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Prince Fielder happy to be with Texas Rangers

Oct 17, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder (28) singles against the Boston Pink Sox through the first inning in game 5 of the American League Championship Collection baseball sport at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA AS WE SPEAK Sports

The Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers accomplished a blockbuster commerce that caught some unexpectedly. The Rangers get Prince Fielder while the Tigers get Ian Kinsler in return. Fielder gave Tigers general supervisor Dave Dombrowski the go forward to get the deal completed.

“I thought it might be good for everyone,” Fielder said, through ESPN Dallas. “I simply wished everyone to be blissful.”

“It’s undoubtedly different,” Fielder mentioned. “It’s going to be new. I’ll take it. It’s a recent start. I’m simply completely satisfied to be with Texas and hopefully we can have a great year.”

“I loved my teammates and I’ll miss the fans,” Fielder stated. “I’m glad to start anew in Texas.”

The largest transition for Fielder would be the heat. Rangers fans have thought that the summer season warmth steers free agents away from Texas. Fielder says he prefers the heat.

“For me, at any time when it’s warm, I feel unfastened and higher,” Fielder mentioned. “It’s going to be sizzling.”

One of the advantages for the left-handed Fielder is a brief right area. That might assist his numbers rise and increase the impression he has on the Rangers batting line up. Their bats went cold towards the top of the season and losing Nelson Cruz to a suspension harm their energy.

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Roach: Pacquiao looks to punish Rios camp

Unhealthy Blood Continues For Pacquiao, Rios Camps

 

MACAU – Manny Pacquiao’s coach, Freddie Roach, says the boxer will use Sunday’s fight against Brandon Rios to punish members of the Rios camp who mocked Roach’s speech, which is affected by Parkinson’s disease.

The fallout from Wednesday’s bodily confrontation between Roach and the Rios camp continued Thursday, with Roach saying Pacquiao had watched video of the heated incident by which Roach was kicked and his speech mocked.

“(Pacquiao) stated to me, ‘Are these the blokes that made enjoyable of you?’ and I mentioned sure, and he mentioned, ‘That is all I must know,’ and he walked away,” Roach advised The Associated Press on Thursday.

“He advised me he’ll deal with this man rapidly.”

Roach, fifty three, was kicked by former co-worker and Pacquiao cornerman Alex Ariza – now within the Rios camp aiding head coach Robert Garcia – and whereas Roach initially known as for police to arrest Ariza, he laughed off the seriousness of the confrontation a day later.

“What (Ariza) doesn’t realize is that Manny hits me 10 instances tougher daily. It was like a woman kicking me,” Roach mentioned.

Sunday’s battle (Saturday night U.S. time, with an undercard beginning at 7 p.m. ET) will be Pacquiao’s first since getting savagely knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez almost a year ago.

The Filipino, as soon as thought to be pound-for-pound the best fighter in the world, is keen to restore his standing within the boxing world after successive defeats against Marquez and a much-criticized judging determination in favor of Tim Bradley.

“He’s hungry after the 12 months off, he is anxious to get within the ring and he is anxious to indicate the world he’s still an elite fighter,” Roach stated. “One of the simplest ways to try this is to knock Brandon Rios out, we both know that, and I have burdened that to him.

“Initially I didn’t think the struggle would go six rounds, and after the way in which he is labored out, I don’t suppose it will go four.”

Pacquiao has not stopped an opponent since he fought Miguel Cotto four years ago, but Roach feels Rios’ aggressive type will open the door for a fast finish.

“Rios is a troublesome guy, and tough guys don’t win fights; good boxers win fights,” Roach stated. “The more I watch him on tape, the worse he will get.

“We will field him, and the knockout will come with Manny’s hand speed and combos and Rios not having a very good defense. One thing we know is that Rios will fight back, and that is our big benefit because Manny is an exquisite counter-puncher and we’ve been working quite a bit on that within the fitness center.”

 

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Wonder Punter NBA Power Rankings- Week 3

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With just about 3 full weeks of NBA action in the books after the conclusion of Tuesday night’s games… let’s take a look the latest Power Rankings as some teams continue to surprise and others continue to fall. Indiana, the last of the unbeatens suffered their first loss at the hands of the Chicago Bulls.

 

San Antonio and Indiana are playing like the two best teams in the league while early top 10 Philadelphia is falling fast.

 

Teams 1-30 with records and last weeks rankings in parentheses are as followed:

 

1 Indiana Pacers (9-1 LW 1)- They lost to Bulls on the second of a back-to-back. Danny Granger expected back soon.

 

2 San Antonio Spurs (9-1 LW 2)- The Spurs have won 7 straight while Tim Duncan is averaging career-lows of 12 points and 39.4 percent shooting.

 

3 Miami Heat (7-3 LW 5)- LeBron James is averaging 34 points per game during the Heat’s three game win streak.

 

4 Los Angeles Clippers (7-3 LW 7)- The Clippers have won four straight while Blake Griffin is averaging a double-double with 22.9 points and 10.9 boards.

 

5 Golden State Warriors (7-3 LW 8)- Warriors have won three straight while suffering through injuries.

 

6 Minnesota Timberwolves (7-4 LW 4)- Kevin Love and Kevin Martin have formed the league’s highest scoring-duo in the season’s opening month.

 

7 Portland Trailblazers (8-2 LW 13)- One of the league’s early surprises…. the Blazers have won six straight.

 

8 Oklahoma City Thunder (6-3 LW 3)- Thunder will be looking for revenge against the Clippers on Thursday night.

 

9 Houston Rockets (7-4 LW 10)- Back up center Omer Asik wants out of Houston and has been benched the last two games since his request.

 

10 Chicago Bulls (5-3 LW 12)- Derrick Rose hits six 3’s in their big win against Indiana on Saturday night.

 

11 Dallas Mavericks (6-4 LW 11)- Mavs look to get back on track when Dwight Howard and the Rockets visit Wednesday night.

 

12 Phoenix Suns (5-4 LW 6)- Suns have dropped three straight by an average 2 points.

 

13 Atlanta Hawks (6-4 LW 17) Another early surprise team is getting it done with Al Horford, Ronnie Millsap and the return of Lou Williams.

 

14 Memphis Grizzles (5-5 LW 9)- They continue to struggle and have the Clippers and Warriors on the road coming up.

 

15 Charlotte Bobcats (5-5 LW 16)- Continue to surprise with Al Jefferson still nursing a bad ankle. Have five of their next six games at home.

