Miami Sports Pod: Wild week for the Heat and Dolphins, and looking ahead to the Marlins season
PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – On the latest Miami Sports Pod, Local 10′s Will Manso and Clay Ferraro discuss an extremely busy week for both the Miami Heat and Miami Dolphins. The Heat made a big splash at the trade deadline, acquiring All-Star guard Victor Oladipo and veteran forward Nemanja Bjelica in hopes of gearing up for another run at the NBA Finals. The Dolphins meanwhile continued to do what they do best, wheeling and dealing draft picks. Miami moved down from No. SUBSCRIBE to the Miami Sports Pod - iTunes | Android
Kawhi and Popovich reunited? Leonard wants to go to Olympics
Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) shoots against Washington Wizards center Moritz Wagner, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, March 4, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Kawhi Leonard is planning to play for Gregg Popovich again and chase a gold medal. Leonard said Sunday at the All-Star Game in Atlanta that he is planning to compete with USA Basketball this summer at the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics — which would reunite him with Popovich. Popovich will serve as head coach at the Olympics for the first time. “If I feel up to it and feel ready to go around that time, then I'm going to play," Leonard said.
Heat, NBA release second-half schedule
MIAMI – The Miami Heat will tip off the second half of their schedule against the same team they played to open the season. The second half will also see Miami host the defending champion Lakers in another NBA Finals rematch on April 8. The league had held off on scheduling the second half of the season as the start of the season began later than usual because of COVID-19. ORLANDO 8:00 PM FSS12 Fri. @ Chicago 9:00 PM FSSAd14 Sun. @ Orlando 7:00 PM FSS16 Tues. CLEVELAND 8:00 PM FSS17 Wed. @ Memphis 9:00 PM FSS19 Fri. INDIANA 8:00 PM FSSAd21 Sun.
Watch Heat-Lakers in primetime Saturday on Local 10
Local 10 has you covered for Saturday night's primetime matchup between the Heat and Lakers. A rematch of the NBA Finals is coming to you Saturday night on Local 10, as the Miami Heat face the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. Tune in at 7:30 p.m. for our “Countdown to Tipoff” featuring sports anchors Will Manso and Clay Ferraro. That will be followed by NBA Countdown and then the game at 8:30 p.m.Local 10 News at 11 will wrap up the night.
Harden debuts with triple-double, Durant scores 42, Nets win
He had no practice time with the Nets and sure didn't need it, becoming the first player in franchise history to have a triple-double in his debut. Durant made five 3-pointers in his 10th game back following an 18-month layoff after rupturing his Achilles tendon in the 2019 NBA Finals. The Nets might still be even better when they get back Kyrie Irving, who missed his sixth straight game after leaving the team last week for personal reasons. Nikola Vucevic had 34 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the short-handed Magic, who lost their fifth straight. Nets: Durant has scored 25 or points in nine straight games, setting a new franchise record.
Popovich knows filling US Olympic roster may be a challenge
And when presented with this potential scheduling conundrum, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich — who will coach USA Basketball men’s national team at the next Olympics — came up with a very quick, very lighthearted solution. “I don’t think we’re going to let the finals go seven games,” Popovich said. Popovich will be head coach of the Olympic team for the first time, succeeding Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. “The Olympics is always on my mind, just as Coach K told me it would be,” Popovich said Tuesday. The 2016 Olympic team was picked about six weeks before the start of the Rio Games, allowing time for a training camp and exhibitions before heading to Brazil.
Heat selects Memphis big man Precious Achiuwa with first-round pick
MIAMI – Fresh off the franchise’s sixth appearance in the NBA Finals, the Miami Heat were back to work on Wednesday with an eye on the future. With the 20th selection in the 2020 NBA Draft, the Heat snagged Memphis big man Precious Achiuwa. Achiuwa began the season playing power forward but was moved to center by head coach Penny Hardaway (yes, that Penny Hardaway). and just 21 years old, Achiuwa could help give Miami a formidable 1-2 punch down low when teamed up with Bam Adebayo. Miami has done well with their recent first-round picks, selecting Tyler Herro in 2019 and Adebayo in 2017.
Play-in tourney on, Olympics likely out for NBA in 2020-21
NEW YORK – The 2020-21 NBA schedule will feature a play-in tournament and an NBA Finals that could run all the way until July 22 — keeping some players from competing in the Olympics. The NBA announced Tuesday how it will make up the 72-game schedule, which won't be entirely known until well after it's started. When that's finished, the play-in tournament, approved Tuesday by the board of governors on a one-year basis, follows involving the teams with the seventh through 10th-best records in each conference. The league debuted the play-in tournament this year at Walt Disney World, though it only featured the Nos. The second half is March 11 to May 16, with the play-in tournament May 18-21.
