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The Miami Heat fell to the Portland Trail Blazers, 115-109

The Miami Heat fell to the Portland Trail Blazers, 115-109

Monday, February 10, 2020

 

Just a few days ago, the Miami Heat traded Justise Winslow, Dion Waiter, and James Johnson to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Andre Iguodala, Joe Crowder, and Solomon Hill.  The Heat were already having a surprising season but with this trade, it may definitely give them a higher chance of reaching the Eastern Conference Finals.

Tonight’s matchup between the Miami Heat and the Portland Trail Blazers will mark the first of two times that these two teams will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on January 5 when the Heat handed the Blazers a 122-111 loss.  Goran Dragic finished that game with 29 points, 3 rebounds, and 13 assists while Damian Lillard had 34 points, one rebound, 12 assists, and 3 steals.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Heat and the Blazers have played each other a grand total of 62 times as the Heat won 23 games while the Blazers went on to grab 39 victories.

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

-Kyle Alexander (knee)
-Jimmy Butler (shoulder; 20.5 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 6.3 APG, 45.2 FG%, 25.5 3P%)
-Tyler Herro (ankle; 13.1 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 41.4 FG%, 39.3 3P%)
-Meyers Leonard (ankle; 6.1 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.1 APG, 52.0 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
-Solomon Hill (coach’s decision; 5.7 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 41.2 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
-KZ Okpala (coach’s decision; 1.4 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.2 APG, 60.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Gabe Vincent (coach’s decision; 4.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 21.1 FG%, 25.0 3P%)

Portland Trail Blazers:

-Zach Collins (shoulder; 9.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 47.4 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-Rodney Hood (leg; 11.0 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.5 APG, 50.6 FG%, 49.3 3P%)
-Nassir Little (ankle; 3.8 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 43.0 FG%, 25.5 3P%)
-Jusuf Nurkic (leg)
-Anfernee Simons (concussion; 8.9 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 1.5 APG, 41.1 FG%, 32.2 3P%)
-Moses Brown (G-League; 1.4 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.0 APG, 44.4 FG%)
-Jaylen Hoard (G-League; 2.7 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 44.8 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Portland Trail Blazers would have control of things in the first half as they shot fifty-six percent from the field, keeping the Miami Heat to forty percent.  Trevor Ariza got hot for 19 points as he missed only one of his eight shots attempted.  He also had two three-pointers while recording 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, and one block.

Damian Lillard helped out with 11 points, earning nine of them from beyond the arc and the other two from the free-throw line.  Carmelo Anthony and C.J. McCollum combined for 16 points while they both had a three-pointer each.  Hassan Whiteside had four points but grabbed seven rebounds and blocked 2 shots.  Gary Trent played the most minutes off the bench as he had 13 points.

As for the Miami Heat, Duncan Robinson chalked up 15 points, earning all of them from behind the three-point line.  Derrick Jones contributed with nine points on sixty-percent shooting.  He also had two three-pointers while both Bam Adebayo and Kendrick Nunn scored five points each.  Jae Crowder played 16 minutes off the bench as he had eight points but it was the Blazers who went into halftime with a 63-60 lead.

The home team who close things out in the second half as they went on a 52-49 run.  During that run, Damian Lillard got extremely hot for 22 points, drilling 3 three-pointers in the process.  As for the Miami team, Goran Dragic and Jae Crowder combined for 24 points off the bench but it was the Trail Blazers who came away with a 115-109 win.  Damian Lillard finished the game with 33 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, one steal, and one block while Goran Dragic had 27 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Miami Heat will head to California to take on Andrew Wiggins (24.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 66.7 FG%, 75.0 3P%) and the Golden State Warriors (12-41) on Monday at 10:30 p.m.  This will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  November 29 was the last time they saw each other as the Warriors fell to the Heat, 122-105.  During that game, Goran Dragic scored 20 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, dished off 4 assists, and committed one steal while Jordan Poole had 20 points, one rebound, and one assist.

The Portland Trail Blazers will head to Louisiana to battle Brandon Ingram (24.9 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 4.2 APG, 47.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (22-31) on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the third of four times that they play each other this season.  The last time they battled each other was on December 23 when the Pelicans defeated the Blazers, 102-94.  Jrue Holiday finished that game with 21 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal while Carmelo Anthony had 23 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and one steal.

