Thunder eliminated Spurs with more overwhelming defense

Thunder eliminated Spurs with more overwhelming defense. The Thunder won the series 4-2 an now will play against Warriors. Sports.
May 13, 2016

Thunder eliminated Spurs

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The Oklahoma Thunder has eliminated the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals with a final result of 113-99. The Thunder won the series 4-2 and now is heading to the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors. With the victory OKC put away the wish of Tim Duncan to retire with a title.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook where amazing in this series with a lot of points in hand, and rebounds and assists. All NBA was waiting for a Warriors vs. Spurs series but OKC put that away and now the are the ones that have the hard task that is beat the Warriors.

This was a surprising result because San Antonio established in the league as the second best team all season.

This is not the first time that San Antonio disappoint the NBA fans, in 2011 they were 1st place and where eliminated in first round by no. 8 Grizzlies. In 2012 they were 2-0 against the Thunder and lose the series and in 2013 they collapse to win the NBA Finals against the Heat.

Whether San Antonio’s 2016-17 roster includes Tim Duncan or Manu Ginobili is an open question. Both players can exercise options to return, but each looks well past his prime.

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Scott Skiles resigns, says he’s ‘not the right head coach’ for Magic

Scott Skiles resigns, says he's not the right coach for Magic. Skiles has resigned as the Orlando Magic’s head coach, the team announced Thursday. Sports.
May 12, 2016

Scott Skiles resigns

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Scott Skiles has resigned as the Orlando Magic’s head coach, the team announced Thursday.

The 52-year-old coach spent just one season with the Magic, posting a 35-47 record. He has coached four teams over 14 NBA seasons, and his last job – a four-plus season run with the Buskcs – ended with an abrupt midseason agreement with that team to part ways.

At the time Skiles wanted to leave Milwaukee to purse Orlando’s coaching job, but the team filled with Jacque Vaughn. Skiles who spent five years of his 10-year NBA career playing with the Magic, eventually landed their coaching job last offseason.

Skiles has a 478-480 career record after stints with the Suns, Bulls, Bucks and Magic.

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Toronto Raptors gana ante Miami Heat y dominan la serie 3-2

Toronto Raptors gana ante Miami Heat. DeRozan logró su patido numero 13 en que ha aportado 20 puntos en la postemporada. Noticia Deportiva.
Mayo 12, 2016

Miami Heat pierde

TORONTO RAPTORS GANA: NOTICIA DEPORTIVA

Los Toronto Raptors han tomado la ventaja en la serie ante el Heat 3-1. Amparados en 34 puntos del escolta DeMar DeRozan Toronto logró derrotar a Miami 99-91 para tomar la delantera en la serie.

Bismack Biyombo sumó 10 unidades por los raptors, quienes podrían avanzar por primera vez a la final de conferencia si dominan el sexto choque el viernes en Miami.

DeRozan logró su patido numero 13 en que ha aportado 20 puntos en la postemporada, lo que representa un record para la franquicia. El escolta que participa en su séptima temporada en la NBA ha alcanzado la cifra en seis ocasiones durante esta postemporada.

Por el Heat, Dwyane Wade consiguió 20 puntos, mientas que Goran Dragic y Josh Richardson finalizaron con 13 cada uno. Joe Johnson añadió 11 unidades.

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Stephen Curry Unanimous MVP, 1st in the history of NBA

Stephen Curry Unanimous MVP, 1st in the NBA history. For Curry this is his 2nd straight MVP Award. Sports. Stephen Curry News.
May 11, 2016

Curry Unanimous MVP

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The Golden State Warriors Guard Stephen Curry has become the first unanimous MVP in the NBA history. For Curry this is his 2nd straight MVP Award. There were other names in the MVP race like LeBron James, and Russell Westbrook but Curry’s performance this year was incredible. Steph ended up the season averaging 30 points per game in 35 minutes of play.

Stephen Curry made 402 three pointers in this season breaking his own record of 286 that he set last season. Curry also join he’s coach, Steve Kerr, and Steve Nash as the only players in league history to shoot at least 50 percent from the floor, 45 percent from 3-point range and 90 percent from the line in a season.

Curry is the 11th player to win back to back MVP awards in the 70 seasons of history in the NBA, LeBron James was the last to achieve that feat with Miami in 2012 and 2013.

Tom Brady that is the only unanimous winner of the Associated Press NFL MVP Award congratulated Curry and says that he is a dominant player and its fun to watch him playing.

