Sport Basket - NBA: Miami launches its
Bold Eastern Conference predictions for 2020-21 season: Nets won't be top four seed; Bucks' bench struggles
Milwaukee leads the Eastern Conference pack, but a surprising No. 2 isn't far behindThese predictions are meant to be ambitious. They won't all be right. They wouldn't be bold if they were. They are logical if perhaps somewhat exaggerated endpoints to preexisting trends and information. In other words, they are the extreme examples of either your worst fears or brightest dreams about your favorite team, starting with the offseason's busiest franchise.
Miami dismissed New Orleans on Friday in the NBA (111-98), for the first game of Christmas Day. The Heat saw their lead melt in the middle of the second half, but the mattress taken before the break was finally sufficient.
After his opening loss to Orlando, the NBA finalist reacted. Miami has unlocked its counter for its first home game, disposing of New Orleans without too much shaking (111-98). The first period was initially a one-sided recital for the Heat, with an advantage that even climbed to +23 before the break (61-38): thirteen baskets scored at three points in 20 minutes, a record of the franchise over a period since 1995 - and optionally, record for Duncan Robinson over a period over Christmas with six award-winning shots all to himself. Except that at halftime, the gap had already fallen to -13 (66-53) ... And that Jimmy Butler, already uncertain and hit in the ankle, was not going to reappear on the floor. But the Pelicans missed the boat. Brandon Ingram allowed his team to return to -9 at the end of the third quarter (88-79), and the visitors then had a possession to pick up at three points six minutes from the end. The play fell on the right side for the Heat, Tyler Herro allowing a minute later, behind the line, to take the wide (99-87) to finish coasting again. Zion Williamson may have finished with 32 points and fourteen rebounds, the New Orleans giant failed to influence the game at the decisive moment. Behind, Ingram ends his game at 28 points, while Duncan Robinson is the Heat's leading scorer with 23 points. Points much better distributed on one side than the other, unsurprisingly, for a collective and logical victory for Miami.
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Buccaneers activate LB Shaquil Barrett off reserve/COVID-19 list .
Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett is expected to be in uniform for this weekend’s wild-card playoff game against Washington. Tampa Bay announced on Wednesday that it has activated Barrett from the reserve/COVID-19 list. © Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Shaquil Barrett is expected to play in this weekend’s wild-card playoff game against Washington. We learned last week that linebacker Devin White had tested positive for COVID-19, and Barrett subsequently landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list as a close contact.