Warner: NBA Will be Without a 20-10 Big Man for First Time

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extinctMore proof that the dominant NBA big man is as endangered as liberal Republicans: For the first time in league history, no player is going to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds per game.

Perkins: Heat fans are feeling a bit queasy

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MIAMI – HeatNation is worried again.

Yes, the Heat (23-9) have the best record in the Eastern Conference and the fourth-best record in the NBA. And, yes, they still have LeBron James, whose 26.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 6.9 assists allow him to maintain his title as Best Player on the Planet.

But there’ is grave concern among fans that their defending champion Heat are playing subpar, non-championship basketball.  We’ll see if the six-game road trip that starts tonight at Indiana does anything to quell their unrest.

The dissatisfaction – which has been simmering all season – is so palpable Heat owner Micky Arison took to Twitter on Sunday to address the rumblings, saying, “When did being 1st in the East at the beginning of January become not good enough for some @MiamiHEAT fans?”

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Kevin Love out 6-8 weeks with broken hand

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Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love will miss six to eight weeks with a broken hand, the team announced Wednesday.

According to a release from the team, Love fractured the third and fourth metacarpal in his right hand while working out.

The plan is for the Team USA member to travel to New York on Thursday to be examined by hand specialist Dr. Andy Weiland at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Love’s injury could be devastating to Minnesota’s postseason hopes. A season ago, they were in the Western Conference playoff hunt when sensational rookie point guard Ricky Rubio went down with a torn ACL.

Even with Love carrying the team on his broad shoulders, the Wolves collapsed without Rubio, losing 20 of their last 25 games to miss the playoffs for the eighth straight year.

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