When star athletes need to protect their faces, Kendall doctor comes through.
The Heat has injury concerns with the rival Pacers in town for a game that will likely decide the top seed in the East.
And now, despite losing 12 of their past 20 games, fighting through major offensive struggles and even some finger pointing by center Roy Hibbert, the Pacers (54-25) can essentially deliver the knockout blow to the Heat (53-25) in the battle for the No.1 seed Friday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Grizzlies 107, Heat 102
The Heat lost its second game in as many nights, allowing the Pacers to retake the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
LeBron James has won two consecutive MVP Awards and four in the last five years, so he knows a thing or two about the type of basketball it takes to earn the NBAs most coveted individual prize. According to James, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder has done more to deserve the award.
Nets 88, Heat 87
The Nets completed a 4-0 sweep of the Heat, this time preserving the one-point win on a blocked dunk of LeBron James at the buzzer.
In My Opinion | Greg Cote
The Heat’s path to a third consecutive NBA championship hasn’t gotten any easier or harder lately. But it does feel different. The chief road block to Miami’s fourth consecutive trip out of the Eastern Conference and into the Finals appears to have changed colors, from golden yellow to Darth Vader black.
Hall of Fame | Tim Hardaway, Alonzo Mourning
Odds are Tim Hardaway is going to get into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame sooner rather than later. But theres no doubt the five-time All-Star point guard now a 47-year-old scout with the Heat is disappointed hes not joining the Hall in Springfield, Ill., this August alongside his former teammate Alonzo Mourning.
Dwyane Wade is close to returning to the court, but was held out of his seventh game in a row on Tuesday as a precaution.
The Heat hopes to send a message by avoiding a season sweep against the Nets, whom Miami could meet in a second-round playoff matchup.
In My Opinion
The biggest threat standing between the Heat and a third consecutive NBA championship isnt Indiana or Kevin Durant or even San Antonio.
Alonzo Mourning, who will be inducted to the Hall of Fame in August, credited Pat Riley and John Thompson – among others – for impacting his life and career.
Sundays game against the Knicks made it three Heat games in a row without Dwyane Wade, five in a row sans center Greg Oden and the eighth this season without center Chris Andersen.
Heat 102, Knicks 91
LeBron James scored 38 points and the Heat survived an NBA-record 22 three-point attempts from J.R. Smith to deal a serious blow to the Knicks playoff hopes.
NBA | Sunday focus | Heat-Knicks rivalry
The Heat will see the Knicks on Sunday for the first time since Phil Jackson took over as president and set out to shepherd the team to glory, likely restoring a fiery rivalry.
timberwolves 122, heat 121 (2 OT)
The Heat couldn’t hold a lead in the second overtime and blew a chance to move a game ahead of the Pacers for the top spot in the East.
A strained left hamstring sidelined Heat guard Dwyane Wade for a fifth consecutive game on Friday night, but Heat players said hes improving, and LeBron James said Wade probably will return within the next week.
Alonzo Mourning, a South Florida philanthropist who fought kidney disease and won a title with the Heat in 2006, will be a first-ballot inductee into the Hall of Fame. Broward native Mitch Richmond will also be honored.
Heat 96, Bucks 77
This easy breezy stretch of the Heats regular season couldnt have come at a better time.
It wasnt intended as a shot at Dwyane Wade, but LeBron James also wasnt interested in addressing his teammates lingering hamstring injury and what it might mean for the Heat during the final weeks of the regular season.
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