Pistons seek to move closer to Heat

The Miami Heat got run out of their own building on Thursday night, but now they will get another chance in a game that is crucial to the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

Drummond will match up with 7-foot, 265-pound Heat center Hassan Whiteside, who is averaging 14.0 points and 11.8 rebounds, including 3.2 on the offensive glass.

Backup Heat center Bam Adebayo, a 6-10, 245-pound rookie, is averaging 7.4 points and 5.5 rebounds in 20.5 minutes. Over 36 minutes, Adebayo’s averages would be 13.0 points and 9.6 rebounds.

All in all, Saturday’s game should be quite a battle in the paint.

On a night when Lonzo Ball made every one of his shots for the Lakers, Isaiah Thomas wanted to make sure his one playful shot at the rookie’s shooting form landed as well.

Thomas, a six-year veteran guard, was asked on Monday after Los Angeles’ victory in Atlanta about what he thinks of Ball’s shot and his infamous technique, now that they are teammates and the rookie guard is shooting well of late. Thomas gave a sly look over toward Ball’s locker to see if he was around and listening — not in a sinister way, but more like he wanted Ball to hear him give the point guard a hard time about his form.

“I mean, it’s ugly as hell,” Thomas said as he began defending Ball’s shooting style. “It’s an ugly shot, but he’s been successful with it his whole life. So you get to the highest level, there is no need to change it. You just got to figure out ways to continue to make it better.”

After Teague left the court, Jazz guard Jae Crowder and Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau were issued double technicals for arguing with each other. Crowder was later ejected for picking up his second technical foul with 45.3 seconds remaning.

Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns also was ejected just before halftime when he was called for his second technical foul for arguing a non-call.

Referee Kane Fitzgerald said after the game that Towns’ first technical Cheap NFL Jerseys USA foul was for dead-ball contact of an elbow to the Crowder’s face. The second technical was for “continuous complaint. Three or four plays in a row he was complaining and a technical foul was given.”

When asked whether he thought Towns’ fouls were justified, Thibodeau Basketball Cheap Jerseys only said: “Let’s just say I was very disappointed in the way the game was managed.”

Timberwolves forward Jimmy Butler, who is sidelined due to surgery on his right knee, approved of Teague’s fiery play.

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