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Stephen Curry MVP Award will be repeated

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May 9, 2016

Stephen Curry MVP Award

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry its on a dream season and will be named MVP for the second straight season. After one of the greatest seasons in NBA history for Curry and the Warriors its not a surprise that the Scoring Leader of this year will be named MVP again. If you see that Steph was shooting insane and making a lot of things for the Warriors you have to know that the MVP is unanimous for him because this year he has been the best player in NBA no matter what people say. On the MVP race there are a lot of super stars that have impressive numbers like Russell Westbrook, Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James and Kevin Durant, but none of them has made what Curry did this season. When you analyze Three Pointers, Buzzer Beaters, shot from the Halfcourt, records brake and all the things that he do for his team, there is no doubt that Stephen Curry deserve the award. Now the thing is, if Curry won the MVP and his team was the best team of the season, they need to complete the task and won the NBA Championship and maybe the NBA Finals MVP.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry will be named NBA Most Valuable Player for a second straight season, according to league sources.

Sources told ESPN.com that the widely anticipated honor for Curry is scheduled to be announced in the next few days, with the Warriors poised to return to Oakland, California, on Tuesday after Monday night’s Game 4 in Portland.

Curry has been an overwhelming favorite to repeat as league MVP since the Warriors’ record-setting start to the season, when they went 24-0 — surpassing the previous record for best start to a season by nine wins — en route to a 73-9 mark that eclipsed the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ 72-10 record as the winningest single season in NBA history.

Curry is bidding to become the first unanimously chosen MVP in NBA history; Shaquille O’Neal and LeBron James fell one vote shy of unanimous selection in 2000 and 2013, respectively.

Curry has given himself a chance at sweeping the balloting thanks to a season as statistically dominant as any guard has ever assembled.

He’s the first player in league history at any position to average 30 ‎points per game in less than 35 minutes per game over the course of a full season.

Curry also shattered his single-season NBA record for made 3-pointers with 402 — his ‎previous record was 286 last season — while joining Steve Nash and his coach, Steve Kerr, as the only players in league history to shoot at least 50 percent from the floor, 45 percent from 3-point range and 90 percent from the line in a single season.

The 28-year-old will be the 11th player to win back-to-back MVP awards in the NBA’s 70-season existence. James was the last to achieve that feat with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013.

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Spurs could pursue Kevin Durant in free agency

May 6, 2016

Spurs wants Kevin Durant

The Kevin Durant sweepstakes understandably haven’t quite cranked up yet, just a few days into May, but they do share one notable trait at this embryonic stage with the rest of the NBA’s 2015-16 season.

The Golden State Warriors, whenever Durant’s future does come up, have been getting most of the attention so far.

When it comes to listing teams capable of stealing Durant away from the franchise he’s helped build into a perennial power — and from the fiercely proud and protective state that treasures him as one of its own — almost every list out there has Warriors at or near the top.

Just be sure to remember the following when you’re watching Durant, Russell Westbrook and the rest of the Oklahoma City Thunder play host to the San Antonio Spurs this weekend in a pivotal Game 3 on Friday and Game 4 on Sunday:

The stately Spurs, league sources say, are just as intrigued as Golden State by the thought of making a run at Durant come July 1.

As rough as the regular season was at times for the Thunder, amid a rash of a blown fourth-quarter leads and the tragic circumstances that snatched popular assistant coach Monty Williams from OKC’s bench, ‎Durant largely succeeded in his mission coming into the campaign to hush talk about his looming free agency as much as he could. We’re a mere 55 days away now from one of the game’s consensus top-five players hitting the open market, but the bulk of the discourse to date has focused on the teams planning to chase him as opposed to Durant’s presumed leanings.

Yet OKC suddenly can’t get through a single playoff game without being confronted by a foe playing for more than the mere W. As our own Zach Lowe also warned you in this series set-up piece, when he wrote of the Spurs “quietly discussing what kind of cap gymnastics it would take to get into the Durant derby,” standard postseason pressure is only a fraction of the burden weighing on the Thunder, even after they managed to rebound from a Game 1 no-show in San Antonio by stealing Game 2 on the road.

As well as Durant and his close-knit tandem of representatives, Rich Kleiman and Charlie Bell, have done in terms of keeping their intentions mysterious, there is a working assumption among KD’s would-be suitors that a second-round Thunder exit essentially cinches the notion that he’ll indeed walk away and look for the best external situation that positions him to win that elusive first championship.

