Ira Winderman
Sun Sentinel, Heat Beat Reporter
52m

Deng, Haslem, Napier out for Heat vs. Spurs

The Miami Heat are without Luol Deng, Udonis Haslem and Shabazz Napier for Tuesday night's nationally televised game against the San Antonio Spurs at AmericanAirlines Arena, and could be further shorthanded. Deng was ruled out because of the knee bruise he sustained in the first half of Sunday's vic...

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Ira Winderman
Sun Sentinel, Heat Beat Reporter
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LeBron Prioritized Acquiring J.R. Smith Over Shumpert In Knicks' Trade

The Cleveland Cavaliers turned around their season with two trades that brought Timofey Mozgov, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to their team. "He is so excited about the talent on this team," said Brian Windhorst. "He loves playing with Mozgov. He loves J.R. Smith. He was the guy who pushed for that t...

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Ira Winderman , Sun Sentinel, Heat Beat Reporter
With Deng and Haslem out, Heat are assured of their 30th starting lineup of the season, which will tie the franchise record.
@IraHeatBeat | | 51m | Score: 175
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Alex Kennedy , HoopsWorld.com, NBA Reporter
Trevor Booker after Utah beat OKC: "[Enes] did what he always does: he got his stats, he didn’t defend, he took an L" t.co/76t7TRoCzw
@AlexKennedyNBA | | 19m | Score: 135
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Michael Cunningham , Atlanta Constitution, Hawks Writer
No rest for Hawks. Normal starters of Teague, Korver, Carroll, Millsap and Horford vs. Pistons. #ATLHawks
@CVivlamoreAJC | | 1h | Score: 120
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Jonathan Feigen , Houston Chronicle, Rockets Reporter
NBA acknowledges 2 errors in last min of Rockets loss in Toronto. Rockets should have had possession, instead of jump ball they lost and ...
@Jonathan_Feigen | | 2h | Score: 118
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Jonathan Feigen , Houston Chronicle, Rockets Reporter
Terrence Ross should've been called for a 5-second violation when trying to inbound. Jump ball mistake set up DeRozan for jumper, 3-pt lead.
@Jonathan_Feigen | | 2h | Score: 97
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Tom Haberstroh , ESPN Heat Index, Heat Beat Writer
Projected Westbrook stat-line if he played Oscar's '62 minutes/pace: 46.9 pts, 14.6 ast and 12.2 reb. Oh. t.co/JJYKWR7LjW [in]
@tomhaberstroh | | 7h | Score: 75
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Ira Winderman , Sun Sentinel, Heat Beat Reporter
Heat announce that Whiteside is expected to play. Anyone willing to donate a transplanted right hand should report to Gate . . .
@IraHeatBeat | | 9m | Score: 70
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Ira Winderman , Sun Sentinel, Heat Beat Reporter
Andersen, not Whiteside to start for Heat. Also: Ennis, Walker, Wade and Dragic. Yes, Walker and Ennis as the starting forwards.
@IraHeatBeat | | 26m | Score: 60
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Ira Winderman , Sun Sentinel, Heat Beat Reporter
Heat announce that Beasley will play tonight.
@IraHeatBeat | | 51m | Score: 50
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Michael Cunningham , Atlanta Constitution, Hawks Writer
Dennis Schroder tweets that his toe is not broken and not considered serious. #ATLHawks
@CVivlamoreAJC | | 24m | Score: 45
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Jeff McDonald , San Antonio Express, Spurs Beat Writer
Spoelstra says on tape Spurs looking more like Finals Spurs than at any point since June. 3 indicators: pace, spacing, ball movement.
@JMcDonald_SAEN | | 1h | Score: 45
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Ira Winderman , Sun Sentinel, Heat Beat Reporter
Spoelstra says Birdman and Hassan will warm up with intention to play. Napier, Deng and Haslem are out.
@IraHeatBeat | | 1h | Score: 45
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Royce Young , DailyThunder.com, NBA Writer
Kevin Durant posts a strong message on Instagram following today's surgery: t.co/tY1cjgBK3x
@royceyoung | | 4h | Score: 40
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K.C Johnson , Chicago Tribune, Bulls Beat Writer
FWIW, there's huge sense of confidence/optimism emanating from Bulls lately. They know they're getting healthy and feel they'll be tough out
@KCJHoop | | 5h | Score: 40
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Eric Koreen , National Post, NBA Reporter
On the Raptors' pre-game ritual, designed to pump up Jonas Valanciunas, that was inspired by Angels In The Outfield: t.co/zQ4gUA3THn
@ekoreen | | 1h | Score: 38
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Ira Winderman , Sun Sentinel, Heat Beat Reporter
Haslem out with flu, Deng out with knee, Napier out with hip.
@IraHeatBeat | | 1h | Score: 36
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Michael John Smith , L.A Clippers, Color Commentator
If clippers finish tied w MEM or HOU, the clippers have the tie breaker! The most likely scenario if LAC win tonight is Clipps finish 2nd!
@clippstvsmith | | 22m | Score: 35
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Ethan Skolnick , Turner Sports, Heat Beat Writer
