Tweet of the Night: Irate reactions from Dan Gilbert, Dion Waiters and Sam Amico for no foul called on Waiters’ drive

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Dion WaitersFor the Miami Heat, the story of the night will be how LeBron James went into Quicken Loans Arena and dropped 43 points on 14-of-19 shooting from the field to help his team come out with a 100-96 victory.

The Cleveland Cavaliers will largely wonder how Dion Waiters didn’t get a foul call when it mattered the most.

Down 95-90 with just under 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Waiters saw an opening and drove to the basket past Ray Allen. He was met with resistance from behind, as both James and Udonis Haslem converged to stop the guard. They sandwiched Waiters in mid-air and blocked his shot attempt, but appeared to have bodied him pretty good in the process. No call was made, however, effectively ending any chance the Cavaliers may have had of winning the game. Writhing in pain, Waiters stayed on the floor after landing hard on his right hip.

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East All-Star jerseyI’ve never been huge on the All-Star Game. Sure, the novelty is great. I mean, all the stars are there. But that wears off pretty quickly, and then I remember that what I really like about basketball is seeing players stand out above the rest, and that doesn’t usually happen in an all-star environment. I also like defense sometimes.

Speaking of players standing out above the rest, if you haven’t seen John Wall’s dunk from last night, go do that right now. Once you come back, I’ll have the latest NBA news for you.

Tweet of the Night: Dan Gilbert excited by the play of Anthony Bennett

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230px-Anthony_Bennett_by_Jeremy_RinconFor Anthony Bennett, the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s draft, his first season in the league has mostly been one big nightmare to forget.

He came in behind schedule due to shoulder surgery recovery, and was clearly not in game shape. He didn’t score his first field goal until the fifth game of the season, is shooting 31.9 percent from the field and has generally looked lost all season in an offense that has seen just about every relevant player struggle. His team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, are just 19-33 and there had even been talks of sending the forward down to the D-League, which would have been more acceptable had it not been for the fact that he was the first pick in the draft. When you’re the first pick, there are expectations. Bennett met none of it.

He is, however, beginning to show some positive signs. He scored in double digits for the first time two weeks ago in a losing effort against the New Orleans Hornets. Since then, Mike Brown has given the rookie more consistent playing time, and there have been some bigger returns as of late.

Bennett has scored 11 points or more in three of his last five games. On Monday against the Sacramento Kings, he had 19 points on six-of-nine shooting, including three-of-three from the 3-point line, to help secure a 109-99 win. He also hauled in 10 rebounds, giving him the first double-double of his career. That’s big progression from where he was just a few weeks ago, and no one seemed happier than owner Dan Gilbert after the game: 

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Dan GilbertThe Cleveland Cavaliers are an absolute mess this season, and owner Dan Gilbert has finally had enough.

After watching his team suffer a humiliating defeat at home against a depleted Los Angeles Lakers team on Wednesday, Gilbert made the decision to fire general manager Chris Grant, the architect of this currently-disastrous team. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports first reported the news:

Gilbert informed Grant of his dismissal late Thursday morning, sources said.

Assistant general manager David Griffin will take over as the interim GM, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Gilbert had grown increasingly frustrated with the losing and dysfunction within the Cavaliers, and the loss to the Lakers – who finished the game with four eligible players – was the breaking point.

Grant had a reputation as a hard-working executive, but failed to construct an infrastructure of talent to return the Cavaliers to the playoffs for the first time since LeBron James left as a free agent in 2010.

Grant had been responsible for drafting several high lottery picks that have yet to validate themselves, including No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett in the 2013 NBA draft. Grant has been waiting for several top-five draft picks, including Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson, to fulfill their promise.

So who are the potential replacements for Grant? Ken Berger of CBSSports says there is no shortage of good general managers to choose from:

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In case you haven’t noticed, Dwyane Wade has been missing an awful lot of games this season for someone who reportedly has no injuries.

The Miami Heat’s training staff have Wade on a strict schedule in terms of when he should play – he has missed 12 games on the season – to preserve and prepare his body for the playoffs. The problem with this is that the team is just 7-5 when he is out of the lineup, and it’s a growing concern when you consider the championship aspirations of this team. The guard has missed three consecutive games for the first time this season, and LeBron James finally discussed how missing his partner hurts the Heat in their process of becoming a great team this season, from Michael Wallace of ESPN:

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