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The Miami Heat entered Sunday’s afternoon tilt with the Brooklyn Nets on a three-game losing streak, slipping to seventh in the East and into the dreaded play-in tournament. For a team with aspirations of a top-4 seed after last year’s Finals run, it’s been a season filled with inconsistencies due in large part to injuries and absences due to health and safety protocols.
Without Jimmy Butler, the Heat weren’t favored to beat the Nets, but after Kevin Durant left early in the first quarter with a thigh contusion and didn’t return, they quickly took control behind a tremendous performance from Bam Adebayo. Still, down the stretch they found themselves trailing after Landry Shamet caught fire and posted a career-high 30 point outing, and needed some late heroics from Adebayo to escape with a victory.
Tied at 107-107 after Kyrie Irving failed to hit a go-ahead bucket on the other end, the Heat gave Adebayo the ball against Jeff Green and had him isolate, dribbling the clock down inside five seconds before going to work, getting to his spot on the left block, and rising for his first ever game-winner at the buzzer.
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) April 18, 2021
It’s a situation that Miami typically leans on Butler for, but it was good to see Adebayo step up into that role and deliver, rather than ceding that role to someone else on an afternoon where he was so terrific. Bam finished with 21 points, 15 rebounds, and five assists, taking advantage of his size advantage against the smaller Nets all night — his backup, the recently signed Dewayne Dedmon did the same with 10 points and 10 rebounds in 15 minutes of play, as Miami’s interior presence was the difference in a much needed win.
The win pulled Miami back to a game over .500 and just 1.5 back of the Knicks for the 6-seed. They’ll look to piece together another winning streak to climb the standings and avoid the play-in, but for now they can celebrate a hard fought win and a signature moment for Adebayo.
A police officer demonstrated how a seasoned cop should know the difference between a pistol and a Taser in a viral TikTok video.
The video was posted to TikTok by @brian1504, whose account has since been deleted, following much discussion after former Officer Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department, fatally shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Minnesota. Police officials, according to NPR, claimed Potter mistook her gun for a Taser.
The officer, going by Brian B., readies his belt with the two weapons and taps his gun as the “dominant” and his Taser as “not so dominant.”
He further explains: “Huge weight difference, guys. I don’t understand how we can mistake a Taser for a gun or a gun for a Taser. If you’re in the heat of the moment, and you do something like that, you shouldn’t be doing this job.”
“Nobody (dislikes) a bad cop more than a good cop. … I’m not going to put my life on the line to try and fix your stupidity and deal with restoring the peace with my public that I serve just because of your stupid actions,” he continues. “It makes no sense. Ninety-nine percent of our job is communication. You don’t have to be quick to pull out a gun or a taser on somebody and think everybody’s a threat.”
“Not everybody’s a threat. Try talking to them; get to know these people,” he adds.
A New York Times reported specifically on this notion, noting the florescent brightness of Tasers and that “Brooklyn Center Police Department manual cites the Glock 17, 19 and 26 as standard-issue for the department. All three pistol models weigh significantly more than a typical Taser. Glocks also have a trigger safety that can be felt when touching the trigger. Tasers do not.”
Grips on the two instruments could reportedly be somewhat similar, based on polymer types.
According to the website, the largest, professional, law-enforcement grade unit, TASER X2, is about a pound without the cartridge. The lightest of the three pistols Brooklyn Center Police uses, the Glock 26, is 1.3 pounds without ammunition. This pistol, and the other larger models, with full clips, would be much heavier than the Taser.
“If you train enough, you should be able to tell,” Scott A. DeFoe, a retired sergeant with the Los Angeles Police Department told the Times.
Wright’s family, along with many on social media, expressed skepticism over the alleged mixup, especially considering Potter’s veteran status and the fact that she reportedly helped train other officers. Potter was arrested and charged with second-degree manslaughter on Wednesday, according to NPR.
*First Published: Apr 18, 2021, 5:14 pm
Kahron Spearman is a music/film critic and copywriter. His feature work can be regularly found in ‘The Austin Chronicle’.
The New Orleans Pelicans lost in overtime on Sunday afternoon to the Knicks in Madison Square Garden, as a blown assignment late by both members of the New Orleans backcourt led to a game-tying three from Reggie Bullock, which allowed the Knicks to pull away in the fourth quarter. Eric Bledsoe failed to foul Derrick Rose up three, which had been the plan for the Pelicans with 7.8 seconds to play, and then Lonzo Ball bizarrely stepped inside to help down on a Rose drive, leaving Bullock in the corner for the open three to tie.
The few thousand fans allowed into the Garden erupted on that three, and kept buzzing through the overtime period as the Knicks won their sixth straight game. After the game, Zion Williamson, who had 34 points, nine rebounds, and five assist to lead the Pelicans, was asked about his first professional game in New York and lit up, giving some comments that have Knicks fans all kinds of excited.
— KEL (@YourAverageKel) April 18, 2021
Now, Zion smartly said its his second favorite place to play behind New Orleans, but that’s going to get ignored by every Knicks fan and sports talk show for the next few days as this will surely become an A-block topic for talking heads. There will be inevitable talk of whether this means Zion will push his way to New York, but the reality is, he is, at least six or seven years from even having the chance to do so — and, to this point, has at least been publicly thrilled to be in New Orleans. Zion is on year two of his rookie deal, which runs through 2024, and then will ink a five-year max with the Pelicans, which he can’t really look to put pressure on to move him until three years into, as we’ve seen from other stars in recent years.
What’s more likely than this being a sign that Zion is a Future Knick is that Zion will be the next great NBA star who spends his entire career raving about the atmosphere in New York for one or two visits a year, scoring a ton of points in the Garden for the Pelicans and/or some other team. There is a great history of the NBA’s best talking about the Mecca of basketball in glowing terms before choosing to go elsewhere in free agency when they actually do have the chance to go to New York. That won’t stop Knicks fans from getting really excited about Zion’s comments, though, which when coupled with their current six game winning streak is making this the best week the Knicks have had since 2013.