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Heat tie up series with Pacers. Eric Bledsoe and the Clips take the stage tonight.

I don’t think John Calipari is going anywhere, but I’d rather his status as coach at UK not be in any doubt whatsoever. If the Heat lose in the playoffs, Calipari would be at or near the top of their wish list. Whether Calipari has any interest in the Heat job or not, it’s beyond his control that his name will be thrown out by the media as a top candidate. Frankly, I don’t want our fans and program to have to deal with the nervousness that we’d all have if the Heat tried to lure Calipari, or even if ESPN just spent a lot of time speculating about it.

Needless to say, I was pleased that the Miami Heat escaped Indy with a 101-93 victory over the Pacers to tie up the series and bring it back to South Beach.

Now that we can all hold a collective sigh of relief, at least for now, we can all root for Eric Bledsoe to make an impact for a desperate Clippers team on the verge of a sweep tonight. Our friends over at NBAcats.com wrote a nice piece, calling for Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro to start Bledsoe over All-Star point guard Chris Paul.

During the regular season Chris Paul averaged 19.8 points and 9.1 assists. Against the Spurs, he’s averaging 9.3 points (on 30% shooting) and 8.7 assists. Clearly, he’s not the same player. So much so in fact, that Eric Bledsoe is actually averaging more points a game (9.7) than Paul.

Malcom C. Brown of the Sporting News thinks Bledsoe needs an increased role as well, but to supplement Chris Paul as a shooting guard as he did alongside John Wall at Kentucky.

Either way, lets hope that Bledsoe finds the floor tonight and makes a significant impact for the Clips. #FreeBledsoe

Article written by John Wilmhoff

Former beer vendor, college mascot and ESPN editor. This spring, you can also find me blogging about the Reds on blogredmachine.com. Follow me on Twitter: @JohnWilmhoff

9 Comments for Heat tie up series with Pacers. Eric Bledsoe and the Clips take the stage tonight.



  1. HicksPickSix
    7:46 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    Good posts today, Wilmhoff. I usually dread weekends on here, but you’ve been really solid with you’re writing. Think you can offer Corey Nichols some tips?



  2. HicksPickSix
    7:47 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    *Your. Ah irony.



  3. I Say
    7:59 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    No way Cal would leave for the heat. Pat Riley wouldn’t do that to his alma mater. That’s the sole reason why I’m not worried about it. I highly doubt pat Riley would do that regardless of the cercumstances



  4. Bradley
    8:03 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    Pat Riley would hire whoever he thinks the best person is. That being said, there is ZERO proof that Calipari would even be on their list, moreless “at or near the top of it.”



  5. Weekend
    8:05 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    1. Don’t know what you’ve been reading today.

    Plus I thought we were all supposed to be in love with the Pacers now?!?! Tell me who to root for ksr! Please!



  6. monkeybottoms
    10:38 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    Shouldn’t that be #StartBledsoe?



  7. Adam Barron
    10:58 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    Great post Wilmhoff, thanks for the shout out.

    5 – Wouldn’t you love to see a Rondo vs. Nazr matchup in the Finals. Root for the Celtics and Thunder!



  8. Dr. Funke
    11:21 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    CP3 is fat…



  9. Logic
    12:29 am May 21, 2012 Permalink

    Clippers are as good as eliminated. No team has come back from 3-0. KSR should really stop posting about NBA. You guys just look foolish.