Morning Shootaround — Feb. 13


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NEWS OF THE MORNING

LeBron’s game-winner takes Heat into break | Wade’s All-Star status in the air | Rose not thinking about a return | Another scare for Gasol, Grizzlies | Knicks hit another low point

No. 1: LeBron’s game-winner takes Heat into break — The Miami Heat seemingly cruised through the first 50 games of the season, but as they head into the All-Star break, they’re very much in striking distance of the Indiana Pacers, thanks to Dallas’ win in Indy on Wednesday and LeBron James‘ fadeaway, 3-point game-winner in Oakland. It was one of the more incredible shots of the season so far, and it sent the Heat into the break on a high note. Ethan Skolnick of Bleacher Report was there:

As Andre Iguodala, defiant defender, would say after the 111-110 defeat, “There’s nothing I would change. He just made a tough shot.”

But, for the James and the rest of the Heat, so few words would not suffice. This was a shot to savor, a shot that sent them into the All-Star break on a serious sugar high, with another sweet road win against a strong Western Conference squad. This was a shot by someone who has never made one like this from this range in this circumstance since joining Miami, or at least none that he or his teammates could remember.

This was a shot — this step back 27-footer just before the buzzer — that really shouldn’t have happened, not if the Heat had held a large lead, and not if Erik Spoelstra had stuck with his plan.

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No. 2: Wade’s All-Star status in the air — That win came without Dwyane Wade, who was a late scratch with a sore left foot. Wade was voted in as an East starter for the All-Star game, but has missed 15 games this season and wasn’t sure what was wrong or if he could play on Sunday. Marc J. Spears of Yahoo!Sports has the story:

The 10-time All-Star said he had numbness in his left leg in warm-ups before the game after “the nerve kind of shut down” and kept him from having feeling in his left foot. Wade said his injury was “drop foot,” also known as foot drop, which causes an inability to lift the front part of the foot.

“It’s one of the most bizarre things…,” Wade said. “Hopefully, the numbness wears off more and more as it started to do throughout the game and throughout the rest of the night. By [Thursday] hopefully it subsides and we will go from there.”

Wade was still expecting to take the Heat team plane that arrives early Thursday morning in New Orleans for NBA All-Star Weekend rather than return to Miami. Wade, who described himself as day-to-day, plans on getting treatment from the team’s trainer in New Orleans in hopes of remedying the injury before Sunday.

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No. 3: Rose not thinking about a returnDerrick Rose spoke to the media at a charity event on Wednesday. And while he didn’t say anything to absolutely rule out a return this season and Joakim Noah seemingly left the door open on Tuesday, Rose said that he’s just taking his knee rehab step by step. K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune was there with the story:

Bulls’ doctors, management and confidantes of Rose ruled him out for the season following surgery to repair the meniscus he tore in his right knee on Nov. 22. But speaking for just the second time publicly since the injury, Rose again couldn’t bring himself to acknowledge that as reality.

“I haven’t even had a chance to think about it,” Rose said Wednesday night at the Bulls’ charity gala at the United Center when asked if he’s done for the season. “I’m just worrying about my next stage in this process and that’s running right now. I’m on the AlterG (an anti-gravity treadmill). Hopefully be running without it pretty soon.

“I’m not keeping (a return) open. I just said right now I’m not thinking about it. I’m not running yet. When I get off the AlterG, that’s when I’ll consider coming back or not.”

General manager Gar Forman reiterated the Bulls have no plans for Rose to return this season.

Rose did say that he’d like to play for USA Basketball this summer.

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No. 4: Another scare for Gasol, Grizzlies — Speaking of knee injuries, Marc Gasol reinjured his left knee in Wednesday’s win in Orlando. The early feeling is that this isn’t as bad as the injury that kept Gasol out 23 games earlier in the season, but the knee will be checked out on Thursday. The Grizzlies won 14 of their last 18 games heading into the All-Star break, but are still on the outside of the playoff picture in the West. Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal has the story from Orlando:

Griz center Marc Gasol left the game midway through the third quarter after aggravating a left MCL injury that cost him 23 games earlier this season. Gasol returned to the locker room after he banged knees with Magic point guard Jameer Nelson.

The 7-foot Spaniard didn’t return for the Grizzlies’ second straight victory heading into the NBA’s All-Star break. Gasol downplayed the situation after the game.

He will, however, have an MRI test during the break to determine the seriousness of his injury. There is swelling and Gasol walked with a limp.

“It’s scary when it happens, but I think we’re going to be OK,” Gasol said. “We’re going to get it checked to make sure everything is OK. But it feels a lot better than it did the first time.”

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No. 5: Knicks hit another low point — While the Heat went into the break on a high, the New York Knicks don’t have much to celebrate. They blew a 12-point, second-half lead and lost to the Kings at home, a result that will only fuel more speculation about Mike Woodson’s job status. Peter Botte of the New York Daily News was at MSG with the story:

No one should have been surprised that the Knicks appeared to have a collective eye elsewhere for most of a game that Carmelo Anthony had declared a must-win heading into All-Star weekend.

Certainly not owner James Dolan, who sat slumped in his front-row seat along the baseline watching Mike Woodson and the Knicks suffer yet another brutal home loss on Wednesday night, falling, 106-101, in overtime to lowly Sacramento at the Garden.

The Knicks’ fifth loss in six games can’t do much to alter the perception that Woodson’s job is in serious peril — or lead anyone to believe that this team magically will be able to turn around its tumultuous season when it reconvenes Tuesday in Memphis.

“I am not thinking about that at this point,” Anthony said of Woodson’s job status. “That has been an ongoing issue, ongoing story. Every day is a new story so he is still here and that is what we are dealing with.”

