Posted on: January 14, 2012 1:39 am
Edited on: January 14, 2012 1:46 am
Posted by Ben Golliver
Miami Heat All-Star guard Dwyane Wade suffered a right ankle sprain during the fourth quarter of a Friday night loss to the Denver Nuggets.
Wade, who missed three consecutive games recently with a sore foot, left the court after badly rolling his ankle while attempting to defend Nuggets forward Al Harrington with a little more than 7 minutes remaining in the game. He immediately left the game and the television broadcast noted that he walked with a noticeable limp.
The injury comes as Miami prepares for three consecutive off days, a rarity in this lockout-shortened season. Miami plays next against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday, Jan. 17, in Miami. Wade told the Associated Press that he had "no idea" if he would be available for that game.
"It's not broken, so that's a positive," Wade told the AP. "Now it's just about doing my treatment. [It's] never hurt that bad before."
Wade finished with 12 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals in 29 minutes. Wade is averaging 20.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 36.0 minutes per game so far this season.
The Nuggets beat the Heat, 117-104, dropping Miami to 8-4 on the season.
Here's video of Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade's vicious right ankle sprain against the Denver Nuggets.
Posted on: January 12, 2012 3:02 pm
Posted by Royce Young
The first All-Star ballot returns are out and leading the entire league in votes is Dwight Howard with 754,737 votes with Kobe Bryant second with 690,613. Second in the East is LeBron James (640,789) and in the West Kevin Durant (633,538).
If the voting ended today, the East's starting five would be Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, LeBron, Carmelo Anthony and Howard. In the West it would be Chris Paul, Kobe, Durant, Blake Griffin and Andrew Bynum.
And looking over the vote totals, those starting lineups seem to be a bit set in stone, barring injury. Nobody is really all that close to catching anyone (Dirk is closest behind Griffin, and he's more than 100,000 votes back).
So, are the fans getting it right so far? Kind of looks like they are, quite honestly. Can't argue with the West too much. The one quibble I'd have is that Kevin Love has been absolutely killing it in Minnesota so far this season averaging 25-15, but he's not part of Lob City, so it's hard to see him ever topping Griffin. Same goes for LaMarcus Aldridge, who is off to a fantastic start. I'd also like to mention that Kyle Lowry has gotten off to a terrific start this season, but it's not good enough to top Paul.
In the East, there's really nothing to change. Melo isn't really a power forward, but you can fudge the All-Star rosters a bit. Rajon Rondo isn't playing better than Rose, there's no better 2 in the East than Wade and of course LeBron and Howard are the best at their positions in the entire league.
If the voting holds like this -- and it should -- we'll have a pretty accurate representation of the best in each league to start the All-Star Game. Again, I'd go with Love over Griffin, but that's not a sure thing case to make at this point. And it's not going to change anyway.
Posted on: January 12, 2012 2:45 pm
Posted by Royce Young
People have made a big stink about the Heat for a lot of different reasons, but one thing people really like to hone in on is the so-called "closer" talk. Who takes the last shot in a close game? Who closes out opponents, LeBron or Dwyane Wade? The team has played more than 100 games together now and it's become pretty obvious in that time -- it's Wade's time, not LeBron.
Nobody has necessarily declared that, but more just it's been the plan of action in close games. Well, now Chris Bosh has actually said what we all already know. Via GQ:
That sounds like something we should all make a big deal about, but here's the thing: I bet LeBron would agree with that. It's kind of the life he signed up for when he went to Wade's team. That doesn't mean LeBron won't ever have his opportunity, but unlike the situations for Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose or Dirk Nowitzki, it's not a given that LeBron gets that look. Even his own teammates say so, without hesitating.
Wednesday against the Clippers though, Wade played decoy and passed to LeBron at the end of regulation (LeBron was fouled and missed a big free throw). So they do interchange a bit.
But here we all are, mostly agreeing that LeBron James is the best player in the league and yet his own team doesn't want him taking the big shot. Isn't there something wrong with that? Does that say more about Wade, or does that say more about LeBron? Does Bosh, and the Heat, not trust LeBron or do they just believe in Wade that much?
