Entries by Ethan Skolnick

Charles Barkley loves Dwyane, Herro & Heat?

What’s happening in the sports media world tonight? Dwyane Wade told us on Twitter that he got some good news Monday. But no one could have anticipated this. Joining forces with Charles Barkley on TNT? Is everyone forgetting the way that Barkley has treated Dwyane Wade over the years, to the point that even Wade’s […]

Miami Heat Predictions: Five Reasons Sports Network

The Miami Heat start their 2019-20 season with the most optimism in at least four years… and perhaps longer. They have a real star, a streamlined roster and an intriguing group of young players. What do some of the Five Reasons Sports Network contributors expect?   Zach Buckley (@ZBuckleyNBA): This Heat team has sneaky-good upside […]

NBA GMs love Spoelstra, like Miami Heat a little

The NBA’s general managers have spoken. The annual polling of teams’ primary decision-makers was released today on NBA.com and, as usual, there are some surprises. What comes across most is how balanced the league is this season, compared to recent seasons. We’ll get to thoughts on other teams and players in a minute but, first, […]

Looks like the Miami Heat have a lineup

We sort of called this one. No, it wasn’t expected quite this early, but Tyler Herro joined two other newcomers — Jimmy Butler and Meyers Leonard — in Miami’s starting lineup Monday against Atlanta. Herro-Adebayo-Leonard-Winslow-Butler Get used to it.@5ReasonsSports pic.twitter.com/CGGiKFJSjT — Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) October 14, 2019 And you shouldn’t expect it to change, […]

Did Dolphins coach Brian Flores make the right call?

When intentions are unclear, it’s difficult to assess decisions. Take, for instance, the choice by Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores to go for two, rather than tie the game, after his team rallied to within 17-16 against the Washington Redskins with just six seconds left in regulation Sunday. And then the actual play that […]

The numbers-crunchers (kinda) like the Miami Heat

While 538 is best known for its political predictions, the statistical website runs plenty of models on sports too. And it has run one on the Miami Heat and other NBA teams. Here’s the entire article, which we will explore in more detail — zeroing in on specific Heat players — in future posts here. […]

Butler and the Bucket: the Love Affair continues

We first saw this Butler affair flourish in Chicago. That’s where Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro started posting Instagram love letters to each other, shooting and sneering together in workouts. Now, though, their affection is in full bloom. Jimmy Butler clearly likes guys who get it. Who not only can play, but play really really […]