 

16 Philadelphia 76ers (5-6 LW 14)- Back to losing but still in first place in a bad Atlantic Division.

 

17 Denver Nuggets (4-5 LW 28)- Have won of four but have OKC, Chicago and back-to-back against Dallas coming up.

 

18 New Orleans Pelicans (4-6 LW 15)- Ryan Anderson lit it up with six 3’s against the Sixers… can he continue?

 

19 Los Angeles Lakers (5-7 LW 19)- Steve Nash is still out… but good news is Kobe Bryant has begun practicing.

 

20 Cleveland Cavaliers (4-7 LW 20) As Kyrie Irving goes, so do the Cavs. Averaging 27.5 in wins and 17.7 in losses.

 

21 Orlando Magic (4-7, LW 25)- Will Aaron Afflalo be traded? He’s averaging 21.7 points per game and playing well.

 

22 Toronto Raptors (4-7 LW 24)- Have lost three of four and still only getting scoring from Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan.

 

23 Brooklyn Nets (3-6)- Too much talent to be struggling but dealing with various injuries.

 

24 New York Knicks (3-6 LW 23)- Disappointing start and Carmelo Anthony is unhappy.

 

25 Boston Celtics (4-7 LW 26)- Started 0-4, won four in a row now has lost three straight.

 

26 Washington Wizards (2-7 LW 22)- Turning into a major disappointment early on… not was expected.

 

27 Detroit Pistons (3-6 LW 18)- Josh Smith makes his return to Atlanta on Wednesday night.

 

28 Milwaukee Bucks (2-7 LW 27)- No Brandon Knight, no Caron Butler… now have lost five straight.

 

29 Sacramento Kings (2-7 LW 29)- Only one win in November and three of next four is on the road.

 

30 Utah Jazz (1-10 LW 30)- Avoided tying their worst start in franchise history by beating the Pelicans.

 

 

 

 

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Heat’s Chalmers banned for Dirk elbow

 

Chalmers was ejected Friday night for hitting Nowitzki. (USATSI) Chalmers was ejected Friday night time for hitting Nowitzki. (USATSI)

 

Warmth level guard Mario Chalmers was suspended for one recreation Satuday by the NBA for putting Dirk Nowitzki in the head with a forearm in the Warmth’s win Friday over Dallas in Miami. This is video of the hit.

Chalmers posted the following to Twitter Saturday:

By no means in my career been a unclean participant. It’s clear that my arm was being held and that’s wat brought on me to hit dirk. Enough is sufficient man

— Mario Chalmers (@mchalmers15) November sixteen, 2013

Chalmers advised reporters after the game Friday night time:

“Dalembert had my arm so I had to get my arm free,” Chalmers mentioned Friday of his swinging motion. “There was nothing intentional about it. I did not even see Dirk.”

Chalmers tried to appeal the call before he was ushered from the court docket by the Warmth’s director of security.

“I just instructed them, ‘Take a look at the replay and look at Dalembert holding my arm,’ ” Chalmers mentioned. “That is all I mentioned to them.”

by way of Miami Warmth guard Mario Chalmers faces sanctions after foul vs. Dallas Mavericks ahead Dirk Nowitzki – Sun Sentinel.

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NBA Predictions Week 3 Friday Game Free Picks

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Free Picks and Predictions for Friday week 3 NBA Games

 

It’s another Friday night in the NBA and with 11 big games schedule, pick your favorite games(s) and be it lines spread, over/under or straight-pick… place your bets here through Wonder Punter and Good Luck!

 

Milwaukee Bucks (2-5) @ Indiana Pacers (8-0) 11/15- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: IND -9.0

Over/Under: 186

 

Don’t see the Bucks challenging the Pacers on the road. Pacers are the team to beat right now.

 

PICK: Indiana Pacers

 

Chicago Bulls (3-3) @ Toronto Raptors (4-5) 11/15- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: CHI -1.0

Over/Under: 190

 

Important road game for the Bulls to get back to winning.

 

PICK: Chicago Bulls

 

Dallas Mavericks (5-3) @ Miami Heat (5-3) 11/15- 7:30PM EST

 

Line: MIA -8.5

Over/Under: 207.5

 

Good match-up, but expect the Heat to play a full game and win.

 

PICK: Miami

 

Charlotte Bobcats (4-4) @ Cleveland Cavaliers (3-6) 11/15- 7:30PM EST

 

Line: CLE -6.5

Over/Under: 189.5

 

Bobcats playing good ball early, but like the Cavs in this one.

 

PICK: Cleveland Cavaliers

 

Philadelphia 76ers (5-4) @ Atlanta Hawks (4-4) 11/15- 7:30PM EST

 

Line: ATL -8.0

Over/Under: 206.0

 

Another surprise team playing well early, but like the Hawks in this one.

 

PICK: Atlanta

 

Portland Trailblazers (6-2) @ Boston Celtics (4-5) 11/15- 7:30PM EST

 

Line: POR -2.0

Over/Under: 194

 

Look for the Trailblazers to continue winning with a road victory at Boston.

 

PICK: Portland

 

Minnesota Timberwolves (6-3) @ Denver Nuggets (3-4) 11/15- 8:00PM EST
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Line: MIN -1.5

Over/Under: 210.5

 

T’Wolves looking good early and will win in a close one at Denver.

 

PICK: Minnesota

 

Brooklyn Nets (2-5) @ Phoenix Suns (5-3) 11/15- 9:00PM EST

 

Line: BRK -1.0

Over/Under: 195

 

Nets are underachieving and the Suns have been playing great at home… Suns win.

 

PICK: Phoenix

 

San Antonio Spurs (8-1) @ Utah Jazz (1-8) 11/15- 9:00PM EST

 

Line: SAS -8.0

Over/Under: 193

 

Spurs are solid, Jazz are bad…. Spurs win easy.

 

PICK: San Antonio

 

Memphis Grizzles (3-5) @ Los Angeles Lakers (4-6) 11/15- 10:30PM EST

 

Line: MEM -3.5

Over/Under: 197.5

 

Not sure what Lakers team will show up… but Lakers in an upset.

 

PICK: LAL

 

Detroit Pistons (2-5) @ Sacramento Kings (2-5) 11/15- 10:30PM EST

 

Line: SAC -2.0

Over/Under: 197.5

 

Toss-up for me on the this one… but slight edge to the Kings.

 

PICK: Sacramento

 

Once again, Good luck on your favorite picks.

 

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LeBron scores 35, reaches milestone in win

Heat Roll Raptors

 

TORONTO – LeBron James reached his newest milestone in signature fashion.

James scored a season-high 35 points, Dwyane Wade had 20 and the Miami Warmth beat the Toronto Raptors 104-95 on Tuesday for his or her first street victory in three tries this season.

