Miami Heat News: Chris Bosh to miss Utah Jazz clash

MIAMI (Sporting Alert) — Chris Bosh will miss the Miami Heat’s game with the Utah Jazz at AmericanAirlines Arena on Saturday night.

Bosh, who is averaging 18 points and 7.9 rebounds per game, will sit out the contest with what the club has reported as flu-like symptoms.

The star forward, who also missed Miami’s morning shootaround session on Saturday because of the virus,  had played in all of the team’s 23 games thus far this season.

“I think the flu hit every single one of our guys, and most of the staff, at some point,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “(Bosh) called in and we told him to stay at home.

“I was hoping he might (play) … come back tonight and feel better. But I should have known better because everybody else who has missed a shootaround (before), they did not make it back (to play).”

The Miami Heat, which eased to a 110-95 win over the Dallas Mavericks in its last outing at American Airlines Center on Thursday night, are 12-2 at home and enter the clash with a 17-6 overall record.

In the win over the Mavericks, Bosh scored 17 points and pulled down seven rebounds in teaming up with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade to score 60 of Miami’s 110 total points.

Rashard Lewis could start for Bosh on Saturday, although Spoelstra is considering starting with center Joel Anthony.

Meanwhile, the Utah Jazz, which are 14-13 on the season, will be looking to rebound from the 104-84 defeat to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.

The Jazz have won just once in its last four games, but have taken victory in five of its last eight games.

Reports: Lakers looking to replace Mike Brown

NEW YORK (Sporting Alert) — Mike Brown’s future with the Los Angeles Lakers continues to be the main talking point of the new NBA season and reports are now claiming that the former Cleveland Cavaliers coach maybe on his way out.

Lakers, 1-4, lose again, beaten 95-86 by Jazz

Despite the big name additions during the trading period, where Steve Nash and Dwight Howard were added, the Lakers have had a poor start to the season – currently at 1-4, following Wednesday night’s defeat to the Utah Jazz, and many believe the it is only a matter of time before Brown is sacked.

Reports are suggesting that former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, ex-New York Knicks driller Mike D’Antoni and former Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy are all being considered, should Brown’s current situation not improved.

“Jerry Sloan to L.A. by December 1,” the HOOPSWORLD quoted a league source as predicting. “Nash and Howard are the new Stockton and Malone.

“He wants a ring, not to mention the money. He didn’t seriously consider Orlando, Charlotte or Portland [openings] over the summer because he knew Los Angeles would open up.”

It is believed that the Lakers are still struggling to adjust – mainly to the offensive style of Brown’s coaching, while Kobe Bryant, reports claimed is set to have his minutes cut until he’s fully fit.

Clippers forward Lamar Odom overweight and out of shape

LOS ANGELES (Sporting Alert) — Lamar Odom continues to be bothered by injuries, which are halting his preparations for the upcoming season, but his coach also believes that the former LA Lakers forward is overweight.

Odom’s participation in preseason outings has been limited with the LA Clippers so far this term with head coach Vinny Del Negro even holding him out in the preseason win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night at Staples Center.

It has been reported that Odom, who won two NBA championship titles with the Lakers, is still being bothered by a knee problem, but Del Negro revealed that there are other issues affecting his time on the court with his new club.

“He’s got to work through some conditioning things and some health things right now, which he’s doing,” Del Negro was quoted as saying.

“Yeah, I wish he was in a little bit better conditioning, and he wishes he was.

“But he’s just got to continue to work every day and I’m sure he’ll get there eventually.”

San Antonio Spurs ready for Utah Jazz: Live!

SAN ANTONIO (Sporting Alert) — The San Antonio Spurs (50-16) are ready to start on the aggressive end in the opening Western Conference first round game against the Utah Jazz on Sunday.

The Texas team, which starts the series as the number 1 seed in the Western Conference again will look for better this post season and shoot around this morning has indicated that they are looking to keep their good form going.

Tony Parker (18.3), Tim Duncan (15.4) and Manu Ginobili (12.9), who is shooting 52.6 percent from the field and 41.3 percent from three point range – will be the main scorers for the Spurs, which are looking to add the their impressive 28-5 home road this season.

Reports are saying that Boris Diaw will start alongside Tim Duncan in today’s game.

The Utah Jazz (36-30) had to work hard to get to this point and one would believe that they will want to keep the fight going.

The 11-22 away record isn’t so much in their favour, but this is playoffs basketball!

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