Dwyane Wade never needed to worry during Miami’s dominant days about looking up at the standings and wondering who the Heat would face to open the playoffs.
This time this matchup won’t be in their favor Brian Allen Jersey , but Wade just wants the Heat to be playing well when they get to it.
Rookie Damyean Dotson had career-high 30 points and 11 rebounds, reserve Luke Kornet added a career-best 17 points and the New York Knicks blew out the Heat 122-98 on Friday night.
”We want to go into the playoffs on a high note. You don’t want to go in losing three in a row, you want to definitely go in winning and feeling good about yourself and playing,” said Wade, a three-time champion with Miami.
”Now on the seeds part, whatever happens at the end of the day from the seeds standpoint, (it) is what it is. Like I said, we got the bottom, we got to play with (a) Goliath team anyways. So, it really doesn’t matter.”
Trey Burke scored 17 points and Kyle O’Quinn had 14 points and 14 rebounds as the Knicks snapped a four-game losing streak.
New York hit a season-best 18 3-pointers, with Dotson and Kornet making four apiece. The Knicks assisted on 33 of their 45 made attempts.
”Keep believing. Keep working hard,” said Dotson, who’s played sparingly this season. The 23-year-old, picked 44th overall in the 2017 draft, became the first Knicks rookie to post 30 points and 10 rebounds since Patrick Ewing in 1985-86.
Goran Dragic had 15 points and Hassan Whiteside chipped in 14 in Miami’s disappointing effort with the postseason set to tip off next weekend.
”I hardly recognized our team tonight compared to who we have been and how we’ve have been playing Johnny Hekker Jersey ,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.
The Heat remained in sixth place in the East, a half-game ahead of Milwaukee. The Knicks host the Bucks on Saturday.
The Heat will wrap up the regular season against Oklahoma City, currently sixth in the Western Conference race, on Monday, and East No. 1 Toronto on Wednesday, a pair of games Wade would like to get on their side before the postseason run picks up.
”We came out and laid an egg,” the 14-year veteran said. ”So, we have to come back Monday at home versus a team that is fighting for the playoffs. We have to continue to play well like we have been since the All-Star break going into the playoffs.”
Miami scored the first four points of the game, and from there the Knicks took over, ending the first quarter with a 34-23 lead despite losing forward Michael Beasley for good with a left knee injury just 14 seconds into the contest.
New York went into the half leading 63-50 and led by 18 at the start of the third quarter before Miami got as close as 10 points when James Johnson scored five straight to cut the gap 69-59 with 9:56 remaining.
The Knicks then outscored Miami 27-19 to put the game away for good, going into the fourth quarter up 96-78.
Knicks: The Knicks were without Emmanuel Mudiay (headache) in the second half after the point guard lost his balance late in the second quarter and fell out of bounds near the baseline, hitting his head on a camera man’s knee. . New York’s Tim Hardaway Jr. had to leave the game with 41 seconds left in the third quarter after he grabbed a rebound and injured his left ankle as he landed on his feet. He sat down briefly on the bench before leaving for the locker room. X-Rays were negative. … Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said there could be chance Beasley plays Saturday night since his injury wasn’t too serious.
Heat: Kelly Olynyk scored 11 points and Wayne Ellington had 10.
The LeBron James billboard craze hit the Big Apple, and someone that’s very close to the three-time NBA champion laughed it off.
Ahead of James’ final visit of the season with Cleveland to Madison Square Garden on Monday night, a billboard raised right across the street from the arena’s main entrance implores this summer’s top free agent to sign with the Knicks.
”KING OF NEW YORK? PROVE IT. KINGJAMESNYC2018”, read the sign placed by NYC Ads Co. Clint Boling Jersey , a New York City-based marketing company.
Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Portland, Oregon and Akron, Ohio, James’ hometown, have each devised their billboard campaigns with hopes of swaying the 14-time All-Star’s decision once the free agency market opens up in July.
Wade’s take before the Heat took the floor at the Garden on Friday night?
”Good luck”, he said.
