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Heat coach Erik Spoelstra could not have been any clearer before this 114-84 loss Friday night to the Cleveland Cavaliers about what is needed for the Miami Heat to win on any night and particularly this night. "If he does not dominate at the rim, in the paint," he said of center Hassan Whiteside, "we don't have a chance to win." That's the same Hassan Whiteside who Spoelstra yanked with 9:18 to play the third period, after the Cavaliers' nine-point halftime lead was immediately extended to 18. South Florida Sun Sentinel
Both Spoelstra and Whiteside downplayed the issue with Whiteside's left knee. "My knee is bothering me," he said. "I hurt it at the end of the second. So hopefully it feels better." About the only bright spots for the Heat were a season-high 17 points from reserve forward Derrick Williams and a 10-point, 11-rebound double-double from Reed. South Florida Sun Sentinel
The New Orleans Pelicans signed guard/forward Reggie Williams today. Williams, 6-6, 210, most recently played for the Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA Development League. In 11 games this season for the Blue, Williams has averaged 17.1 points, shooting .459 from the field, including .419 from three-point range, 5.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 33.3 minutes per contest. InsideHoops
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has waived guard/forward Anthony Brown. Brown, 6-7, 211, who was originally signed by New Orleans on Nov. 21, appeared in nine games for the Pelicans, averaging 3.9 points and 2.5 rebounds in 15.9 minutes per game. InsideHoops
The weeks and months have quickly piled up. Nerlens Noel has not played an NBA regular-season game since last season ended for the Sixers on April 13. Nearly eight months later, Noel is nearing the return he has been eyeing for quite some time now. “It’s always an excitement to be able to play basketball after this amount of time, including the summer, not being able to play organized basketball at a competitive level,” Noel said Thursday. “I’ve been really looking forward to this. I think I’ve gained some momentum coming back from this minor surgery, and I think I’m in a really good place and I’m feeling good with my body. Everything is on point.” CSN Philly
“I’m not sure,” Noel said of playing Sunday. “I’m ready to go with these next couple of days and see how my wind feels and how my body feels, which I have been feeling good. So it’s a possibility.” When Noel does return, there is a scenario in which he could be paired with center Joel Embiid. Last year, the Sixers struggled finding the best way to utilize Noel and Jahlil Okafor, also a center, at the same time playing the four and five positions. As Okafor has said of playing with Embiid, Noel also believes his off-the-court friendship with the towering rookie would translate onto the court. CSN Philly
Ian Mahinmi, who has appeared in just one game for the Wizards this season because of injuries to both knees, will get another MRI on his right one Friday, league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com. CSN MidAtlantic
Mahinmi was the Wizards' most expensive offseason acquistion this summer and set to back up Marcin Gortat in the middle. However, he required surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee before the season tipped and then developed soreness -- believed to be tendinitis, league sources told CSN -- in the right knee after playing just 14 minutes vs. the San Antonio Spurs on Nov. 26. Mahinmi signed a four-year deal worth almost $64 million. CSN MidAtlantic
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