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Trans. Nov 2 4:26 ET (Nov 2 4:26 ET ) NEW YORK, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade joined the chorus of people criticizing why some sports events were taking place in New York following the devastation caused by superstorm Sandy. Speaking to reporters before Friday night's National Basketball Association clash against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, Wade said the game should have been postponed. "I just felt that (there were) bigger things to be concerned about than us being here to play a basketball game," he told reporters. "Obviously, sports ... ...
Dwyane Wade hit 6-of-14 shots for 16 points, two rebounds and four assists in 23 minutes on Wednesday.
The Scoop:His owners probably couldn't care less that he showed up for the final two games of the season, as he was simply a headache to own all year. And if you owned Wade this season, chances are you won't be touching him next year. And we're right there with you. Toney Douglas and Ray Allen were the only other Heat players to score in double figures, as LeBron James, Chris Bosh and some others took the night off to rest. The Heat will play the Bobcats in Round 1, and will have to find an answer for Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson if they're going to breeze into Round 2.
The Scoop:Wade logged 23 minutes in his return on Saturday, then followed that up with an 18-minute game on Monday, and he's not likely to get much more vs. the 76ers. The good news for Miami is that he doesn't seem to have had any setbacks with his hamstring or knee since returning, while slowly improving his conditioning in the lead-up to the playoffs.
The Scoop:Wade is expected to see a nominal amount of minutes, but it's still a great sign for the Heat to even see him suit up. He had to play through injuries last postseason and chances are he will have to again.
The Miami Heat resigned themselves to finishing with the second seed in the Eastern Conference. Miami closes its regular season Wednesday night against the visiting Philadelphia 76ers. Having home-court advantage throughout the East playoffs was still in play for the Heat (54-27) entering Monday's trip to Washington. But coach Erik Spoelstra gave LeBron James and Chris Bosh the night off, limited Dwyane Wade to 18 minutes and saw a mostly lackluster rotation get walloped, 114-93.
The way the Wizards were in sync Monday, it may not have mattered had LeBron James and Chris Bosh played for the Miami Heat. They blew out the two-time defending champions, who chose to rest those starters and only allowed Dwyane Wade to play 19 minutes, 114-93 at Verizon Center in spectacular fashion in front of 20,356 for their fourth sellout of the season.
The Wizards (43-38) placed five in double figures led by Trevor Ariza (25 points) Nene (18), Al Harrington (16), Bradley Beal (15) and Marcin Gortat (10) and are one game away from securing no worse than the No. 6 seed for the playoffs. The No. 7 Charlotte Bobcats (42-39) won at the buzzer vs. the Atlanta Hawks to keep the pressure on. A win by the Wizards or a loss by the Bobcats on Wednesday clinches the spot. The Wizards have an outside shot at the No. 5 seed if they win the regular-season finale and the Brooklyn Nets lose their last two games.
In Miami's last trip here, they had James, Bosh and Wade and fell down 43-18 after the first quarter and eventually lost 114-97. This time, the Wizards scored 43 points in the second quarter to equal that season-high.
In just his second game back from a left hamstring injury, Wade finished with nine points and four turnovers. The Heat (54-27) were led by Michael Beasley with 18 points and 14 from Toney Douglas.
The season series with Miami ended tied at 2, with both teams holding serve at home.
-- J. Michael, CSN Washington
LeBron James' only visible significant role was that of postgame heckler, interrupting Michael Beasley's interview amid a loose, upbeat locker room that normally wouldn't jibe with a 21-point loss - or throwing in a towel in the race for a No. 1 seed. James and Chris Bosh took the night off Monday, and the Heat were beaten 114-93 by the Washington Wizards in a no-contest game that guaranteed the Eastern Conference's top seed for the Indiana Pacers. ''There would be no disappointment,'' said Dwyane Wade, who played because he needed some minutes after his recent nine-game layoff with a hamstring injury. ''When the playoffs start, we have a new season and we will be looking forward to it.'' So the Pacers are locked in to a first-round series against the eighth-seeded Atlanta Hawks, while the two-time defending champion Heat get the No. 2 seed and either the Wizards or the Charlotte Bobcats.
A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.
C : PistonPowered . Dan Feldman surveys Joe Dumars' now-complete tenure leading the Detroit Pistons, and tries to figure out where things went, and kept on going, wrong: "Nearly a decade-and-a-half of change came to this, but throughout the destructive transitions emerged three constants that led to Dumars’ downfall: failed pursuits of superstars, repeated unwillingness to challenge players and a lack of long-term planning."
PF : Hardwood Paroxysm . Robby Kalland on how the Miami Heat try to find the balance between resting injured/creaky players and maintaining roster-wide rhythm on the court. They've clearly veered toward rest in the case of Dwyane Wade's balky knees, but that has come at the cost of increased minutes for LeBron James and Chris Bosh; that will not be the case on Monday, though, as James and Bosh will sit against the Washington Wizards on Monday night . Reminder from this morning's playoff picture update : If the Heat lose, the Indiana Pacers clinch the East's No. 1 seed and home-court advantage throughout the end of the Eastern Conference finals.
