This is a novelty: the ejection for throwing a massage gun on the court.
Duane Dedmon came off the bench for the Heat on Monday in the minority, playing from the end of the first quarter to the first few minutes of the second. He was hot when he was substituted and spoke to Heat coach Eric Spoelstra, and as he raced past him to the locker room, Dedmon hit one of the team’s massage guns, launching him into the court. Of course he was kicked out for it.
Deadmon threw a massage gun on the court after hot words from Spo 😳 pic.twitter.com/yjJYB599HY
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 11, 2023
After the game, Spoelstra did not go into details of what happened.
“We are all a bunch of rude individuals,” Spoelstra said via The Associated Press. “This part was unsuccessful. Everything before that was the Miami Heat. This part was unacceptable.”
This will not suit the Heat organization, except for the obvious reasons for a fight with a coach and expulsion. Miami were shorthanded in this game, especially in the center. Bam Adebayo, Omer Yurtseven and Nikola Jovic were at their limit – and for one of the few guys who could play five to get into a fight with a coach, that’s just not how the Heat works. Dedmon is in the final year of his contract, and what happens next with Miami – a trade this summer as a free agent – will depend on this night.
Miami beat the Thunder because they scored 40 of 40 from the free throw line in the game, with Jimmy Butler goes 23 out of 23 on the way to 35 points.
He may be dressed in burgundy gold tonight in Salt Lake City, but Utah Jazz fans still love him. Donovan Mitchell.
The three-time All-Star with the Jazz traded this summer to the Cleveland Clevelands was greeted with a thrilling tribute video and much love from the Jazz crowd on Tuesday night.
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) January 11, 2023
— NBA (@NBA) January 11, 2023
Mitchell quickly got to work and reminded the Utah believers how good he could be.
Speed is wasting no time returning to Utah!
— NBA (@NBA) January 11, 2023
Mitchell played five seasons in Utah, but when Danny Ainge came along, he thought Mitchell/Rudy Gobert the era had exhausted itself, and it was time to move on (he was right). The Jazz surprised teams early and got off to a fast start this season, but over time they came back to the ground as their defense struggled.
This summer, Mitchell looked like an NBA All-Star and possibly a starting Cavaliers All-Star who would repeat that trade 100 times out of 100.
After winning the Golden State championship, Otto Porter signing with the Raptors made sense. He was another 6-foot-8 long switchback guard who could hit 3-pointers, play in transition or half court, and match the Raptors’ style of play. In addition, he brought veterans to the team at an affordable price (two years, $12.3 million).
It didn’t work. Due to injuries, Porter has been in street clothes for all but eight games and has now finished the season after having surgery on his left leg, the Raptors announced.
“It was a difficult decision for Otto,” said Raptors general manager Bobby Webster. “He hoped to avoid surgery, but ultimately a decision had to be made to ensure his long-term health. We look forward to his healthy recovery.”
By opting for surgery now, Porter should be ready for the start of the 2023/24 season. The average loss of time for such procedures is approximately 5.5 months. Players with second toe injuries and surgery included Derrick White and Devin Harris. https://t.co/Klx6FUPWR1
— Jeff Stotts (@InStreetClothes) January 10, 2023
Porter has a $6.3 million player option next season, which he will no doubt take now.
This season, Porter averaged 5.5 points and 2.4 rebounds per game in limited minutes.
The Raptors have five days (until January 15) to apply for a Disabled Exception (DPE). This would give the Raptors $3 million (half of Porter’s $6 million salary) to sign the player for the remainder of the season, or buy the player for that amount through a trade.
We’re in the middle of a wild, unpredictable NBA season, and we’ve got a lot more questions: How good are the Bucks? Networks? Can Golden State flip the switch? – what answers. The midpoint also means we know which players have put themselves in the spot for NBA post-season honors. Throughout the week this season, we’ll be picking out some of the NBA’s top honors. Today:
NBA Defensive Player of the Year: Brooke Lopez
2. And Anunobi
If I had to choose who would win the award when the real votes were cast in April, it wouldn’t take much thought… The Jackson Jr. Memphis Grizzlies team. He was the league’s best away defenseman this season, defending the rim (tackling 3.2 blocks per game) and anchoring the second-place Memphis defense. The only reason he’s not on the list right now is because he missed the first 14 games of the season with foot surgery, he just didn’t play enough games/minutes to qualify. More. He will. He will probably receive an award.
Apart from Jackson, no one has escaped with DPOY this season – it’s a crowded field of players who can do good but wrong things. This race is still wide open.
As of now, Brook Lopez tops the list as an anchor and stabilizing defensive force for the Bucks, ranking third in the league. Lopez leads the NBA in total blocked shots (101) and is tied for the lead per game (2.6). Injuries drove players in and out of the roster in Milwaukee, which weakened the Bucks’ perimeter defense, but Lopez was the anchor that held everything together. They are Giannis Antetokounmpo deserve a mention in this category, but Lopez has been more critical of the Bucks’ success this season.
Anunobi has been the best perimeter defenseman in the league this season (and I appreciate that more than some). He is a closed flank defender – Kevin Duran, Paolo Bankeroand Donovan Mitchell all shots below 40% go against him – plus he hits everything and averages 2.3 interceptions per game …