This isn’t such a surprise. If you have followed the Heat during the regular season at all the past couple of years you know they tend to error on the cautious side when their stars are hurt — they are not playing for December, they are playing for May and June. They let their guys get healthy.
With that it is no surprise that LeBron James is out Saturday night for the Heat’s showdown with the Portland Trail Blazers due a strained groin. Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel reports it is official.
His injury happened in the second quarter of the Heat’s loss to the Kings Friday night. After the game LeBron admitted it was very painful and he was seen limping both in the locker room and getting off the plane.
Groin strains can linger if they are not allowed to fully heal, and the Heat don’t want to play the next month with a slowed and hobbling LeBron.
Which is to say there is no timetable for LeBron to return to the lineup. This weeks games for the Heat are at the Nuggets Monday, then home to host the Warriors on Thursday followed by a trip to Orlando Saturday.
Rodney Hood got the Jazz to overtime.
Gordon Hayward took it from there.
This extends Utah’s win streak to eight games and snaps a 10-game losing streak in Dallas. The last time the Jazz won in Dallas? Mavericks guard Deron Williams started – for Utah.*
*Those Jazz brought Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver and Wesley Matthews off the bench. Dang
Up three points and the final seconds winding down, the Mavericks had a great chance to intentionally foul Trey Lyles (a 62% free-throw shooter) with his back to the basket.
Instead, they allowed Rodney Hood to hit this shot and get the Jazz to overtime.
The Bucks led the Celtics led the Bucks by 19 in the fourth quarter and four in the final minute.
But Boston completed its comeback when Jerryd Bayless committed a boneheaded foul on Kelly Olynyk with a second left, shoving Olynyk in the back on the inbound. Olynyk sunk both free throws to tie the game.
Then, Khris Middleton got Bayless off the hook.
Middleton drew a foul on Avery Bradley, who was trying to contest the game-winning shot. The Milwaukee wing made one free throw then intentionally the second, and Jae Crowder couldn’t replicate this.
Par for the course, Gregg Popovich gave curt answers to end his in-game interview quickly.
But David Aldridge tempted the Spurs coach, asking whether he wanted New Hampshire primary results. Popovich walked back to hear the answer.
Told Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump won, Popovich shook his head.
Was that disapproval for the Democratic or Republican candidate – or both?