Hassan Whiteside, Michael Beasley, Chris Andersen warming up with intention to play vs Spurs. No Luol Deng, Udonis Haslem or Shabazz Napier.
@EthanJSkolnick | | 1h | Score: 35
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Surya Fernandez , HotHotHoops.com, Heat Beat Writer
#Heat starters: Wade, Dragic, Ennis, Walker, Birdman. #Spurs starters: Parker, Green, Leonard, Duncan, Splitter.
@SuryaHeatNBA | | 2m | Score: 5
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Chris Sheridan , SheridanHoops.com, Sportswriter
EXCLUSIVE: Another look at @VinceTheAuthor's book on @KingJames focusing on beating the #Pistons in 2007. t.co/iK784peL1E
@sheridanhoops | | 4m | Score: 5
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Keith Langlois , NBA.com, Pistons Beat Writer
Something new from @AndreDrummondd ... an up and under score. Both teams hot, Pistons up 9-8 early
@Keith_Langlois | | 4m | Score: 5
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WashingtonPost.com , Sports News and Updates
Kris Humphries expected back — just in time for #Wizards to (hopefully) regain their edge t.co/dcY5jeGO8H t.co/vzYJqOFEd5
@PostSports | | 4m | Score: 5
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Michael Cunningham , Atlanta Constitution, Hawks Writer
Story: Dennis Schroder reports toe not broken. t.co/6IopVUT4pU #ATLHawks
@CVivlamoreAJC | | 5m | Score: 5
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Keith Langlois , NBA.com, Pistons Beat Writer
The Jackson-Teague matchup a good one. As #Pistons did due diligence before trade, analytics pointed to similar career arcs.
@Keith_Langlois | | 5m | Score: 5
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Jorge Sedano , Sun Sports, Studio Host
Grant Hill: I am a bit worried about them (LeBron/Love) jiving on the court. There needs to be a trust there to be successful.
@SedanoESPN | | 6m | Score: 20
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Ira Winderman , Sun Sentinel, Heat Beat Reporter
Heat announce that Whiteside is expected to play. Anyone willing to donate a transplanted right hand should report to Gate . . .
@IraHeatBeat | | 9m | Score: 70
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Alex Kennedy , HoopsWorld.com, NBA Reporter
For those wondering why there are harsh comments being directed at Enes Kanter, read what he had to say about Utah: t.co/XwmjJD3GAT
@AlexKennedyNBA | | 12m | Score: 10
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Brian Mahoney , Associated Press, NBA Writer
Paul George presents Nets physician Dr. Riley Williams with autographed USA jersey as thanks for treatment after broken leg last summer.
@briancmahoney | | 12m | Score: 20
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Alex Kennedy , HoopsWorld.com, NBA Reporter
Rare to see a player blast a former teammate like Booker did to Kanter, especially since guys never know if they'll be on same team again.
@AlexKennedyNBA | | 16m | Score: 15
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Scott Agness , Pacers.com, Pacers Beat Writer
“These games are going to count double.” - Ian Mahinmi, as Pacers gear up for their own Final Four. t.co/1QOSYFHOyH
@ScottAgness | | 18m | Score: 5
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Alex Kennedy , HoopsWorld.com, NBA Reporter
Trevor Booker after Utah beat OKC: "[Enes] did what he always does: he got his stats, he didn’t defend, he took an L" t.co/76t7TRoCzw
@AlexKennedyNBA | | 19m | Score: 135
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Jorge Sedano , Sun Sports, Studio Host
Coming up next... We'll chat w/ @realgranthill33 about playing w/ Shaq, Lebron & Love, Durant & Rose injuries & Final 4 on @espn
@SedanoESPN | | 20m | Score: 10
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Ira Winderman , Sun Sentinel, Heat Beat Reporter
For starters: A look at lineups, inactives, referees and a pregame note of note for Heat-Spurs t.co/XZZnp6MRIz 8 p.m. (TNT).
@IraHeatBeat | | 20m | Score: 10
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Michael John Smith , L.A Clippers, Color Commentator
If clippers finish tied w MEM or HOU, the clippers have the tie breaker! The most likely scenario if LAC win tonight is Clipps finish 2nd!
@clippstvsmith | | 22m | Score: 35
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Joseph Goodman , Miami Herald, Heat Beat Writer
Officially 30th different lineup for the Heat this season, tying a franchise record (2007-08). Second start of the season for Ennis.
@JoeGoodmanJr | | 22m | Score: 10
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Michael Cunningham , Atlanta Constitution, Hawks Writer
Dennis Schroder tweets that his toe is not broken and not considered serious. #ATLHawks
@CVivlamoreAJC | | 24m | Score: 45
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Tim Reynolds , Associated Press, Sportswriter
Ennis' 2nd start of season. His other start was with Deng (out), Bosh (out for season), Williiams (not a Heater) and Cole (not a Heater).
@ByTimReynolds | | 24m | Score: 10
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Joseph Goodman , Miami Herald, Heat Beat Writer
TONIGHT'S STARTERS Heat (34-39): Ennis, Walker, Andersen, Wade, Dragic Spurs (47-26): Leonard, Duncan, Splitter, Green, Parker
@JoeGoodmanJr | | 25m | Score: 30
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NBA PM: Will Kanter Get Lucrative Deal?