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SOME RANDOM HEADLINES: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo details Chris Grant‘s mistakes in Cleveland … Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal has some good notes about the Cavs’ turnaround since Grant’s departureAvery Bradley suffered a second ankle sprain last week and the Celtics aren’t sure when he’ll play again … Eric Bledsoe is making progress toward a post-break returnThe Knicks still want Kenneth Faried … and Pierre the Pelican has a new look (video).

ICYMI of The Night: James Harden beat the Wizards with a Eurostep around Kevin Seraphin:


VIDEO: Harden Seals the Deal.

17 Comments

  1. TRCK says:

    I AM A WASHINGTON FAN, BUT I CANT UNDERSTAND THE NO CALLS ON THE WASHINGTON PLAYERS IN THE HUSTON ROCKETS GAME AND THE LAST FOUL WHERE HARDEN WAS HOLDING TREVOR, AND WAS CALLED FOR A FOUL, THIS IS NOT THE ONLY GAME, THEIR ARE AT LEAST 14, BUT HERE IS MY POINT. THE NBA, HAS BEEN CAUGHT NUMEROUS TIMES SHOWING FAVORTISIM!
    FACT, AND FOR ONE TEAM TO HAVE CLOST TO 50 FREETHROWS AND THE OTHER LESS THAN 15. IS UNREAL. THE TEAM CAN FEEL THIS AND THEIR PLAY CAN BE FELT KNOWING IF YOU TOUCH THEM! ”FOUL” IF IM HACKED OR FOULED NO CALL GET A TEC! WELL THE NBA MADE A RULE TO REDUCE THE ANGER OF PLAYERS BECAUSE OF REFS BAD CALLS AND NO CALLS. SO……. WHATS FAIR? ……….. NOT THE NBA, BECAUSE WHEN LOSING TEAMS AND FANS SEE THE NO CALLS AND BAD CALL CHANGE THEIR CHANELS OR BOY COT GAMES MONEY MISSED AND VOICES ARE RAISED ON THE BAD CALLS AND UNFAIR REFS. CREATING OUTCOMES OF GAMES BY CHOICE!…..FACT!

  2. miller210 says:

    Hey bulls… just trade rose.. hes done n overated.. rose gets injured quick because fanz n chicago bulls put to much pressure on him to be great..or like they say..be like mike…hes finish. Trade him while u can… stop thinkn hes MJ great… nobodys jordan except jordan..trade him plz

  3. six says:

    what a hype on lbj scoring the game winner. gsw will not be a contender for the ring, neither the heat.

  4. Gillsy says:

    I am not really worried about Miami. Hey Wade is getting old but he will be ok for the post season. Golden State are the team that worry me more. They have Curry and Bogut playing nearly every game this season, but they look dysfunctional at times. Iggy hasn’t worked out as well expected and Barnes hasn’t adjusted to playing off the bench, where he was expected to light it up with the second unit. While Thompsons shot is more cold than hot. They can win 10 games strait then have a good chance of loosing the next 10 strait, which is not going to get you a ring. Could an option be to send Lee and Barnes to the Wolves for Love.

  5. DRAGONFORMVP says:

    The only dissapointement fo me is the lack of love the Warriors organization give to Bogut. Heavily under-rated play at least in this season.

    • dKeN says:

      Dragon – Lack of love? They just publicly said that anyone is up for trade except for Curry and Bogut. I’m pretty sure the organization realizes how important Bogut is to the team.

      As for the rest of the commenters, GSW has loyal fans who have been there for them for the last 20 dry seasons. They are still not as good as their record suggests. They had the 4th easiest schedule to start the season. In no way should you call GSW and championship contending team.

      The Heat fans are not loyal. They will disappear when Lebron is gone.

      The only real contenders are Miami, Indiana, OKC, and San Antonio.

  6. Marx Dave says:

    Miami wont win it this year im sorry. If Dwade continues with his knee/leg issues LeBron will choke and not be able to put the team on his back. There are other/better teams i the leauge right now. Plus the warriors have the strongest fans in the world. Even when they werent a championship contending team they had strong loyal fans to back them up. Where were the heat fans in 2008 when they had the worst record. The heat organization has the most bandwagons ever!

    • theking0522 says:

      You are a troll. Wade is going to be healthy for the playoffs. The Heat are being careful with Wade and the King won’t choke, hater. He destroyed every team in the playoffs last season and 2012.

  7. Gary says:

    It was so sweet to see Lebron down the Warriors. I can’t stand that team.

    • MGM Larry says:

      Hey Gary, Band wagoner. Golden state is a very good team now. When the heat is out of championship picture from this year on (we can clearly see their decline this season), u will witness warriors contending in the comng years.

      • Gary says:

        Hey Larry, random idiot. you don’t even know who my team is. I was just glad Golden Fake Warriors lost. Let’s see how many people care about the Warriors when they cease to do anything in the playoffs like your expecting. Stop being a hypocrite because if you are a Warriors fan, you just recently started caring.

      • mikmaks says:

        i kinda heard these words last season with regard to the Heat, yet they still won. Now with the Golden State, yes they are a good team, if their outside shots are falling. Otherwise, their just a jump shooting team. You live and die by the jump shot.

      • john says:

        so having the third best record in the league is declining? the fact that they are that high with countless injuries is impressive so i dont actually see a decline

      • skrutz says:

        Hey Larry, GSW band wagoner. See how dumb you sound?

      • Anonymous says:

        Golden state aren’t very good. They’re the 8th seed out west, and may be pushed out by the Grizzlies. Plus, they rely mainly on bogut for defense, individual players play poor d.

  8. wew says:

    well, another save by james. at least they would head into all-star break with a sweet win

  9. mnai says:

    what a shot by lebron ln, for the knick i honestly have no idea what is happening this season with them, they are a completely different team from last year in terms of mindset