(Also, a quick aside: Congratulations to the Hardwood Paroxysm crew on the site's big new move . HP's been a unique, high-quality site for a long time, and it's proven to be a farm system that generates an awful lot of big-site talent. Best of luck to all involved in the next step for the site and the newly launched HPBasketball Blog Network.)
SF : Red94 . Forrest Walker (I swear, it took me like three tries to make sure I didn't write Forrest Whitaker) considers the "rest vs. rust" quandary from the perspective of the Houston Rockets, who have just welcome back Dwight Howard and Patrick Beverley from injuries and who might be well served to give the big guns a breather, but who also find themselves in danger of ceding home-court advantage in a 4-vs.-5 matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers if they fall by the wayside.
SG : Minneapolis Star-Tribune and Canis Hoopus . Running through the laundry list of questions facing the once-again-lottery-bound Minnesota Timberwolves this offseason, including the question of whether the improved second-half play of rookies Gorgui Dieng and Shabazz Muhammad is sustainable, which figures to be an important part of offseason planning, particularly as it relates to the potential "jettisoning of any Montenegrin folk heroes."
PG : National Post . I really enjoyed Eric Koreen's crack at getting his arms around just what Kyle Lowry's meant to the Toronto Raptors this season, and why Lowry's "outsized boldness and [...] idiosyncratic tactics" are just what the doctor ordered for a young Raptors team that seems to feed off its pugnacious point guard.
6th : numberFire .The statistical argument that four playoff teams are having the best seasons in their franchises' histories. Can you guess which ones are which, and does your eyeball watchin' agree with the number crunchin'?
7th : Wall Street Journal . Chris Herring puts it bluntly: "With his injury lingering and his free agency approaching, Sunday might have been the last time [Carmelo] Anthony wore a [New York] Knicks uniform. If that's the case, the Knicks will have no one to blame but themselves."
8th : The Pattern of Basketball . Jonathan Tjarks sees two long-in-the-tooth veterans continuing to play boatloads of minutes for Scott Brooks and the Oklahoma City Thunder, and just can't quite wrap his head around why: "I'm not sure a team can win a championship giving Caron Butler and Derek Fisher 35 minutes a night."
9th : Miami Herald . A great read from Dan Le Batard on what Pat Riley has built in Miami, the infrastructure beneath the glitz and glamour of the Big Three era, and how his ability to "counter with proof" that his way works keeps him ahead of his contemporaries when it comes to dynastic sales pitches.
10th : Statitudes . Corey Brewer's shocking 51-point outburst is the third-flukiest scoring game ever, according to science.
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There was a reason why Joe Dumars was able to hang on for so many years as Detroit Pistons general manager. He was beloved as a player; the 1990 NBA Finals MVP was the only member of the Bad Boy Pistons for whom outsiders could stand to root, kind of like the opposite of an aerial view. It wasn’t that distinction that made him so workable, though, so un-fungible. Dumars, who stepped down from his post as Pistons personnel el jefe on Monday, actually used to be damn good at his job. And people unfortunately tend to forget this.
The whiffs are notorious. This is the man who signed and dealt for both Josh Smith's and Brandon Jennings’ 20-foot jump shots last summer. He signed Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva in 2009 – to big contracts to actually start for his basketball team. He drafted Darko Milicic with, wait for it, the second pick in the 2003 NBA draft, when everyone knew that Chris Kaman or Travis Outlaw (or Dwyane Wade or Carmelo Anthony or Chris Bosh or whatever) would have been a better selection. The man hired Maurice Cheeks to coach an NBA team. In 2013.
In the early years of his run, though, Joe Dumars was ahead of his time.
The former Bad Boy understood depth, and though he watched an Allen Iverson-led 76ers squad chuck and defend its way to the NBA Finals in 2001, Dumars knew that a Jerry Stackhouse-led Pistons rotation couldn’t do the same in spite of featuring a points-per-game standout. Joe D had sat on the sidelines for a year as a deputy in 2000-01, watching Stackhouse pile up the big stats with little win/loss reward, and by the time the 2001 offseason hit, with Dumars taking the lead role as personnel chief, Joe D seemed primed for a different approach to roster building.
His work during that summer may not come off as flashy or brilliant some 13 years later, but that wasn’t the point. The idea was to utilize previously unutilized aspects of the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement to gain an advantage. Dumars plotted with trade exceptions. He took advantage of sign-and-trade rules. He sent expiring contracts to other teams to take on what were considered onerous contracts. He used the midlevel exception expertly. And while names like Corliss Williamson, Jon Barry and Clifford Robinson may not strike you as killer pickups in 2014, they did help turn Dumars’ franchise around.
