Linsanity is no match for LeBron, Heat

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Linsanity is no match for LeBron, Heat

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MIAMI (AP) -- Jeremy Lin collided with LeBron James shortly after tip-off, stumbling backward. With that, the tone was set. And Lin's rise from unknown to stardom hit its first major snag. Chris Bosh scored 25 points, Dwyane Wade added 22 and James put up 20 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, five steals and two blocks -- the first such stat line in the NBA since James himself had a night like that four years ago -- as the league-leading Miami Heat stopped Lin and the New York Knicks 102-88 on Thursday night. It was Miami's eighth straight win, all coming by at least 12 points. "A learning experience," Lin said afterward, before heading to Orlando for his role in All-Star weekend. "A tough one." Lin's final line: 1 for 11 from the field, eight points, three assists and eight turnovers -- a long way from the 23.9 points and 9.2 assists he had been averaging over his first 11 games in the Knicks' rotation, when he breathed immeasurable life into a team that was floundering. Not this time. Lin paid the Heat a great compliment, saying their defense made it tough to even dribble. "First of all, he deserves all of the credit he's been given," Wade said. "We knew it was going to be a tough task guarding him. ... He's a good player, but we put a lot of pressure on him and it was a success." The scene was electric, and for much of the night, the game matched the hype. Spike Lee, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Chad Ochocinco all sat within seven seats of each other on one sideline, Mike Stanton and Logan Morrison of the Miami Marlins were on another sideline, and members of the New York Mets' front office reportedly jumped aboard a helicopter for the quick trip from the team's spring-training home in Port St. Lucie down to Miami. Even the First Fan took note of the hubbub surrounding the game. "In another life, I would be staying for the Knicks-Heat game tonight, then going up to Orlando for NBA All-Star weekend," President Barack Obama told cheering students at the University of Miami earlier in the day. "But these days, I've got a few other things on my plate. Just a few." When Air Force One was headed to Orlando for a Thursday night fundraiser, yes, there were televisions tuned to Heat-Knicks on board. "This has been about a three-week push for us and it's a good way to end before the break," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "I think everyone in that locker room needs a handful of days. We've been really focused ... to make this push. We played a team that with more time they're going to improve and become a very dangerous team. They already are right now." The Heat defense wasn't geared just toward Lin, but rather slowing the entire Knicks' offense. New York shot 39 percent, turned the ball over 19 times and had 10 shots blocked -- five of them by Miami center Joel Anthony, who also had six rebounds and took only one shot, which he missed. "I'm sure they were all geeked up for him," Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said of the Heat defense against Lin. "And they took the challenge and they did a great job. It's hard to be Peter Pan every day." If proof was needed that the Heat wanted to make a point against Lin, there was some clear evidence. Exhibit A: Mario Chalmers stole the ball from Lin and went in for a two-handed dunk in the early minutes. Exhibit B: Norris Cole, Chalmers' backup at point guard, did the same thing in the second quarter. Combined dunks this season for Chalmers and Cole entering Thursday? Zero. Those strip-and-scores were part of a six-turnover first half from Lin, matching his third-highest total in any half this season. Amare Stoudemire also had six turnovers in the first 24 minutes, the Knicks were outscored 30-16 in the paint, 12-1 on fast breaks and 12-3 off turnovers. Lin had two assists in the first 1:26 of the game. He had one in the final 46:34. "He's a good player, a really good player," James said of Lin. "And they're going to do some great things. But for us, we come in and take care of business." Said Carmelo Anthony, who led the Knicks with 19 points: "We have some work to do. Nobody said it would happen overnight." J.R. Smith scored 14 for New York off the bench. Stoudemire finished with 13 and Steve Novak scored 12 for the Knicks, who never led in the second half. Early on, back and forth they went, just as everyone wanted. "It's always big when the Knicks come in," Bosh said. "They have that New York-Miami thing. The crowd enjoyed it. And we enjoyed it." It was classic Knicks-Heat stuff, just like those playoff battles in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Bodies were flying, tempers were flaring, Tyson Chandler and D'Antoni picked up technicals arguing the same play in the first quarter ... and more than a few Knicks fans who paid big money for tickets -- the average price for the game on the resale markets was over 700, by one estimate -- made their presence known loudly and often. "It's one game," D'Antoni said. "And we're not there yet. They're there. They're the team right now to beat for everybody. They're playing better than everybody. And we're trying to get our team together." Lin said he was already eager for the second half to start. "I'm not going to hang my head or anything like that," Lin said. "I know I went out there and I played hard. Can't win em all. Can't have a great game every game. But at the same time, I need to understand, OK, what'd I do wrong? How can I improve?' I think that's going to be exciting." NOTES: Wade spoke to the sellout crowd before the game, thanking them on behalf of the NBA and especially the six All-Star weekend-bound Heat players for their support the first half of the season. ... A number of arena workers snapped photos of Lin as he warmed up on the court about two hours before game time. ... In Orlando, where All-Star festivities were getting under way, NBA Commissioner David Stern said "it's fair to say that no player has created the interest and the frenzy in this short period of time, in any sport, that I'm aware of like Jeremy Lin has."