Ray Allen scored 14 points for Miami, which lost at Philadelphia on Oct. 30 and was beaten one hundred and one-a hundred at Brooklyn on Nov. 1.

James also had a season-excessive eight rebounds and handed out eight assists as Miami topped one hundred factors for the fifth straight game, extending their crew-report run to start the season.

With a putback dunk at 2:31 of the primary quarter, James turned the fifth participant in NBA historical past to score 10 factors or extra in 500 consecutive video games.

“After I see a stat like that, I’m like ‘Wow,’ as a result of I know the history of the sport, I do know the guys who paved the way for myself and my teammates,” James stated. “To be in such a terrific class like that, it’s an amazing feeling.”

James mentioned he was humbled to hitch Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (with streaks of 787 and 508 video games), Michael Jordan (866), Karl Malone (575) and Moses Malone (526) as the one gamers to perform the feat.

“That is apt firm,” teammate Shane Battier mentioned.

It was the 162nd time throughout the streak that James has reached 10 points in the opening quarter.

“I just go out and play every night and people are the outcomes,” he stated.

James has reached double figures in every sport since being held to eight points at Milwaukee on Jan. 5, 2007. He scored 19 at New Jersey the next night.

“In practice, during shootaround and through video games, he is a constant participant, period,” Wade mentioned. “I’m not shocked by that. Just more surprised at how he’s been capable of hold himself out there on the ground.”

Calling James “one in every of a form,” Battier praised the four-time MVP for his tireless conditioning work.

“You do not actually see the work he places in, not only on his recreation however his body, to keep himself on the highest level on this planet, really,” Battier mentioned. “It takes amazing dedication and resolve. That is partly why LeBron is LeBron, that is why he is great, because he has that resolve to remain at a high degree.”

James has more regular-season games of scoring a minimum of 50 factors (nine) than nights the place he’s scored less than 10 (eight). Issue playoff games into the combination, and he is reached double figures 898 instances in 907 career games.

“That is not one thing that any common player can do,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra stated. “A part of his greatness is consistency. Evening in, evening out, you understand what to anticipate.”

The Warmth have won 12 straight in opposition to the Raptors since a 111-103 street loss on Jan. 27, 2010, when Miami ahead Chris Bosh played for Toronto.

DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 21 points whereas Jonas Valanciunas had 18. Rudy Gay had 13 points and 10 rebounds for his second straight double-double.

Leading seventy eight-74, Miami took management by opening the fourth with a 12-zero run as Toronto went scoreless for the primary 4:28, a drought that ended when Tyler Hansbrough transformed a pair of free throws.

The Raptors made nine of their 15 turnovers in the fourth, including eight in 9 possessions to begin the quarter.

“Those turnovers in that one stretch broke our back,” coach Dwane Casey mentioned.

Bosh was unavailable following the beginning Monday of his daughter, Dylan Skye Bosh. Battier began in place of Bosh, who is predicted to return when the Warmth host the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday.

“We knew we didn’t have our guy,” Wade mentioned. “Myself and LeBron wished to be a little bit more aggressive.”

With Bosh out, Toronto took benefit of Miami’s small lineup early. Valanciunas had 10 factors halfway via the primary as the Raptors opened a 17-eight lead.

After a Warmth timeout, James scored four straight baskets as Miami lower the hole to 25-23 after one quarter.

Toronto led 45-34 after Valanciunas made a hook shot at four:fifty six of the second, but James scored seven factors as the Heat closed the half on an 18-5 run to take a fifty two-50 lead. Mario Chalmers hit a three with lower than a second left, giving Miami the lead for the primary time.

Wade scored 10 points within the third and James had eight as the Warmth took a 4-point lead into the ultimate quarter.

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(back) was inactive… Spoelstra said the continued Dolphins harassment case reveals coaches want to concentrate on what is going on on of their locker rooms. “I am going to tell you, it’s certainly one thing all of us have to concentrate on now,” Spoelstra stated before the game. “You do not want to take it for granted.”.. The Raptors host Miami twice in November – the second game is Nov. 29. Toronto visits South Florida on Jan. 5.

 

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Nets’ Blatche fined $15,000 for obscene gesture

Nets ahead Andray Blatche was fined $15,000 by the NBA Saturday for making an obscene gesture in the Nets’ win vs. the Heat Friday night. The incident occurred after a Joe Johnson three-pointer with 2:forty remaining. The Nets’ bench celebrated, as so.

If this was what warranted it, I’m unsure if that’s the “Sam Cassell” dance or something else. Either method, apparently the league did not like it. Blatche had nine factors and 6 boards within the win Friday.
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NBA Game Recap- Heat Lose Again

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Miami Heat- 100

Brooklyn Nets – 101

 

Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson each score 19 points each for the Nets on Friday night to help halt a 13-game losing skid at the hands of Miami and give the Heat their first back-to-back lose since January 2013.

 

It was good that we got a taste of this type of atmosphere this early in the season to try to see where we’re at,” Pierce said. “Miami, whenever they come into town, they’re a measuring stick for everybody, so it was good for us to come out and get the win.”

 

As the Heat were trying to stage a furious comeback, Pierce and Johnson each hit two free throws to secure the win and drop Miami to 1-2.

 

After being down 11 points most of the fourth quarter, the Heat scored 10 unanswered points with seconds left to make it close before Brooklyn closed them out.

 

What you’ve done in the past doesn’t mean you can make it happen in the present, so we’ve just got to have a little more sense of urgency,” James said. “It’s not doomsday right now. We’re good, but we understand what we need to fix and correct.”

 

Brooklyn had suffered 13 straight losses to the Heat since their last victory over them on March 20, 2009.

 

You don’t want to have those types of losing streaks to any franchise,” said Nets point guard Deron Williams. “so it was definitely on our mind.”

 

Miami’s Dwayne Wade (21 points) returned to action after missing the Philadelphia game in which the Heat also lost.

 

This ain’t nothing new. We’ve dealt with this before. This storyline continues,” Wade said. “At the end of the day, we want to play better. We would love to play better, obviously the start, the first and the third, but we had a chance to win the game. We have to find a way to pull it out.”

 

This was a big and important win for the Nets who last year got swept by the Heat by an average of 21 points, so now with a new look lineup of Pierce and Kevin Garnett added to the mix to complement Deron Williams… Brooklyn now has a legitimate shot to challenge the Heat throughout the season.

 

The “Big Three” of James, Wade and Bosh scored 64 points while the bench play of Brooklyn outscored the Miami bench 36-22.

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Sixers race to big lead, hold on to stun Heat

76ers Stun Heat

PHILADELPHIA – Michael Carter-Williams had Allen Iverson cheering from his suite and left LeBron James impressed.

