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Should Heat fans be worried?

Don't get us wrong: Indiana Pacers versus Miami Heat still seems an inevitable Eastern Conference finals matchup. Still, the latter -- you know, the team that has won two straight NBA championships -- doesn't look so hot these days. After back-to-back losses to the Knicks and Nets, Miami was outscored 43-18 in the first quarter Wednesday at the Washington Wizards en route to a 114-97 defeat. And you can't blame injuries; the Big Three played, with Chris Bosh (26 points) leading the way, followed by LeBron James (25). But Dwyane Wade (eight points on 11 shots, no free throw attempts) and Ray Allen (scoreless) both struggled, and Greg Oden's return (six points in eight minutes) seemed the most potentially positive development on the night. Is it time to panic in South Florida?

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  • Should LeBron James (averaging 16.1 attempts per game) shoot more?

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  • Is LeBron James coasting through the regular season?

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  • How big an impact will Greg Oden make for the Heat?

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  • Which team will win Friday's game at Philadelphia?

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  • How will the Heat fare in the playoffs?

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A 'He Got Game' sequel?

Miami Heat guard Ray Allen, who played the role of Jesus Shuttlesworth in the 1998 movie "He Got Game," says he and filmmaker Spike Lee have recently mulled a sequel to what many consider one of the best basketball movies ever made. Would you watch it? Coincidentally, as part of the NBA's upcoming "Name Collection" jersey experiment in which players will wear jerseys with nicknames on the back, Allen will wear a "Shuttlesworth" jersey during Friday's game against the Brooklyn Nets.

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  • What did you think of the 1998 movie "He Got Game" starring Ray Allen?

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Director Spike Lee and Miami Heat guard Ray Allen may be teaming up to produce a sequel to their memorable 1998 movie "He Got Game," according to Allen, who earned an MTV Movie Award nomination for his performance as the character Jesus Shuttlesworth. Where does "He Got Game" rank among the great basketball movies of all time? Click the images below to rank them, and sound off in the comments about the ones we left off.

Greatest basketball movies?

Above The Rim

Blue Chips

Glory Road

He Got Game

Hoop Dreams

Hoosiers

Like Mike

Love & Basketball

Space Jam

White Men Can't Jump

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They say that nothing ever ends well -- otherwise it wouldn't end at all. Ray Allen knows how that feels -- after signing with the Heat last offseason, he became persona non grata to former Big Three stalwarts Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Now that Garnett and Pierce are out of Boston as well, however, Allen's new teammates are pointing out what they feel is a bit of hypocrisy. LeBron James in particular thinks the ex-Celtics owe Allen an apology for their comments. We're sure all of these grown men can handle a little disrespect, but does LeBron have a point?

Here's a sampling of what readers had to say in our Facebook conversation on the story:

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Warriors guard Stephen Curry lit up Madison Square Garden, dropping 54 points on the Knicks in a 109-105 loss. Curry did most of his damage from the outside, making 11 of 13 3-point attempts. For the season he's shooting 46 percent from distance and 90 percent from the free throw line. But is Curry the best pure shooter in the NBA? Mouse over the images to see each player's shooting stats from this season, and click on the images to rank them. You must rank at least five for your vote to count.

Stats through Feb. 27, 2013. Statistical support provided by NBA.com.

Best pure shooters in NBA

Ray Allen

Ray Allen

Miami Heat

40.1% jump shot FG pct
42.7% 3-pt FG pct
86.8% FT pct

Ryan Anderson

Ryan Anderson

New Orleans Hornets

40.1% jump shot FG pct
37.7% 3-pt FG pct
86.3% FT pct

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

Los Angeles Lakers

30.5% jump shot FG pct
32.9% 3-pt FG pct
84.8% FT pct

Jose Calderon

Jose Calderon

Detroit Pistons

40.7% jump shot FG pct
44.5% 3-pt FG pct
90.9% FT pct

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry

Golden State Warriors

35.1% jump shot FG pct
46.0% 3-pt FG pct
90.6% FT pct

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

Oklahoma City Thunder

38.0% jump shot FG pct
42.6% 3-pt FG pct
91.0% FT pct

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving

Cleveland Cavaliers

36.9% jump shot FG pct
42.0% 3-pt FG pct
85.8% FT pct

Kyle Korver

Kyle Korver

Atlanta Hawks

44.9% jump shot FG pct
46.4% 3-pt FG pct
85.7% FT pct

Kevin Martin

Kevin Martin

Oklahoma City Thunder

40.1% jump shot FG pct
43.5% 3-pt FG pct
90.4% FT pct

Steve Nash

Steve Nash

Los Angeles Lakers

41.0% jump shot FG pct
43.2% 3-pt FG pct
90.0% FT pct

Steve Novak

Steve Novak

New York Knicks

41.7% jump shot FG pct
44.3% 3-pt FG pct
95.7% FT pct

Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki

Dallas Mavericks

41.9% jump shot FG pct
41.3% 3-pt FG pct
82.2% FT pct

Chris Paul

Chris Paul

Los Angeles Clippers

37.2% jump shot FG pct
34.6% 3-pt FG pct
88.4% FT pct

J.J. Redick

J.J. Redick

Milwaukee Bucks

37.2% jump shot FG pct
39.1% 3-pt FG pct
90.0% FT pct

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