Will Enes Kanter Get Lucrative Deal? Enes Kanter is a 6’11 center who, at 22 years old, is approaching restricted free agency this summer. Since joining the Oklahoma City Thunder at the trade deadline, Kanter is averaging 17.8 points and 10.7 rebounds while shooting 56.3 percent from the field. Ov...

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Alex Kennedy
HoopsWorld.com, NBA Reporter
1h
Jeremy Lin - Houston Rockets
God chose whats foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose whats weak in the world to shame the strong - 1 Cor 1:27 #countercultural
@JLin7 | | 2h | Score: 87

How Chris Paul puts on his crazy face

This story appears in ESPN The Magazine's April 13 Point Guard Issue. Subscribe today! The Ranking of the Guard Overall Score 9.09 Leadership 9.29 Average: 6.10 Rank: 1st Defense 8.42 Average: 5.93 Rank: 1st Passing/Playmaking 9.61 Average: 6.80 Rank: 1st Shooting/Scoring 8.77 Average: 6.65 Rank: 5t...

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Arash Markazi
ESPNLA.com, Sportswriter
3h
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Shaq to Chris Paul: ‘You Guys Suck’ (VIDEO)

The legendary Shaquille O’Neal was among the most prominent members of last night’s Roast of Justin Bieber on Comedy Central. And when it was The Diesel’s turn to take the mic, he took the opportunity to take a jab at his friend Chris Paul, who was in the audience. Shaq took aim at the Clipper...