Not a foul start for MCW.

It was an excellent higher one for the Sixers.

Carter-Williams had a debut to recollect, utilizing 22 points, 12 assists, and nine steals to steer the Philadelphia 76ers past the Miami Heat 114-110 on Wednesday night time.

The rookie out of Syracuse practically upstaged Iverson on an evening Philly feted his spectacular career.

“You see what he can deliver on an enormous stage,” 76ers rookie coach Brett Brown mentioned.

MCW was the MVP of the fourth quarter, picking up two more steals, harassing James in the lane, and sealing the win from the free-throw line.

Spencer Hawes scored 24 points and put the Sixers ahead for good with a 3-pointer, then a driving layup for a 109-108 lead with 2:01 left.

“Everything was clicking tonight,” Carter-Williams stated. “If we will consistently play collectively, then we generally is a good workforce.”

The guys within the locker room could be the one ones who suppose that.

As the NBA season tipped off, the over-beneath out of Las Vegas for complete wins for the 76ers this yr is 16.5, the lowest of any crew within the league.

In opposition to the 2-time defending champion Heat, nobody in Philly cared.

James missed 5 of six pictures in the fourth, dropping the ball on one drive down the center, then blowing a 6-footer on the following possession. Shane Battier missed all seven 3-pointers in the recreation and the Heat missed 10 straight shots within the fourth – after scoring a whopping forty five factors in the third.

The Heat wanted all these points to rally after the Sixers dominated from the opening tip. They made their first 11 shots and raced to leads of 19-0 and 26-four, placing the champs on their heels a night after they acquired their rings.

James had 25 points and 13 assists and Chris Bosh scored 22 for Miami.

Miami guard Dwyane Wade sat out to relaxation his sore knees. Coach Erik Spoelstra says he wished to provide Wade an extra day to get better with the Warmth enjoying in consecutive nights. Wade scored thirteen factors for the Warmth of their 107-ninety five win over Chicago on Tuesday.

Carter-Williams additionally hit four three-pointers, had seven rebounds and his nine steals set an NBA first-sport record.

“I could not think of a greater way to start your NBA career,” James mentioned.

For most of the sport, the Sixers played more just like the team within the hunt for the championship, not one in full blown rebuilding mode. Iverson, Charles Barkley, Julius Erving and Moses Malone were among the former Sixers readily available for opening evening.

The Warmth absolutely might have used Wade. Wade, though, had walked into locker room each knees wrapped in ice and an understanding it was too early within the season to push himself. He stated it was “just being smart.”

“It was not pre-deliberate, it was one thing our trainers and coaches got here to me with,” Wade said. “It’s early in the season, it’s only a precaution.”

James stated Wade could take all the time he wanted.

“If he must take the second sport of the season, the 30th recreation, fiftieth recreation, 80th game, that is the way it’s,” James stated.

After all, the Warmth have been a double-digit favourite to rout the Sixers, and expected to have little trouble in opposition to one of many worst teams in the NBA.

Not so quick.

Evan Turner scored 26 points and the Sixers dominated solely hours after Iverson introduced his retirement, ending a 14-12 months profession.

Carter-Williams had a steal and dunk to open the game, Turner dunked over James, and Hawes tossed in a layup for a surprising 19-0 run to open the game. James lastly banked in a shot with 7:07 left in the first to finish Miami’s scoring drought.

The Sixers nonetheless led 29-eleven even with a lineup that included Tony Wroten, Lavoy Allen and Daniel Orton on the courtroom.

Who? Exactly.

“We’ve got a lot of pleasure, the guys which have been here and done it,” Hawes said.

The Heat, though, became the Heat and used a 14-zero run within the second quarter to tug to 51-49 at halftime.

James hit a 3 that made it a one-level game, and Udonis Haslem’s inside layup gave the Warmth their first lead of the game, 60-fifty nine. Ray Allen hit all 4 three-pointers in the quarter, James made three and the Heat shot a sizzling 10 of 13 from 3-point vary in the third. They finished 16 of 22 (73 p.c) from the floor general and stretched the lead to 94-85.

“We’re a cushty crew, we at all times feel like we are able to win a game,” James stated.

Just not this one.


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NBA Game Recap- Lakers Bench Blowout Clippers

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Los Angeles Clippers- 103

Los Angeles Lakers- 116

 

For one night anyway, the “Hallway Rivalry” between the Clippers and Lakers became a laugher when the Lakers bench punished the Clipper starters in the fourth quarter to the tune of 41 points and 76 total points on a night from the reserves as the Lakers rolled to a 116-103 ‘unexpected’ win.

 

Not many people expected this young Kobe-less Lakers team to show up on opening night and beat a Clippers ball club many picked to contend for a Western Conference championship.

 

This is not the same Lakers team of 2012-13… this team is younger, quicker, more athletic, and playing with energy. No expectations… just play the game.

 

It’s not a bad thing to be the underdog sometimes,” said Lakers’ Jodie Meeks. “No expectations. We go out there and play hard. What’s the worst that can happen? We lose, and people say we’re no good?”

 

Not one Laker starter played in the fourth quarter as coach Mike D’Antoni elected to stay with his bench and they responded to the tune of 41 points scored to the Clippers 24.

 

Mike (D’Antoni) did a great thing: He didn’t bring his starters back in.” Rivers said. “There was a point where I was thinking: ‘Please bring them back in.”

 

Xavier Henry led all players with 22-points (12 in the fourth quarter).

 

We’re a deep team, and people don’t think we’re that good,” Henry said. “That always fuels us. People are saying we’re going to finish 12th or whatever, but we have a great group of guys who go out there and play hard. We’re young, we’re athletic. We go after it.”

 

All the talk coming in to the game was about the Clippers finally being “the team” in L.A. New coach in Doc Rivers, new faces, new attitude, new identity, high expectations. But, it was the Lakers who were not quite ready to relinquish the title of “L.A.’s Team.”

 

We were not ready tonight,” said Rivers. “(The Lakers) have heard for probably the last two months how good (the Clippers) were going to be… so you knew that they were going to play like this was the world championship—with that type of energy. And I thought we never matched it. Everything they did was harder than us and more physical than us. They destroyed us on the glass and destroyed us in turnovers. So it was a good lesson for us.”

 

The Clippers swept the Lakers last season winning all four.

 

You’ve got to give it to them. They outplayed us,” Griffin said. “They did a good job. They were ready. They turned up the heat in the fourth quarter and didn’t respond.”

