Miami Sports Minute – Marlins finalizing Stanton trade, Heat and Panthers recaps

Today the Miami Sports Minute breaks down a busy day for Miami Sports fans as they saw an MVP leave town, a big win for the Heat, and the Panthers tough loss at home.

Marlins moving MVP Stanton

The big news of the day was the reports that the Miami Marlins are finalizing the trade of Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees. Marlins shot caller Derek Jeter may have thought he called in a favor to an old friend. Instead the Marlins traded a once in a generation player for Starlin Castro and two low level prospects. Jeter and the Marlins management have been eager to get Stanton off the books and it was no secret. With Stanton holding a no-trade clause the Marlins had even less leverage with potential trade partners.

Perhaps they could have waited a bit longer and tried to get the Dodgers to play ball, at this point the direction of the Marlins is reminding fans of 1998 and 2004. Except this time there is no fresh World Series trophy to ease the pain. The Yankees meanwhile have the most dangerous middle of the order in baseball and once again Brian Cashman used savvy and timing to greatly improve the Bronx Bombers.

Time will tell how much talent and salary the Marlins will jettison, make no mistake there are many more familiar faces still to depart.

Heat win in Mexico City

After kicking off a three game road trip with a blowout loss to the Spurs, the Heat bounced back against the Nets in Mexico City 101-89. Miami has now beaten Brooklyn in six straight. It is the first time Miami has traveled to the Mexican capital and the team arrived on Wednesday after a short trip from San Antonio. The altitude of 7,350 feet is far higher than the “Mile High” city of Denver or any other NBA City and the effects were apparent early. Most teams through years of analysis have adopted he approach when traveling to high altitude cities arrive as close to the game as possible. This allows for them to play before the change in altitude has a chance to take effect.

Miami trailed by three going into the second half before a strong third quarter rally put them up by the same margin. The “Brothers Johnson”, James and Tyler, combined for 37 points and Justise Winslow found his outside touch for at least one night.

Winslow finished with 15 points and was perfect from beyond the arc, hitting all four of his attempts. The play of Dion Waiters has to be a concern as he was a no-show finishing with only two points and another 1-10 shooting performance. He was not facilitating either and had only one assist and finished -12 on the night, the worst of any Heat starter.

Goran Dragic tied for the team lead not only in points with 20, but also seven rebounds. Miami took great care of the basketball which is a welcome sight. The Heat only committed six turnovers while forcing 14 by the Nets. This was a major key to the game as the teams were nearly identical in three point shooting, assists, and rebounds. Miami took nine more shots overall 90-81 and the game was not aesthetically pleasing as there were only six fast break points total and both teams shot poorly.

Despite lacking style points the Heat will take the win and now move to 12-13 on the year. Next up for Miami is the final game of their trip when they travel to Memphis on Monday.

Panthers get caught in Avalanche

The Florida Panthers have now lost four out of five as they were beaten handily by Colorado 7-3. Florida actually held a 2-1 lead in the second before Colorado scored twice within a minute and never looked back. The Avalanche lived up to their name and poured on four goals in the final period to put the game well out of reach.

Colorado has been struggling in their own right and snapped a four game skid with the win. Florida goalie James Reimer stopped 23 shots but his counterpart Semyon Varlamov was better as he turned away 39 out of 42 shots on goal.

Aaron Ekblad, Denis Malgin, and Jonathan Huberdeau scored for the Panthers who are now 11-14-4 and falling closer to the Atlantic Division cellar. The Panthers will try to turn things around when they next take the ice Monday in Detroit.

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