The theory (stress: theory) also holds that OKC success in this round against the 67-win Spurs would be enough, no matter what happens in a presumed Western Conference finals showdown with the Warriors, to convince Durant, at the very least, to sign a new two-year deal with Oklahoma City ‎that contains a player option for Year 2. Going that route would thus allow Durant to not only give himself one more chance to win that breakthrough title in Thunder colors but also return to free agency in the summer of 2017 eligible for a contract that could be up to $40 million richer and do so alongside Westbrook, who’ll likewise have the opportunity to be aggressively courted by the masses for the first time after next season.

“That’s probably one of the first times I’ve heard that one,” Durant told us in February when our ESPN Radio team had the chance to sit down with him at All-Star Weekend in Toronto and ask about a short-term deal with the Thunder.

“I haven’t thought about contracts or free agency or none of that stuff at all really. … I haven’t thought about that one. I guess I have to.”

What seems certain, at this juncture, is that the forthcoming salary-cap spike that’s projected to take the cap ceiling beyond the $90 million threshold for 2016-17 and into the unprecedented stratosphere of nine figures for 2017-18 gives elite free agents all kinds of unforeseen options … while hurting the Thunder as much as any team on the map. The spike is going to be so drastic that both the Warriors and the Spurs, if they’re willing to shed key contributors from their respective current cores, have undeniable avenues to manufacture the requisite cap space to try to marry Durant with their existing stars.

In Golden State’s case, of course, rumblings about the Warriors’ intent to pursue that very trail come July 1 have been circulating as far back as November, even without any overt encouragement from Durant. There were whispers, going back to the Warriors’ ridiculous 24-0 start, about the bond Golden State stalwarts Steph Curry and Andre Iguodala formed with KD when all three were teammates on an unproven Team USA squad way back in 2010 that won the FIBA World Championship in Turkey that summer. There’s been a quiet yet unmistakable belief in the Bay Area, all season long, that the combined draw of those relationships and the Warriors’ stunning rise over the past 18 months to become the NBA’s it team would give them a chance — perhaps even the league’s best chance — of luring Durant away from the only franchise he’s ever known. Even if it means parting ways with the promising Harrison Barnes. And presumably more.

The Spurs, though, are said to have harbored similar fantasies for months in their famously stealthy manner. As with Golden State, San Antonio won’t have close to max cap room to spend without a willingness to lose multiple members from its Boris Diaw/Danny Green/Patty Mills supporting cast. Yet you’ll recall how swiftly the Spurs jettisoned Tiago Splitter last summer when the opportunity arose to sign LaMarcus Aldridge.

Is it fair to describe the Warriors or the Spurs as likely destinations for the game’s most feared pure scorer?

Is Durant truly prepared to be branded as the biggest bandwagon-hopper of all time by ‎bolting the Thunder for an established championship outfit that, in either case, would make LeBron James’ formation of a superteam on South Beach in the summer of 2010 seem almost modest by comparison?

Only KD and his closest confidants know.

The sure thing, at this stage, is that the Spurs — like the Warriors — are primed for the chase. Like Pat Riley and the Miami Heat last summer with Aldridge, San Antonio wants to book the face-to-face chance to pitch Durant in early July 1 … and then worry about where the cap space comes from.

These are, after all, the new Spurs. After shunning big-ticket free agency for more than a decade in the wake of their unsuccessful run at Jason Kidd in the summer of 2003, Gregg Popovich was positively Riley-esque last summer in his pursuit of Aldridge to partner with Kawhi Leonard and set them up as co-heirs to the two decades of elite basketball sustained with Tim Duncan as the Spurs’ focal point.

It would be premature to suggest that any team apart from the Thunder is in the Durant lead at the minute. Nor is anyone claiming that the Warriors and Spurs are the only two threats to OKC.

All signs continue to point to Washington, Miami, Boston, Houston, New York and naturally both of the L.A. teams doing everything they can to romance Durant as if he were coming out of Montrose Christian School in Maryland all over again.

You can likewise rest assured more known threats will emerge as free-agent season draws closer.

The lure of a move to the more forgiving Eastern Conference, as well as the very real prospect of Durant ultimately deciding on his own that the Warriors or Spurs are simply too good without him to attach himself now, serve as realistic counters to the idea that the two clubs immediately in Oklahoma City’s postseason path should be the Thunder’s two biggest concerns.