The Heat defeat the Pacers, thanks to Goran Dragic’s clutch shot, 113-112

The Heat defeat the Pacers, thanks to Goran Dragic’s clutch shot, 113-112

Saturday, December 28, 2019

 

The Miami Heat are looking to expand their winning streak to four games tonight as they take on the Indiana Pacers at the American Airlines Arena.  The Heat are coming fresh off of a 107-104 victory they took over the Utah Jazz on Monday.  This will be the third of four straight games played at home before they head to the Nation’s Capital to take on the Wizards.

As for the Pacers, they are coming off a 120-115 overtime win they escape with from the Toronto Raptors this past Monday.  They will try to grab their second straight win tonight against the South Beach team.  This will be the first of four times that they play each other this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Heat and the Pacers have battled each other a grand total of 138 times in the past as the Heat won 61 games while the Pacers went on to grab 77 victories.

INACTIVES:

Indiana Pacers:

-Malcolm Brogdon (groin; 18.3 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 7.6 APG, 45.2 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Victor Oladipo (quad)
-Alize Johnson (coach’s decision; 1.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.2 APG, 45.5 FG%)
-T.J. Leaf (coach’s decision; 3.3 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 0.3 APG, 42.6 FG%, 38.5 3P%)
-JaKarr Sampson (coach’s decision; 5.2 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.4 APG, 57.1 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Brian Bowen (G-League; 0.7 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Naz Mitrou-Long (G-League; 4.7 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 2.3 APG, 37.5 FG%, 18.2 3P%)

Miami Heat:

-Justise Winslow (back; 12.4 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 4.3 APG, 39.4 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
-Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
-James Johnson (coach’s decision; 3.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.7 APG, 44.4 FG%, 22.2 3P%)
-Chris Silva (coach’s decision; 3.8 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.6 APG, 66.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Dion Waiters (coach’s decision)
-KZ Okpala (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Daryl Macon (G-League; 0.8 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 33.3 FG%, 50.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would be kept close in the first half as the Pacers shot fifty-one percent from the field while the Heat shot forty-seven percent.  Justin Holiday scored 11 points off the bench for the Pacers while hitting 3 three-pointers in the process.  Aaron Holiday and Jeremy Lamb both had eight points each while Myles Turner drilled two three-pointers.  Doug McDermott played the most minutes off the bench as he had eight points.

On the other end of the floor, Kendrick Nunn chalked up 11 points which included a three-pointer in the first period.  New Jersey-native Bam Adebayo contributed with ten points on a perfect one-hundred percent shooting.  He also had six rebounds and three assists while Kelly Olynyk knocked down all 3 three-pointers off the bench.

Jimmy Butler was kept to just eight points but managed to record three rebounds, four assists, and one steal.  Goran Dragic played 13 minutes off the bench but only had five points as the Heat went into halftime with a 58-55 lead.

The Pacers would attempt a comeback in the second half as they shot forty-six percent from the field while the Heat shot forty-one percent.  Former Suns’ forward T.J. Warren chalked up 14 points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  Aaron Holiday and Jeremy Lamb combined for 17 points while Domantas Sabonis had six points.  Justin Holiday played the most minutes off the bench but was held scoreless.

As for the South Beach team, both Duncan Robinson and Jimmy Butler scored 12 points each.  Robinson earned all his points from beyond the arc while Butler had six rebounds and two assists.  Adebayo had eight more points while Nunn drilled two shots from behind the three-point line.

With thirty-seven seconds remaining in the game, the Miami Heat would hold a 111-110 lead.  After a missed shot by Jimmy Butler, Jeremy Lamb would connect for an eight-foot shot to give the Pacers the lead.  The Heat wouldn’t give up, though.  With six seconds left in the game, Adebayo would grab a rebound after a missed shot Nunn.

Adebayo would then pass it out to Dragic, who drilled a nine-foot jumper to give the Heat a 113-112.  After a timeout called by the Indiana Pacers, Aaron Holiday attempted a driving floating jump shot to win the game but wouldn’t be successful as the Heat hung on to win, 113-112.  Jimmy Butler finished the game with 20 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, and one steal while Aaron Holiday settled for 17 points, 3 rebounds, and 9 assists.

