After watching the Heat struggle to hold their lead with Chris Quinn manning the point on Wednesday, its very apparent that Miami needs to fill their open roster spot with a better option at backup point guard. We are no longer a team that is reliant on scoring, so having a decent shooter who can’t play D coming off the bench isn’t as valuable as it has been in years past. We would be much better suited with a 'Gary Payton' who can come off the bench and play great D while not stalling the offense.
Here is a list of the updated options for the Heat at PG:
The Kings bought out the contract of Sam Cassell, and he could be our best option right now as he could step right in and more the likely wouldn’t have a problem playing a reserved role behind Mario Chalmers. He has been working out all season, but hadn’t played in a game for Boston this year before being traded to Sacramento on Tuesday.
Jason Williams has been working towards league reinstatement, but should the NBA grant him what he wants, J-Will is still under contract with the Clippers.
Buyouts could be coming for Bobby Jackson, Stephon Marbury and Chucky Atkins. I doubt that after everything ‘Starbury’ has been through he will be in a hurry to play backup somewhere, so bringing him in still looks like a poor option. I will tell you this, should Riley decide to bring him to Miami, it will be after extensive talks between the Heat President and Marbury. And we all know the motto: "In Pat We Trust"
James Jones and Jermaine O’Neal are both listed as day-to-day after being injured during Wednesday’s loss to Minnesota. O’Neal has a bruised right eye and Jones has a bruised right hand.
O’Neal practiced yesterday and saw an eye doctor afterwards, but Jones missed practice and is fearing that his surgically repaired right wrist was aggravated, and saw a specialist. Both players were hurt on the same play in which Jermaine O’Neal was hit in the face after taking a charge from Minnesota forward Mike Miller.
D-Wade was sent home early from practice yesterday because he is still suffering from flu-like symptoms.
IN THE STANDINGS
Only 2 games last night, both won by Western Conference teams. The Spurs went into Detroit and beat the struggling Pistons, which is a help to the Heat. Boston went into Utah and got a taste of my 'dark horse' playoff team in the West. Watch out for Utah.
There are 11 games going on in the NBA tonight, but only a couple that are relevant to the East playoff race.
WAS @ NJN 8pm Go Wiz
CLE @ MIL 830pm Go Cavs? Not so sure here, but at least somebody has to lose.
ATL @ POR Go Blazers!!
From the Miami Herald
From The Philadelphia Enquirer