The big story before tip-off in San Antonio was the fact that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Mario Chalmers would all be held out Sunday night against the Spurs due to various injuries.
By the time the game was over, the Heat had come away with an unexpected 88-86 victory, thanks to the last-second heroics of the one Miami All-Star who did play in this game, Chris Bosh.
With the Heat trailing by one and less than 10 seconds remaining, the Heat rebounded a miss from Tim Duncan in the lane, and advanced the ball up the floor for their final offensive possession.
Bosh trailed the play at the top of the three-point arc, and Ray Allen found him there, as Bosh calmly drained the game-winner from three-point distance.
Bosh ranks ninth on the Heat in three-point field goal percentage, yet had no trouble knocking down this one with the game hanging in the balance.
It’s tough to blame San Antonio for the letdown to a certain extent, given the fact that Miami was without three of its five starters. But should the Spurs face the Heat in the NBA Finals, and if the regular season records of the two teams don’t end up finishing that far apart in the overall standings, San Antonio may look back on this game with regret as they’re forced to open the championship round on the road in Miami against the defending champs.
Report: Sixers expected to waive Tibor Pleiss after trade with Jazz
On Friday, the Jazz traded German center Tibor Pleiss to the Sixers along with two second-round picks for Kendall Marshall. The big draw of the trade for Philly was the picks, and Pleiss is not expected to stay with the Sixers, according to Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia’s Jessica Camerato.
Another note on the Kendall Marshall trade: the Sixers are likely to waive Tibor Pleiss, according to a source.
Pleiss had a forgettable season with Utah, and the Sixers have a glut of bigs including Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric. It would have been virtually impossible for Pleiss to crack the rotation, and it’s unlikely another team picks up his contract, which has $3 million guaranteed this season.
Jordan releases new Russell Westbrook ad, may include a shot at Kevin Durant
As a Jordan Brand athlete, Russell Westbrook is under the same Nike umbrella as former teammate Kevin Durant. But his latest Jordan spot, released Friday, has a very pointed tagline: “Some run, some make runways.”
For two decades, Kobe Bryant saw everyone and everything as an obstacle to overcome: The Pacers, Sixers, Nets, Magic, Celtics, Tim Duncan, Gregg Popovich, Smush Parker, a torn Achilles. It didn’t matter. Kobe’s work ethic and drive had him rising above it all.
His focus hasn’t changed now. Kobe was on the Jim Rome show, and the topic of the new-look Warriors with Kevin Durant came up, along with the “woe is me” attitude of some players (and plenty of owners and GMs).
“I would have thought less about myself if I looked at that move and said, ‘That’s unfair,'” he said. “If you’re a real competitor, you look at that and say, ‘OK, lace ’em up. Let’s go. I don’t care how many players you have over there; we’re still going to take you down.'”
Easier said than done to make that happen, but that attitude is the only one to have if you think you have a chance. You can be sure LeBron James is thinking that way and telling his Cavaliers teammates the same.
We’re going to miss Kobe.
Report: Dwyane Wade’s cousin killed as innocent bystander in gang shooting in Chicago
This news is just sickening. In a world with just too much sickening news.
According to NBC 5 in Chicago (which spoke to police), Dwyane Wade‘s first cousin Nykea Aldridge was pushing a stroller down the street when she was shot and killed as an innocent in the crossfire of a gang shooting.
The 32-year-old woman, whom family identified as Nykea Aldridge, was apparently the unintended victim of a gang shooting, police said. She was walking around 3:30 p.m. in the 6300 block of South Calumet when two males approached another male and opened fire, police said.
Wade tweeted this.
My cousin was killed today in Chicago. Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal. #EnoughIsEnough
Aldridge was on her way to a local school to register her kids (they had just moved) when the shooting took place. There has been a rash of gang and gun violence in Chicago in the past year, and Dwyane’s mother Jolinda Wade had just been on a panel on ESPN’s Undefeated talking about it.
Wade is coming to play for his hometown Chicago Bulls this season.
Our thoughts are with Nykea Aldridge’s family and friends.