New 76ers president Morey: Embiid, Simmons can work together
Pressed on Embiid and Simmons, Morey quipped he was low on the tenure board. “I think they absolutely can work together,” Morey said, “but Doc’s been here a little longer than me. “Whatever my role needs to be, I accept that role,” Brand said. “The goal is not to shoot 3-pointers, the goal is to win,” Morey said. Or Morey and Rivers, who bring decades of sustained winning to Philly and will demand players do it their way?
AP source: NBA targeting Dec. 22 as start to coming season
Revenue projections for the league this season were missed by about $1.5 billion, the person said. Those talks, especially on the money issue, would have to be concluded before any real decisions about next season are made. If the NBA season goes into July or longer, it would seriously jeopardize plans to have many of the league's players taking part in the Olympics. “I think the NBA and the Players Association are going to try to get that together." There were 171 games canceled this season by the coronavirus, which caused the league to suspend operations on March 11.
Will Manso: Heat fall short of goal but give fans an amazing ride
The Miami Heat just completed an improbable run to the NBA finals, falling two wins short of their ultimate goal. So why does it still feel so great today as a Heat fan, despite losing to the Lakers in Game 6? Erik Spoelstra was in tears after the game, and it wasn’t just because his team lost. I’m not sure even the most optimistic of fans expected a finals run this season. Most fans understood that the trade for Butler was just Step One in building to be a champion again.
76 arrests as fans, some rowdy, cheer Lakers win in LA
Los Angeles Lakers fans celebrate outside of Staples Center, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Los Angeles, after the Lakers defeated the Miami Heat in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals to win the championship. The sounds of fireworks immediately reverberated across Los Angeles and fans headed to Staples Center, the Lakers' home court, to celebrate — despite admonitions to stay away. Witnesses told the Los Angeles Times that officers fired “beanbag rounds” at one point, which sent some people running. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti had discouraged public gatherings to celebrate the win, instead urging fans to cheer on the team from home. “As we cheer our @Lakers' 17th championship, please remember it’s still not safe to gather in groups,” the mayor tweeted, in reference to the coronavirus pandemic.
Lakers dominate Heat in Game 6 as LeBron James grabs 4th NBA title
Through five games of the NBA Finals, the Miami Heat gave the Los Angeles Lakers all they could handle. In Sunday’s Game 6, LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Lakers were simply too much. It’s James' fourth championship, including two with Miami and another with Cleveland, and he was named Finals MVP for the fourth time. “I told [Lakers owner] Jeanie [Buss] when I got here that I was going to bring this franchise back to the condition where it belongs." The 35-year-old James turned in his 11th triple-double in an NBA Finals game.
Preview: Heat-Lakers Game 6 of NBA Finals Sunday night on Local 10
Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat aren’t going down easily, and they can force a Game 7 of the NBA Finals if they can win Sunday night’s Game 6. DURING THE PLAYOFFS: Heat: Averaging 110.9 points, 41.4 rebounds, 24.9 assists, 7.0 steals and 3.8 blocks per game while shooting 46.0% from the field. Lakers: Averaging 113.2 points, 44.0 rebounds, 25.8 assists, 8.2 steals and 5.4 blocks per game while shooting 48.9% from the field. INJURIES: Heat: Gabe Vincent: day to day (knee), Goran Dragic: day to day (foot). Lakers: Anthony Davis: day to day (heel), LeBron James: day to day (groin), Danny Green: day to day (finger).
NBA Finals get intense, and Game 6 of Lakers-Heat looms
The Heat have talked since the NBA Finals started about a need to play almost perfect basketball against the Lakers. “One thing about this team that we are playing, they make you pay for every mistake,” James said after Game 5. So, we have to understand that.”James is about to set the record for NBA playoff game appearances. Nobody has had more 40-point NBA Finals games in a loss than he has — the record-setting fifth entry on that list coming Friday in Miami’s 111-108 win. “We’re motivated to win Game 6 and they are motivated to win Game 6,” Davis said.
King James scores 40, but a Lakers coronation has to wait
James was trying to do everything it took to knock out the Miami Heat and deliver the Lakers a championship, but he needed one more chance. The Lakers took their last timeout after Jimmy Butler's free throws gave the Heat a 107-106 lead with 16 seconds to play. A third defender came and so with three guys on you, he made the right play. James had never missed a chance to close out an NBA Finals series after getting to three wins. There's been only one 3-1 lead overcome in the NBA Finals, and James was the catalyst that time with Cleveland in 2016.
Heat force Game 6, top Lakers to stave off elimination
“That’s Jimmy Butler," Heat center Bam Adebayo said. Butler got fouled with 46.7 seconds left, then slumped over the baseline video boards, clearly exhausted. He made both foul shots for a one-point lead; Davis’ putback with 21.8 seconds left got the Lakers back on top. Butler drove the lane, drew contact and made both with 16.8 seconds left for a 109-108 lead. Lakers: James and Davis were a combined 24 for 36.
