The Heat are not in a good place right now. They suffered their 3rd straight loss to the Nets, who are 11 games behind them, 95-96. Paul Pierce had a game high of 29 points, 66% from the field, while LeBron James failed to eclipse 20 points for the 3rd time in the past 4 games. The Heat have also lost 4 out of the last 5 games, struggling to take that #1 spot away from the Pacers. I don't think the Heat are in any kind of trouble but this is the wrong time to be showing vulnerability. Paul Pierce stated in his post game interview, that this win will help "psychologically" because some of the Heat's success comes from "fear-factor" which I agree with completely. With 1 month left in the regular season, the Heat need to make a move on the Pacers, who just ended a 4 game losing streak against the Celtics. Since Bronny dropped 61, things just haven't went well for him or the Heat. They better figure it out soon.
Shout out to the Blue Demons of DePaul University with the first upset of March Madness. The Demons will play Creighton in the 2nd round of the new Big East conference. DePaul, who only had 3 conference wins this year, reaches the 2nd round for the first time since 2009.
The Clippers are now on a 9 game winning streak and Blake Griffin has averaged 24.5 points, 8.5 rebounds while shooting 53% from the field. Blake has progressed as a player tremendously this year and speaking beyond the numbers. We already know of his freakish athletic ability but now he has developed a jumpshot, to the point you can't just leave him open. With Doc Rivers as the coach I have a lot more confidence in the Clippers than I did when Vinny Del Negro was coaching. The only thing Doc has to make sure stays consistent is the defense because with Chris Paul as the general, they will continue to score a lot of points(#1 in points per game 107.8). The Clippers will be very dangerous in the playoffs, especially with the acquisitions of Danny Granger and Glen Davis. Look out for the Clippers.
The Ravens and Jacoby Jones agreed on 4-year deal $14 million deal with $4.5 million guaranteed Wednesday afternoon. Jacoby was never known for his route running but he did showed progression last season. Also by signing him, this leaves out the chance of the Ravens drafting a receiver in the 1st round. It will be interesting to see how the Ravens use him this season in the new west coast offense.
2014 Free Agency just keep surprising us. After failed attempts to trade Darrelle Revis, the Buccaneers released him after only 1 year of the 6-year $96 million deal ($0 guaranteed) he signed last year. Revis was set to make $16 million this season but instead he will make $12 million with the Patriots. I don't understand how you can go from hating a team so much to now playing for them but I digress. Revis old team, the Jets,, went out and picked up Eric Decker for 5 years and $37.5 million, $15 million guaranteed. I think this will be a good matchup in the AFC North between these two but I have to agree with NFL Access,
Manny Machado expressed his displeasure with his new "raise", calling it "disappointing". The Orioles gave Machado a $24,000 raise, bringing his salary up to $519,000, $19,000 over the leagues minimum. Machado also stated that "at the end of the day, you still have to go out and play" which is the truth. Only 21, Machdo has plenty of time to make the big bucks and is just the victim of system that's been around forever. I do think Machado deserve more money, he has been a major piece in the Orioles success the past two seasons, but this will keep him hungry. Mike Trout also received a "disappointing" contract, 1 year $1 million deal, after being 2nd in the MVP voting 2 years in a row.