Posted on: January 17, 2012 8:13 pm
Edited on: January 18, 2012 12:03 am
Posted by Ben Golliver
He's not Dwyane Wade, but every healthy body counts in Wade's indefinite absence due to an ankle injury.
Heat forward Mike Miller made his season debut against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night after sitting out the Heat's first 12 games following hernia surgery.
Miller finished with 18 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist on 6-for-6 shooting (all 3-pointers) in 15 minutes off of Miami's bench.
The Heat forward returned slightly ahead of schedule. On December 1, word broke that Miller could miss two months after the surgery.
Local10.com reported that Miller "was the first player on the court [Tuesday] afternoon over 3 hours before tip-off."
Miller signed with the Heat prior to the 2010-2011 season, but struggled with injuries last year, averaging just 5.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in 41 appearances. A solid all-around forward when healthy, Miller is an intelligent, hard-working, floor-spacing and ball-moving threat.
During the lockout, it was rumored that the Heat might use the amnesty clause on his contract, which runs through 2014-2015, but Miami elected to bring him back for a second season.
Miller, 31, boasts career averages of 13.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game in 733 games.
Posted on: January 17, 2012 5:31 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2012 7:17 pm
Posted by Royce Young and Ben Golliver.
The 2011-2012 NBA season continues. Here's the fifth weekly installment of CBSSports.com's NBA Power Rankings by Eye On Basketball's Matt Moore.
What did he get right? What did he get wrong? We're here to break it down and take it down.
1. Too High: Philadelphia 76ers at No. 3. I'm excited about the 76ers start. A 10-3 start qne a +14.9 win differential. However, before we get all worked up and start declaring the 76ers a true contender, realize they have one of the worst strength of schedule in the league. Only one win has come against a .500 team and that was over the Pacers. Their three losses are to Portland, Utah and New York. The Sixers are a good team and are playing really well. But third? They need to beat somebody first. -- RY
2. Too Low: Miami Heat at No. 10. The loss of guard Dwyane Wade to an ankle injury is huge, the late-game meltdowns were ugly, and the three-game losing streak is tough. It was a horrible week, but not so bad that Miami deserved to be dropped behind virtually a third of the NBA. That said, the next week's schedule doesn't do the Heat any favors -- with games against the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, plus a back-to-back -- but at least they will be doing it from the comfort of a 5-game homestand. -- BG
3. Most Overrated: Portland Trail Blazers at No. 5. For a time, the Blazers were wiggling their way to being a true contender in the West and a challenger to Oklahoma City. But Portland has dropped three of four, Raymond Felton is playing completely terrible basketball and the Blazers are finding it a bit difficult to find points lately. The Blazers are a good team, but I think a lot of people got a bit to overeager to crown them a challenger in the West. They very well could be because LaMarcus Aldridge is real star material, but before Portland is a true top five team, Felton and Jamal Crawford are going to have play better. -- RY
4. Most Overlooked: Orlando Magic at No. 7. The ranking of the Magic at No. 7 is absolutely justified, given their strong road trip, 4-game winning streak and presence on top of the Southeast Division, and they might even lay claim to a placement one or two notches higher. Their early-season credit is getting lost in the Dwight Howard trade hysteria but this is a deadly efficient team when they are clicking, perhaps the best in the league. Ryan Anderson's emergence has been pleasant, although not wholly surprising, and the Magic's hot outside shooting has more than compensated for a slow individual start from Jameer Nelson. -- BG
5. Sure Thing: Boston Celtics at No. 18. Make it five straight losses for the Celtics and even though they were competitive one of the league's top three teams, they still lost at home. Boston is 4-8 and on the outside looking in for the playoffs. It's hard to imagine they'll stay there much longer, but let's be honest here: Explain how they're going to get better? What's going to change? Kevin Garnett can't jump, Paul Pierce isn't getting his own shot easily anymore and while Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo have been fine, the team's defense is getting carved up. The Celtics are a bottom half team right now. No way around it. -- RY
6. Wild Card: Cleveland Cavaliers at No. 16. I like this ranking a lot, even if it's almost incomprehensible to think that the Cavaliers are better than a good half of the NBA. This isn't a gimmick or charity placement; rookie point guard Kyrie Irving has simply been amazing -- 17.7 points and 5.3 assists per game as a teenager (!) -- but Cleveland's lack of depth and questionable supporting pieces makes this a team that is seemingly vulnerable to a late-season slowdown, especially if Irving hits the rookie wall. In the meantime, enjoy the feeling of .500, Cleveland! -- BG
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:46 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2012 3:46 pm
By Matt Moore
The NBA GM poll every year has a few interesting Nuggets. You get a feel for some of the underlying trends when it comes to players, coaches or teams. And in the case of LeBron James, this year's poll results are very telling.
For example, from NBA.com:
So that's a pretty sterling resume when it comes to what management thinks of LeBron James, huh? Second Most Valuable, most athletic, most dangerous in the open floor, best at his position. It's pretty clear that the GMs aren't punishing James for his decision a year and a half ago to team up with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade on national television. They respect him and marvel at his talents, just like so many members of the media did. When people complain about James' selection as the best player in the NBA they need to understand that if you watch this league night in an night out, there's just no way around it.
Not receiving votes: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, or any member of the Miami Heat.
Let's be clear on that. Duncan, Garnett, Kidd, Durant, Nash, Bryant, Paul, Rose. That's a list of the best players in the league, now or in the recent (within five years) past. Only Tyson Chandler, who just won a title as the starting center, and Derek Fisher remain as non-star players. Derrick Rose is 23. And yet all received votes, and LeBron James, arguably the best basketball player in the NBA, did not.