No Lakers coronation yet — Heat stay alive in Game 5 behind another Butler triple-double
Jimmy Butler led the way again with another triple-double as Miami beat the Los Angeles Lakers 111-108 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Friday night, pulling to within 3-2 in the series. In a game that seemed like it was set up to be a coronation for LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Lakers, the Heat found a way to live another day. Butler played 47 of the game’s 48 minutes, making 11 of 19 shots from the floor and all 12 of his foul shots“That’s Jimmy Butler. Bam: “Thats Jimmy Butler. Ultimately, with the game on the line, the Heat won it at the line.
Finals notebook: Around the world, fans are watching
They’re huge LeBron James fans there as well, as evidenced by where the clicks are coming from. When James turned 35 this past December, the NBA did a video of the top 35 plays of his career. That’s the first time since 2014 that there were no sweeps in the conference semifinals, conference finals or NBA Finals. JAMES’ NUMBERSLeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers entered Game 5 of the NBA Finals just 25 points away from matching Karl Malone for No. GAME 5 REFSMarc Davis, Kane Fitzgerald and Eric Lewis got the officiating assignment for Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
NBA returning to Chinese state television after 1-year ban
Employees watch a live broadcast of Game 5 of the NBA Finals at an NBA store in Beijing, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. The NBA is returning to Chinese state television after a one-year absence. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The NBA is returning to Chinese state television after a one-year absence. “In the Chinese National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival that just passed, the NBA expressed holiday blessings to Chinese fans," the China Media Group, essentially the operator of CCTV, said in a statement. NBA games have been available to Chinese fans on the streaming service Tencent, another of the league’s broadcast partners.
Preview: Heat try to keep season alive Friday in Game 5 of Finals
It’s do-or-die for the Miami Heat on Friday night as they try to extend the NBA Finals with a win in Game 5. Holding a 3-1 lead in the series, the Los Angeles Lakers are on the brink of their 17th championship, which would match the Boston Celtics for most all-time. TOP PERFORMERS: Butler leads the Heat averaging 6.0 assists while scoring 19.9 points per game. DURING THE PLAYOFFS: Heat: Averaging 110.8 points, 41.7 rebounds, 24.8 assists, 7.0 steals and 3.9 blocks per game while shooting 46.1% from the field. INJURIES: Heat: Bam Adebayo: day to day (neck), Goran Dragic: day to day (foot).
As election draws closer, the NBA continues calls to vote
The group’s primary mission right now: defeat what it calls “systemic, targeted voter suppression” and protect Black voters. “More than a vote, it’s about protecting Black voters and voter suppression that goes on in our communities. And the More Than A Vote group has already recruited 20,000 poll workers for election day around the country. Golden State, Atlanta and Detroit are squaring off in a voting registration contest — seeing who can get the most fans to register to vote. The Hawks are among the teams that will pay employees for time spent voting and serving at the polls on Election Day, Nov. 3.
A moment of rest finally arrives at the NBA Finals
Like it or not, the NBA Finals are on hiatus until Friday — the first two-day break in this series between the Lakers and Miami Heat. When Game 5 happens, the Lakers will enter with a 3-1 series lead and on the brink of their 17th NBA championship. “For me, I mean, at this point in the season, I don’t care about rest,” James said. James’ teams — two in Miami, one in Cleveland — are 3-0 in finals games when they stand a win away from a championship. “I know Spo going into Game 5,” James said.
Lakers top Heat 102-96, take 3-1 lead in NBA Finals
James and the Lakers are back in control of these NBA Finals, one win away from the franchise's 17th championship. James finished with 28 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, Anthony Davis' 3-pointer with 39.5 seconds left finally settled matters and the Lakers beat the Miami Heat 102-96 in Game 4. The Lakers lead 3-1 and can win the title when the series resumes Friday. 3-1 LEADSThis is the 36th time that a team has held a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals. It was just the third time in the last 26 NBA Finals games that neither team reached 50 points in the first 24 minutes.
Heat drop Game 4 to Lakers 102-96, now on brink of elimination
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Miami Heat came up short in Game 4 of the NBA Finals and now must win three straight games to claim the franchise’s fourth championship. The Heat fell 102-96 to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night, falling behind 3-1 in the best-of-7 NBA Finals. LeBron James led all scorers with 28 points, adding 12 rebounds and eight assists and a steal. Jimmy Butler had another solid game for the Heat, nearly picking up his second straight triple-double with 22 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Game 5 will be Friday night at 9pm on Local 10.