 

Oh, man, it seemed like it happened so fast,” Clippers’ Chris Paul said. “Those guys executed their game plan, and when you’re missing somebody like Kobe, you feed off that energy”

 

For tonight at least and ‘til next time… the Lakers own the bragging rights.

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NBA Game Recap- Heat Whip Bulls

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NBA Game Recap- Heat Whip Bulls

 

Chicago Bulls- 95

Miami Heat- 107

 

Once the Miami Heat received their second-straight championship rings and raised the banner, they knew it was time to get down to business once again to kick off the start of the 2013-14 NBA season, and that they did as they sent a message to the team that is expected to dethrone them… the Chicago Bulls.

 

The Heat shook off an early ‘ring ceremony hangover’ and turned what was expected to be a tight game all night into a Miami blowout win over the Bulls 107-95.

 

The final score was closer then it should have been with the Heat leading by as much as 25-points in the second half, but a late Bulls charge kept things somewhat interesting.

 

You never know what to expect when you’re trying to keep the main thing the main thing, and that’s the game.” Heat coach Eric Spoelstra said. “But you can’t deny the emotions and what a special moment it was for everybody in the organization because we know how difficult that was and how harrowing that was last season. So it was great to actually get the win after that to cap off a very good night for the Miami Heat.”

 

LeBron James finished the night with 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds.

 

Chicago’s Derrick Rose was also the story of the night after missing all of last season recovering from a serious knee injury in April 2012. He finished with 12 points in 34 minutes. Carlos Boozer was the big scorer of the night for the Bulls with 31 points and seven boards.

 

Chicago fought back from a 25-point deficit and got the score back to as close as eight points but Miami’s Shane Battier hit a big three and ended any comeback from there.

 

We’re not trying to pull close. There were a lot of corrections that we have to make,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. “It always comes back to the same thing—our defense and our rebounding. And if we could have taken better care of the ball early on, we would have been in position to win down the stretch.”

 

Rose ended the night 4 for 15 for the Bulls.

 

Said Rose, “If anything, I’m disappointed in the loss. My performance, I can easily change that by making shots and keep down the turnovers.”

 

Miami had seven players in double-figures.

 

It’s a team game,” James said. “That’s what this team is put together for.”

 

Including last year’s playoffs, Miami has now beaten the Bulls five straight games.

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LeBron, Heat on Bulls: We don’t like them

MIAMI – With the way the Miami Heat’s assistant coaches, armed with handheld football pads, mauled LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh as they drove into the lane on the end of Monday’s observe, one may suppose the star trio have been truly working backs getting ready for an enormous sport.

As an alternative, the Warmth have been just preparing for a bodily battle on the courtroom in Tuesday’s season opener against the Chicago Bulls. After the Heat workers introduced out the football pads to follow for the first time this preseason, the message is clear.

LeBron James and Joakim NoahLeBron James and the Miami Heat could have much more than Joakim Noah to deal with within the season opener. Derrick Rose, Kirk Hinrich and Luol Deng are again in the fold for the Bulls after missing the Japanese Conference finals last season.

“We do not like them, they don’t like us,” James stated of the Bulls after the drill. “It’s not remarkable. Everyone knows how it’s.”

Was it a coincidence that they busted out the football gear before facing Tom Thibodeau’s famed defense in Chicago?

“No, under no circumstances,” Bosh said after the 20-minute drill. “It is all deliberate. We know they’re big, bodily and we all know we now have to finish.”

The Heat expect the Bulls to be further motivated Tuesday, and never just because it marks level guard Derrick Rose’s first sport again since struggling a torn ACL in April 2012. The Heat may also be raising their 2012-thirteen championship banner and getting their rings earlier than the sport, and it is not lost them that they ended the Bulls’ season in the Jap Conference semifinals just 5 months ago.

“It don’t matter who it is,” James said of the opponent for the opener. “However we like the truth that it’s the Bulls.”

Not that the Bulls will be watching. As an alternative, they will be within the locker room, coach Tom Thibodeau said Monday.

“That is their ceremony, not ours,” Rose stated. “If we have been getting our rings there can be a bit of little bit of a distraction, however for us we know that we bought to stay targeted, come together as a team, and really take their first hit because they’re definitely going to be on charge.”

The Bulls have been right here earlier than. After the Warmth gained the title in 2006, the Bulls have been in Miami for opening evening and the banner elevating ceremony. Chicago blasted Miami 108-sixty six. Only Udonis Haslem and Wade remain from that group, whereas Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich are the one Bulls who were around then.

JamesWe do not like them, they do not like us. It isn’t remarkable. Everyone knows how it is.

- LeBron James, on Miami’s opener vs. the Chicago Bulls

The Warmth were in the Bulls’ shoes just two years in the past. After losing to the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 Finals, the Warmth opened the season in Dallas after the lockout ended and obtained revenge by beating the Mavs by double digits.

“We wished to embarrass [the Mavericks] on their residence ground,” Bosh stated. “We wanted to defecate on their night time and we all know [the Bulls] need to do this to us. They need to spoil what we have going and we’re aware of that. Now we have to hit first.”

The Bulls, who were the one NBA crew with an eight-zero preseason document, are again expected to challenge the Warmth for the Eastern Conference crown this season. With Rose, Hinrich and Deng anticipated to be again in the fold after being sidelined in the Japanese Conference semifinals, the Bulls shall be as healthy as they’ve been in over a year.

After battling groin soreness during the preseason, Bulls center Joakim Noah has declared himself “100 percent” for Tuesday’s season opener.

“We’ve a special little thing with these guys,” Bosh stated. “The fans want to see it. We want to play them and so they want us, too. So it’ll be good.”

Wade, who grew up in Chicago, agreed there’s exhausting feelings between the two organizations with Miami having ended the Bulls’ season twice in the last three years.

“We’re each trying to do something, attempting to win [a championship],” Wade said. “You are going to run into each other alongside the best way and you are going to dislike one another. They wish to beat us as badly as we want to beat them.”

Wade expects the competition within the East, starting with the Bulls, to be even more durable this season.

“Our aim right here is to not get bored,” Wade mentioned. “Do not get uninterested in making an attempt to be great. Now we have to understand that we’re champions and we will get each different staff’s finest shot.”

Greg Oden, who signed with the Heat as a free agent through the offseason and hasn’t performed a regular-season sport in more than 4 years, remains to be everyday, coach Erik Spoelstra mentioned.

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Raiders to handle DC’s gestures ‘in-house’

Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis might understand his defensive coordinator’s thought process, nevertheless it doesn’t mean he endorses what Jason Tarver was caught doing in his staff’s eventual 21-18 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. And Tarver himself issued a mea culpa for his actions.