The Thunder could also complicate things in a thoroughly beneficial manner to their own cause by beating San Antonio three more times, ensuring themselves a follow-up shot to then stun Golden State in the next round, which would only give No. 35 tons more to think about. With Durant serving as a true pioneer in planting big-time pro sports in the region, Oklahoma City sports a winning percentage of .616 since KD and Russ first joined forces in the 2008-09, bettered only by San Antonio (.714) and Miami (.623) in the NBA and, purely for discussion purposes, matched by not a single team in Major League Baseball in the same span.

Just consider much of the above another one of those not-so-gentle Don’t Sleep On The Spurs reminders that are still strangely necessary in Year 19 of the Pop-&-Timmy Show.

And if you think it would somehow scare them to try to find room in the same offense for Durant, Leonard and the increasingly dominant Aldridge …

Don’t bother.

As one rival GM half-jokingly told me this week, immediately haunted by picturing what those three could be capable of in the midst of the NBA’s small ball revolution: “Because they’d win every game.”

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NBA coaches shocked Pacers parted ways with Frank Vogel

NBA coaches shocked: The Indiana Pacers decided not to renew head coach Frank Vogel's contract on Wednesday. Sports Live.
May 6, 2016

NBA coaches shocked

The Indiana Pacers decided not to renew head coach Frank Vogel’s contract on Wednesday, claiming it was time for a “new voice” in control of the team.

This decision has been contentious, to say the least.

No one seems to understand why the Pacers would rid themselves of Vogel, given his track record with the team and the paucity of talent in the market of available NBA coaches.

Most disturbed by the Pacers’ decision are other NBA coaches like the Miami Heat’s Erik Spoelstra, who spoke about Vogel’s non-renewal to the Miami Herald’s Manny Navarro on Thursday.

For Spoelstra, Vogel’s ouster is a grim example of the state of his profession. He says he could’ve easily well found himself similarly canned if had he worked with any other organization.

“That’s a sad state of the coaching profession right now,” Spoelstra said. “That’s why it’s fairly easy for me to feel grateful for being part of this organization for 21 years…You don’t get [the] opportunity [to succeed] when you’re making changes all the time. I probably would’ve been fired two or three times in a different organization.”

Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey also spoke about Vogel, whom he reached out to Wednesday after news of the non-renewal broke.

“Our business is tough. I texted him and told him to hang in there. You hate to see another coach lose their profession, lose their job at any level. That’s the crappy part of this thing. He’ll land on his feet. He’ a good coach. He’s an excellent coach…[The Pacers] have been one of the top defensive teams in the league over the years while he’s been there. Again, the grass always look greener on the other side.”

As for the Pacers’ next head coach, it’s hard to see what greener grass they’re eyeing.

The free agent coaching market’s most attractive offering, Luke Walton, was snapped up by the Los Angeles Lakers prior to Vogel’s soft firing. This leaves ex-coaches like Mark Jackson, Mike D’Antoni and Jeff Van Gundy on the long list of retreads Larry Bird’s front office must now peruse for Vogel’s replacement.

And for whatever reason, Indiana prefers grabbing a new leader from this “Go Fish” pile of spare parts than staying the course with the franchise’s winningest coach. Vogel, who led the Pacers to four postseasons and two Eastern Conference Finals series since taking over in the 2010-11 season, is just not the man for the job any longer in Indianapolis.

Dan is on Twitter. He thinks the Pacers should look into hiring Frank Vogel.

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Wizards All-Star guard John Wall undergoes knee surgery

John Wall undergoes knee surgery: John Wall underwent left knee surgery and is expected to be ready for the start of next season. Sports News Online.
May 6, 2016

John Wall undergoes knee surgery

Washington Wizards All-Star guard John Wall underwent left knee surgery and is expected to be ready for the start of next season.

The team said Wall had a procedure done to remove calcium deposits in his left knee to eliminate pain and help him heal more effectively. He also had surgery on his right knee, undergoing an arthroscopic lavage procedure to clean out the knee.

Wall’s chances of playing in the 2016 Rio Olympics are likely over as a result. He was among the 30 finalists named for the national team roster.

In a statement, Wall promised fans, teammates and the organization that he will be focused on getting healthy this summer in order to lead the Wizards back to the playoffs.

Wall set career highs with 19.9 points, 10.2 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 1.9 steals a game. He had a career-best 49 double doubles in 77 games.

