Warriors try hard still fall to Heat in Miami 116-109

Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (13) throws down on the Golden State Warriors center Kevin Looney (5) and guard Kelly Oubre Jr on Thu Apr 1, 2021 in Miami (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Warriors started a three-game road trip on a sour note as they lost a very competitive contest to the host Miami Heat 116-109. The Heat made three deals at the NBA trade deadline in the hopes of going deep into the NBA playoffs this year. They added Trevor Ariza, Victor Oladipo, and Nemanja Bleica to strengthen their roster. The Warriors did not make any major moves. The one trade they made was to send Marquese Chriss to the San Antonio Spurs.

The Heat raced out to an early 14-4 lead in the first quarter. Andrew Wiggins led the Warriors back by making a couple of threes. Damion Lee connected on a three to give the Warriors the lead 21-19. Stephen Curry made a bucket to put Golden State up by 23-19. The Warriors finished the quarter with a slim one-point advantage 24-23. 

The teams traded leads several times in the second period. The teams were tied at 32, 37, 40, and 45. Miami went on a 10-2 run to lead 55-47. Curry made a three close the gap to two 56-54. Miami scored the last three points of the quarter to lead 59-54 at the intermission.

The Warriors played well to start the third quarter. They regained the lead 65-63 when Draymond Green knocked down a three. Miami wasn’t fazed. They led by two 77-75 when they started to pull away from the Warriors. They maintained their five-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. 

No matter how hard the Warriors tried, they could not regain the lead. The Heat’s big three of Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, and Duncan Robinson kept turning away the Warriors. Miami increased the lead to ten 110-100 with time running out. Curry made two threes, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit. Miami wins 116-109.

Game Notes and Stats: With the loss, the Warriors are now 23-25 for the season. The Heat improved to 25-24.

Two of the Warrior starters were in double figures. Curry had 36 points, 11 rebounds, and three assists. Curry was nine-for 19 from the floor. He was five-for-eleven from behind the three-point arc. Draymond Green almost had a triple-double. Green’s line was 16 points, ten boards, and eight assists. Andrew Wiggins finished with 23 points, eight rebounds, and four assists. Wiggins made five threes. Jordan Poole had nine, and Kelly Oubre 8.

As a team, the Warriors shot 44 % from the floor and made 15 threes in 37 attempts. The Warriors turned the ball over 20 times to lead to 27 Miami Heat points.

The Heat had six players in double-figures. Jimmy Butler paced the Heat with 22, Duncan Robinson 21, Bam Adebayo 19, Tyler Herro 20, Trevor Ariza 10, and former Warrior Andre Iguodala 10. Andre tormented his former teammates as he knocked down two threes to help propel Miami to victory. 

The Warriors play Friday night again when they face the Toronto Raptors. The game will start at 5 pm.

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Kings frustrating loss to Heat Thursday; In Chicago to face Bulls Sat nite

Sacramento Kings guard Marvin Bagley III (30) defends Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (right) in the first half of Thu Feb 18, 2021 game at Golden One Center in Sacramento (AP News photo)

On the Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 The Kings took a tough loss at home at Golden One Center against the Miami Heat on Thursday night 118-110. The Kings just couldn’t keep up.

#2 Jeremiah, talk about the offensive efforts of De’Aaron Fox and he’s been able to lead on offense but he’s been doing a lot of heavy lifting.

#3 The Kings played some close quarters but the Heat were able to stay ahead. How frustrating does that have to be for Kings head coach Luke Walton.

#4 The Heat’s Jimmy Butler scored 13 points, 13 assists, and had 10 rebounds. It was Butler’s third straight triple double game.

#5 Jeremiah, the Kings are in Chicago Saturday night against the Bulls. The Bulls 12-15 and 6 1/2 games back in the Western Conference. The Kings are 12-16 and 11 1/2 game back. How do you see these two teams for Saturday night at the United Center?