That's a pretty clear indictment. It's not a surprise. James has never been known to be in the ear of teammates telling them what they need to do or motivating them. He tends to hide from the biggest moments for some inexplicable reason, or fail in them. He's known as being too playful at times and not taking things seriously enough. And he's also discussed as the ultimate complimentary player.
But not a leader.
In a lot of ways, society, pundits, and fans would rather you be a leader than be talented. There's a more direct correlation between leadership and winning than talent and winning. James wasn't gifted with leadership abilities, nor has he sought them out. He has plenty of opportunties. He's known as a kind of guidance counselor for young players, particularly John Wall, Kyrie Irving, and Tristan Thompson. But you rarely hear teammates talking about the advice he's given. He has his own culture, his own inuslar identity.
The effect of Wade and James playing together clearly dilutes thier influence as well. How do you lead clearly when you have to check with your partner? This is the identity of James, and it speaks to what we value in sports, as well as the continuing dichotomy of James as the most valuable basketball player alive and yet not one of the truly great players in the game. It seems we're always finding something new to tell James he doesn't do. First it was carrying a team to the playoffs. Then the Finals. Then winning the Finals. Then managing his ego. Now it's delivering in the clutch and leading. And yet none of the other things matter if those final two pieces of the puzzle are solved. And we're left with the question we've faced for half a decade.
Will James ever put it all together?
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:25 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2012 2:27 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver
The NBA's chief basketball operations executives have weighed in: The Miami Heat should win the 2012 NBA Finals.
An annual survey of the NBA's general managers by NBA.com reveals that 74.1 percent believe the Heat will revenge their 2011 Finals loss to the Dallas Mavericks. Back in November, Miami was set by Las Vegas as the early favorite to win the title.
An overwhelming 96.3 percent voted Miami as Eastern Conference champions. Miami is currently the No. 6 seed in the East, trailing the conference-leading Chicago Bulls by 2.5 games. The Bulls received just 3.7 percent of the vote. Miami topped Chicago in the Eastern Conference Finals last season.
Out West, the conference-leading Oklahoma City Thunder are the clear favorite. 67.9 percent of voters believed the Thunder will win the Western Conference. OKC is currently 12-2 and already holding a 3-game lead in the conference. The Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs also received votes. The defending champion Dallas Mavericks, who started the season slowly, did not receive a single vote.
The survey's selection for Division winners tended to favor established, veteran teams. In the East, Miami, Chicago and the Boston Celtics, currently toiling at 4-8, were picked. In the West, Oklahoma City, the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers were the picks.
Voters selected Thunder forward Kevin Durant over Heat forward LeBron James as the guess for league MVP. Durant is currently averaging 26.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.0 steal, and 1.1 blocks in 35.9 minutes per game. James is averaging 29.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 2.0 steals, and 0.7 blocks in 37.5 minutes per game. Los Angeles Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant, who is leading the NBA with 30.8 points per game, did not receive a single vote.
Posted on: January 17, 2012 1:25 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver
Miami Heat All-Star guard Dwyane Wade suffered a vicious ankle sprain last week. Bad news: it was his right ankle, and that's his accelerator foot.
TMZ.com reports that Wade, who turned 30 on Tuesday, received a 2012 McLaren worth more than $200,000 from the owner of South Florida luxury car dealership called The Collection.
Dwyane Wade got a sick $230,000 sports car at his 30th birthday party in Miami this weekend -- but the most impressive part of the gift is how it was airlifted into the hotel pool without a scratch. The car is a brand new 2012 McLaren MP4-12C -- given to him for free by the owner of a local luxury car dealership. Wade is the brand ambassador for that particular dealership.More images here.
CarAndDriver.com reports that McLaren Automotive said that less than 1,000 of these supercars would be manufactured worldwide with "between 300 and 400" coming to the United States.
As you might expect, the site posted a breathless review.
4,000 rpms can probably take the edge off turning 30 while sidelined with a bum wheel. Just a guess.
Image credit: Bob Metelus for TMZ.com.
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:06 am
Posted by Royce Young
It could be a day before you see Dwyane Wade in action again. It could be a week. It could be a month. Because at this point, we just don't know because the Heat aren't giving anyone any clues.
Wade sprained his ankle Friday against the Nuggets and called it the worst he's ever had while also dealing with a bruised foot and a calf strain. He's beat up and via the Sun Sentinel, there's no timetable on his return.
Despite sustaining what appeared to be a nasty sprained right ankle Friday against the Denver Nuggets, and despite Wade having yet to return to practice, coach Erik Spoelstra refused to put a timetable on his star guard's return.It seems that Wade would at least be missing Tuesday's game, but the question is if he could sit out extended time. The Heat are good without him, but better with him. Miami needs him in May, not January, so it's obviously wise to take it a bit slow. Still, the Heat are still working on sorting out late-game chemistry and offense issues, so every game Wade sits is less time to work some of those things out.
Posted on: January 16, 2012 1:33 pm
Edited on: January 16, 2012 1:44 pm
Posted by Royce Young
Miami Heat owner Micky Arison has lost a reported $1.3 billion with his Carnial Cruise Lines. And things aren't getting any better for him right now.
Over the weekend, an Italian cruise ship crashed in the Mediterranean Sea after hitting a reef off the island of Giglio. According to reports, 16 passengers and crew are still missing and six have been found dead.
But the owner of the cruise liner? Arison.
Via the New York Post:
Arison said in a statement that he was "deeply saddened" about the incident. Carnival said Monday that the shipwreck could cost it approximately $85 million to $95 million in lost earnings alone. Which obviously takes a major backseat to those that were injured or killed as a result of the wreck, but the damage from the incident is wide reaching.
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.