Tonight’s matchup: With another chance to get above .500 at home, Heat hoping to carry over success from the road

The Clippers’ Willie Reed shoots surrounded by Tyler Johnson, Josh Richardson and Kelly Olynyk during the Heat’s win in L.A. this season. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS VS. MIAMI HEAT

When: Saturday, 8 p.m.

Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish)

Records: Miami 14-14, Clippers 11-16

Line: Miami is favored by 6 points.

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

Heat

F: Josh Richardson

F: James Johnson

C: Kelly Olynyk

G: Dion Waiters

G: Goran Dragic

Clippers

F: Wesley Johnson

F: Jamil Wilson

C: DeAndre Jordan

G: C.J. Williams

G: Milos Teodosic

Scouting report: Both teams played Friday, Miami winning at Charlotte, the Clippers losing at Washington. … The injury-riddled Clippers have been one of the streakiest teams in the league. They had a three-game winning streak snapped by the Wizards. … L.A. is without Blake Griffin (left MCL sprain), Patrick Beverly (right knee surgery), Danilo Gallinari (left glute contusion) and Austin Rivers (concussion). … Jordan is second in the league in rebounding with 14.7 per game. He had 19 rebounds to go along with 10 points in the first meeting between the teams this season. … Guard Lou Williams leads the NBA in bench scoring with a 20.1 average. … The Heat defeated the Clippers, 104-101, in L.A. on Nov. 5. Miami led by 25 in the second half, the Clippers rallied to take a two-point lead before Miami recovered and won by making four free throws in the final nine seconds. … Tyler Johnson (19) and Wayne Ellington (17) had big games off the bench for the Heat in the game in L.A. … Johnson is shooting 64.3 percent while averaging 16.7 points in his last six games. … Ellington’s 75 3-pointers is tied for the league lead for the most among bench players. … The Heat are just 5-7 at home and 9-7 on the road. … The Heat played Friday’s game in Charlotte without Hassan Whiteside (left knee bruise) and Justise Winslow (left knee strain). Neither is expected to play against the Clippers. Swingman Rodney McGruder (stress fracture, left leg) and forward Okaro White (left foot facture) also are out.

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[MRI on Justise Winslow’s left knee negative, Heat  confirm; no timetable on return]

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Hassan Whiteside on making a stand against Blake Griffin with game on the line: ‘I want to take on those challenges’

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, shoots as Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside defends late in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

OAKLAND, Calif — The NBA really is a make or miss league.

On Friday, Dion Waiters missed a 22-foot pull-up jumper at the buzzer that would have won the game. Instead, the Heat lost to the Nuggets 95-94.

On Sunday, Blake Griffin missed a 17-foot fadeaway jumper that would have put the Clippers ahead with three seconds to go. Instead, the Heat beat the Clippers 104-101. Continue reading “Hassan Whiteside on making a stand against Blake Griffin with game on the line: ‘I want to take on those challenges’”

A look at Sunday’s Willie Reed-Miami Heat reunion

Detroit Pistons forward Henry Ellenson, left, and Los Angeles Clippers center Willie Reed reach for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LOS ANGELES — The Heat found a way to keep most of last season’s core intact. But Willie Reed was part of the small group that didn’t return.

Reed, who impressed as Miami’s backup center last season, opted out of the 2017-18 season on his Heat contract worth $1.6 million in hopes of earning a bigger contract in free agency. Instead, he ended up signing for one season at the $1.5 million veteran minimum with the Los Angeles Clippers. Continue reading “A look at Sunday’s Willie Reed-Miami Heat reunion”

Five takeaways: Heat blow 23-point lead in fourth quarter vs. Clippers. But it didn’t matter, Miami hung on for the win

LOS ANGELES — This is exactly what the Heat needed.

After starting the six-game road trip with a frustrating one-point loss to the Nuggets, the Heat (4-5) bounced back with a 104-101 win over the Clippers (5-4) at Staples Center on Sunday.

The victory didn’t come without some drama. Miami entered the fourth quarter with a 23-point lead, but Los Angeles began the final period on an unbelievable 35-11 run to take a 101-100 lead with 26 seconds to go. Continue reading “Five takeaways: Heat blow 23-point lead in fourth quarter vs. Clippers. But it didn’t matter, Miami hung on for the win”

Today’s matchup: Heat look to bounce back, earn first road win of season vs. Clippers

Blake Griffin #32 of the LA Clippers posts up James Johnson #16 of the Miami Heat during a game at American Airlines Arena on December 16, 2016 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

MIAMI HEAT VS. LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS

When: Sunday, 3:30 p.m.

Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish)

Records: Miami 3-5, Los Angeles 5-3

PROBABLE STARTING LINEUPS

Clippers

F: Danilo Gallinari

F: Blake Griffin

C: DeAndre Jordan

G: Austin Rivers

G: Patrick Beverley

Heat

F: Josh Richardson

F: Okaro White

C: Hassan Whiteside

G: Dion Waiters

G: Goran Dragic

Scouting report: The Heat will be without Rodney McGruder, who is out indefinitely after left tibia surgery. … The Clippers will be without Milos Teodosic, who is out with a plantar fascia injury in his left foot. … The Clippers swept the season-series against the Heat last season, 2-0, and have currently won four straight over Miami. … Heat guard Tyler Johnson has shot a perfect 20-of-20 from the free-throw line this season. That marks the third-longest such streak to start a season in team history. According to Elias, only Dwyane Wade, 24-straight to begin the 2015-16 season, and Dorell Wright, 21-straight to start the 2009-10 season, have longer streaks. … Goran Dragic is averaging a team-high 20.3 points on 49.6 percent shooting for the Heat. … Miami has struggled to execute late in close games, as it owns a 1-4 record in clutch games this season. A “clutch” situation is defined by the NBA as a game that has a margin of five points or fewer inside the final five minutes of the fourth quarter. … The Heat rank 21st of 30 teams in the NBA with a net rating of -2.8, which is a reliable team performance measure that’s the difference between a team’s offensive and defensive ratings (OR-DR). … The Clippers enter Sunday’s game with losses in three of their past four games, including a 113-104 loss to the Grizzlies on Saturday. … Former Heat center Willie Reed is averaging 5.6 points and 4.3 rebounds in a bench role for the Clippers this season. Reed declined his $1.6 million player option with the Heat for the 2017-18 season in hopes of earning a bigger contract this past summer, but he ended up signing a one-year agreement with the Clippers for just under $1.5 million, or his minimum salary.

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Wife of Willie Reed says incident ‘blown out of proportion,’ wants domestic battery charge dropped

Former MIami Heat center Willie Reed has agreed to a $1.5 million contract with the Clippers. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

MIAMI — The wife of former Heat center Willie Reed does not plan to press charges after her husband was arrested Sunday on domestic violence misdemeanor battery charges.

The statement released by attorney Ivlis Mantilla from Jasmine Reed reads: “This incident has been totally blown out of proportion. I did not call the police and I did not ask anyone to call the police on my behalf. Willie is a good man and a great father. I have no intention of pressing charges and I have asked the authorities to immediately dismiss all charges against Willie. This is a private matter between my husband and I and for the sake of our family I would like to keep it that way.”

Reed was taken into custody around 3 a.m. Sunday. By Sunday afternoon, the 27-year-old posted a $1,500 cash bond and was released to former Heat teammate Okaro White, according to Miami-Dade County court records. Reed was arrested in downtown at the Miami Marquis condominium building at 1100 Biscayne Boulevard. Continue reading “Wife of Willie Reed says incident ‘blown out of proportion,’ wants domestic battery charge dropped”

UPDATE: Former Heat center Willie Reed released after arrest in Miami on domestic violence charge

Willie Reed was arrested early Sunday morning in Miami on a domestic violence charge in Miami, three days after the Los Angeles Clippers announced they signed the former Miami Heat center.

Reed, 27, was taken into custody around 3 a.m. Sunday and by Sunday afternoon posted a $1,500 cash bond and was released to Heat forward Okaro White, Reed’s teammate last season. He was arrested in downtown at the Miami Marquis condo.

According to the Miami-Dade County Criminal Justice Online System, a stay away order has been issued with a pre-trial condition for Reed of no contact with his wife, Jasmine Reed.

The argument started when Jasmine Reed told her husband she wanted a divorce, according to the police report as reported by  the Miami Herald. She told police he then pulled her hair while she was holding their youngest child and she later hit him in the head with a glass candle to escape him.

Reed told police he didn’t put his hands on his wife, but did touch her hair as she got on the elevator at the Marquis and he admitted that he grabbed her purse and her shirt.

The report noted that Jasmine Reed “had red marks on her left wrist, right bicep, the right side of her chest and her back. She also had some swelling on her left foot.”

Reed played two seasons at Saint Louis University before he and another player were dismissed from the school in the fall of 2010 after St. Louis police investigated a claim of sexual assault on campus. No charges were filed and Reed returned the next spring but was later “administratively withdrawn” by the university for failing to meet the terms of his reinstatement as a student.

In April 2011, Reed declared for the NBA draft, forgoing his final two years of college eligibility. He was not drafted.

Reed and the Clippers agreed to a one-year deal for just less than $1.5 million on July 18 after he declined his player option to return to the Heat for the 2017-18 season, turning down $1.6 million, hoping for a much bigger pay day.

Reed, who is 6-foot-11, 245-pounds, averaged 5.3 points and 4.7 rebounds while shooting 56.8 percent in 71 games with Miami last season. He signed with the Heat last summer after playing 39 games for Brooklyn the previous year.

Heat coach Erik Soelstra addressed Reed leaving the Heat for the first time on Thursday. Spoelstra thanked Reed for everything he did for the Heat last season and wished him luck. On Friday, Reed thanked the Heat on an Instagram post  “for helping me grow over this year.”

Reed had said following last season that he wanted to return to Miami, even though he was expected to decline his option. The Heat, though, signed center/forward Kelly Olynyk and brought back James Johnson making Reed expendable.