Join Jeremiah for the Kings podcasts each Friday morning at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Kings continue to struggle in 118-110 loss to Heat

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By Jeremiah Salmonson

The Sacramento Kings came into Thursday night’s game against the Miami Heat on a four-game losing streak. The Kings have been struggling, and ended up losing their fifth straight game 118-110 at Golden 1 Center. It sounded like a familiar theme that they went through early on in the season and aren’t back dealing with. The Kings showed signs of life a few weeks back, but have since fallen back into their losing ways. Their last game was against the Brooklyn Nets. 

In the Nets game, the Kings didn’t play any defense. The Nets scored a large 136 points against the Kings defense. The Kings managed to score 125 points against the Nets, but the high-powered offense was too much to overcome. On Thursday, the Kings were set to take on the Miami Heat in Sacramento at 7 PM PST. 

In the first half, the Kings fell behind early. In the first quarter, the Heat were able to outscore the Kings 31-21. In the second quarter, it was largely more of the same. The Kings weren’t able to get into an offensive rhythm and they weren’t able to get defensive stops either. The Kings were again outscored by the Heat in the second quarter 26-22 to dig themselves a 57-43 heading into halftime. The Kings would need to right the ship in a hurry to come back in the second half.

In the second half, the Kings weren’t much better. However, they started on the right foot. In the third quarter, the Kings outscored the Heat 36-32. It appeared the Kings were on the right track for a comeback, but the fourth quarter would go as planned. The Kings did outscore the Heat 31-29 in the final quarter, but it nearly enough to overcome the deficit. The Kings ended up losing 118-110 as they continue to search for answers to end their five-game losing streak. The Kings left this game still searching for answers. They’ll have to wait until they play on Saturday. Tyler Herro led the Heat with 27 points in the win. In the losing effort, the Kings were led by Nemanja Bjelica, who scored 25 points. 

The Kings head to Chicago to take on the Bulls on Saturday night at 6 PM PST. 

Warriors come back from 19-point deficit beat Heat in overtime 120-112

The Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry (30) is fouled by Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (left) in the second half at Chase Center in San Francisco on Wed Feb 17, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Golden State Warriors found a way to come back from a 19point deficit to beat the visiting Miami Heat in overtime 120-112. The Warriors’ Draymond Green did not play as he had soreness in his right ankle. Draymond had recorded 86 assists in his last seven games.

He was the only center to accomplish that feat in 51 years. The Warriors used Juan Toscano-Anderson and Eric Paschall at center. Neither player is taller than six feet six inches in height.

The Heat had the height advantage with Bam Adebayo and Kelly Olynyk. The Warriors head coach Steve Kerr knew that his team’s only chance of winning was making three-pointers. It was another fantastic finish for the Warriors. The came back to beat the LA Clippers and the LA Lakers earlier this year. This was another thriller.

Things did not go well for the Warriors for the first three-quarters of the game. The Warriors tied the game at six in the first period. The Heat went on a 14-2 run in the first quarter to lead 33-19. The Heat finished the quarter leading 36-24. The Heat double-teamed Steph Curry all night long. In the first 12 minutes of play, Curry made one three in nine tries.

The Heat won the second quarter 25-22 to finish the first half with a 15-point advantage. Curry had seven points in the half. Kelly Oubre, Jr. had 11. Andrew Wiggins and Kent Bazemore each had ten.

Bam Adebayo and Kendrick Nunn were the scoring leaders for Miami. The Heat shot 56% from the floor and connected on eight three. The Warriors shot 41% from the floor and were six for 24 from three-point range. The Heat led 61-46.

The Warriors regrouped and played better in the third quarter. Warriors continued to fail the make threes. He was one for six in the quarter. However, the Warriors started the period with a 13-3 run to close the deficit to five 64-59.

Miami’s two bigs, Abedayo and Olynyk, made a couple of buckets to put Miami ahead 71-62. Miami increased the lead to 13, 79-66. The Warriors continued to play hard. They refused to quit. Bazemore and Oubre each made a three to get the Warriors a little closer. They trailed the Heat by ten 86-76 at the end of the third quarter.

