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After whistle, Isaiah Thomas flips in high shot from behind backboard (video)

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This Isaiah Thomas shot didn’t count on the scoreboard, but it counts in my heart.

Heat’s Dion Waiters out at least two weeks

MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 28: Dion Waiters #11 of the Miami Heat is guarded by Nicolas Batum #5 of the Charlotte Hornets during a game  at American Airlines Arena on October 28, 2016 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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It’s not ideal when you have to start Dion Waiters.

It’s even worse when you don’t have that option available.

Heat release:

The Miami HEAT announced today that an MRI revealed guard Dion Waiters has suffered a Pectineus tear and will be re-evaluated in two weeks. Waiters sat out his first game of the season on Nov. 28 vs. Boston due to the right groin strain.

At some point during the next couple weeks, the Heat will rely more on Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson. But they’re dealing with their own injuries. That puts more of an onus on Rodney McGruder and Wayne Ellington for the time being.

Miami is 5-12, and six of its next seven games are on the road. This might not be pretty.

Despite DeMarcus Cousins’ mopping, Kings at 76ers postponed due to slippery floor


Kings star DeMarcus Cousins tried his best, helping to mop the 76ers’ home floor.

But, after a delay, the court remained too slippery. So, Sacramento will have to play at Philadelphia another day.

Marshall Harris of CSN Philly:

Neither team plays tomorrow, but the arena is hosting a Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown concert. There isn’t another shared open date during Sacramento’s road trip.

That means it’ll likely be a while until this game gets played, as Kings general manager Vlade Divac noted:

Kings at 76ers delayed due to slippery floor

Philadelphia 76ers v Sacramento Kings

The 76ers and Kings both had games postponed last season due to snowstorms.

Tonight, their game in Philadelphia is delayed due to… unseasonably warm weather.

James Ham of CSN California:

Jessica Camerato of CSN Philly:

I don’t believe in “Basketball Gods.” But a game between the team residing in basketball hell and undertook unprecedented levels of tanking being delayed due to weather?

That sounds like a disaster of biblical proportions.

Report: Pistons’ Reggie Bullock out 2-4 months

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 17: Reggie Bullock #25 of the Detroit Pistons celebrates after hitting a three point shot during the second half of the NBA Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on April 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Pistons 106-101. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption ***Reggie Bullock
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The Pistons are desperately looking for a reliable backup wing.

Stanley Johnson, Reggie Bullock, Darrun Hilliard and even second-round rookie Michael Gbinije have gotten turns.

But Bullock, who has probably played the best of the bunch, has fallen from the in-season competition for a while.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

This is a blow for Bullock, who will be a free agent next summer. In his fourth season, the 25-year-old former first-round pick still looks like a potential 3-and-D contributor. Yet, due to limited opportunities and not taking advantage of the ones he’s had in four NBA seasons, Bullock still hasn’t put it all together.

Even though Bullock was earning his way into the rotation, the Pistons should be OK. They have numerous other options, and Johnson – the No. 8 pick just last year – remains the most desirable. Getting the high-upside Johnson to shake his sophomore slump remains option A.

But Detroit loses a little margin for error if that doesn’t happen quickly – or happen at all.