Los Angeles Clippers (33-17) @ Miami HEAT (29-22)
American Airlines Arena
11:00 a.m. PST
February 7, 2016
1. Aight, let’s talk three-point shoot-out: is Redick a real chance at this and what’s Chris Bosh doing there?
Roscoe Whalan (@RoscoeWhalan7): If he keeps his feet behind the line this year, absolutely. I do also think that he’d have an even greater chance if a couple of the racks required coming off of staggered screens. As for Bosh, well, they turfed his beloved Shooting Stars challenge so I guess they may as well give the big fella a go.
Michael Shagrin (@mshaggy): Yeah, sure. JJ’s agent set him up with some imitation racks, colored-ABA balls included. He’s apparently got court time booked for a few days leading up to the contest. But to be honest, I’m not sure how he’ll fare if he isn’t rolling of screens. As for Bosh, he seems like the token big man, equivalent to Boogie in the skills-competition. Not sure what the entertainment value is there.
Law Murray (@LawMurrayTheNU): He’s in it, so of course Redick has a chance. His awareness will be much higher this year after his feet were on the line too many times last year. Redick is shooting the three better than ever this year, making a higher percentage of threes than anyone in the league (Stephen Curry included). As for Bosh? His three-point percentage is at 36.3 percent this season, which is adequate. But he’s already made a career-high 78 threes this season. In 2012-2013, Bosh attempted 74 threes for the entire season. He’s made a remarkable comeback from the blood clots that ended his season this time last year.
2. What’s your Blake Griffin punishment prediction?
Whalan: I’m hoping less because he’s already out with injury. Can the punishment run concurrently with his injury? I certainly hope so. Oh, and no podcasting with J.J. until April.
Shagrin: A few games sidelined. It’ll be interesting to see if the powers that be delay the punishment until he’s back from injury so the punitive measure isn’t just lip-service to accountability.
Murray: I hate that I even need to speculate on something like this. This may be one of the rare cases where the league and the team discipline the player. Keep in mind that Griffin will already miss time due to a broken right hand. I don’t think you can rule out a suspension for Griffin that, once he is healthy enough to serve it, keeps him out for the remainder of the regular season.
3. True or False: The Heat will win the Southeast Division.
Whalan: True. They’re a vet team that seems to be clicking along nicely at this point. Having Dwyane Wade play a lot of games and average close to 20 points in them certainly helps too.
Shagrin: True. They’ll turn on the jets when it counts. The Heat don’t want to face Lebron’s Cavs until the Conference Finals so they’ll probably gun for a 2 or 3 spot as the regular season winds down.
Murray: False… not that it matters, since the NBA all but abolished divisions and soon will do the same with Conferences, the Lottery, and free throws if enough media have their way. Miami is a half-game behind Atlanta going into Sunday’s games, but I see the Hawks hanging onto their lead with the way they have been defending over the last month. The Heat have done well lately, and they return home from 14 road games in their last 16 games by breaking even over those 16 games. They have tough games at home today against the Clippers and this week against the Spurs before the All-Star break, and they’ll have a chance to win the season series against the Hawks when they visit Atlanta next Friday, the Heat’s first game following the break.
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