Heat: Host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night.
Knicks: Host the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.
”Space Jam 2?” A whole new ”House Party” franchise?
With the leadership of LeBron James, anything is possible.
As James comes from Cleveland to Los Angeles looking to take the Lakers to more championships with a blockbuster $154 million contract announced this week, he could also push those two 1990s properties closer to reality and go from part-time presence to major player in Hollywood.
James hasn’t yet spoken about his plans for Los Angeles. But if he wants to, he’s already shown he can act, and not just in that good-for-an-athlete way.
His one real film role, playing himself in the 2015 Amy Schumer film ”Trainwreck,” directed by Judd Apatow, won big raves.
The Associated Press’ Lindsey Bahr called him ”a comedic revelation.” Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post said he showed ”expert Marshall Newhouse Jersey , deadpan timing.”
James’ co-stars agreed.
”He was really good. Like everything with him it was very effortless,” said Bill Hader, who played the movie’s male lead with James as his sidekick and previously acted with James when he hosted ”Saturday Night Live.” ”He’s always listening. I know actors that don’t listen, they’re just waiting to say their line. He listened.”
Hader said there was frequent improvisation on ”Trainwreck,” and LeBron easily kept up with the sketch comedy pros like Hader.
”You’ll never believe this, but he was super confident,” Hader told the AP with a laugh by phone from the Toronto set of the film ”It 2.”
”But not cocky,” Hader added.
”I remember Chris Rock was on set and rattled off a line suggestion really fast for LeBron, and LeBron said it back during the scene verbatim,” Hader said. ”I remember thinking, ”I can’t do that.”
He wouldn’t be the first Laker to try acting. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O’Neal had their share of famous, and infamous roles. And Kobe Bryant ended up with an unlikely Academy Award for an animated short based on a poem he wrote about basketball.
Whether or not he appears on screen, James has already begun a major media career that can only get a boost from LA.
Gone are the days when athletes had to be in a major market to make it in film and television, as James himself has shown through his years building his brand in Cleveland.
But there’s nothing like face-time for becoming a force in Hollywood.
James and his business partner Maverick Carter have a production company, SpringHill Entertainment Chris Baker Jersey , that has a deal with Warner Bros. and office space on the legendary movie company’s lot, where he could become a regular.
”Certainly the proximity will make it easier for LeBron personally to be part of future projects,” said David Schwab, an executive vice president at Octagon, a global sports and entertainment marketing and management firm. ”The advantage of a market like New York, Los Angeles and Golden State is the ability to have coffee, lunch or dinner daily” with key decision makers. ”In a smaller market you don’t get those consistent opportunities,” he said.
Schwab said James’ partners at Warner Bros. and elsewhere are most likely ”excited that he’s in Los Angeles as they could possibly use LeBron personally to close business deals with future partners of their own.”
James, via SpringHill and his digital film company Uninterrupted has already brought some projects to big and small screens, with many more in the works. Here are some highlights:
– ”Space Jam 2.” The idea of James reviving the 1996 movie starring another candidate for greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan, has been in circulation for several years. The movie with Jordan battling animated aliens alongside Bugs Bunny and his Warner Bros. cartoon buddies brought mixed reviews and eyerolls at the time, but has become a cult classic. Justin Lin of the ”Fast & Furious” films has been attached as director.
– ”House Party.” Stephen Glover and Jamal Olori of ”Atlanta” are writing a script that James and SpringHill hope will revive the franchise that starred Kid n’ Play and spawned three big-screen sequels from 1990 to 1994.
– ”Smallfoot.” James will have another chance to show off his comic chops as the voice of a skeptical yeti in Warner Bros’ animated film.
– ”Now We’re Talking.” A digital comedy series on Uninterrupted that features two rival professional football quarterbacks who become broadcasters and frequent pro athlete cameos is about to enter its second season.
– SpringHill is also producing several more television projects including the game shows ”The Wall” and ”Do or Dare” and ”Rise Up,” a documentary about the civil rights movement for the History Channel.
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