Miami Heat's Allen celebrates a three point shot against the Indiana Pacers during Game 7 of their NBA Eastern Conference final basketball playoff in Miami

Ray Allen has flu, doubtful to play vs. Pacers Wednesday


I don’t need to remind you that Ray Allen makes big plays for the Heat in big games.

But he will not be taking part in Wednesday’s big showdown with Indiana.

This isn’t the team covering for something with the stomach virus excuse either – there may be no player in the league more meticulous in taking care of his body, of watching his diet, than Ray Allen.

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Dwyane Wade will start at the two for the Heat, Allen would have come off the bench (he averages 11.9 points a game). Expect Toney Douglas to get the bulk of Allen’s minutes.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.