Former Warrior Andre Iguodala started the Heat on the right foot to start the fourth period. Andre knocked down a three to make it 89-76. They went up by 15, 96-81. The Warriors refused to wilt. Brad Wanamaker made a three.

Oubre, Wiggins, and Eric Paschall all made buckets to make it a three-point game 99-96 with 3:37 left to play. Miami made it 103-98 until Curry connected on a three to cut the deficit to two 103-101 with 2:16 left. Miami’s Bam Adebayo made it 105-101. Kent Bazemore made two buckets to tie the game at 105. The Warriors had gone on a 20-6 run to tie the game.

In overtime, Miami scored first to lead 107-15. The Heat would never lead again. Bazemore tied the game at 107. The Warriors went ahead 109-107. Miami made a bucket to tie. Curry, who had been hounded and double-teamed all night, made a three to put the Warriors ahead 112-109.

Wiggins hit a corner three to put Golden State in the driver’s seat 115-109. with 40 seconds left. Miami’s Duncan Robinson made a three to close the gap to 115-112. Curry’s three was the shot that ended Miami’s hope for a win.

The Warriors led 118-112 with 15.9 seconds to play. The Heat turned the ball over. They fouled Warriors, and he made both free throws to ice the win. The Warriors win 120-112.

Game Notes and Stats: With the win, the Warriors are 16-13 for the year. The Warriors had just 15 wins last year. Miami is now 11-17. 

Warriors highlights:  Curry had 18 points in the second half to finish with 25. He made five threes in 20 tries. He made two threes in the five-minute overtime to secure the win. Four other Warrior players were in double figures.

Kent Bazemore led the Warriors with 26 points. He was 10-for-19 from the floor, and he made four threes. Kelly Oubre, Jr had 23 points, eight rebounds, and two assists. He, too, made four threes.

Andrew Wiggins had a big night with 23 points and eight rebounds. He added four threes. Eric Paschall finished with 11. The Warriors, as a team, shot 45.3% from the floor. They were 18-for-52 from three-point range. The Heat outrebounded the Dubs 56-55. The smaller Warriors worked hard in the second half to outrebound them 35-30.

Miami totals-The Heat had seven players in double-figures. Bam Adebayo had 24, Kendrick Nunn 19, Duncan Robinson 13, Tyler Herro 11, Andre Iguodala 10. Jim Butler had a triple-double. He had 11 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists.

The Warriors on a four-game road trip starting Thursday night in Orlando. The game will start at 4 pm.

Golden State Warriors podcast with David Zizmor: Take aways from Green’s comments about player trade requests

The Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green gets a technical foul and argues the call in a game against the New York Knicks during Thu Jan 21, 2021’s contest at Chase Center in San Francisco. Green on Mon Feb 15, 2021 in a post game press conference had something to say about how players are traded and treated in the NBA (AP News file photo)

On Warriors podcast with David Zizmor:

#1 The Warriors Draymond Green after Monday night’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers was vocal about players being benched and not being able to speak up about teams that trade them.

#2 Also Green said that if a player wants to be traded and the team doesn’t want to trade that player like a James Harden than the player gets criticized in the media. If the team and the player are in concert with the trade than the player doesn’t take the criticism does that go with the nature of the business or is Green right the player shouldn’t be criticized for asking for a trade even if the organization doesn’t want to move that player and some critics in t he media have said this has racial bias in how the criticism is meted out?

#3 The Warriors host the Miami Heat tonight at the Chase Center in the City the Heat come in playing .500 ball they lost on Monday night to the Los Angles Clippers 125-118. The Warriors likewise are playing .500 ball winning four of their last eight games and defeated the Cavaliers on Monday night how do you see this match up tonight?

