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Dwyane Wade’s Heat, NBA countdown starting to hit home

The last dance comes next week, with Dwyane Wade’s final regular-season appearance at AmericanAirlines Arena.

That makes Wednesday night’s home game against the Boston Celtics the next-to-last dance when it comes to opportunities to perhaps ever again see the 37-year-old icon playing between Biscayne Boulevard and Biscayne Bay.

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Amid a playoff race that has made this “One Last Dance” retirement tour by Wade an open-ended proposition, possibly with at least two additional home playoff appearances, cheap nba jerseys from china
or possibly without any, every No. 3 moment continues to matter.

The formal regular-season home farewell will come before next Tuesday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers, the last of the two remaining home games on the regular-season schedule. Wednesday’s primary focus will be on retaining a hold on one of the final playoff positions in the Eastern Conference, with five games left on the regular-season schedule.

But make no mistake, the end is near, the last of the bellowing introductions of Michael Baiamonte of “DEE-WAAAAAY-n WAAAAAAY-de!”

“It’s been more than what I’ve wanted,” Wade said of his 16th and final NBA season. “I think from that standpoint as basketball player, you want to be able to go through this year and be healthy, first of all. So you want to perform well. You want to go out there and compete and help. For me, it’s help the next generation on the team and also to put us in the playoffs.

“Everything that has come with it has been a bonus, as well.”

Jones out for Heat; Richardson, Winslow, McGruder questionable vs. Celtics

The Miami Heat will be without forward Derrick Jones Jr. for Wednesday night’s game against the Boston Celtics at AmericanAirlines Arena with a recurrence of the bone bruise on his right knee.

In more heartening news, Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson and Rodney McGruder have all been upgraded to questionable for the rematch of Monday’s game that was won by the Celtics at TD Garden.

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Jones previously missed eight games with a bone bruise on his right knee from a frightening fall in New York on Jan. 27, not returning until Feb. 21. He had not missed time due to injury since, until leaving Monday’s loss in the first half.

Jones has started the past six games at small forward. James Johnson then replaced Jones in the starting lineup for Monday’s second half, when the Heat rallied from a 23-point deficit to within three.

Winslow has missed the past nine games with a bruised right thigh.

Richardson has missed the past three games with a bruised left heel.

Dwyane Wade passes Michael Jordan for most blocked shots by a guard

Dwyane Wade now has more blocked shots than any guard in NBA history.

The Miami Heat star swatted away the 1,052nd shot of his career Monday night, blocking an attempt by Atlanta’s B.J. Johnson. When factoring in regular-season and playoff games, that’s one more block than Michael Jordan had in his career.

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Jordan still has the all-time regular season record cheap nba jerseys
for blocks by a guard with 893. Wade’s two first-half blocks against the Hawks gave him 877.

Johnson became the 449th player to get a shot blocked by Wade. Joe Johnson and Ben Gordon have been blocked by Wade the most, 12 times each.

Miami Heat: How Hassan Whiteside, Bam Adebayo are causing a revolution

The Miami Heat, with Hassan Whiteside and Bam Adebayo at their disposal, are primed to take advantage of the NBA’s forthcoming center revolution.
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Miami Heat big man Hassan Whiteside’s full court drive and finish over the top of the Toronto Raptors’ defense on Wednesday night, was revolutionary.
Revolutionary in the sense that it quite literally wholesale miami heat jersey
involved a revolution, or a spin, around the Raptor duo of Fred VanVleet and Serge Ibaka.
But it was also revolutionary considering the current positional thermometer in the NBA. Long thought to be a dead position, center is re-emerging as a must-have role for teams across the league.

From the Heat to the Portland Trail Blazers, teams are turning to increasingly position-less models of play.

Anthony Davis is the lone center in the top-20 minutes played per game—ironically, he’s leading the league with 36.9 per contest, though his lone star role on the New Orleans Pelicans sees him picking up slack in more ways than one—and only Marc Gasol joins him when that list is expanded to the top-30.

Dion Waiters to Make Season Debut vs. Cavs After Recovering from Ankle Injury

Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters will make his 2018-19 debut against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night, the team announced in the hours leading up to tipoff.

Waiters missed the entire 2018 calendar year because of an ankle injury, last appearing in an NBA game on Dec. 22, 2017. He underwent surgery in January 2018 to repair instability in his left ankle and a pre-existing navicular bone fracture.

