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Miami Heat Getting Inside 2008-03-29

Miami Heat Getting Inside 2008-03-29
The Shaq sniping won't die down, and the collateral damage has Phoenix general manager Steve Kerr involved.

Former Heat center Shaquille O'Neal, now with Phoenix, took another swipe at his former team after the Suns' loss at Boston on Wednesday. Told Heat coach Pat Riley was disappointed with his comments about the Heat training staff and a couple of his Heat teammates, O'Neal replied he didn't, "give a (expletive) that Riley is disappointed. Sue me."

Riley and Kerr talked Thursday. Prior to Miami's game at Detroit, Riley said Kerr was "embarrassed" by O'Neal's comments.

But Riley and Kerr talked again before tip-off and Riley issued a statement: "Steve and I did speak today, but my characterization of him being embarrassed was an embellishment on my part. But we did agree that this will end today."

To recap: In Wednesday's edition of the Boston Globe, O'Neal was quoted as saying he enjoyed playing in Phoenix because "No one is asking me to play with Chris Quinn or Ricky Davis. I'm actually on a team again."

O'Neal also blamed Riley for messing up the team since the 2006 title season, saying, in part, "If I ever came into that kind of power, I think I'd be willing to admit it if I messed up."

In a Sports Illustrated article earlier, O'Neal claimed the Heat medical staff didn't know how to diagnose or treat his hip injury.

Davis, Quinn and Riley shook off the personal attacks. Riley expressed regret O'Neal would take shots at the training staff and termed it "sad." That led to O'Neal's comment that he didn't care what Riley thought, and that led to Riley's pre-game comments on Thursday.

"I got a great call from Steve Kerr today who is absolutely embarrassed," Riley said. "He was embarrassed by it. And so I said, 'we are too.' We feel like we're two first-class organizations and I think the people should be aware of that."

But Riley then issued his embarrassing clarifying statement.

PISTONS 85, HEAT 69: Miami scored just 10 points in the third quarter Thursday and 14 in the fourth as it lost for the 13th time in its last 15 games.

The Heat's makeshift lineup had just nine players in uniform, three of them D-League guys on 10-day contracts. It showed.

The Heat shot just 35.8 percent from the field against the stingy Detroit defense.

Miami cut its deficit to 73-69 in the fourth quarter but was outscored 12-0 from there.

Not surprisingly, the Heat is 2-26 when scoring fewer than 90 points.

The Heat, which fell to 13-59, now has 30 road losses.

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