Join David Zizmor every Wednesday morning on the Golden State Warriors podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

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Too much Jimmy Butler and too many free throws give the Heat a 105-104 win over the Kings

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By Charlie O. Mallonee

Jimmy Butler returned to the Miami Heat lineup after missing 12 games due to “health and safety concerns”, and he made an immediate impact on a team that been floundering without him. Butler played 33-minutes and 36-seconds in his return and was his team’s scoring leader with 30 points. It was a typical shooting night for Butler as his went 8-for-19 from the floor, but he did his real damage from the free throw line. Butler converted 14 of 16 opportunities from foul line in the contest. He also added eight assists.

Sacramento started strong

The Kings – who were playing the second game of a back-to-back set – came out of gate very strong and showed no sign of fatigue after the battle they had with the Toronto Raptors on Friday night in Tampa.

Sacramento outscored Miami 35-24 in the first quarter behind some excellent shooting. Buddy Hield went 3-for-3 from beyond the arc to lead all scorers in the period with nine points. The Kings shot 60.9-percent (14/23) in the quarter. The only warning sign was the Kings did not go to the free throw line one time in first 12 minutes.

Second quarter writes a new story

Playing the second game of a back-to-back set caught up with the Kings in the second period. Their shooting percentage fell, they could not create a fast break, and they starting fouling the Heat.

Miami put up 33 points to just 24 for the Kings in the second quarter. Sacramento’s shooting percentage fell to 42.1-percent (8/19), but three of those eight buckets were 3-point baskets.

The Heat went 11-for-20 (55%) from the field and hit 2 of 5 from downtown. They also converted 9 of 9 100%) free throw opportunities in the second quarter.

At the half, the Kings were clinging to a 59-57 lead.

The third quarter: aka “the valley of fatigue”

Evidently, someone took all the energy drinks out of the refrigerator in the Kings locker room because they came out after halftime like a team that had not been on a break. They looked tired and out of sorts.

Sacramento shot just 38-percent from the field, hit just two 3-point shots, and missed both of their free throw chances. They did commit seven fouls, five turnovers (which became 11 points) and ended the period trailing the Heat 84-77.

Things looked very dim for the Kings as they headed to the final quarter.

Fox caught fire in the fourth quarter

De’Aaron Fox has been under some criticism for not being more of a leader since he signed his “max contract” in the off-season. On Saturday night, the Kings start point guard did everything he could do to get his team a win.

Fox scored 17 points by shooting 7-for-13 in the final period. He went 2-for-6 from 3-point range and converted 1 of 2 free throw tries. Fox dished out two dimes, grabbed three rebounds and made one steal while trying to lead his team to a fourth consecutive victory.

Ironically, it was a Jimmy Butler 3-foot turnaround bank shot with 42-seconds left in the game that gave the Heat a 105-104 lead that Kings would not be able to overcome in the remaining time.

Fox put his team on his back and tried to will his way to a road win. In the end, a grizzled veteran just off the “health and safety” list blew a hole six feet wide in the Kings hopes and dreams.

It’s always in the numbers

On Saturday night, it was all about free throws. The Kings put the Heat on the free throw line 26 times in the contest. Miami scored on 22 of those free throw opportunities. On the other hand, the Kings went to the stripe just 11 times which is totally unacceptable. An NBA team has to be going to the free throw line a minimum of 20 times per game just to stay competitive. Sacramento scored just five points off free throws. The Kings lost the game at the charity stripe.

The Kings recorded 22 assists and made 17 turnovers. The goal is a 2-to-1 ratio, so they fell far short in that category as well. Miami scored 27 points off of the Kings 17 turnovers.

De’Aaron Fox was the Kings scoring leader with 30 points.

Jimmy Butler led the Heat with 30 points.

Up next

The Kings will play in New Orleans on Monday.

The Heat will host the Hornets on Monday.

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Luke Walton’s hot seat cools off a bit after Kings win third straight game

Sacramento Kings lead scorer forward Harrison Barnes (40) drives the ball against the Toronto Raptors guard Terence Davis (0) during Fri Jan 29, 2021’s game in Tampa Bay (AP News photo)

On the Kings podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 Jeremiah, The Kings struggled with an array of teams before they got on this current three game win streak, how important is this win streak for Kings head coach Luke Walton where it was said in the press that Walton was on the hot seat?