Jason TarverRaiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver apologized Monday for his gestures directed towards officers in Sunday’s recreation.

Tarver flipped a middle finger, on separate events, at the officials after a private foul was known as on cornerback Mike Jenkins for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell with eight:forty eight left in the third quarter.

“It was simply an emotional outburst by a coach within the heat of the sport,” Davis informed ESPN.com. “We don’t condone those actions and we’ll deal with it in-house.”

Tarver, in the meantime, issued his apology in an announcement Monday afternoon.

“I apologize for my motion on the sideline of yesterday’s game,” Tarver mentioned within the release. “It was within the warmth of the second, and I regret drawing attention away from the Raiders gamers and what they achieved.”

The flag, by the best way, was picked up and no penalty was levied in spite of everything.

The Raiders, not the NFL, are anticipated to impose self-discipline on Tarver, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

In 2010, Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil was hit with a $40,000 fantastic for flipping off the refs when he disagreed with a penalty towards his staff.

Raiders coach Dennis Allen was requested in his weekly information convention about Tarver’s actions and apology.

“I do not know if it is a kind of stuff you just say, ‘Let’s forget about it,'” Allen stated.

“Pay attention, he’s made his assertion about what’s happened. I think the only factor I’ll say is I feel he is carried out an excellent job with this protection. I think he is a fiery and emotional man and I believe our gamers have actually taken to that, and I believe they’ve embraced that kind of perspective and he has the defense enjoying at a high stage proper now.”

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NBA Prediction Game Preview & Pick – Bulls vs. Heat

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NBA Prediction Game Preview & Pick – Bulls vs. Heat

 

Chicago Bulls @ Miami Heat 10/29- 8:00PM EST

 

The Miami Heat may be the team getting their rings on opening night of the NBA, but all eyes will be on the return of Chicago’s point guard Derrick Rose who missed all of last season rehabbing a knee injury as he looks to lead his Bulls to a championship year.

 

Our No. 1 goal is winning a title,” said Rose, the 2011 MVP who has averaged 21.0 points and 6.8 assists in four NBA seasons. “We’re not worried about anything else. We’re not worried about what people say about us or what’s going on on the outside. We’re just worried about the Bulls and how good we get everyday.”

 

Chicago, after going 8-0 in the pre-season feels they are geared to make a run at an NBA title and dethrone the Heat who are looking for a ‘three-peat.’

 

If anything, we accomplished what we wanted to accomplish, which was to go out there and try to win every game,” Rose said. “We know we have important games coming up. We’re just trying to get prepared for that.”

 

Without Rose last year, the Bulls fell to Miami in five-games scoring an average of only 82.0 points a game while giving up 100.3 per game.

 

For the Miami Heat, once they receive their rings, Lebron James and the Heat expect all business the rest of the way as they seek their third straight NBA title.

 

After we get our rings, that’s last year,” said James. “We did some special things last year and this is an opportunity for us to look back at it one more time, but I definitely won’t lose sight of what’s in front of me.”

 

The Los Angeles Lakers of 2000-02 were the last team to win three consecutive championships.

 

It would mean everything, man,” James said. “First of all, it means that I’m doing my part and I’m helping our team get better. It would mean everything to our team. That’s what we’re here for. We work our tails off every day. If it can pay off with another Finals appearance, we’d represent the Eastern Conference the best way we can.”

 

Miami won 27-straight games last season challenging the all-time record of 33 straight set by the 1972-73 Los Angeles Lakers finishing with a 66-16 record.

 

When you put this kind of talent together, there’s always people on the outside trying to figure out ways why it shouldn’t work,” said Dwayne Wade. “When you’re on the inside and can put it together and show them that it can work, it’s a great feeling.

 

For us to be able to go to the Finals three straight times and hopefully go again, what more can you ask for?”

 

The Bulls and Heat split their four regular-games last year.

 

Most teams suffer a ‘ring ceremony’ hangover, and I expect the Bulls to come out with a sense of urgency to prove to the Heat they mean business in 2013-14.

 

PICK: Chicago Bulls

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Wonder Punter NBA Power Rankings 2013-14

Wonder Punter NBA Power Rankings 2013-14

 

With the 2013/14 NBA season upon us starting Tuesday night…. Let’s take a look at the Power Rankings of all 30 teams to begin the season.

 

1. Miami Heat- The defending champion Heat will be looking to three-peat with Lebron James in the final year of his contract.

 

2. San Antonio Spurs- With all the pieces still intact, the Western Conference champs are still the team to beat out west.

 

3. Chicago Bulls- After sitting out all of last season… Derrick Rose is back and ready to lead his team to challenge the Heat.

 

4. Indiana Pacers- Last years team was good, now with Danny Granger back and the addition of Luis Scola… they will be even better.

 

5. Los Angeles Clippers- Can new coach Doc Rivers instill the mental and physical toughness that has been lacking with the Clippers in seasons past?

 

6. Houston Rockets- Can the tag team of Dwight Howard/James Harden co-exist and get them to the promise land?

 

7. Golden State Warriors- Will one more year of experience under their belt make up for the lack of depth at the point guard and center positions? Key addition with Andre Iguodala.

 

8. Oklahoma City Thunder- Still no Russell Westbrook until December… until then, can they keep it together?

 

9. Memphis Grizzles- The addition of Mike Miller should help with a team depleted with shooters.

 

10. Brooklyn Nets- Can an aging Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce be the difference that Deron Williams and new coach Jason Kidd need to contend?

 

11. New York Knicks- J.R Smith is still on the shelve and Amar’e and Kenyon Martin are not quite ready for back-to-backs yet.

 

12. Minnesota Timberwolves- A full year of a healthy Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio can finally make the Wolves a playoff contender after a drought of nine seasons.

 

13. Denver Nuggets- Andre Iguodala is now with Golden State and no Danilo Gallinari until at least December.

 

14. Washington Wizards- Key addition with Marcin Gortat to fill in a true center position and move Nene to his natural forward position.

 

15. New Orleans Pelicans- New team nickname and two nice additions will help the Pelicans improve… Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans.

 

16. Dallas Mavericks- Monte Ellis was added to help give Dirk Nowitski an offensive boost… but it’s the defense I’m worried about.

 

17. Portland Trailblazers- LaMarcus Aldridge vows this years Blazers team will make the playoffs.

 

18. Detroit Pistons- Two big additions with the face of the franchise now Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings.

 

19. Los Angeles Lakers- Much more athletic team then last year’s team, however their season still rides on the shoulders of Kobe Bryant’s return.

