The Miami Heat (23-15) play against the Portland Trail Blazers (22-22) at Moda Center

Game Time: 10:00 PM EST on Wednesday January 5, 2022

Miami Heat 58, Portland Trail Blazers 47 (Half)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Portland Trail Blazers PR @TrailBlazersPR
First Half Box Score: Heat 58, Trail Blazers 47…11:18 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Max leading all scorers with 11 at the half PM

Surya Fernandez @SuryaHeatNBA
Kyle Lowry tried to assist the referee and gets ejected for it just before halftime. – 11:14 PM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
Kyle Lowry picked up his second technical and was ejected with 1:14 left in the first half. It’s Lowry’s 11th career ejection. – 11:13 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Heat 58, Blazers 47: halftime. 10 points, 8 rebounds for @Jusuf Nurkic. 9 points, 2 rebounds for @Larry Nance Jr. 7 points, 2 rebounds for @Norman Powell. 6 points, 2 assists for @Anfernee Simons. – 11:13 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Up 19 in second, Heat go into half up 58-47. Lowry ejected with two technical fouls. – 11:12 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Seemed like that ref was just waiting for Kyle Lowry to do something wrong
Except that time, nothing was even close to being wrong lol – 11:12 PM
Jamie Hudson @JamieHudson_
Lowry gets ejected after getting hit his second tech. Duncan Robinson couldn’t believe it. And then Coach Spo hit with a technical foul. – 11:11 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
That is a ridiculous ejection of Kyle Lowry. – 11:09 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Lowry ejected with second technical with 1:14 left in first half. – 11:08 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
The new Guy has learned already… we don’t need shoes around here. Word to @Mike Miller. #HEATCulture PM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
I said this when he was signed, but I think Haywood Highsmith will make his way back on this Heat team in the future – 11:07 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
A 9-0 Blazers run, so of course Haywood Highsmith then drains a 3. (He plays for the Heat.) – 11:06 PM
Surya Fernandez @SuryaHeatNBA
Heat with 18 made FGs from 16 assists, and Kyle Lowry has half of them. – 11:05 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Kyle Lowry called for a technical that he’s been working on since midway through the first quarter – 11:03 PM
Portland Trail Blazers PR @TrailBlazersPR
First Quarter Box Score: Heat 30, Trail Blazers 23…11:01 PM
Kevin Chouinard @KLChouinard
Huerter and Gallinari had some rust to shake off in Portland in game 1 post-protocols. Both look much crisper in tonight’s proceedings. – 11:00 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Now eight assists for Lowry in his 12 minutes. Blazers have six as a team. – 10:59 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Heat lacking big bodies yet up 23-11 on boards vs. Blazers. – 10:58 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Currently on a 13-3 run and take a 45-31 lead into the timeout. 6:30 remaining in Q2. – 10:55 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Shoutout to Kyle Guy losing a shoe then trying to get back on defense holding the shoe. – 10:52 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
9 triples so far tonight, including this one from #6MOTYLER PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Guy and Herro with 3s and Heat up 10. – 10:46 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Now three fouls on Silva, which has long been an issue with Chris. Beyond Yurtseven, Tucker only true power player available (Adebayo, Dedmon, Haslem out, with Okpala injured). – 10:44 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Heat 6 of 9 from three at the end of the first
Also 4 of 13 on twos… – 10:40 PM
Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Larry’s leading us with 7 points.
#RipCity PM

Casey Holdahl @CHold
Heat 30, Blazers 23: end of first quarter. 7 points, 1 rebound for @Larry Nance Jr. 6 points, 1 rebound for @Anfernee Simons. POR shooting 35 percent, MIA 46 percent. – 10:39 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Heat 30, Blazers 23 at end of one. Strus with eight points, Lowry with six assists. – 10:39 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Duncan checks in, Duncan cashes in from 3
HEAT lead 22-12 with 4:29 left in Q1 – 10:26 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Lowry with six assists in game’s first eight minutes. – 10:25 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Tyler Herro entering next. – 10:24 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Portland’s obsession with the single-side strip is… unnerving. – 10:24 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again:
If this continues with Max Strus, there’s absolutely no way possible he can be shelved with a healthy roster
That’s how useful he is – 10:23 PM
Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
What’s better than one block in a possession? Two! PM

Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Heat obviously think they have a speed advantage and have been pushing the ball down the floor. Yurtseven out-running Nurkic and being thrown lobs. Hasn’t all worked out well, but Miami leads 14-10. – 10:21 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Opponents the Spurs have held below 100 points in a game this season (9-1):
Orlando x 2
Oklahoma City (Lost)
Boston x 2
New Orleans
Clippers – 10:20 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
That pass from Lowry to Martin couldn’t have been placed any better
Caleb is such a threat in that area of the floor as well – 10:18 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Norm just had one of the most hilarious attempts to draw a shooting foul on ex-teammate Kyle Lowry that I’ve ever seen. Refs weren’t buying it. – 10:15 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Max Strus has never missed his first shot ever – 10:14 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
As we see in the first possession, Jimmy out and PJ in means the wing post playmaking offensive structure is worked through Pj Tucker – 10:13 PM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
Kyrie Irving had 22 points tonight in his first NBA game since early June. Ten of his 22 came in 4th Q in midst of Nets comeback win at Indy. Irving, ineligible to play at Barclays Center due to his vaccination status, will be able to take the floor next on Monday at Portland. – 10:10 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Happy to have y’all with us tonight #HEATTwitter, let’s do this PM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Miami 88, Syracuse 87, final.
Miami moves to 4-0 in the ACC, 12-3 overall headed into a small game Saturday at Durham, North Carolina.
Cuse … man, @JG3_____ showed up big-time tonight. Orange are going to figure things out. Wayyyyy too much talent to be 7-7. – 10:03 PM
Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
To cap his fiery 32-point performance against the Heat, Jordan Poole flew to the bucket for an emphatic dunk in the closing minutes on Monday.…10:00 PM
Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
As bad as Curry was on Mon vs MIA, he’s been far worse tonight. 5-24 FG. 1-9 3pt 5 turnovers. All seemingly avoidable. Just a bunch of loose sloppy play – 9:59 PM
Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Starting 5 from PDX.
1⃣ @Anfernee Simons
2⃣4⃣ @Norman Powell
9⃣ @Nassir Little
1⃣1⃣ @Larry Nance Jr
2⃣7⃣ @bosnianbeast27
#RipCity | @stormxio PM

Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Look how happy Duncan is to be back on the court 🥲 PM

Sean Highkin @highkin
I believe this is the first social justice slogan jersey from the bubble that I’ve actually seen in public, and it’s an Andre Iguodala “GROUP ECONOMICS” Heat jersey in Portland. PM

Nick DePaula @NickDePaula
Bam Adebayo debuts the Air Jordan 36 Low. PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Tyler Herro back to Heat bench tonight.
Starters: Yurtseven, Tucker, Martin, Strus, Lowry. – 9:35 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
With Strus, Tucker and Robinson back from protocols, Mario Chalmers, Aric Holman and Nik Stauskus are the three COVID-19 replacement players who are inactive tonight. – 9:33 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
UPDATE: Mario Chalmers (ineligible) & Nik Stauskus (ineligible) have both been ruled out.
KZ Okpala (wrist) is an active scratch. – 9:32 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Danny Green in 24 minutes tonight:
That’s the most minutes by a player with a 0/0/0/0/0 game since Tony Snell in 2017. PM

Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
P.J. and Max have entered the chat PM

Sean Highkin @highkin
Wearing a Jokic jersey to a Blazers-Heat game, presumably to intimidate Markieff Morris? PM

Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
🏀 #RipCity    vs @Miami Heat
⌚ 7:00PM
📻 @RipCityRadio620 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
In order to work within revised NBA roster rules, KZ Okpala (wrist) will be listed as an active scratch tonight for the Heat in Portland. – 9:14 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Duncan Robinson exits protocols, rejoins Heat in Portland; Mario Chalmers made inactive.… Erik Spoelstra on inactive decisions, “There are human emotions to it. I get it if they would be disappointed if they’re not active.” – 9:12 PM
Dwyane Wade @DwyaneWade
My 40th is coming up and I had plans to celebrate it BIG in Miami! But Omicron and Flurona has other plans. Everyone please be safe out here 🙏🏾 – 9:11 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Mario Chalmers has been made inactive tonight, as have Nik Stauskas and Aric Holman. – 9:07 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Updated w/Spoelstra comment: Duncan Robinson exits protocols, rejoins Heat in Portland.… “We all kind of feel buoyed just by the guys will be coming back, whether it’s on this road trip or back after. You just feel a sense that guys are getting healthier.” – 8:58 PM
Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Normally, if Mavs shoot 34.9% and 4-18 from 3pt. You’d think they’d be down by 10+. Instead they lead GS 50-39. Holding GS to just 39% shooting and forcing 10 TO. If they > 5pts off those TO, the Margin could be much bigger. Doncic 15. Curry just 5 on 1-10 FG after 3-17 vs MIA – 8:46 PM
Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
20-point quarters this season
LeBron: 0
Durant: 0
Giannis: 0
Jokic: 0
Luka: 0
Embiid: 0
Harden: 0
Booker: 0
Trae: 0
Tatum: 0
Dame: 0
Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
Heat say Duncan Robinson will be available tonight. – 8:37 PM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra says Duncan Robinson (Protocols) will play tonight. He cleared the Protocols, left Miami at 5am and arrived in Portland at Noon. – 8:36 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Erik Spoelstra says Duncan Robinson will play tonight vs Portland
Mentions him and Max Strus won’t play their natural minutes
@5ReasonsSports8:36 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Duncan Robinson will play tonight, Spo says. He’ll be on a minutes restriction. Same for Max Strus. – 8:36 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Erik Spoelstra says Duncan Robinson is available. – 8:35 PM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
Coach Billups says he’ll go with the same starters tonight against Miami as he used Monday vs. Atlanta: Anfernee Simons, Norman Powell, Nassir Little, Larry Nance Jr, and Jusuf Nurkic. #RipCity8:21 PM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
#Blazers Assistant Coach Roy Rogers is out of the Health and Safety Protocols, but fellow assistants Scott Brooks and Steve Hetzel are still out of action, but getting closer to a return, according to Coach Billups. – 8:20 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Chauncey Billups is “definitely hopeful” this one-week shutdown for Damian Lillard will lead to improvements with the abdomen situation but says he’ll “let the chips fall where they may” and “see where it’s at and where it’s not at.” – 8:19 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Please @basketballgods give us a Kyrie vs. Lance heat check battle – 8:14 PM
Matt Steinmetz @SteinmetzNBA
Doncic, Harden, Westbrook, T.Young, LeBron James (2015 Finals), Lillard all great players. But over years, Warriors’ defense has done great against teams with ball-dominant players. – 8:09 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Lance Stephenson getting heat checks and taking over an NBA game for Indy vs. his hometown Nets in 2022 is not even really shocking at this point – which says a whole lot about the insane timeline we are living thru – 8:01 PM
Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
After the Warriors’ 115-108 win over the Heat on Monday, Warriors Wire handed out a report card with player grades and a game ball award.…8:00 PM
Jamie Hudson @JamieHudson_
Blazers Update:
Larry Nance Jr. (health & safety protocols) is available for tonight’s game vs. Miami. – 7:55 PM
Jeremy Woo @JeremyWoo
Drove out to South Bend for UNC-Notre Dame and a quality guard matchup between rising ND freshman Blake Wesley and Tar Heels sophomore Caleb Love. My first live look at Wesley, who’s gathered real buzz with his early-season play. Good NBA crowd expected in attendance. PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Duncan Robinson exits protocols, rejoins Heat in Portland.… Heat protocol list down to Vincent, Garrett, Haslem. – 7:47 PM
Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
On June 12, 2011, Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki had 21 points and 11 rebounds as the Mavericks beat the Heat 105-95 in Game 6 to claim their first NBA championship.
It remains the only title in franchise history. In fact, the Mavericks have not won a playoff series since. PM