So…what’s next?

The Indiana Pacers will head to Louisiana to take on Brandon Ingram (25.3 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 3.8 APG, 48.9 FG%, 41.0 3P%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (9-23) on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the first of two times that they play each other this season.

The Miami Heat will host Joel Embiid (23.3 PPG, 12.6 RPG, 3.2 APG, 47.3 FG%, 33.3 3P%) and the Philadelphia 76ers (23-10) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the third of four times that these teams will battle each other this season.  The last time they met up was on December 18 when the 76ers fell to the Heat, 108-104.  Kendrick Nunn finished with 26 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal while Joel Embiid had 22 points, 19 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and 2 blocks.

The Miami Heat sneak by the Brooklyn Nets with a 109-106 win

The Miami Heat sneak by the Brooklyn Nets with a 109-106 win

Monday, December 2, 2019

 

The Miami Heat have been playing like they have a chip on their shoulder this season as they are sitting with a 13-5 record, good for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.  They are coming fresh off of a 122-105 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday.  The South Beach team will look to grab a second win as they battle the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center tonight.

As for the Nets, they are coming off of a 112-107 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday.  After tonight’s game, the Brooklyn team will go on a two-game road trip before returning back on Sunday.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the first of three times that these two teams will see each other this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Heat and the Nets have battled each other a grand total of 137 times in the past as the New York team won 53 games while the Miami Heat went on to grab 84 victories.

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

-KZ Okpala (Achilles; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
-James Johnson (coach’s decision; 3.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.7 APG, 44.4 FG%, 22.2 3P%)
-Dion Waiters (suspension)
-Daryl Macon (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 33.3 FG%, 50.0 3P%)

Brooklyn Nets:

-Nicolas Claxton (hamstring; 3.0 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 1.2 APG, 52.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Kevin Durant (Achilles)
-Kyrie Irving (shoulder; 28.5 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 7.2 APG, 44.4 FG%, 34.1 3P%)
-Caris LeVert (thumb; 16.8 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 4.0 APG, 42.1 FG%, 36.1 3P%)
-Rodions Kurucs (G-League; 2.3 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 39.1 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-Henry Ellenson (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Timothe Luwawu Cabarrot (G-League; 0.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Wilson Chandler (suspension)

GAMETIME:

The Brooklyn Nets would have a slight advantage in the first half as they shot fifty percent from the field, keeping the Miami Heat to forty-one percent.  Spencer Dinwiddie warmed up with 16 points while knocking down 3 three-pointers in the process.  He also had two rebounds, three assists, and one steal while Joe Harris helped out with 14 points.

Texas-native Taurean Prince earned himself nine points while hitting two three-pointers in the process.  He also had three blocks while Garrett Temple and Jarrett Allen combined for nine points.  DeAndre Jordan played the most minutes off the bench as he had seven points, seven rebounds, and an assist.

On the other end of the court, Jimmy Butler scored 12 points but shot only thirty-six percent from the field.  He did have five rebounds and one assist, however.  Bam Adebayo contributed with nine points and seven rebounds.  Kendrick Nunn gave five points while hitting a three-pointer in the second quarter.

Duncan Robinson had a three-pointer in the first period while collecting three rebounds. Former Trail Blazers’ Meyers Leonard was held scoreless but managed to get three defensive rebounds.  Goran Dragic played 15 minutes off the bench as he had nineteen points but it was the New York team who went into halftime with a 65-58 advantage.

The South Beach ball club would make a comeback in the second period as they went on a 51-41 scoring run.  During that run, Leonard made up for his scoring drought as he scored nine points on seventy-five percent shooting.  He earned all those points from beyond the arc while Butler had five free-throws and a three-pointer.  Justise Winslow played the most minutes off the bench but only had six points.

