remain inactive and Erick Dampier will not dress for Game 2. Both players started a significant amount of games at center for the Heat this season, but Dampier has been inactive throughout the playoffs and Ilgauskas has been benched after being extremely ineffective throughout the first two rounds for the Heat. Jamaal Magloire, who Spoelstra called the team’s “best rebounder” earlier in the week, will be active for Game 2.

This means that Joel Anthony, Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and all the other Miami players who went through “rebounding 101” on Monday will have to keep the Heat from dominating them on the glass in Game 2. It can be done, but this is a gamble for Spoelstra and the Heat — if the Heat’s relatively small forwards can’t keep Joakim Noah and Co. off the boards in Game 2, they could easily go back to Miami facing a 2-0 series hole.

Wizards’ Alan Anderson undergoes another left ankle surgery

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Alan Anderson had surgery last May on his left ankle to remove some bone spurs. This wasn’t seen as anything major, so the Washington Wizards signed him to a deal and are counting on him to bring some versatility and depth to their wings.

However, that same ankle has bothered him since the opening of training camp and on Tuesday the Wizards announced that he had undergone another surgery to “remove a small bony fragment in his left ankle.”

There is no timetable for his return.

The Wizards liked Anderson because of his shooting and versatility — he can play the two, three or four depending on the lineup. The Wizards are counting on a combination of Otto Porter, Jared Dudley, and Anderson to fill the void left by Paul Pierce.

But they are going to have to wait a little while for Anderson to join the party.

Kevin Garnett welcomed Bobby Portis to NBA with veteran trash talk

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Kevin Garnett is as good a trash talker as there is in the NBA right now. He’s one of the games’ legendary talkers.

And he welcomed Bulls rookie Bobby Portis to the NBA in his own special way during Saturday’s Chicago/Minnesota preseason game. From Vincent Goodwill of CSNChicago.com.

Beautiful use of the Honey Nut Cheerios reference.

Hoiberg was a teammate of KG’s back in Minnesota from 2003-2005. Hoiberg did nothing but praise Garnett after the game. He’s probably good with KG pushing Portis.

Watch out for Portis this season, he’s going to show he shouldn’t have fallen so far down the board.