#2 The Kings got by with a two point 126-124 win against the Toronto Raptors on Friday night. The Kings stayed with the Raptors for most of the game and it came right down to the wire for the Kings to come away with their second straight road win.

#3 The Kings certainly a team that has improved offensively they had six scorers that finished in double figures Friday night against the Raptors.

#4 Jeremiah, talk about the three leading high scorers for the Kings from Friday Harrison Barnes 26 points, De’Aaron Fox 24 points and Buddy Hield with 22 points they had to be the difference makers to win a close game against Toronto.

#5 The Kings play the third of this four game road trip tonight facing the Miami Heat. The Heat are a struggling bunch they have lost five straight games. The Kings had been that team before but now are on a three game win streak how do you like their chances in putting a fourth win together tonight in Miami?

Join Jeremiah Salmonson each Saturday for the Sacramento Kings podcast at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong: All eyes on LeBron to take the Lakers to the promise land; Broncos has no intention to sign Kaepernick; plus more

LeBron James leads the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat which started on Wednesday night in the bubble at Disney World in Bradenton Fl. Here he exchanges words with game officials during the NBA Western Conference Finals against the Denver Nuggets Sep 26, 2020 (AP News photo)

On Headline Sports podcast with Jessica:

#1 Jessica taking a look at the NBA Finals game 1 was on Wednesday night in the bubble at Bradenton Fl at the Disney World bubble the odds makers have the Los Angeles Lakers favored in the series as they defeated the Miami Heat 116-98.

#2 Despite there’s no fans for the Finals is there any kind of advantage for the Miami Heat playing in Florida for the Finals.

#3 A sonic boom shook up the French Open on Monday, the boom startled fans, players and those working the Open thinking it was an explosion or fireworks nearby.

#4 The Denver Broncos have no intention of bringing former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick on board with the team according to Broncos head coach Vic Fangio Kaepernick’s name hasn’t come up in discussions and Fangio and team general manager John Elway look for someone else “who will be a the best fit.” Does this look like collusion is still in effect against Kaepernick?

#5 No one expected the San Francisco Giants to amount to anything close to a post season team and while the Giants just missed making the last and final eighth spot in the National League Wild Card race by one game they weren’t expected to compete for a playoff position during the 60 game regular season and so the Giants manager Gabe Kapler’s name has been floated for National League manager of the Year how do you see his chances to get the award?

Join Jessica every other Thursday for Headline Sports at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Heat snap three-game losing streak down Warriors 113-101

photo from sfgate.com: The Miami Heat’s Duncan Robinson (55) takes a jump shot over the Golden State Warriors Marquese Chriss (32) in the first half of Monday night’s game at Chase Center in San Francisco

By Jerry Feitelberg

San Francisco- The Golden State Warriors gave a warm welcome to their former teammate, Andre Iguodala, Monday night at the Chase Center. Andre spent six years with the Warriors. The team went to the playoffs six times and won three NBA titles during his time with the team.

The Warriors showed a retrospective before the start of the game. Klay Thompson had the honor of talking with Andre before the start of the game. Iguodala, in his second game with the Heat, tried to keep his return to the Bay Area in perspective. “I haven’t had a chance to let it be something that is overwhelming,” Iguodala said. “I just see it as another game on the schedule. It’s more important for the team, so it’s actually helping me, if not allowing me, to not let it seem like a different type of situation.” Iguodala was greeted with a rousing ovation from the crowd when he checked into the game in the first quarter.

However, there was still a game to play. The Heat, coached by Eric Spoelstra, who is in his 12th year in Miami, had lost three in a row. The team was buoyed by the return of Jimmy Butler. Butler missed the last two games with a right shoulder strain.

The only time the Warriors led in the game was when Marquese Chriss made the first basket of the game. It was all Miami from that point on. The Heat led by ten 20-10 about two-thirds of the way in the first quarter. The Warriors were ice cold from the field. The W’s went on a 10-4 run to finish the quarter trailing 24-20. Draymond Green connected on a three. Jordan Poole also made a three. Jeremy Pargo made the next two baskets to tie the game at 20. Miami scored the last four points in the period.