As for the Nets, Harris and Dinwiddie combined for 24 more points.  Jordan played 11 minutes off the bench as he had eight points but it wouldn’t matter as the Miami Heat came back to defeat the Brooklyn Nets, 109-106.  Goran Dragic finished the game with 24 points, two rebounds, and six assists while Spencer Dinwiddie had 29 points, a season-high six rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Miami Heat will up north to fight Pascal Siakam (25.1 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 3.9 APG, 46.0 FG%, 37.7 3P%) and the Toronto Raptors (14-4) on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.  This will mark the first of three matchups between these two teams this season.

The Brooklyn Nets will go to Georgia to take on Trae Young (28.4 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 8.4 APG, 45.4 FG%, 38.7 3P%) and the Atlanta Hawks (4-16) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.  This game will be the first of four times that they will see each other this season.

The Heat come back to defeat the Grizzlies, 120-101

The Heat come back to defeat the Grizzlies, 120-101

With the new acquisition of Jimmy Butler, who joined the Miami Heat via a sign and trade with the Philadelphia 76ers in a four-team trade, the Heat will look to get back into playoff form this season.  Even though the Heat are now without Dwyane Wade, who retired at the end of last season, their hopes to become a championship are still high.  The South Beach team is also without Hassan Whiteside, who was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers this offseason.

The Memphis Grizzlies stayed quiet during the offseason.  Their only trade was Mike Conley to the Utah Jazz in return for Grayson Allen, Jae Crowder, Kyle Korver, and draft rights to Darius Bazley.  With the team in the process of rebuilding, they will hope to grab a win at the American Airlines Arena tonight.

INACTIVES:

Memphis Grizzlies:

-Solomon Hill (coach’s decision)
-Andre Iguodala (not with the team)
-Yuta Watanabe (G-League)
-Josh Jackson (not with the team)
-John Konchar (G-League)

Miami Heat:

-Jimmy Butler (not with the team)
-Dion Waiters (team suspension)
-James Johnson (conditioning)
-Udonis Haslem (wrist)

GAMETIME:

The Memphis Grizzlies would have the slight upper hand in the first half as they ended up shooting fifty-one percent from the field while the Miami Heat shot forty-one percent.  Jaren Jackson scored 11 points in the first half while collecting two rebounds.  Rookie guard Ja Morant helped out with ten points on seventy-one percent shooting.  Jae Crowder had eight points which included a three-pointer in the middle of the second quarter.  Serbia-native Marko Guduric played the most minutes off the bench but only had five points.

As for the South Beach ball club, Justise Winslow chalked up 12 points while shooting forty percent from the field.  He also racked up four assists, one steal, and one block while Bam Adebayo recorded nine points and nine rebounds.  Rookie Kendrick Nunn helped out with eight points on fifty percent shooting.  Goran Dragic played fifteen minutes off the bench as he had six points but it was the visiting team who went into the locker room with a 60 to 54 lead.

The Heat would turn it up in the second half as they went on a huge 66-41 run, shooting fifty-three percent from the field.  During that run, Nunn added to his impressive scoring with 16 more points which held a three-pointer in the fourth quarter.  Winslow saw to it that he had 15 more points, along with five rebounds and three assists.  Chris Silva played the most minutes off the bench as he had eight points.

On the other end of the floor, Jackson chalked up six more points while shooting a very low thirty-three percent.  Jonas Valanciunas was held to two points while Morant had four more points.  Tyus Jones played the most minutes off the bench but was kept to just six points as the Heat came back to defeat the Grizzlies, 120-101.  Justise Winslow finished the game with 27 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, one steal, and one block while Jaren Jackson had 17 points, 3 rebounds, one steal, and two blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Memphis Grizzlies will host Lauri Markkanen (35.0 PPG, 17.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 52.0 FG%, 14.3 3P%) and the Chicago Bulls (0-1) on Friday at 8:00 p.m.  The Miami Heat will travel to Wisconsin to battle the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.

The Celtics survive against the Heat, pulling away with a 110-105 win

The Celtics survive against the Heat, pulling away with a 110-105 win

With the Tuesday win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Boston Celtics have clinched another playoff spot for the fifth straight time and the tenth in the past eleven years.  Last season in the playoffs, they had to go on without their star player, Kyrie Irving, and lost in the Eastern Conference Finals to the Cavaliers, 3-4.  The Celtics will look to avoid a second straight loss, though, as they host the Miami Heat.