Blakely: It makes too much sense not to happen

Blakely: It makes too much sense not to happen

BOSTON -- We are nearing the 11th hour of the trade deadline, and it’s pretty clear that the Celtics have honed in on Indiana’s Paul George. 

CELTICS AT THE TRADE DEADLINE

While some may wonder why in the world would Celtics great Larry Bird would consider trading a four-time All-Star who is just 26 years old, flash back to All-Star weekend in New Orleans. 
 
That’s when George, who can become a free agent after the 2017-18 season, made it clear he wanted to play for a team that’s positioned to contend and would not commit to signing an extension with the Pacers this summer. 
 
We call that a red flag warning. He's at the very least open to the idea of potentially moving on if the Pacers don’t pick up the pace and start winning more games. 
 
And Bird, to his credit, has scoured the NBA landscape looking for deals to bolster the Pacers and elevate them beyond their current sixth-place standing in the East. 
 
Because as they are constructed now, it’s hard to imagine them finding a way to leapfrog Cleveland, Boston, Washington or Toronto. 
 
And the prospect of jumping ahead of Atlanta seems a bit far-fetched as well.
 
If they can’t satisfy George’s desire to be on a more competitive, upper-echelon team, they might as well get some value for him before he leaves for nothing. 
 
And unlike the Chicago Bulls, the Pacers actually have a player they can build around -- Myles Turner -- going forward if they decide to move on.
 
But moving on can be a painful process.
 
However, armed with an established centerpiece (Turner) going forward, Indiana’s suffering can be lessened significantly with one of the top picks in the draft . . . like the pick Boston will get the right to swap with Brooklyn this year. The Nets will likely finish with the worst record in the NBA, giving whoever owns their pick a legit shot at one of the top-two picks. 
 
Even if it falls all the way to No. 4 overall, Indiana would still be able to add a difference-maker to its roster along with what will likely be a couple of solid Celtics players. 
 
As for Boston, George gives them the megawatt superstar that all those assets -- draft picks, developed players -- were supposed to deliver at some point. 
 
Of course, Boston runs the risk of losing him after the 2017-18 season.
 
But the Celtics are banking on winning George over with the franchise’s on-the-rise culture that’s only getting stronger with time; a chance to play with another elite scorer in Isaiah Thomas, and a chance to play for coach Brad Stevens, who made a very strong impression on many of the top players during All-Star weekend.
 
Of course this is all assuming that the C's can put together a package to Indiana’s liking, and that will still leave them with a roster that’s capable of competing at the highest levels. 
 
Regardless of how this all plays out, the fact that the Celtics once again find themselves in the running for one of the game’s top players (Al Horford and Kevin Durant last summer, now Paul George and Jimmy Butler to a lesser degree) speaks to how this franchise is definitely headed in the right direction. 
 
And the addition of a player like George would do more than just make them a more talented team in the present. It gives them a bona fide, unquestioned star for the future, a future that’s looking brighter with each passing day. 

Tom Brady posts skiing video with dated South Park reference

Tom Brady posts skiing video with dated South Park reference

Tom Brady’s annual attempt at making the collective testicles of New England draw up into its stomach has succeeded.

Brady posted on Instagram video of him skiing somewhere that we aren’t. He approaches a decent-sized jump, hits it, appears to stick the landing, blurts, “Whoa…” and then the camera shows an empty ski and a lifeless body. 

Actually, no lifeless body. Watched it a second time. No lifeless body.

Brady has graduated from sliding down waterslides and cliff-diving to this latest offseason effort to make sure everyone still cares about his safety.  

They do.

Next season, Russian Roulette.

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