Obviously Bosh isn't intending to take a dig at LeBron, but it's hard not to see it as that. He's saying Wade "relishes" those big moments which indicates that LeBron really doesn't. And there's proof of it: In Cleveland, where LeBron was The Man, he routinely passed to an open Daniel Gibson or Larry Hughes in the corner rather than taking things into his own hands. It's the player he is. He prefers to defer than dominate. It's his curse and his gift.
At this point though with the way the Heat are playing late in games, maybe he should've said Mario Chalmers.
Posted on: January 12, 2012 1:59 am
Edited on: January 12, 2012 2:04 am
By Matt Moore
Los Angeles 95 Miami 89
Theory: LeBron James cost the Heat a winnable game on the road against a playoff team by missing free throws.
Proof: Eventually you reach a point where these things cross the line of believablility. One missed clutch free throw by an 80 percent free throw shooter, one of the best basketball players on the planet, OK. Sure. Weird, but it happens.
But the sheer volume of missed free throws from LeBron James against the Clippers on Wednesday is purely staggering.
And more so, James was clearly, visibly shook by the misses. He didn't settle for long jumpers, though he did brick a face-up J with Billups defending him in the fourth. He did what everyone asks. He posted, he drove, he got to the rim, and he drew the foul.
And he bricked. Over and over and over again.
It was comical. It was absurd. Some people will say they aren't surprised, that James has already shown himself to be that kind of player. But there's a reason so many people react the way they do. There's a reason James is regarded in such lofty compliments. He really is that good... provided it's not a crucial game since the Eastern Conference Finals ended last June.
The Heat missed 14 free throws against the Clippers. Hit half of those misses, they win the game. Any better than that and it's a walk. The game never goes to OT. The Heat absolutely melted down on multiple levels. Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade were equally as terrible in the fourth quarter and overtime as James. But it was James who had the opportunity, yet again, to step up and lead, to end it, to be the player that gets it done.
And again, he failed. Shrunk. Choked. Whatever cliche you want to rip out there. He finished 9-17 from the line. Eight missed chances, any pair of which in regulation would have ended it. Torching LeBron for his late game failures has become more boring and drawn out than players complaining about calls (which there was also a lot of in this game, and rightfully so). And yet it's based in reality. No one remembers him crushing the Celtics down the stretch in a dominant series. No one remembers him erasing the MVP Derrick Rose. And rightfully so. These performances aren't just questionable or soft. They're bad. He's played badly.
And Wednesday night, those failures cost the Heat a game they should have won.
It's not even funny at this point, but that's hard to tell over the sound of the world's laughter.
Posted on: January 10, 2012 10:05 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2012 10:09 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver
After missing three games with a sore foot, Miami Heat All-Star guard Dwyane Wade will return to the team's starting lineup on Tuesday night, according to the Sun-Sentinel. The Heat are visiting the Golden State Warriors.
The paper reports that Wade might play restricted minutes but opted to play after participating in the team's Tuesday morning shootaround.
"I'm not trying to play my normal minutes, just get out there and get back into the groove of things."Wade is averaging 18.8 points, 6.5 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game in six appearances so far this season. The Heat are 5-1 with Wade in the lineup; they won games against the Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks and New Jersey Nets without him.
On Monday, Wade expressed concern that he might have been dealing with Plantar Fasciitis in his foot.
Posted on: January 10, 2012 5:57 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2012 6:01 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver.
A recent report indicated that USA Basketball is set to announce its preliminary roster for the 2012 London Olympics. The roster reportedly will include members of the 2008 Beijing Olympics team and the 2010 Turkey World Championships team.
Initially, the report indicated that the preliminary roster would be made up of 18 players, however SheridanHoops.com reports that the roster is now 19 players deep with the addition of Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge. Here's how the reported roster shakes out by position.
Point Guards: Chauncey Billups, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Deron Williams
Shooting Guards: Kobe Bryant, Eric Gordon, Dwyane Wade
Small Forwards: Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, LeBron James, Lamar Odom
Power Forwards: LaMarcus Aldridge, Chris Bosh, Blake Griffin, Kevin Love
Centers: Tyson Chandler, Dwight Howard
A few interesting things to note from this roster.
First, veteran point guard Billups is included rather than the younger and more talented Rajon Rondo, who withdrew from the 2010 team after it became clear he was going to be left off of the final roster. Billups is 35 and figures to be one of the seven players cut from what will be the final 12-man roster. What does Rondo's exclusion mean for his Team USA future?