The Heat, on the other hand, are still trying to stay alive in the playoff hunt as they are sitting at the eighth spot with a 38-38 record.  They will hope to make a second straight postseason appearance and a ninth in the past eleven years.  Last season, they lost in the first round to the Philadelphia 76ers, 1-4.  They will try to grab their third straight victory tonight.

The Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat have battled each other a grand total of 135 times in the past as the Heat won 56 games while the Celtics went on to grab 79 wins.  This meeting will mark the third of four times that these teams will play each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on January 21 when the Massachusetts team handed the Heat a 99-107 loss.  During that game, Kyrie Irving scored 26 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, dished off 10 assists, committed 8 steals, and blocked one shot while Derrick Jones settled for 18 points, 9 rebounds, one steal, and one block.  Dion Waiters also had 18 points.

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

-Rodney McGruder (knee; 7.9 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 40.7 FG%, 35.6 3P%, 74.3 FT%)
-Josh Richardson (heel; 16.7 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 4.1 APG, 41.2 FG%, 35.7 3P%, 86.1 FT%)
-Justise Winslow (thigh; 12.7 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 4.3 APG, 43.6 FG%, 38.0 3P%, 62.9 FT%)
-Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision; 0.8 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Yante Maten (coach’s decision)
-Duncan Robinson (coach’s decision; 2.4 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.2 APG, 34.4 FG%, 26.9 3P%, 66.7 FT%)

Boston Celtics:

-Brad Wanamaker (coach’s decision; 3.4 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.4 APG, 46.3 FG%, 50.0 3P%, 90.0 FT%)
-Robert Williams (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.2 APG, 71.7 FG%, 64.3 FT%)
-Jaylen Brown (back; 13.0 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1.3 APG, 46.3 FG%, 34.2 3P%, 66.3 FT%)
-Greg Monroe (4.7 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 0.4 APG, 46.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 57.4 FT%)
-R.J. Hunter
-P.J. Dozier (1.4 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.0 APG, 42.9 FG%, 50.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Boston Celtics would have a slight upper hand in the first half as they shot forty-three percent from the field while the Miami Heat shot forty-one percent.  Kyrie Irving got hot for 15 points while knocking down four 3-pointers in the process.  He also had five rebounds, one assist, and two steals while Jayson Tatum helped out with eleven points.  The Missouri-native had two 3-pointers in the first quarter while recording four defensive rebounds and three assists.

Former Atlanta Hawks’ center Al Horford scored nine points while grabbing six boards.  Marcus Smart earned himself eight points in the 13 minutes that he played while drilling two buckets from beyond the arc.  2017 All-Star Gordon Hayward played the most minutes off the bench but was held to just six points on sixty-six percent shooting from the field.

On the other end of the court, Bam Adebayo dropped ten points while getting ahold of ten rebounds and blocking two shots.  Former Houston Rockets’ guard Goran Dragic also had ten points while Dion Waiters had seven points, including a three-pointer late in the second period.  Hassan Whiteside was kept to just three points off the bench while Kelly Olynyk helped out with a three-pointer in the second quarter.  Dwyane Wade played 12 minutes off the bench as he had nine points but it was the home team who went into halftime with a 61 to 47 advantage.

The South Beach would attempt to make a comeback as they went on a 58 to 49 run in the second half, shooting forty-eight percent from the field.  During that run, Dragic lit the floor up with 20 points while knocking down 3 three-pointers in the process.  He also had one rebound, three assists, and four steals while Olynyk added 11 more points to his scoring total.  Adebayo earned himself nine more points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also had a trey at the end of the game.

