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08:46 AM ET 03.18 | Center Ronnie Turiaf, who will be released by Denver, could emerge as an option for the Heat. Remember, players who have been in the league this season must be released or bought out by Friday to be playoff eligible. The Hornets said last week they are not inclined to buy out Chris Kaman.

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March 18, 2012  09:12 AM ET

Lord how MUCH talent does south beach have to have to win....

March 18, 2012  09:20 AM ET

Mick, I think the only LeBron and the Heat want it to go away. I appears no one is ever going to let it die. I do like Ronnie, wish he was still with the Lakers. So if the Heat win a title, I hope he's on their roster!

KIG...Good question and funny!

March 18, 2012  09:27 AM ET

No matter who the Heat get they are still not going to win

March 18, 2012  09:36 AM ET
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Mick, I think the only LeBron and the Heat want it to go away. I appears no one is ever going to let it die. I do like Ronnie, wish he was still with the Lakers. So if the Heat win a title, I hope he's on their roster! KIG...Good question and funny!

I'm sure I will get someone crying and yelling that I'm just hating....lol

March 18, 2012  09:56 AM ET

Don't Do It, Bro.

March 18, 2012  10:09 AM ET
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Lord how MUCH talent does south beach have to have to win....

How MUCH talent does Turiaf have to offer?

Although him and Eddy could keep the end of the bench well polished :-)

March 18, 2012  10:14 AM ET
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How MUCH talent does Turiaf have to offer?Although him and Eddy could keep the end of the bench well polished :-)

Man it's funny how Miami keeps on picking up Knicks trashy big men... I won't be shocked if they try to sign Jerome James as well...

March 18, 2012  10:19 AM ET
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Mick, I think the only LeBron and the Heat want it to go away. I appears no one is ever going to let it die. I do like Ronnie, wish he was still with the Lakers. So if the Heat win a title, I hope he's on their roster! KIG...Good question and funny!

you also miss his dancing on the sidelines? LOL u really are drunk!

March 18, 2012  10:19 AM ET
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Man it's funny how Miami keeps on picking up Knicks trashy big men... I won't be shocked if they try to sign Jerome James as well...

LMAO eddie curry = checked...ronny turiaf = checked....jerome james = CHECKED!

March 18, 2012  10:42 AM ET
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Man it's funny how Miami keeps on picking up Knicks trashy big men... I won't be shocked if they try to sign Jerome James as well...

They're probably kicking the tires on Greg Oden as we speak...

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March 18, 2012  11:12 AM ET
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You have alot of talk for someone who rode Lin's nuts only to be almost out of the playoffs....Eighth seed?Thought they were gonna be a top 5 seed remember?

i thought they were gonna win the championship <sarcasm>
now its woods-anity!

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March 18, 2012  11:16 AM ET

For a moment Friday, Dwyane Wade had an unconventional solution for outrebounding Magic center Dwight Howard. Of course, sitting atop Joel Anthony???s shoulders to grab rebounds is probably against the rules.

So that's out of the question.

As for a less creative way of limiting Howard on the glass, Wade was somewhat at a loss after the Heat???s victory against the 76ers. The Heat (32-11) did not practice Saturday and plays host to the Magic (29-16) at 7 p.m. on Sunday. It's the final regular-season meeting of the season between the Southeast Division rivals, and the Heat has lost two of the first three games against the Magic.

"I don???t know," Wade said. "We can't go up there where [Howard] can go up. No one on our team can do that unless we stack two people on top of each other."

"We just got to try and do a good job of rebounding the ball the best we can and try to put a body on him."

Howard, who leads the NBA in rebounding (18.7 per game), is averaging 21.3 rebounds against the Heat this season. Last Tuesday, he pulled down 25 rebounds in the Heat???s 104-98 overtime loss.

The Heat has been outrebounded in five of its nine games since the All-Star break, including its past three. On Friday in Philadelphia, the Heat built a 29-point lead in the first half against the Sixers only to be outrebounded 20-4 in the third quarter. The rebounding disparity allowed Philadelphia to get back into the game.

"Our defensive intensity slipped a little bit in the second half, and they started getting assaults on the rim," forward Udonis Haslem said. "When they get assaults on the rim and we???re in rotation, we're not a big team. So when we???re in rotation, we???ve got to have full bodies on guys."

"The key for us is to protect the paint and keep those guys from assaulting the rim ??? keep bodies on bodies. Show them some manlove."

But against Howard, there isn't much the Heat can do to prevent him from pulling down defensive rebounds.

"You can???t change nothing," LeBron James said. "If you don't shoot the ball well from the field, he's going to get every last defensive rebound. He cleans up the glass, so you just try to put more pressure on him and be more active."

James said the goal is to limit Howard???s rebounds to "18 to 12" but to do that would "take a team effort."

"It???s never just one guy guarding," James said. "It???s never just Joel or [Dexter Pittman] or [Haslem] or [Chris Bosh] or Eddy [Curry]. It's the whole team, where hopefully those numbers go down."

The Heat's team-rebounding philosophy is predicated on collective energy.

"A lot of energy," Wade said. "You???d love to keep it up for 48 minutes but that???s probably as close to impossible as anything."

The compact schedule of the lockout-shortened season hasn???t made the Heat's taxing style any easier to maintain on a nightly basis. Add to that reality the fact that six of the Heat's players didn???t receive a break during All-Star Weekend, and it???s easy to understand the reason for the Heat's sluggish play.

"We're a no-excuse team, and we???re going to continue to keep playing," Wade said. "We're one of the top teams in the league with one of the best records in the league, and we???re going to go back home, try to get our energy up and try to get back to playing Miami Heat basketball and finish the last 20 [games] the same way."

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