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Former Miami Heat center Willie Reed’s decision to decline option results in less money with Clippers

Former MIami Heat center Willie Reed has agreed to a $1.5 million contract with the Clippers. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Willie Reed’s gamble did not pay off.

The Miami Heat’s backup center declined his player option for the 2017-18 season, turning down $1.6 million, hoping for a much bigger pay day.

Instead, Reed’s decision will cost him money after reaching a one-year agreement with the Los Angeles Clippers for just under $1.5 million, or his minimum salary.

Reed, 27 made just more than $1 million last season, and has earned just under $2 million in his two full seasons in the NBA. He signed with the Heat last summer after a season with the Brooklyn Nets.

The 6-foot-11 Reed averaged 5.3 points and 4.7 rebounds while shooting 56.8 percent in 71 games. He took advantage of his five games filling in for Hassan Whiteside, averaging 14.8 points and 8.2 rebounds while shooting 68.6 percent as a starter. He recorded 22 points and 18 rebounds in a loss to the Suns on Jan. 3 and scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a loss to the Lakers on Jan. 6.

In Los Angeles, he will backup DeAndre Jordan. The Clippers primary backup last season, Marreese Speights, remains a free agent.

Reed said following the season that he wanted to return to Miami, even though he was expected to decline his option.

“We all want to be a part of something special,” Reed said in April. “I love this team, I love these guys in the locker room. Being here would be great. Hopefully something works out. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I’m just going to continue to do my part, continue to embrace this culture and embrace those guys that are around this summer as we continue to try to get better.”

But after drafting 6-10 Bam Adebayo and signing 7-foot Kelly Olynyk, both power forward/centers, the Heat no longer had a need for Reed.

Still, nobody questioned Reed’s decision and some believed he would even double his money after proving his value to the Heat. But the market was weakest at the center position. Among the nearly 75 free agents to sign, Reed is just the fifth center. Of those three have signed one year deals, Dewyane Dedmon signed for two-years and $14 million with Atlanta and Olynyk joined the Heat for four years and $50 million.

Last week, Heat president Pat Riley virtually dismissed the idea of Reed returning to the Heat.

“Anything’s possible but with our front line. …,” Riley said. “We talked to his agent. I hope he gets what he deserves.”

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Five takeaways from the Heat’s loss to the Clippers: Offense continues to be major issue

Los Angeles Clippers forward Wesley Johnson, left, shoots as Miami Heat forward Willie Reed defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Clippers forward Wesley Johnson, left, shoots as Miami Heat forward Willie Reed defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LOS ANGELES — The Heat’s stay in Los Angeles was anything but enjoyable.

Miami ended its four-day stay in Los Angeles with a 98-86 loss to the Clippers (26-14) on Sunday at Staples Center. The Heat (11-28) are now 1-3 on their six-game road trip with a Tuesday matchup against the Warriors up next. Continue reading “Five takeaways from the Heat’s loss to the Clippers: Offense continues to be major issue”

Where would an all-time Heat roster rank compared to other NBA teams?

Shaquille O'Neal and Alonzo Mourning helped the Heat win the 2006 NBA title.
Shaquille O’Neal and Alonzo Mourning helped the Heat win the 2006 NBA title.

The Miami Heat have made a sizable impact on the NBA landscape since joining the association in 1988, but how would a roster of the Heat’s all-time best players stack up against other teams’ historic collections?

PointAfter, a data-driven sports-research website, created rosters of the 12 best players that have played for each NBA organization and ranked the teams based on the win shares that the players on the roster accumulated over their time with that franchise. The player were chosen based on “a combination of All-NBA team nods, All-Defensive teams earned, All-Star appearances, championship rings and overall contributions to the organization,” according to PointAfter.

The Miami Heat’s starting five features a quintet of familiar faces: Tim Hardaway at point guard, Dwyane Wade at shooting guard, LeBron James at small forward, Chris Bosh at power forward and Alonzo Mourning at center. It should come as no surprise that the “Big Three,” with their championship runs and award-winning seasons, are well represented among the Heat’s hypothetical starting five.

The Heat’s all-time roster boasts a deep bench consisting of Shaquille O’Neal, Glen Rice, P.J. Brown, Eddie Jones, Rony Seikaly, Ray Allen and Udonis Haslem. O’Neal likely lost out on a starting spot due to the brevity of his stay in Miami, while the face of the franchise Udonis Halsem’s longevity no doubt helped earn him a roster spot.

As a whole, the Heat’s all-time roster combined for a total of 549.3 win shares, placing them 21st out of 30 teams. Miami finished ahead of the Toronto Raptors, Minnesota Timberwolves, Los Angeles Clippers and in-state rival Orlando Magic, among others.

Not surprisingly, the Boston Celtics feature the greatest all-time roster, led by Hall of Famers Larry Bird and Bill Russell, PointAfter says. Rounding out the top five behind the Celtics are the Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs. Despite the efforts of Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, the Chicago Bulls ranked only seventh on the list.

For more, read PointAfter.