If he opts for free agency, DeMar DeRozan will be one of the biggest prizes on the market. (Getty Images)
Heat are getting ready for an aggressive pursuit of elite talent Kevin Durant, but so are 29 other teams. If Miami doesn’t hook its “whale,” will the team be content to wait for a shot at the 2017 free agent class?
Patience has always been a challenge for Pat Riley and his perpetual win-now mentality, which could prompt him to go after another big-time player if Durant doesn’t sign. One of the best available is Toronto wing player DeMar DeRozan.
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The Heat’s most recent Game 7? Two weeks ago, when Goran Dragic crushed the Hornets. (Getty Images)
After a convincing Game 6 win over the Raptors on Friday,
the Heat are back in Toronto for the 10th Game 7 in their history Sunday.
Miami is 6-3 all-time in these situations, though this is just its second one on the road. Here’s a look at every Game 7 in team history:
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the Heat weren’t battered enough, mainstay Luol Deng went down with an unspecified wrist injury Wednesday and is in question for Game 6.
The Heat don’t know if they’ll have Luol Deng back for Game 6. (Getty Images)
That’s tough news for Miami, which will be fighting to save its season after falling behind 3-2 with
a Game 5 loss in Toronto. Deng injured it tripping over a cameraman on the baseline after a layup in the first half, and the pain worsened to the point that he felt it necessary to get an x-ray.
Because the x-ray was inconclusive, the medical staff held him out and will wait for an MRI today to determine his status going forward.
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Goran Dragic got away (sort of) with a swing at Cory Joseph late in Game 4. (Getty)
This could have been a lot worse for Goran Dragic and
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Wade might ultimately add 3-pointers permanently. (Getty Images)
nailing 3-pointers left and right in the playoffs. That’s helpful to the Heat, obviously, but where’s he headed with this?
As Wade rides this hot streak (
you can read about that by clicking here), here’s a quick conversation with him about his 3-point past and future:
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Dragic and Spoelstra cleared the air Sunday. (Getty Images)
Goran Dragic was
unhappy about sitting on the bench the last few minutes of a tight Game 3 — he had five fouls — and wanted some answers from Heat coach Erik Spoelstra.
He got those before practice Sunday and is ready to move forward.
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Dwyane Wade has been mostly alone when he lines up a 3-pointer. (Getty Images)
Hitting all these 3-pointers hasn’t been easy for
Heat star Dwyane Wade, but he has had pretty clean looks.
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Wade standing for the U.S. national anthem Jan. 11 at Golden State. (Getty Images)
A video clip of Dwyane Wade shooting jumpers well into the performance of O Canada before Game 3 of the
Heat-Raptors series has spread widely on the internet and brought plenty of criticism on him. The video is clear, and Wade did not dispute it. Here it is:
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The Heat don’t yet know whether Whiteside’s knee injury has ended his season. (Getty Images)
One of the few things — maybe the only thing — that can obstruct Hassan Whiteside from a massive payday this summer is a major injury.
Whiteside’s free agency dreams and the Heat’s chance in this second-round playoff series against Toronto might have taken a big hit Saturday
when he hurt his right knee early in Game 3. He was already playing with a strain in that knee and he twisted it badly on this play:
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Goran Dragic is cool with getting hit in the face. He would just prefer that it be called a foul. (Getty Images)
This is pretty much a normal work hazard for Goran Dragic. At least this time he didn’t lose any teeth.
Late in the first half of
the Heat’s Game 2 loss in Toronto, DeMar DeRozan elbowed him in the mouth on a play in which Dragic was whistled for a blocking foul. Here’s the play:
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