Second, positional versatility and two-way play was clearly valued in this selection process. The inclusion of both Iguodala and Odom over Rudy Gay is a mild surprise but both players complement the likes of James, Durant and Anthony a bit better. Both will also have a tough time squeezing into the final 12. The only way Iguodala gets there is if someone else is injured; Odom, a standout for the 2010 team, could be one of the toughest cuts.
Third, the reported addition of Aldridge creates an intriguing frontcourt logjam, akin to the dilemma that faces Western Conference All-Star team voters. Aldridge, Griffin, Love, Odom and Chandler figure to be in competition for the final two roster spots, with the top-10 seemingly secure. Griffin would seem to be the odds-on favorite for one of those two spots given his combination of on-court skills and immense international marketing potential. If so, the battle for the final spot between the other four talented big men will be heated.
Aldridge can swing between the four and five better than any of the other candidates, but he also has the least Team USA experience, having backed out on the 2010 World Championships team. Aldridge's coach with the Blazers, Nate McMillan, happens to be a Team USA assistant, so that could help.
Love is the best rebounder of the group but his athleticism, even though it's much improved, is not on the same level as the rest of Team USA. Chandler boasts a championship pedigree with the Dallas Mavericks and is the pure defender and long, active big men that could be the centerpiece of an aggressive defensive unit. Odom's versatility and perimeter game creates mismatch opportunities but the wings are likely too crowded on this team to properly utilize his capabilities.
Spain, the reigning European champs, bring both Pau and Marc Gasol to the table. Howard plus any of Team USA's starting power forwards should still have an interior advantage, but choosing the reserve big men will be critical in the event of foul trouble.
Posted on: January 9, 2012 8:50 pm
Posted by Royce Young
Right now, Dwyane Wade's injury is nothing. It's just a sore foot and the Heat are winning just fine without him. LeBron James is playing terrific, Chris Bosh is filling the gaps and the role players are doing their jobs.
But Wade has now missed three games and is questionable for the Heat's Tuesday game against the Warriors. His injury is clearly lingering a bit and Monday after Miami's practice, Wade mentioned a potentially ugly injury situation. Via the Sun Sentinel:
“I don’t know, man, it’s just hurting. It could be three different things. (Plantar fasciitis is) one of them. The bruise is one of ‘em. Maybe it’s a combination. I just know that it’s in the area of the plantar fascia and I know it’s bruised as well. Whatever it is, it’s just taking its course, taking its time to get healthy.”Any time a player says "it's just hurting," that's not good. Playing in pain isn't something you want to do. Every player has to do it at different times but a healthy Wade is the kind of player Miami wants to win with.
Plantar fasciitis though is the type of nagging injury that can affect an entire season. It's a foot condition that includes constant pain with pressure. It's the type of injury you get from spending too much time hammering on your feet. And the way you rehab it is simply to rest. For a while. Don't rest it long enough and you'll wind right back up where you were.
Without Wade, the Heat have gone 3-0, but obviously that's not a sustainable success model. They need Dwyane Wade. Not necessarily right now, but definitely come May. Right now he's trying to heal and the hope is it's just a bruise. Otherwise, Wade could have a painful season ahead.
Posted on: January 7, 2012 4:38 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 7:10 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver.
Two of the Miami Heat's Big 3 have been sidelined with minor injuries this week, but both are expected back in the lineup for a Saturday night game against the New Jersey Nets.
The Palm Beach Post reports that All-Stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are both listed as gametime decisions on Saturday but indications are that both will play.
Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, after Saturday’s shootaround at the Prudential Center, both declared that they were game-time decisions... It sure sounded, however, like their minds are already made up.Update: The Sun-Sentinel reports later Saturday afternoon that James will play but that Wade is not listed in the starting line-up. Just before tip, the Heat confirm that Wade will not play and remains day-to-day.
Wade has been dealing with a foot injury that kept him out of games against the Indiana Pacers and the Atlanta Hawks this week. James rolled his ankle against the Pacers and sat out the Hawks game.
Miami won both games and sits atop the Southeast Division at 7-1 on the season. The Nets are 2-6 and in the Atlantic Division's basement.