by Carl Cabey
The Miami Heat locked up its 15th spot on the roster signing free agent center Ronny Turiaf. Turiaf is a high energy guy that can help on defense and probably be a more reliable option than Dexter Pittman or Eddy Curry. It is unrealistic for anyone to expect him to make a big impact on if they win or lose, but the Heat lose nothing by adding him as they had an open slot on their roster. Turiah only played in 4 games this season for the Washington Wizards before being traded to the Denver Nuggets. Last season for the Knicks he averaged 4.2 points per game 3.2 rebounds per game 1.1 blocks per game and 1.4 assists per game. Turiaf also has a player option for next year. Turiaf surprisingly got into the first game he was apart of for the Heat against the Detroit Pistons. He has been the second center off the bench and has taken over Dexter Pittman’s role and has been solid for the Heat as a back up center.
Tuesday the Heat played at home against the Phoenix Suns. They struggled the whole game and were behind until about midway through the 4th quarter and then went on a 17-0 run and defeated the Suns 99-95. There was a scary moment for the Heat where LeBron not once but twice got banged up. The first time he was fouled hard by Suns rookie Markieff Morris and tried to put his arms down to catch his fall and when he caught his fall appeared to reinjure an elbow that had bothered him in past seasons. Later in the game LeBron tried to intercept a pass to Grant Hill from Steve Nash. Hill’s shoulder looked to connect with LBron’s ear which resulted in LeBron being on the ground for several minutes. It looked to be a concussion although when asked later he joked “I’m too tough to get a concussion”. Friday against the Detroit Pistons the Heat came out to a Miami held the Pistons at arm’s length pretty much the whole game, though the Pistons went on a run never got within 9 points in the 2nd half. The game highlighted on a lot of people’s schedules was the game Sunday against Oklahoma City which was called by many as a possible finals preview. The Thunder came out on fire and continued being the aggressor all game long defeating the Heat 103-87. The Heat were killed by OKC’s post presence with Serge Ibalka and Kendrick Perkins combining 16-21 shooting 32 points and 16 rebounds. If the MVP voters were watching the LeBron vs. Durant Match up to help determine if the who gets the edge in the MVP vote the leader is Durant. Durant finished with 28 points with 4-5 from three-point land 9 rebounds 8 assists. Before the game, Spoelstra called Miami’s stretch of three straight road games and five of six an opportunity to take a step forward. “We’ve been disappointed in our play on the road in general since the All-Star break,” Spoelstra said. The Heat will be at Indiana playing the Pacers tomorrow night.
The Miami Heat take a Stand for Trayvon Martin
Almost a month ago in Orlando Florida, an unarmed teenager by the name of Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer. All 13 members of the Miami Heat got together to take a picture in hooded sweatshirts in their hotel lobby. The move was led by Dwyane Wade and LeBron James and was a surprise too many including owner Micky Arison. Arison posted on his twitter that The Heat looked like they were prepared to battle on the road trip. Arison later deleted the tweet and tweeted out “We support our players and join them in hoping that their images and our logo can be part of the national dialogue and can help in our nation’s healing.” For the Heat it wasn’t about publicity it was more about standing together and standing tall.