“He has come a long way and we’re just glad to have him back in uniform and available,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said, per Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel.

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He also missed the final 13 games of the 2016-17 season after suffering an ankle injury.

Following a successful rehab assignment cheap nba jerseys from china
in the G League, his return appeared imminent.

“We’ll list him right now as questionable, but we’ll make that decision on the road,” Spoelstra said of Waiters’ status for Wednesday on Tuesday, per the Sun-Sentinel’s David Furones. “We just want to get him to go through shootaround and put him in position to make the next step, which potentially could be availability [Wednesday].”

Waiters’ return comes at the perfect time for Miami, especially with veteran shooting guard Dwyane Wade (illness) missing Wednesday’s contest and point guard Goran Dragic sidelined until the All-Star break following knee surgery.

Waiters is coming off a season in which he averaged 14.3 points, 3.8 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game. The 2012 No. 4 overall pick is averaging 15.2 points in two years in South Beach, which is the most he has put up with one team in his career.

The Heat sit at 17-18, which puts them seventh in the East and a half-game back of the Charlotte Hornets in the Southeast Division.

NBA scores, highlights: Thunder, LeBron James-less Lakers battle out West; Dion Waiters returns for Heat

The NBA is off and running in 2019, and will keep up the action with a busy nine-game slate on Wednesday night.

Early on, we’ll see Luka Doncic and the Mavericks take on Kemba Walker and the Hornets, while Dion Waiters returns from a long absence as the Heat battle the Cavaliers.

Then, the Pelicans will face the pesky Nets, while the Timberwolves will travel to Boston for a matchup with the Kyrie Irving-less Celtics.

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To close things out, the Thunder and Lakers will face off in a Western Conference showdown.

Here’s everything you need cheap miami heat jersey 
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Mavericks drain 10 3s in the first quarter
The Mavericks got off to an incredible start against the Hornets. They jumped out to a 42-26 lead after the first quarter thanks to a franchise-record 10 3-pointers in the frame.
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Dion Waiters hadn’t played in an NBA game since December of 2017 due to ankle surgery, but the entertaining guard was back in action for Miami on Wednesday night. Late in the second quarter, he got his first bucket, draining a pull-up jumper.

The NBA’s Most Overpaid Underperformers for 2018-19

If you’ve happened upon this space looking for a comprehensive overview of the NBA’s worst contracts, you’re in the wrong place.

That procedure is necessary in its own right. But this is something cheap nba jerseys from china
different—and equally essential. We’re trafficking in both pricey pacts and expectations. Some of the most notorious no-good, really bad deals will make cameos, but only if they’re whiffing on their adjusted bars for performance.

Context is key, so we’ll use these tiers:

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Impacted By Injury, But Yeah: Availability is a skill. Anyone who has yet to play this season will be spared, but small samples are fair game. These players are far from locks to match their pay grade, even if they’re being held to the lowest possible bar.
Contract-Year Under-Performers: Expiring contracts of players who are, as of now, costing themselves money. Anyone whose value is being impacted by a dearth of importance to the bigger picture or who was deliberately overpaid in the offseason will be excluded. Think: Trevor Ariza, DeAndre Jordan, Robin Lopez, Zach Randolph, etc.
Barely In/Out of the Rotation: Players absent from the rotation for reasons not related to injuries or youth-movement politics. No one here is supposed to be a major factor, but they are less than blips on the radar and don’t have strong arguments for more playing time.
Need More Playing Time, But Still: Players who overlap with the previous category, except they have a case for more minutes.
Near-Immovable Money: A greatest-hits group. Everyone here is frequently mentioned among the league’s worst contracts (shout-out, Summer of 2016). And they have managed to become less valuable by the year. Call them “The Untradeables” if you wish, but as we’ve seen time and time again, no contract is truly immovable.
They’re Supposed to Be Better Than This: Obviously overpaid, but worse than projected and needed.
Superstar Money Problems: Stars and non-stars earning star money who aren’t living up to this season’s pay stub.
Placement within these tiers isn’t permanent. Some have the opportunity to dig themselves out of their hole. Just remember that not all the worst contracts will show up, and that we’re dealing with 2018-19 salaries alone.

