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Make it three straight for the Heat, who had dropped below .500 after three games this season. After Thursday's win over the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat forward LeBron James admitted that he hasn't been his normal self on the court lately due to lower back soreness that's bothered him over the past "couple" weeks. When James was out of the game, he was seen wearing a heat pack around his torso and lying down, attempting to stretch it out. James didn't rule out missing time to rest his back in the near future, but it's likely he'll play on Saturday when the Heat host the Boston Celtics. "If I can't get out of bed, I can't show up here," James said. "If I can't give enough to help us be successful, then I won't play. That's the one thing I know I will do." (ESPN.com) Comment
Entering the weekend, it's as clear as ever that Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin has issues with teammates other than Richie Incognito. Martin's lawyer, David Cornwell, has issued a statement detailing other evidence and allegations of harassment, extending the blame beyond Incognito. ... While a lawsuit surely remains an option, Martin's goal seems to be returning to the football field. It will be difficult for him to play for the Dolphins again, absent dramatic changes to the roster. But if the investigation vindicates Martin, he possibly would find a home with another team. There's a chance another team will acquire Martin before then. Even though the trading deadline has passed, the Dolphins could decide to release Martin, exposing him to waivers and, if not claimed, free agency. (Pro Football Talk) Comment
Call it a comeback? Former Florida Atlantic coach Carl Pelini, who resigned last week amid allegations of illegal drug use, struck back at his former employer Thursday in a letter retracting his resignation and requesting reinstatement into his former position. Pelini called his resignation "forced," after FAU athletic director Pat Chun and a university police officer confiscated Pelini's phone and denied his requests for legal counsel. Wrote Pelini, "I know now that my legal counsel would have advised me not to sign the (resignation) letter." Pelini resigned on Oct. 30, three days before FAU was to play Tulane. In a press conference announcing Pelini's resignation, Chun described instances of "illegal drug use," calling it "unacceptable." (USA TODAY Sports) Comment
Chris Bosh isn't familiar with Blake Griffin's work. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
Kobe who? Lakers guard Steve Blake drained a three-pointer with 1.3 seconds left to ice the Rockets 99-98.