Both Horford and Irving scored ten more points each for the Boston Celtics.  Horford had five rebounds, four assists, and one steal, as well, while Kyrie Irving had three rebounds and two assists.  Tatum and Smart collected eight points each as the Celtics held on to hand the Miami Heat a 105-110 loss.  Kyrie Irving finished the game with 25 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and two steals while Goran Dragic had a season-high 30 points, along with one rebound, 5 assists, and a season-high and career-high-tying 5 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat will play each other again on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

The Philadelphia 76ers take a 2-1 lead in the series as they hand the Miami Heat a 128-108 loss

The Philadelphia 76ers take a 2-1 lead in the series as they hand the Miami Heat a 128-108 loss

Tonight will mark the third game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Miami Heat in their playoff series.  The first game was on April 14 when the 76ers defeated the Heat with a 130-103 score.  During that game, J.J. Redick scored twenty-eight points, grabbed two rebounds, gave out one assist, and committed one steal while Kelly Olynyk finished with twenty-six points, seven rebounds, two assists and one block.  The 76ers and the Heat met up again on April 16 as the Heat got revenge with a 113 to 103 win.  Dwyane Wade finished that game with twenty-eight points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals while Ben Simmons had twenty-four points, nine rebounds, eight assists and two blocks.  Each team will look to grab a 2-1 lead as they battle each other in South Beach for their third game.

INACTIVES:

Philadelphia 76ers:

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (knee; 5.8 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 1.0 APG, 37.5 FG%, 33.5 3P%)
Richaun Holmes (coach’s decision; 6.5 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.3 APG, 56.0 FG%, 12.9 3P%)
Jerryd Bayless (7.9 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.4 APG, 41.6 FG%, 37.0 3P%)
Furkan Korkmaz (1.6 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 28.6 FG%, 29.4 3P%)

Miami Heat:

Dion Waiters (ankle; 14.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 3.8 APG, 39.8 FG%, 30.6 3P%)
Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision; 0.6 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.4 APG, 20.0 FG%, 12.5 3P%)
Jordan Mickey (4.0 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 47.6 FG%, 12.5 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The beginning of the game would be held to a competitive standard as the Miami Heat shot fifty percent from the field while the Philadelphia 76ers shot forty-six percent.  Goran Dragic scored twelve points on sixty percent shooting while recording two defensive rebounds and five assists.  Justise Winslow played fifteen minutes off of the bench as he got hot for nineteen points, including four three-pointers.  North Dakota-native Tyler Johnson helped out with eight points while drilling two three-pointers in the first quarter.  Dwayne Wade was kept to just two points off of the bench while Hassan Whiteside had three points.  Kelly Olynyk played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to just a three-pointer and a free-throw.

On the other end of the court, Joel Embiid chalked up eleven points but only shot twenty-nine percent from the field.  He did have a three-pointer late in the second quarter while putting up three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.  Dario Saric had nine points which included a three-pointer in the second quarter.  He also had three rebounds and one assist while Robert Covington scored seven points with a three-pointer in the middle of the first quarter.  Ben Simmons also had seven points along with six rebounds, seven assists and one steal.  Former Golden State Warriors guard Marco Belinelli played fourteen minutes off of the bench as he had fourteen points but it was the home team who walked into halftime with a tight 64-63 lead.

The 76ers would respond in the second half with a huge 65 to 44 run as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field, keeping the Heat to forty-one percent.  During that run, Simmons, Saric and Embiid all had twelve points each.  Ben Simmons also collected six defensive rebounds and three steals while Dario Saric had three three-pointers, four rebounds and three assists.  Joel Embiid earned himself two three-pointers as well as four defensive rebounds, two assists and two blocks.  Goran Dragic and Josh Richardson each scored eleven points for the Heat but it wasn’t enough as the Philadelphia 76ers handed the Miami Heat a 128-108 loss, taking a 2-1 lead in the series.  Goran Dragic finished with twenty-three points, two rebounds, eight assists and one steal while Joel Embiid had twenty-three points in his return, along with seven rebounds, four assists, one steal and three blocks.

The Raptors extend their winning streak to six as they take down the Heat, 115-112

The Raptors extend their winning streak to six as they take down the Heat, 115-112

The Toronto Raptors have been playing with a lot of confidence lately as they currently have the number one seed in the Eastern Conference, holding onto a 39-16 record.  They will hope to grab their sixth straight win as they host the Miami Heat in Canada, who are coming fresh off of a five-game losing streak.  This meeting between these two ball clubs will mark the second of three times that they will play each other this season.