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Kevin Durant Undergoes Bone Graft Surgery On Foot

Kevin Durant has undergone successful bone graft surgery for the fifth metatarsal of his right foot. The procedure was performed by Dr. Martin O’Malley with Thunder medical personnel present at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Durant will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season ...

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Patrick Beverley Expected Out 4 Months, Becomes Free Agent July 1

The Rockets may be 50-24, but they will be entering the playoffs without the services of point guard Patrick Beverley, who is recovering from season-ending surgery to repair a ligament in his left wrist. Beverley went under the knife earlier today, and is reportedly expected to be in a cast for 10 w...

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SH Blog: Durant, Beverley undergo successful surgeries with months of recovery ahead; Rose returns to 5-on-5

Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant underwent successful bone graft surgery on Tuesday morning for his ailing right foot, and the timetable of 4-to-6 months for his return to basketball activities remains in place. From the team’s official release: Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Dura...

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4h

Who is Russell Westbrook?

In leopard-print shoes, at Oklahoma City's Eugene Field Elementary school last week, Russell Westbrook sat on a short red bench with a classroom's worth of kids gathered around. He was holding a book, mouthing the words and following along as a young boy and girl read each page. "Y'all read better t...

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Royce Young
DailyThunder.com, NBA Writer
4h

Kings Considering Shutting Down DeMarcus Cousins For the Rest of the Season

It’s been a dismal year for the Kings, and DeMarcus Cousins has been the sole bright spot. Boogie is basically the only one doing anything for Sacramento right now—he dropped 39 with 20 rebounds in a 14-point loss to the Pelicans on Friday. But now Cousins is banged up, and the team is consideri...

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Kyrie Irving: Relationship With LeBron James Improved Following ‘Rocky’ Start

The LeBron James-Kevin Love relationship has dominated the headlines this season, making it easy to forget that the Cleveland Cavaliers’ biggest headache at the start of the season were the conflicting basketball philosophies between Kyrie Irving and LeBron. James openly critiqued Irving and his y...

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Most Improved Player Rankings: Jimmy Butler returns to the NBA

Jimmy Butler shaved his head and wore No. 45 in his return with the Bulls last week. (We think). Last time we were all together in this space, I announced that Jimmy Butler was dead. That was evidently erroneous and inaccurate reporting. I apologize for that. I was just trying to honor a veteran. I ...

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Chris Sheridan
SheridanHoops.com, Sportswriter
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K.C Johnson
Chicago Tribune, Bulls Beat Writer
5h

Phil Jackson Asks Knicks Fans to ‘Remain Optimistic’

In addition to consulting basketball dieties—and seeking their forgiveness for the team’s play this season—New York Knicks team president Phil Jackson says there’s a “clear plan” in place for the 2015 offseason. We will rebuild a team that fits together-guys that want to compete and play...

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Lance Stephenson Benched in Loss to Celtics

Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford reduced Lance Stephenson’s regular 26 minutes to a grand total of zero Monday night, as the visiting Boston Celtics picked up a critical 116-104 victory. In this his first, difficult season in Charlotte, it was Stephenson’s first “DNP-CD”. Stephens...

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Kevin Durant Undergoes Season-Ending Foot Surgery

We already knew that Kevin Durant wouldn’t suit up again until next season—the OKC Thunder announced Tuesday that the NBA’s reigning MVP underwent successful bone graft surgery for the fifth metatarsal of his right foot. The timeline for KD’s return to basketball activities is four-to-six mo...

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Kevin Durant - Oklahoma City Thunder
Thank you for all the support people, it really means a lot, my mommy here givin me for head kisses. This is the life.
@KDTrey5 | | 6h | Score: 180

Bucks To Introduce New Color Scheme

The Milwaukee Bucks are expected to reveal a new color scheme for their jerseys on Wednesday. The current color scheme of forest green, red, silver and white has been in effect since the 2006-'07 season, when it replaced a purple and green theme. The purple theme was introduced by Mike Dunleavy Sr. ...

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