With Rick Carlisle running things as coach, Dumars’ team improved from a 32-win joke to a 50-win contender in 2001-02. Joe D terribly screwed up in his first draft, taking swingman Rodney White ahead of several preferable options, which was an unfortunate telling sign of things to come – White was a private workout stud, someone that shined while running through drills, a talent whose skills did not translate to game action. Still, Dumars more than made up for that pick by selecting Tayshaun Prince in the first round in 2002, following that up by selling high and milking Richard Hamilton out of an impatient Washington Wizards boss Michael Jordan in exchange for Stackhouse.
The Pistons nearly made the Finals the following season, coming close to toppling the New Jersey Nets with Prince coming on late in the postseason, setting the stage for a potential Piston dynasty. Dumars was clearly itchy, though. Carlisle had done excellent work as coach in Detroit, working two 50-win seasons, but Dumars dumped his first appointed head coach for noted vagabond Larry Brown in the summer of 2003, soon after his team was eliminated in the Eastern Conference finals.
That hire came just a few days before Dumars’ most notorious misstep, one that didn’t mar his team’s chances at a title, but one that possibly denied Detroit’s chances at several championships. Dumars fell victim to personal workout shine once again, selecting Darko Milicic second overall in one of the deepest NBA drafts in league history.
The Pistons had lucked into a high lottery pick in spite of the team’s 50-win 2002-03 campaign due to a 6-year-old trade involving former malcontent Otis Thorpe. Dumars reasonably surmised that he should probably swing for the fences in selecting a prospect over a known quantity. Milicic had just turned 18, he could jump through the roof and had obvious potential as a two-way standout, someone who could learn under the Pistons’ core of solid big men. He was a talent who, Dumars posited, could be hitting his prime just as Detroit’s older crew fell off.
Darko would have to learn under Larry Brown, though, a limiting aspect that Dumars appeared to have never considered. Brown remains the ultimate pound-foolish coach, not one to waste crucial on-court time on playing un-ripened talent, and Milicic played just 159 minutes in his rookie year. That rookie year, it should be noted, was Dumars’ top turn as an executive – his Pistons worked off of depth and defensive know-how to peak at the absolute right time, beating out several Western standouts and taking home the 2004 NBA title. Dumars’ 2003 offseason signing of Chauncey Billups and his February acquisition of Rasheed Wallace pushed the team over the top. Those Pistons remain to this day the shining example of how to win with the midlevel exception and NBA trade deadline, and a group that stands as the rare star-less NBA champion in league history.
Detroit got its breaks along the way – crucial injuries to the Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves help hand the Pistons their first title in 14 years – but this was not a squad built on fits and flukes. Dumars’ team would make the Finals again in 2005 and the conference finals again in 2006, 2007 and 2008, though it couldn’t break through to capture a second ring. This could have been helped by the presence of another star, but Dumars had passed on Anthony, Wade and Bosh in the 2003 draft, and he had to sell low on Darko in 2006, dealing him to Orlando for a draft pick that later turned into Rodney Stuckey.
Brown was gone by that time, replaced by Flip Saunders in a move that seemed tailor-made for Saunders’ zone-heavy defensive style. Rasheed Wallace tuned out Saunders late into his first season, and the rest of the team soon followed suit. Dumars fired Flip in order to hire Michael Curry in 2008, but that was no help, as the buttresses started to crumble. In what seemed like a sound business decision, Dumars dealt Chauncey Billups to the Denver Nuggets for Allen Iverson and his expiring contract in the fall of 2008, a move that seemed to foreshadow a rebuilding effort with cap space in hand.
Dumars strangely extended Hamilton’s contract just days later, though, killing any potential massive cap space potential. In the end it just looked like Joe D was trading for Allen Iverson the player, and not the expiring contract. Iverson predictably quit on the team late in the season, and what cap remnants Dumars had to work with in the 2009 offseason were wasted on Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva.
That crew, headed by former Cleveland assistant John Kuester, won just 27 games in 2009-10. Dumars claimed that ownership frustrations (longtime Pistons owner Bill Davidson passed away in 2009, current owner Tom Gores didn’t take over until 2011) got in the way of him making significant moves, but in reality he was allowed to make personnel changes with both his roster and coaching staff in the intervening years, to little on- or off-court acclaim. Gordon and Villanueva were no help. Rodney Stuckey was no player to build around. The draft picks, outside of Andre Drummond, failed to live up to expectation.
And in 2013, Dumars seemed to sadly live up to expectation by signing Smith and trading for Jennings. He hired Cheeks to coach his team, the fifth coach to run the squad since Brown left in 2005. Gores fired Cheeks midseason, with the Pistons struggling. The writing was on the wall, and on Monday Dumars stepped down.
It’s important to note that Joe was good for a while. Even if his Pistons hadn’t won the 2004 title – again, quite a lot had to go wrong in the
As is his habit, Bradley Beal got up extra shots after shootaround, but when he left the floor Monday morning his facial expression couldn't hide that he wasn't feeling well. He said he would be ready to play full-speed against the Miami Heat at Verizon Center because he takes his matchup with Dwyane Wade "personally" and the Wizards are in a must-win situation to maintain their No. 6 playoff seed. I'm good," Beal said. "Whenever you play the Heat, I always play like it's a championship game.
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