Jay Allen @PDXjay
Larry Nance Jr. has cleared the Health and Safety Protocols and is available for tonight’s game against Miami. #RipCity7:45 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Larry Nance Jr. is available for tonight’s game against Miami. He was listed as doubtful on Tuesday after entering health and safety protocols. #ripcity7:44 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Chris Silva admits he was “heartbroken” when the Heat traded him last year. Silva is happy to be back less than a year later, even on a 10-day deal… Also, Duncan Robinson has cleared protocols and rejoined the team in Portland – 7:28 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
These 3-pointers from #PIstons Cade Cunningham are looking pretty effortless.
He’s unselfish enough to not take heat-checks, but at this rate, maybe he should. – 7:28 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard getting more consultation on abdominal injury, out at least three more games…7:20 PM
Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Tonight’s Gameday Poster is by @willbryantplz 🎨 PM

Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Heat say Duncan Robinson has arrived in Portland and is listed as questionable to play in tonight’s game vs the Blazers. – 6:42 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
UPDATE: Duncan Robinson (health and safety protocols) has arrived in Portland and is listed as questionable to play in tonight’s game vs the Blazers. – 6:42 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Duncan Robinson has arrived in Portland. Questionable for Heat tonight. – 6:41 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Duncan Robinson has been upgraded to questionable for tonight’s game in Portland. He has missed the last three games while in protocols. – 6:35 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Duncan Robinson (protocols) has been upgraded to questionable for tonight’s Heat game in Portland, a sign he is likely to return. – 6:32 PM
Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
First time seeing Miami this season.
#RipCity PM

Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
You know it’s coming from our award winning @BallyHEAT broadcast team… the only question is, what time?
@Miami Heat // @betwayusa5:22 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Our bench is deep, Coach Spo definitely has some options. #HEATTwitter whatcha think?
@Miami Heat // @betwayusa5:09 PM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
Zion Williamson is reportedly continuing his rehabilitation in Portland.
Thumbs up for me.
Considering we’re 77 days into a Pelicans season in which Z was supposed to appear in game #1, utilizing another avenue with resources sounds like a good plan. PM

Frank Madden @fmaddenNBA
Bucks have dealt with a ton of injuries this year but it’s also wild how easy their schedule has been. Here are their wins vs. .500+ teams (8-6):
Nets (home)
Cavs (home)
Hornets (home)
Lakers (no LeBron)
Nuggets (no Jokic)
Sixers (no Embiid)
Heat (no Jimmy/Bam)
Mavs (no Luka) – 4:49 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
NEW: Exploring the Miami Dolphins’ free agent options to bolster their ailing offense. Some names to chew on:…4:32 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Free pod: How Do the Bulls Match Up in the East? CP or Kawhi All-Time? Time to Trade Lillard? Christian Wood’s Trade Value w/ @Danny Leroux
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