Dr. Richard Parker, who performed the surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Marymount, said Wall should be able to play without pain once his rehab is done. Wall was bothered by the knee problem late last season.

Washington general manager Ernie Grunfeld said the team talked with Wall, his agent and top doctors, leading to the decision for the 25-year-old to have surgery.

”John has been a true warrior for us throughout his career and we’re confident that his work ethic will have him back leading the team as soon as possible,” Grunfeld said.

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Raptors tie series in OT against Heat

Raptors tie series: After dropping Game 1 to Miami in overtime, they weren't going to lose Game 2 in the extra session. Sports News.
May 6, 2016

Raptors tie series

The Toronto Raptors were going to lose Game 2.

They were going to lose Game 2 because they trailed the Miami Heat 77-70 with 6 minutes, 35 seconds remaining in regulation, and nothing was working.

Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan were missing shots. Their half-court offense had become stagnant. And no one else appeared ready to step up.

The Raptors were going to be facing an 0-2 deficit, facing the possibility that their season could be over as early as Monday.

But the Raptors hadn’t lost consecutive games all postseason. And after dropping Game 1 to Miami in overtime, they weren’t going to lose Game 2 in the extra session as well.

Staying true to form, the Raptors responded with their backs against the wall.

Led by Jonas Valanciunas, who emerged in the fourth quarter, Toronto staged a comeback and eventually won 96-92 in overtime on Thursday night to even the best-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Heat at 1-1.

The Raptors are 4-0 in the 2016 playoffs following a loss. Game 3 is Saturday afternoon at American Airlines Arena.

“I’m encouraged,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “We’ve got to take it. We can harp on all the negatives and beat that drum, beat it to death, but we’re finding ways to win and that’s very encouraging.”

You certainly can find several negatives. Lowry and DeRozan combined to go 16-for-46 from the field. As a team, the Raptors missed 12 free throws, shot 4-for-18 from 3-point range and had one assist in the second half. Even DeMarre Carroll, the team’s offensive savior with 21 points, uncharacteristically blew a defensive assignment that allowed Goran Dragic to slip out for an uncontested 3-pointer that enabled Miami to send the game into the extra session.

But there were plenty of positives, too. Lowry, who came in shooting an NBA playoff record-low 30.6 percent from the field, drained a pair of midrange shots late in the fourth quarter. Valanciunas, who had just four points heading into the fourth, scored 11 more the rest of the way, including nine in the final period of regulation.

And Toronto’s defense also forced 21 Miami turnovers and turned them into 24 points. For the series, that makes 41 Heat miscues resulting in 46 Raptors points.

“It’s been ugly,” DeRozan said of the series. “But it’s a grind, honestly. We know nothing is going to be pretty, but as long as we can come out with the W it doesn’t matter.”

It wouldn’t have happened without Valanciunas, whose biggest plays came on a tip-in late in the fourth and a pick-and-pop jumper from Lowry in OT. The 24-year-old center also grabbed 12 rebounds and was a team-best plus-17.

“He did that and we didn’t even run any plays for him,” DeRozan said of Valanciunas, who mostly negated Hassan Whiteside over the final 17 minutes. “It was just him being hungry. I think he’s definitely the reason that we won the game tonight.”

Added Carroll: “I told Jonas that if he will play as hard on defense as he does on offense, we will win this whole series.”

Said Valanciunas: “You just have to read the game. You can’t be taking all the shots. One day you have three shots and then all of a sudden the ball just falls into your hands. You have to keep playing. We are playing a team sport and not an individual sport.”

Regardless, the Raptors are dependent on Lowry and DeRozan, and so far things have stayed consistent. Combined, they have taken 317 playoff shots and made 103 for a 32.5 percent clip.

This might just be the way it is. Lowry has already been playing banged up, and now DeRozan is playing through a sore right thumb he suffered late in Game 1. That injury probably contributed to him stunningly missing six free throws in Game 2.

“It’s something I have to deal with,” DeRozan said. “We’ll figure it out.”

Lowry still remains a positive contributor on the court when you look at the total package, while sometimes DeRozan isolations are the only offense Toronto can muster. You just have to take the good with the bad, the weird with the normal. Lowry, who despite his late-night shooting session after Game 1 became the first player in NBA history to go nine straight playoff games shooting under 40 percent while taking at least 10 shots, said he felt great, so that’s something.

All things considered, the Raptors are headed to Miami in OK shape. They haven’t been able to score and their two top players haven’t been able to shoot, but their defense has stepped up, as have their role players.