 

20. Cleveland Cavaliers- When will Andrew Bynum play? Oh yeah #1 pick Anthony Bennett has a sleeping disorder.

 

21. Atlanta Hawks- No Josh Smith… it’s Al Horford’s team now.

 

22. Toronto Raptors- Andrea Bargnani is now a Knick.

 

23. Charlotte Bobcats- Should improve in the win column with new center Al Jefferson.

 

24. Sacramento Kings- Will DeMarcus Cousins live up to hype of a max-contract deal.

 

25. Utah Jazz- Young talent is nice, but no quality point guard to dish the rock.

 

26. Milwaukee Bucks- Can new coach Larry Drew keep the rebuilding Bucks together?

 

27. Boston Celtics- New coach, new faces and no Rajon Rondo.

 

28. Orlando Magic- Another rebuilding year.. looking towards the 2014 NBA Draft.

 

29. Phoenix Suns- Traded away their best player Marcin Gortat.

 

30. Philadelphia 76ers- Many are predicting the Sixers to challenge for the all-time worst record of 9-73 (1972-73 Sixers).

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Report: Miller might sue Heat over loss of $1.7M

Mike Miller could sue his former team. (USATSI)
Mike Miller might sue his former team. (USATSI)

When Mike Miller was waived final summer time utilizing the amnesty clause by Miami, it was thought there could be no unhealthy blood. He helped them win two championships, they wanted the financial reduction, Miller wished to maintain taking part in, these items happen. But it appears that there’s an emnity from Miller’s side that has nothing to do with basketball.

The Miami Herald stories that Miller has drawn up a criticism to be filed in courtroom asking the Heat for over $1.7 million in damages associated to a rip-off he fell sufferer to. The head of the rip-off was introduced to Miller by a team make use of. It’s a lengthy story. Take it away, Herald:

Miller, who now plays for the Memphis Grizzlies, lost $1.7 million in a rip-off allegedly orchestrated by Haider Zafar, a South Seashore bling king who presented himself as a member of a wealthy Pakistani family.

In response to Miller’s criticism that has been drawn up however not but filed, a Warmth employee launched Miller to Zafar, and Zafar used $seven-hundred,000 of the money he stole from Miller to pay for courtside Heat tickets.

Settlement talks between Miller and the Heat have stalled. Miller asked for that $seven hundred,000 again from the Warmth, plus lawyer’s fees, but “the events had been far aside,” Miller’s lawyer, Andrew Advantageous, stated.

In the potential lawsuit, Miller is seeking a lot more: the whole $1.7 million that he lost in Zafar’s scam.

by way of Mike Miller mulling lawsuit towards Warmth; Dolphins call about Professional Bowler; UM, Marlins | Sports Buzz.

The paper notes that the “bling king” is in custody in Ohio on an unrelated fraud case, that teammates James Jones and Rashard Lewis were additionally victims of the fraud, that the Heat employee who launched the 2 left the staff during the playoffs, and most disturbingly, that conferences involving the two were held on the Warmth’s places of work.

The paper notes that Miller hasn’t filed the criticism but, however he very clearly takes the scenario severely.

Miller signed with the Grizzlies last July.

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Rivers backs KG, Pierce in battle with Heat

Doc Rivers weighed in on the side of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in the ex-Celtics versus Warmth feud.

After Ray Allen left in free agency for Miami, Garnett and Pierce had been essential. After that duo was traded to the Nets, LeBron James blasted them for being hypocritical.

“Paul and Kevin had been traded,” Rivers stated on “The Dan LeBatard Present” on Wednesday. “They were traded. Paul was traded whether or not he needed to be or not. Kevin was the one one who had to agree to be traded regardless that he had already been traded. He had to comply with the trade. That is utterly totally different.”

Rivers has additionally been criticized for orchestrating his departure from Boston. He thinks the Heat have a greater argument there.

“You could make more of a case for me leaving than on Paul and Kevin,” an animated Rivers stated before reiterating that Pierce’s and Garnett’s situation is “completely different” from Allen’s.

Rivers also admitted that he performed a role in the choice to cowl up the Lakers’ championship banners on the Staples Heart during Clippers video games.

“That was everybody’s resolution, but I definitely had a voice in it, and I used to be sturdy that I believed it ought to have occurred years ago,” he said.

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Rose: Pacers great, but Heat only true rival

CHICAGO – Derrick Rose believes the Bulls have just one important rival – and it is the Miami Warmth, not the Indiana Pacers.

Rose made his emotions identified earlier than Friday evening’s preseason contest against the Pacers.

While being respectful relating to Indiana’s latest success, Rose acknowledged that he believed any rivalry with the Pacers is a factor of the past.

“Individuals say that it is a rivalry, but I do not actually see it,” Rose stated earlier than scoring 32 points in the staff’s 103-ninety eight win towards the Pacers. “I say the team that’s extra like a rivalry is when Darren Collison was on the crew. That one was extra like a rivalry, however this crew is a great team. They’ve already proven themselves last 12 months by making it to the Jap Conference finals.

“If anything, by most likely in a yr or two, it might turn out to be a rival. But proper now, individuals say it is a rival… I just don’t see it right now.”

Rose and the Bulls defeated the Pacers within the first spherical of the playoffs in 2011.

Asked what made the rivalry with the Collison-led Pacers completely different, Rose responded this manner:

“I think it was more like that rivalry feeling where we knew, we thought that they have been going to have that very same crew for a protracted period of time,” Rose said. “Then they end up going other ways, selecting up totally different guys, and I feel this team, I believe within the next 12 months or two, if both groups have the identical groups, then that’s when it might grow to be a rivalry.”

Requested particularly if he felt the Heat have been the Bulls’ biggest rival, Rose acknowledged that to be the case.

“In order for you say [that], yeah,” he stated. “For certain, Miami.”

For his or her part, the Pacers have repeatedly talked in regards to the rivalry they really feel they’ve developed with the Bulls over the years.

“I feel Chicago will at all times be a rival,” Pacers forward Danny Granger mentioned recently. “While you go to the United Heart, it’s loopy. They’ve a big dwelling-court benefit there. They’ve a huge following, not only domestically in Chicago however nationally as effectively, and I feel they’re going to always be a rival to us. We’re actually close, so a number of occasions there’s loads of Bulls fans right here and vice versa. I believe as long as we’re within the division, we will be rivals.”

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was complimentary of Indiana when asked a couple of potential rivalry with the Pacers.

“We’re all battling for a similar factor,” he stated. “They’re deep, they’re gifted, so we know how good they’re. They’ve measurement, quickness, toughness, they play collectively, they play smart, they’re well-coached. They’re one of many elite teams in the East for positive.”