Heat’s Adebayo plans to return tonight, Dragic still not able to play
It appears the Miami Heat are going to get a big boost for Game 4 of the NBA Finals. ESPN and the Associated Press are reporting that Bam Adebayo is planning to return to the lineup tonight after missing two games with a neck strain. Meanwhile, point guard Goran Dragic warmed up in hopes of playing Game 4, but ultimately will be held out. Dragic has a torn plantar fascia in his left foot and said on Monday that it was unlikely he would play. The Heat trail the Lakers 2-1 and will try to even up the series tonight on Local 10.
Preview: Game 4 of Finals gives Heat chance to get even tonight
Could it be the beginning of another Miami Heat NBA Finals comeback? The Finals continue Tuesday, with the Heat getting a chance to pull back even with the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 4. James leads the Lakers averaging 2.2 made 3-pointers, while scoring 25.3 points per game and shooting 34.8% from beyond the arc. DURING THE PLAYOFFS: Heat: Averaging 111.7 points, 41.8 rebounds, 25.2 assists, 7.0 steals and 3.9 blocks per game while shooting 46.2% from the field. Lakers: Averaging 114.1 points, 44.3 rebounds, 26.1 assists, 8.3 steals and 5.5 blocks per game while shooting 49.3% from the field.
Butler’s big night helps Heat get back into Finals
With a triple-double, he joined NBA Finals lore — and the short-handed Miami Heat might have made this title matchup a series after all. The last punch went to Miami, Butler simply unwilling to let his team go down 3-0. It’s going to be a tough game, Game 4," Herro said. ... Nick Aquilino, the son of Heat neuromuscular therapist Vinny Aquilino, performed the anthem -- a recording from a Heat game with fans in Miami. BUTLER’S TRIPLE-DOUBLEButler became the 21st player to have a triple-double in the NBA Finals — and four of the 21 were part of Sunday’s game.
Jimmy Butler’s triple-double leads Heat to Game 3 win over Lakers
Jimmy Butler poured in 40 points, finished with a triple-double and did just about everything to lead the Miami Heat to a 115-104 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night. After outworking and outexecuting the Lakers throughout the night, the Heat have cut LA’s series lead to 2-1. The Heat built a lead as big as 14 points in the third quarter, ultimately taking an 85-80 lead into the fourth. LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket against Jimmy Butler of the Miami Heat during the first half of Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night. “I can see the anguish literally in the eyes, both of them,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said before the game.
Heat rule Dragic, Adebayo out of Game 3 of NBA Finals
Miami Heat's Bam Adebayo, watches play against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic have been ruled out of Game 3 of the NBA Finals, meaning the Miami Heat will be depleted once again Sunday night. Adebayo was ruled out with a neck injury. Both were injured in Game 1, and neither played in Miami's Game 2 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. The decision on Adebayo and Dragic was made about two hours before game time. Both arrived at the arena with their teammates, and Adebayo has been lobbying the team with hopes of letting him play.
Comforts of NBA bubble not lost on Lakers' Danny Green
That’s just fine with Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green. Sunday would be his 257th career postseason appearance, two shy of matching Derek Fisher for the most in NBA history. He entered Game 3 of the NBA Finals seven free-throw attempts shy of matching Shaquille O’Neal (2,317) for another postseason record. It’s the 20th NBA Finals game for Foster, the 10th for Brothers and the first for Fraher. It’ll be the eighth finals game for Zarba, the fifth for Goble and the first for Brown.
Heat try to climb out of 0-2 Finals hole Sunday night on Local 10
The NBA Finals continue Sunday night, with the banged-up Miami Heat trying to mount a comeback after dropping the first two games to the Los Angeles Lakers. Game infoNBA FINALS: Lakers lead series 2-0GAME 3: Sunday, 7:30 p.m., AdventHealth Arena, Lake Buena Vista, FloridaLINE: Lakers -10; over/under is 218.5NBA FINALS: Lakers lead series 2-0BOTTOM LINE: The Los Angeles Lakers take on the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals with a 2-0 lead in the series. LeBron James scored 33 points to lead Los Angeles to the victory and Jimmy Butler totaled 25 points in the loss for Miami. Kyle Kuzma is third on the Lakers averaging 12.8 points and has added 4.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. DURING THE PLAYOFFS: Heat: Averaging 111.5 points, 42.1 rebounds, 25.2 assists, 6.9 steals and 4.0 blocks per game while shooting 45.9% from the field.
Short-handed Heat fight hard, but not good enough in Game 2
Their defense just wasn't good enough and their veteran forward let them know it during a timeout in the third quarter. He wanted to play, but the Heat decided he needed to rest injuries to his left shoulder and neck. Butler insisted the Heat needed to find a way to win anyway, and he took his best shot. Tyler Herro, a 20-year-old rookie, became the youngest player to start an NBA Finals game and scored 17 points. Guard Kendrick Nunn, at 6-foot-2, blocked a shot by Davis, who stands 8 inches taller, in the fourth quarter.