Kent Bazemore, Tim Hardaway Jr., George Hill (shoulder injury) Evan Turner, Hassan Whiteside, et al. remain overpaid but are either better or as expected. John Wall (comfortably) misses the cut, because he’s being viewed against his current pay grade and not against a raise that has yet to take effect.

Dwyane Wade Said He Dropped 35 Points on Sunday to Send Message to Son

When Miami Heat superstar guard Dwyane Wade dropped 35 points on the Toronto Raptors Sunday night, he not only set a franchise record for bench scoring — he also sent a message to his son.
Wade’s 16-year-old son Zaire is a point guard for American Heritage School in Miami, Fla. It seems that, like many teenagers, the young Wade was overestimating his own abilities and underestimating his father’s accomplishments.

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In response, Father Prime belied his 36 years and 16 seasons cheap miami heat jerseys
with a magical performance that included six assists and five rebounds.

Some day, every father has to face the fact that he can no longer dominate his son in a one-on-one matchup. With a son as talented as Zaire Wade appears to be, perhaps that day is coming. But it certainly hasn’t come yet.

Heat’s Goran Dragic out for fifth consecutive game

Goran Dragic’s seemingly minor knee issue has extended into a major absence with the Miami Heat point guard out for a fifth consecutive game Tuesday night against the Atlanta Hawks at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Dragic initially missed two games with the knee injury before returning for an uneven four-game span that included pair of 20-point games but also pair of games when he went scoreless in one and scored eight in the other.

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He has been out since, starting with the Nov. 18 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. He then had his knee drained the following day, missing the Heat’s just-concluded two-game trip against the Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors.

Dragic, 32, has two seasons left on his contract, cheap nba jerseys
including a player option for next season.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has downplayed the lack of another true point guard on the roster, citing the ballhandling and playmaking of James Johnson, Dwyane Wade, Justise Winslow and Josh Richardson, among others.

The Heat also remain without reserve guard Tyler Johnson, with Tuesday marking his fourth consecutive absence with a strained right hamstring.

“There is no definitive update,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “They’re both getting better. They’re both doing a little bit more. But we’ll continue to take it day by day.”

The Heat also remain without guard Dion Waiters, who has been sidelined since January ankle surgery.

“He’s making progress. He’s doing more work each week when I see him,” Spoelstra said, with Waiters yet to participate in practice.

Asked if Waiters could be back by the turn of the calendar, Spoelstra only would say, “We don’t have an update. I’m always about, optimistic about any of our guys.”

The Heat are operating with a 14-player roster (not counting the two players on two-way contracts), one shy of the NBA maximum.

Sneak Peek: Clash of the Eastern Conference Titans

For the Milwaukee Bucks, everything is going according to plan.

It’s not just the new schemes. Sure, the Bucks’ 5-out approach to offense has led them to a top-10 offensive rating, while also boasting top-5 placements in points scored, threes taken, threes made, Wholesale nba jerseys
and assists. And yes, the Bucks’ straight-up strategy on defense (where they abandon the midrange to seal off the rim and arc) is paying early dividends in the form of a top-3 defensive rating, as well as top-5 results in opponent field goal percentage, opponent three point percentage, defensive rebounding, and blocks. But it’s not all about the numbers (even though it could be).

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It’s not even just the new personnel. The biggest names from last season (Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Eric Bledsoe, Malcolm Brogdon) are where you’d expect them to be, but the middle of the roster has been greatly expanded. Brook Lopez, Ersan Ilyasova, Pat Connaughton, and Donte DiVincenzo have come in and contributed, meaning other players like Tony Snell, Matthew Dellavedova, John Henson, Thon Maker, and Sterling Brown have simply not been asked to do as much. It turns out that having more capable players makes your team more capable as a result!

But there’s to how everything has changed. The team is having fun, and it’s quite obvious. Mike Budenholzer is renowned for his use of positivity in his coaching, and it appears to have fundamentally altered the chemistry of the roster. The ball is getting moved around for open looks, and whoever is open is shooting. The rotation goes ten-deep; after the top three shot-takers (Giannis, Khris, and Eric), the next seven players are averaging 13 minutes (or more) and five field goal attempts (or more) per game. It’s downright egalitarian!

The paint is cleared out on offense and packed in on defense. Big men actually box out to create space for others to corral rebounds. The green light is universal. Everything is groovy!

But then again, the NBA isn’t a vacuum. Other teams are finding success early on, and one of those teams is coming to visit on Monday night.