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Cuban says hatred for Heat good for league

DALLAS – Hatred for the Miami Heat is wholesome for the NBA, according to Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

Cuban, whose Mavs’ 2011 Finals victory is the lone time the Heat have been overwhelmed in a playoff series since LeBron James’ migration to Miami, believes the league advantages from the polarizing nature of the 2-time defending champions.

“With the two titles, they’re still just like the unhealthy guys,” Cuban informed reporters Friday. “There is a confidence bordering on conceitedness that’s good for them as a staff and good for us as a league as a result of it additionally makes them the team that everybody wants to knock off.

“They’re type of in some respects the Oakland Raiders – and I do know that’s going to get picked up everywhere. They’re kind of like the Oakland Raiders when they have been successful. I do not want to compare Micky [Arison] to Al Davis – that’s not honest – however you either love them or hate them.

“That’s all the time good for the NBA when you might have a group that everybody appears to be like forward to beating. Like when we beat them, I’d go to locations I’ve by no means been and other people would give me a standing ovation. That’s good for the NBA.”

After all, Cuban’s harsh feelings towards the Heat had deep roots long earlier than James’ decision to join forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami.

He’s still bitter concerning the Warmth beating the Mavs within the 2006 Finals, a series that will perpetually be remembered in Dallas for two things: the Mavs blowing a 2-zero collection lead and controversial officiating.

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Kevin Garnett: ‘Tell LeBron to worry about Miami. He has nothing to do with Celtic enterprise.’ (USATSI)

THE BIG APPLE – Delving into the past isn’t all the time a rewarding train for LeBron James. Before he gained two straight championships in Miami, there was plenty of ache, disappointment and mock – much of it suffered by the hands of the Boston Celtics.

But here he was, about an hour earlier than tipoff of an in any other case meaningless preseason recreation on Thursday night, allowing himself to be carried back to a time in his career earlier than he’d been topped a champion. His appreciation of those battles with the Celtics – the ones that resulted in devastation and those that lastly led to triumph – could not have been more evident.

“It was always fun playing in opposition to the Celtics,” James stated earlier than going through the remnants of that old Celtics crew in Brooklyn. “Always. The chemistry, the DNA, guys having numerous pleasure – you needed to kill these guys, man. They wouldn’t stop. They got me a few occasions and I was capable of get them a couple of occasions. It was nice enjoyable taking part in in opposition to those Celtics teams.”

And the way issues are going early in this rebirth for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in Brooklyn, it’s going to be enjoyable once more. Perhaps extra.

Before the defending champs met the ex-Celtics for the first time for the reason that Boston breakup, there was this little matter of some feedback James had made on Wednesday about how Ray Allen was vilified for leaving the Celtics, however Garnett and Pierce weren’t.

James did not outwardly impugn KG and Pierce, and really, there is not any story here, folks. Allen left the Celtics as a free agent in 2012, leaving Garnett, Pierce, Rajon Rondo and Doc Rivers behind. Garnett and Pierce have been traded this past summer as a result of the Celtics wished to rebuild without them – sending Rivers and the $21 million they owed him to the Clippers within the course of. Not the identical thing. In any respect.

Nonetheless, the internet devoured it, and by the point the final horn sounded on the Nets’ 86-62 victory, the “story” had been marinating for hours. Garnett sat down in the postgame interview room and took a bite.

“Tell LeBron to fret about Miami,” Garnett stated. “He has nothing to do with Celtic business.”

He thumped the desk and added, “Next query.”

The bad blood nonetheless flows.

Those epic confrontations with Boston – while James was in Cleveland and then in Miami – shaped him. They didn’t make him the very best player on the planet, and they don’t deserve all the credit for making him a champion. However those playoff series modified him. They are going to always be part of his basketball psyche.

“It was always talked about throughout the media, ‘Is this their last run? Is that this the last time they will play collectively?'” James stated. “And the subsequent yr, they’d be together once more. So I by no means really obtained into, ‘Is this the final time I’d play in opposition to them,’ till now mainly, understanding that they’re not in Boston.”

Two chambers of that still-beating championship coronary heart have found their solution to Brooklyn, the place Garnett and Pierce will attempt to become the antidote to the superteam that was created to lastly defeat those dastardly Celtics. The rest have scattered – Rivers to LA and Allen right right here seeking a second straight title with Miami, with Rondo left behind to see his way through the rebuilding in Boston.

But historical past, geography and aggressive disdain dictate that there can be no more fascinating reunion tour in the NBA this season than when the Warmth face the Nets. They will do it in a game that issues on Nov. 1 at Barclays Middle, earlier than the primary week of the common season is up. They will meet three more times in the common season, and if the basketball gods are beneficiant, within the playoffs, too.

Garnett and Pierce have resurfaced – with All-Star expertise round them and with an enormous of the sport as their coach – to take goal at LeBron once more.

Jason Kidd – the point guard who resurrected the Nets as some extent guard and who now serves as their rookie head coach – noticed his No. 5 jersey raised to the rafters at Barclays on Thursday evening and got an early taste of what the Heat vs. the ex-Celtics will probably be like all yr.

With 6:forty six left in the first quarter, James was in attack mode within the open floor when Pierce lined him up and delivered a right shoulder shiver for a non-taking pictures foul. James barely flinched. There was one other laborious foul from Pierce on James to prevent a dunk early in the third. It was only preseason, however it was on.

Get used to it, would be my advice.

There is no such thing as a query in regards to the Nets’ expertise, or about their championship pedigree with the addition of Pierce and KG. The only actual question is about Kidd, and whether his basketball brilliance as a player will translate to his new job in a go well with and tie.

“It may be easy for him as far as educating the game,” James mentioned. “Now, clearly a new job, new scenario will not be straightforward for anyone. However I feel he can do it.

“He has a basketball mind, like Mark Jackson,” he stated. “Mark Jackson never coached and clearly he knew the sport; he was sensible when he performed and it transferred to him in Golden State and they’re performing some great things. Obviously, it’s important to have some fairly good talent around you to win, and Mark and Jason are fortunate to both be put in situations where they’ll win.”

Otherwise in a guarded temper within the aftermath of those feedback about “Celtic enterprise,” James had no hassle waxing poetic about Kidd, a teammate on the 2008 Olympic staff, in his new position.

“The most effective level guards to ever play the game, from my perspective,” James said. “… While you go towards him, you understand how good he’s. After which while you play with him, you’re like, ‘Wow.'”

No matter occurs with this Brooklyn staff – how much of Kidd’s ground smarts translate to the bench, how a lot of Garnett’s coronary heart and Pierce’s ruthlessness are left – there may be one thing they’ll count on. They’re still coming after LeBron James; and he after them.

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