The Heat overpowered the Warriors in the second period. They increased the lead to twenty-one 57-36. The Warriors could not do anything at either end of the court. Miami finished the first half leading 62-43. Jordan Poole led the Warriors with 12. The Heat’s Jae Crowder, who came to Miami from the Memphis Grizzlies, led his club with 16. Jimmy Butler had 13.

It looked as if it was going to be a blowout for the Heat. However, the Warriors, led by Damion Lee and Andrew Wiggins, got the offense going in the third quarter. After Miami scored the first two points of the quarter, the Warriors turned the tables as they went on a 13-0 run. The Warriors cut the Miami lead to four after an Eric Paschall three to trail 79-75. Iguodala returned to the court and that allowed Miami to increase the lead to eight 83-75.

The Heat took control of the game early in the fourth quarter. They shut down the Warrior offense and led 100-82. It was a 15-2 run that put the Heat in the driver’s seat. The Warriors could not catch up. Damion Lee played well but the Warriors just were overmatched. The Heat wins 113-101.

Game Notes and Stats- Damion Lee led the W’s with 26 points. Andrew Wiggins had 18, Marquese Chriss 17, Jordan Poole 12, and Eric Paschall 9. The Warriors shot 39% from the floor. They mad 11 threes in 34 attempts. The Heat outrebounded them 45-40. The Warriors committed 17 turnovers.

Jimmy Butler had a double-double with 21 points and 10 boards. Jae Crowder finished with 21. He made four threes. Douglas Robinson had 17. Robinson’s specialty is shooting threes. He connected five times Monday night.

Andre Iguodala scored two points and had 5 rebounds in 17 minutes of action. He was +25 while on the floor.

The Warriors’ Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond  Green are among the finalists for the 2020 men’s Olympic basketball team.

The Warriors travel to Phoenix to meet the Suns Wednesday night. The game will start at 6:00 pm. It will be the last game before the break for the NBA’s All-Star game weekend. The game will be played in Chicago.

Kings shock fans and the Heat with 105-97 win

photo from sacbee.com: The Sacramento Kings’ Bogdan Bogdanovic (8) takes a jump shot against the Miami Heat’s Kendrick Nunn (25) at Golden One Center in Sacramento on Friday night

By Jeremiah Salmonson

SACRAMENTO–The Sacramento Kings faced a tough challenge on the first night of a back to back against the Miami Heat. The Heat are a surprisingly upstart team with playoff aspirations. The Kings are a struggling middling team that has been playing better of late and they did with a 105-97 victory at Golden One Center over the Heat on Friday night. The Kings looked to win their first game since the trade deadline after acquiring Alex Len and Jabari Parker. The tip-off was set for 7 PM PST.

In the first half, The Kings played really well on their home court. They managed to put up 30 in the first and 22 in the second. That was compared to the Heat scoring 28 in the first and 22 in the second. The Kings held a 52-50 lead going into the half.

The Kings shot 52.5% from the field in the first half. The Heat only managed a 45% clip from the field while only shooting 27% from three-point range. Leading the way in the first half for the Kings was Bogdan Bogdanovic with 17 points. Trailing him was Buddy Hield who had nine points. For the Heat, Bam Adebayo led the way with 13 first-half points.

In the second half, it was more of the same for the Kings. Good shooting and solid defense led to the 20th win of the year for the Kings. The Kings added 53 second-half points compared to the Heats 47 to go home happy. Granted, the Heat were down all-star Jimmy Butler.

However, this was a good win for the Kings to build on. Leading the way for the Kings in victory were Bogdan Bogdanovic and Buddy Hield with 23 and 21 respectively. The Heat received a great performance from All-Star Bam Adebayo who finished with 26 points. It was a great way for the Kings to start the first of a back to back.

The Kings will take on the San Antonio Spurs next on Saturday at 7 PM PST.