On Thursday night, the Raptors became just the second team in the past 30 postseasons to shoot as poorly as 41.9 percent from the field and 53.8 percent from the free throw line and still win, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

Like Casey said, they’ll take it.

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Chris Bosh declared out for remainder of Heat postseason

Chris Bosh declared out: Bosh officially will be out for the remainder of the playoffs, Bosh and the Miami Heat announced in a joint statement. Sports Live.
May 5, 2016

Chris Bosh declared out

Chris Bosh officially will be out for the remainder of the playoffs, Bosh and the Miami Heat announced in a joint statement Wednesday.

“The Miami Heat and Chris Bosh announce that Chris will not be playing in the remainder of the 2016 NBA Playoffs,” the statement read. “The Heat, Chris, the doctors and medical team have been working together throughout this process and will continue to do so to return Chris to playing basketball as soon as possible.”

The announcement eases a degree of tension that was building between Bosh and the team over his status. Bosh and the Heat avoided acrimony, and he remained active with the team and traveled to road games on owner Micky Arison’s plane, but he appeared to be pushing for a resolution in recent days.

Last week Bosh and his wife, Adrienne, used social media to generate attention to his desire to return to the floor this season. On Tuesday, at Bosh’s request, the National Basketball Players Association asked for a meeting with the Heat to address the issue.

It is relevant that Bosh and the Heat released the statement together. Bosh released his own statement in March announcing that he did not have deep vein thrombosis, another name for blood clots in the leg, and said he was positive he would return this season. The Heat had not made a statement on Bosh since February, when an undisclosed medical condition forced Bosh to be ruled out indefinitely.

It is also relevant that the statement indicated the intention for Bosh to return to the playing floor eventually. Players with blood clots have been forced to retire from professional sports in the past. Bosh made it clear with his statement two months ago that he did not believe that would be the case. Until now, the Heat had not clearly stated their position on his future.

The formal meeting requested by the union did not take place, sources said, though it is still planned.

Bosh attended the Heat’s practice Wednesday in Toronto but has declined all interview requests.

“I feel for him, and that makes me not want to take any of these moments for granted,” Dwyane Wade said. “When you have one of my best friends not able to be out there, and he’s doing an amazing job being a great teammate, but I’m sure it’s killing him not to be out there.”

Bosh spent Wednesday’s workout at the Air Canada Centre watching game video with assistant coaches and younger rotation players. He also met for several minutes with Heat executive Alonzo Mourning and assistant coach Juwan Howard before leaving the arena.

“He’s been around,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “It’s not like he’s been away from the team. And I think that’s helped. We talk all the time about leadership at all levels. Sometimes it’s a different voice at a different time, and the guys have embraced that.”

Bosh had expressed a desire to return to action after missing the last 29 games of the regular season and Miami’s first-round victory over Charlotte. It’s the second consecutive year that Bosh’s regular season has ended because of an injury detected over All-Star Weekend.

“Sometimes, the organization feels like they’re trying to protect the person,” Heat forward Luol Deng told ESPN on Wednesday. “It’s not just a decision by the organization, it’s also the doctors that they trust in. And at the same time, I understand Chris has his own doctors that he trusts in. At the end of the day, it’s got to be between them and sitting down and figuring this out. But I can’t say who’s right and who’s wrong, until you know exactly what’s going on, because you’re going to hear this and you’re going to hear that.”

Bosh has blogged several times in recent weeks, on topics including pairing beer with barbecue, sneaker collecting and Kobe Bryant. He also has thrown out a few Snapchats, including one last week that showed him shooting jumpers, and tweeted that Heat teammates such as Wade and Goran Dragic are his heroes after recent wins.

But he hasn’t mentioned his health, and on the Heat injury report, the reason for Bosh’s absence is blank.

Bosh did not travel to Canada with the team but flew up to Toronto with Arison in time for Tuesday night’s Game 1 win over the Raptors.

“We know we’re missing a huge part of our team,” Wade said.

The Heat wasted a 10-point lead late in Game 1, then went to overtime when Toronto’s Kyle Lowry made a halfcourt shot at the end of regulation. Bosh’s words to the Heat going into overtime, his teammates said, helped them get back on track and win the game.

“It makes you come out and just do a little bit more, because you’ve got somebody who would kill to be out there, who would do anything just to be on the floor,” Wade said. “I take that into every game with me, for sure.”

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