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MIAMI — Terry Rozier and Josh Richardson suffered injuries Sunday as the Miami Heat dropped a 110-106 decision to the Boston Celtics.
Rozier, who finished with 13 points, landed awkwardly on his right leg after driving to the basket midway through the third quarter. Both players will have MRI exams Monday, coach Erik Spoelstra said.
The Heat were already without star forward Jimmy Butler, who was ruled out earlier in the day because of personal reasons as he “deals with the death of a family member,” according to a statement the Heat provided via Butler’s agent, Bernie Lee.
“It’s tough to see guys like that go down,” Miami’s Duncan Robinson said. “And then Jimmy dealing with what he’s dealing with is unfortunate, to put it lightly.”
Richardson exited in the second quarter because of a right shoulder injury. He slumped to the floor in pain after his unsuccessful attempt to strip Jayson Tatum of the ball.
“I felt my shoulder pop out on the floor and then it popped back in laying on the ground, so thank goodness for that,” Richardson said. “I’ll know more tomorrow.”
Robinson also favored his left shoulder after Brown pushed him off into the stands when both tangled for position early in the fourth quarter. Brown and Robinson exchanged words and Brown was assessed a flagrant foul 1.
“I just thought it was a dirty play, to be honest with you. … Just thought it was dangerous, unnecessary and excessive,” Robinson said.
Jayson Tatum had 26 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists for the Boston Celtics, who withstood a late rally from the hosts.
Kristaps Porzingis had 25 points, Jaylen Brown had 20 and Jrue Holiday scored 15 for Boston, which hit 16 of 39 3-point attempts.
The Celtics have won all three matchups with the Heat this season and have won six of the past seven games against them. The loss came in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals last season, when Boston forced the deciding game after losing the first three.
“Late-game execution, you’ve got to set the table,” Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla said. “I think our guys did that.”
Tyler Herro had 22 of his 24 points in the second half, Bam Adebayo scored 22 and Robinson and Caleb Martin finished with 15 points each for the Heat.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Studio 54 icon Ian Schrager’s Miami Beach penthouse lists for $7.5M
A luxury Miami Beach home owned by nightlife guru and former Studio 54 co-owner Ian Schrager, is now up for grabs for $7.5 million.
Listed by Toni Schrager of Brown Harris Stevens Miami, the property is aptly located in the hotelier’s Miami Beach Edition hotel, a project he embarked on in partnership with Marriott in 2014.
Schrager’s acquisition of the unit post the project’s completion in 2016 makes him the first and only occupant.
The condo boasts a turnkey interior featuring his signature aesthetic.
This makes it the ideal spot for entertaining guests or indulging in a classic night in.
The main selling point of this unit is its expansive rooftop terrace. Complete with a hot tub and an outdoor kitchen, this outdoor perch offers picturesque views of both the beach and the city, the listing notes.
It is currently the only listing in the building with a rooftop terrace.
Plus, there’s plenty of room for personal customization, as the space is large enough to accommodate additional features such as a sauna or cold plunge, according to the listing.
The new owner will also have full access to the Edition’s exclusive amenities, including the beach, dining, spa and nightlife facilities.
Besides its luxury and contemporary appeal, the property carries a piece of Ian Schrager’s personal history.
Made up of two bedrooms and four bathrooms, the home occupies a little more than 2,000 square feet.
Other building amenities include Jean-Georges restaurants, a gym, a valet, a concierge, and room and laundry services.
Decisions resume for Heat, decisions that could hold the season in the balance
MIAMI – The midseason malaise is undeniable in the NBA, the period between Christmas and the All-Star break. This season, it felt even more pronounced, with the league juicing up the early portion of the schedule with the In-Season Tournament.
But now, except for the lottery languishers, it is go time, a two-month sprint to the playoffs, which now are just eight weeks away.
For the Miami Heat, it resumes in the most challenging fashion, a four-game trip that opens Friday against the New Orleans Pelicans and then concludes in an NBA Finals rematch next Thursday against the Denver Nuggets.
The concern is the questions that remain, from the injury status of Terry Rozier (knee) to Josh Richardson (shoulder), as well as cohesion yet to be fully developed, with 29 lineups having been put into play over the first 15 games, featuring a total of 16 starters.
1. Is the roster finally set?
A. Even with the buyout-market addition of Delon Wright, there appears to be at least one more move that is possible.
Should the Heat waive the contract of Dru Smith ahead of the April 14 regular-season finale, they could add another playoff-eligible player to the postseason roster. Smith, on an expiring contract, is out for the season following December knee surgery.
In fact, if the Heat make such a move by March 3, the deadline for signing a two-way player, they then could add another two-way player into their developmental pipeline.
2. Is the roster complete?
A: That is a subtle difference from the thought above. Moving one of the two-way players to a standard deal, such as Jamal Cain, and adding a two-way player wouldn’t necessarily make the Heat whole.
What this team still lacks is a big body behind Bam Adebayo to wrestle with the biggest of big men in the playoffs, the type of players the Heat added in previous playoff runs in Dewayne Dedmon and Cody Zeller.
Such an addition, if available, could prove prudent considering the size of some of the East competition.
Players waived by other teams by March 1 or those who have not been in the NBA this season beyond 10-day contracts, are eligible to be signed any time before the regular-season finale to be playoff eligible.
3. And the playoff starting lineup will be?
A: Beyond Adebayo, Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro, it could prove fluid.
That even could be the case with Rozier after he returns from his knee strain. Should Erik Spoelstra initially play Rozier off the bench upon his return, it would allow for experimentation without the look of a demotion.
The third wing beyond Herro and Butler could wind up being a defender (Caleb Martin?) or a spacer (Duncan Robinson?).
As for power forward, that could well prove to be matchup based, since you might not go the same way in the playoffs against Jayson Tatum as Giannis Antetokounmpo at the four.
4. Will the play-in be avoided?
A: That well could come down to the final two games of the season, a pair of matchups at Kaseya Center against the Toronto Raptors, who could be thoroughly disinterested by then.
But the single biggest factor in the equation of play-in or no play-in likely will be how much Butler pushes himself through a closing schedule that still has five remaining back-to-back sets, all of which involve travel.
So pace himself to the regular-season finish line?
Or push to be guaranteed at least five days off the week of April 14 as others compete in the play-in bracket?
5. What will be the swing votes when it comes to the final record?
A: Three games remain against the Detroit Pistons; those must be maximized. There also are two games apiece remaining against the Portland Trail Blazers, Washington Wizards and Raptors, as well as single games against the back-end-of-the-standings Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets. Victories in those 11 (although nothing with this Heat team can be assumed), would assure at least 41 wins.
From there, anything else in the other 16 remaining games would get the Heat above .500. The question is, to what degree? Last season it took 45-37 to secure No. 6, the spot above the play-in bracket, with a similar win percentage currently holding that spot this season.
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