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Bosh, Durant Named NBA Players Of The Week

Chris Bosh and Kevin Durant have been named the NBA Players of the Week.

Bosh last won the award in April of 2010 with the Toronto Raptors.

Bosh helped Miami to a 3-1 week. He averaged 22.3 points, 8.0 rebounds (tied for 10th in the conference), 1.75 blocks and 1.25 steals. Bosh posted two point-rebound double-doubles, including a 37-point, 10-rebound effort on Dec. 28, during a 108-107 win over Portland – a game in which he connected on the game winning three-point field goal with 0.5 seconds remaining.

Durant led the Thunder to a 3-0 week behind a league-best 32.0 points on .574 shooting from the field, 10.7 rebounds (10th in the conference) and 5.7 assists. He connected on 9-of-16 (.529) three-point field goals on the week, and is shooting a career-best .426 from distance on the season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Chris Andersen: Return To Denver Will Be 'Exciting, Emotional'

Chris Andersen is expected to return to the Miami Heat on Monday at the Denver Nuggets, playing his first game in Denver since being amnestied by the team in July of 2012.

“It’s going to be exciting, it’s going to be emotional, but I’ve got a game to play," Andersen said.

Andersen was a fan favorite while spending the majority of his NBA career with the Nuggets.

Via Joseph Goodman/Miami Herald

Clippers, Heat Interested In Andrew Bynum If Waived

The Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat would have interest in signing Andrew Bynum if he is released by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers have suspended Bynum indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team. The Cavaliers are searching for a trade of Bynum before Jan. 7 when the remaining $6.2 million of his $12.2 million contract becomes guaranteed.

Bynum has dealt with chronic knee problems.

Via Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

LeBron Injures Groin, Aggravates Sprained Ankle

LeBron James suffered a groin injury and aggravated a left ankle sprain in a 108-103 loss in overtime by the Miami Heat to the Sacramento Kings.

"It's not feeling too well right now," said James, who scored 11 of the Heat's 19 points in the overtime period after getting hot from 3-point range. "I don't know what happened in the first half. I played [much of] the second half and overtime, and strained my groin. I'll see how I feel on our trip to Portland tonight and into tomorrow. But it ain't feeling too good right now."

James' status for Saturday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers is uncertain.

Via Michael Wallace/ESPN

LeBron James Credits Offseason Training For Good Health

LeBron James said on Wednesday that he is appreciative of staying healthy and credited the good fortune on pushing himself in the offseason.

"I don't have a key," James said. "I've been fortunate to be healthy. I try to do everything I can as far as strength and conditioning to stay above the curve, I guess. I don't have an answer for it.

"We all know Father Time, whatever the case may be, is undefeated. But you just try to slow it down, I guess."

James and Norris Cole are the only Miami Heat players to appear in all 28 games this season.

"For me, I try to take care of everything I can off the court in the offseason, so when I get into the season, I can just go full steam," James said. "When I do have a bump in the road I'm able to come back from it a little faster than anyone else would or I would, because I've always been able to keep my body right.

"But I don't have a success story or a key to it. I just try to prepare the best that I can."

Via Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel

Dwyane Wade, Blake Griffin Named NBA Players Of Week

Dwyane Wade and Blake Griffin have been named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Dec. 16 through Dec. 22.

Wade averaged 26.3 points (fourth in the Eastern Conference) while leading the Miami Heat to a 3-0 week. He scored at least 20 points, shot at least .560 from the floor, and led Miami in scoring in all three games.

Griffin helped the Los Angeles Clippers to a 4-0 week behind averages of 26.0 points (third in the Western Conference), 11.3 rebounds (ninth in the conference) and 3.3 assists.

Via RealGM Staff Report

LeBron On Dunk: I Like McLemore, Sucks It Was Him

LeBron James cleared Ben McLemore for a tomahawk dunk in Friday's win by the Miami Heat over the Sacramento Kings that instantly went viral.

“It sucks that it was him,” James said after the game. “Because I like him. That sucks.” 

“I just went over there to try and take the charge,” McLemore said before letting out a smile. “And he dunked the ball.” 

McLemore second-guessed himself after the play.

“Afterwards, I thought maybe I should have just fouled him,” McLemore said. “Knowing it was LeBron, I knew they weren't going to call (a charge), but I was just playing to my defensive principles. Even though they didn't call it, I didn't let that mess my game up.” 

Via Tom Haberstroh/ESPN

LeBron Has NBA's Most Popular Jersey Again, Carter-Williams At No. 15 As Highest Rookie

LeBron James has the NBA's most popular jersey again this year.

James is followed by Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony.

Michael Carter-Williams is the only rookie on the list, coming in at No. 15.

Via RealGM Staff Report

LeBron Had Extra 'Incentive' To Play Through Ankle Injury Against Pacers

The Miami Heat came from behind to defeat the Indiana Pacers in a game that had a playoff-like atmosphere.

James played despite rolling his ankle on Monday.

“I’m nowhere near 100 percent … but I’m good enough where I can be productive,” James said. “If I felt like I was going to hurt the team tonight, I wouldn’t be playing.”

James even admitted that he had extra "incentive" to play against the Pacers despite lingering soreness in the ankle with homecourt advantage in the Eastern Conference Playoffs at stake.

Via Joseph Goodman/Miami Herald

LeBron James To Be Cautious With Sprained Left Ankle

LeBron James sprained his left ankle on Sunday and the Miami Heat star says he will "police" himself with the injury ahead of Wednesday's game against the Indiana Pacers.

"It's about the same," James said after Tuesday's practice. "Like I said, I've had my fair share of ankle twists. I already knew what it was going to be today, very stiff, very sore. I'm going to be around the clock treatment.

"I'm going to sit if I'm not feeling comfortable (Wednesday) night. It doesn't matter who we're playing. Obviously, if it was a playoff game I would play. So it doesn't matter. We are a long-term team and I'm a long-term player. I'm going to try my best to police myself on this one. If we played (Tuesday), I probably wouldn't play but we'll see how I feel."

In his 11 NBA seasons, James has missed 10 games due to sprained ankles.

"He's going to play," Chris Bosh said. "He's just fooling everybody. He'll be fine. … He just loves basketball. We've been in this situation before. He's turned his ankle before. We could play whoever and he's going to play the next game."

Via Shandel Richardson/Sun Sentinel

Miami Heat Archives

Kyrie Irving, LaMarcus Aldridge Named NBA Players Of The Week

Kyrie Irving and LaMarcus Aldridge have been named the Eastern and Western Conference Player of the Week.

LeBron James Believes No Rivalries Exist In NBA

LeBron James believes no rivalries exist in the NBA anymore.

Chris Andersen Hopes To Play Three To Four More Seasons

Chris Andersen cited his two-year suspension from 2006 to 2008 as a factor aiding in his health.

Charlie Westbrook Claimed By Sioux Falls

Charlie Westbrook was in training camp this season with the Heat.

Heat Looking To Trade For Guard With Wade Limited

Dwyane Wade missed his fifth game of the season on Thursday.

Dwyane Wade To Decide If He'll Sign Kobe-Type Contract Or Discounted Deal

Dwyane Wade was glad to see the two-year, $48-plus million extension that Kobe Bryant signed with the Lakers last week.

LeBron, Durant Named NBA Players Of Week

LeBron James averaged 29 points per game as the Heat went 4-0 last week.
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