The Raptors and the Heat have battled each other a grand total of 87 times as the Heat won 54 games while the Raptors were limited to just 33 wins.  The last time they met up was on January 9 when the Miami team snuck away with a 90 to 89 victory.  During that game, Goran Dragic scored 24 points, pulled down 12 rebounds, dished out 4 assists, committed one steal, and blocked one shot while DeMar DeRozan finished with 25 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists.

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

Rodney McGruder (leg)
Kelly Olynyk (shoulder; 11.0 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2.3 APG, 49.5 FG%, 36.8 3P%)
Dion Waiters (ankle; 14.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 3.8 APG, 39.8 FG%, 30.6 3P%)
Luke Babbitt (coach’s decision; 6.1 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.7 APG, 47.6 FG%, 44.1 3P%)
Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision; 0.6 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 40.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Jordan Mickey (coach’s decision; 4.5 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.5 APG, 47.8 FG%, 9.1 3P%)
Derrick Jones (G-League; 3.1 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.5 APG, 38.6 FG%, 13.3 3P%)
Derrick Walton (G-League; 1.9 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 1.1 APG, 33.3 FG%, 41.2 3P%)

Toronto Raptors:

Lucas Nogueira (coach’s decision; 2.7 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.4 APG, 59.0 FG%, 21.4 3P%
Lorenzo Brown (G-League; 1.2 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 1.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Malcolm Miller (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
Malachi Richardson (G-League; 3.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 33.3 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
Alfonzo McKinnie (G-League; 1.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.1 APG, 50.0 FG%, 28.6 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would start very competitve as the Heat shot fifty-five percent from the field while Canada team ended up shooting fifty percent.  Wayne Ellington would knock down 3 three-pointers in the second quarter as he grabbed three rebounds.  The 2016 NBA leader in blocks Hassan Whiteside would contribute with eight points while shooting fifty-seven percent from the field.  He also had 7 rebounds and one steal while Dwyane Wade had six points off of the bench.  Goran Dragic ended up scoring seven points but only shot thirty-eight percent from the field.  James Johnson played 17 minutes off of the bench as he had eleven points.

As for the Raptors, Kyle Lowry poured 13 points on the court while knocking two three-pointers down in the second quarter.  He also had two defensive rebounds and six assists while DeMar DeRozan earned himself seven points on thirty-three percent shooting.  Serge Ibaka helped out with seven points, as well, along with four defensive rebounds while Jonas Valanciunas had six points.  Former Utah Jazz player C.J. Miles played the most minutes off of the bench to get hot for ten points as the Raptors went into halftime with a 57 to 55 lead.

The home team would close things out of the second half as they went on a 61 to 57 run, shooting forty-five percent from the field.  During that run, DeRozan lit the floor up with 20 points which included a three-pointer in the middle of the third period.  He also had two rebounds and three assists while Lowry added to his scoring total by chalking up 12 more points.  Lowry earned nine of those points from beyond the arc while Ibaka had 7 points and 6 rebounds.  Dragic, on the other end, got extremely hot for 21 points but it wasn’t enough as the Raptors hold the Heat off, 115 to 112.  DeMar DeRozan finished the game with 27 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal while Goran Dragic had 28 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Miami Heat will travel to Pennsylvania to battle Joel Embiid (23.7 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 3.1 APG, 49 FG%) and the Philadelphia 76ers (29-25) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This meeting will mark the second of four times that they will clashed with each other this season.  The 76ers and the Heat have met up a total of 119 times in the past as the 76ers won 57 games while the Heat went on to win 62 games.  February 2 was the last time they saw each other as the 76ers pulled away with a 103-97 victory.  Ben Simmons finished that game with 20 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Kelly Olynyk had 19 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and one block.

The Toronto Raptors will visit the Windy City to take on Zach LaVine (17.3 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 2.7 APG, 41 FG%) and the Chicago Bulls (20-36) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  This game will mark the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The Raptors and the Bulls have battled each other a grand total of 84 times as the Raptors won 36 games while the Bulls went on to pull out 48 victories.  The last time they played each other was on January 3 when the Raptors handed the Bulls a 124-115 loss.  During that game, DeMar DeRozan scored 35 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, dished out 6 assists, and committed 3 steals while Justin Holiday had 26 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.