February 4, 2012 |
If Friday's game at the Wells Fargo Center was a yardstick game for the 76ers, a way to compare their 16-6 record with the 16-6 record of the Miami Heat, then the night didn't turn out to be very encouraging. If it was merely a test to see if they could still stay with one of the best teams in the league, the team that bounced them from the postseason last year, then there were a few more positives. After watching how far the Sixers have come under Doug Collins, everyone agrees their glass is half-full now. But after getting shrugged off by the Heat, 99-79, it's also clear that it is still just half a glass.
April 22, 2011
I'M JUST NOT sure how much more you can ask of the 76ers than what they gave last night at the Wells Fargo Center. Coming home with a 2-0 deficit in their Eastern Conference playoff series, they responded exactly the way a young and seemingly overmatched team would against an opponent as formidable as the Miami Heat. You wanted passion. The Sixers displayed it. You wanted heart. The Sixers bled theirs out. You wanted determination, courage, fight, composure, toughness.
June 26, 2013 |
John Hollinger knew the question was coming. Earlier this month, the 42-year-old Hollinger, an accomplished journalist but newly minted vice president of basketball operations for Memphis, was berated by then-Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins, 59, for interfering with a playoff practice. In the previous three seasons, Hollins, who coached the Grizzlies to all 18 of their playoff victories in their 18-year history, had transformed Memphis from a 24-win team into a 56-victory, Western Conference finalist.
March 9, 2013 |
MIAMI - I always knew that the hatred and vitriol directed at LeBron James following his and the Miami Heat's loss to the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals would not take long to dissipate. To begin with, unless you are fan of the Cleveland Cavaliers - the team James infamously and awkwardly left via free agency in the summer of 2010 - why should you have even cared that he chose to cut and run to South Beach? But after watching James play dazed and confused against the Mavs two years ago, I knew that the bitter learning experience and the ensuing, often over-the-top attacks on James would be the nudge to push him to play the game at a far higher level, and eventually into a comparison with Michael Jordan.
April 24, 2010 |
Paul Pierce demanded the ball for the last shot. The Boston Celtics were rewarded. And the much-anticipated offseason of 2010 is closer than the Miami Heat ever wanted. Pierce's 21-foot jumper at the buzzer - with injured Heat star Dwyane Wade watching helplessly from the bench - gave the visiting Celtics a 100-98 win over Miami in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series last night. Boston leads the best-of-seven 3-0, and will go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon in Miami.
December 12, 2005 |
Playing for the first time in 5 weeks, Shaquille O'Neal came through in the clutch - and at the free throw line, of all places. The NBA's most notoriously erratic foul shooter sank the second of two tries with a second left in regulation to force overtime, and the Miami Heat ended a four-game losing streak by beating visiting Washington, 104-101, last night. Coming off the bench in his first action since a sprained right ankle sidelined him Nov. 3, O'Neal finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds, four in overtime.
April 27, 2005 |
Alonzo Mourning was supposed to be an insurance policy for the Miami Heat, someone to give the Heat a few good minutes off the bench and take some rebounding and defensive responsibilities off Shaquille O'Neal's mammoth shoulders. Last night, Mourning was much, much more for the Heat, which took a 2-0 lead in its Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the visiting New Jersey Nets. Mourning, who wanted out of New Jersey earlier this season because he didn't consider the Nets a championship contender, scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds in 16 minutes - helping the Heat to a 104-87 win. "It's important that each and every one of us stay ready," said Mourning, whose high in 19 games in his late-season return to the Heat was only 11 points.
June 4, 2005 |
Dwyane Wade accompanied the Miami Heat to Detroit yesterday. Whether he'll join them on the basketball court tonight remains unknown. Wade's strained right rib muscle remained so painful and tender yesterday that he wasn't able to participate in his team's light on-court workout. His status won't be determined until today, but teammates are preparing themselves for the prospect of playing without him in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. "He definitely didn't look like one of the top 50 beautiful people when he came in this morning," backcourt mate Damon Jones said, referring to Wade's recent inclusion on People magazine's annual list.
March 7, 1997 |
On the scoreboard and in the standings, the Miami Heat lost their lead. Tracy Murray scored a season-high 22 points and visiting Washington erased a 15-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Heat, 99-95, knocking Miami out of first place in the Atlantic Division. Miami, the division leader since Jan. 15, fell one-half game behind the New York Knicks. "Just a terrible loss," Heat forward P.J. Brown said, "probably the worst of the year. " Isaac Austin had a career-high 19 points for Miami, and teammate Jamal Mashburn also had 19. In other games: HORNETS 122, CELTICS 121 At Charlotte, Glen Rice scored a franchise-record 48 points and Anthony Mason had his second straight triple-double as the Hornets beat Boston in overtime.
January 3, 2000 |
The game was nearly over before the Miami Heat got the scoreboard at their new arena working the way they wanted. Miami overcame a 10-point deficit in the final three minutes of the fourth quarter and beat the visiting Orlando Magic, 111-103, in overtime last night in the first game at the $215 million American Airlines Arena. The game drew a sellout crowd of 19,600, but many fans departed before the wild finish. "We were dead in the water with three minutes to go," Heat coach Pat Riley said.