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Wade returns in time for Bulls rematch

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Wade returns in time for Bulls rematch

The Big Three are back in tact and have become quite the threat after Dwyane Wade took the court for the Miami Heat Friday vs. the Knicks. Wade had missed six consecutive games with an ankle injury but that didn't slow him down as he managed at 28-point performance in the Heat's 99-89 win over the Knicks. He also shot 11-for-19 from the field with five steals, four assists and two blocks. The Heat forced 19 turnovers and held New York to 36 percent shooting and 18 points in the fourth quarter.

Wade returned just in time for the Sunday's rematch against the Bulls but the Heat didn't seem too affected by Wade's absence. They were 8-1 in that time span and this could be 'bad news Bears' (well, Bulls) for Chicago.

Chris Bosh scored 13 points Friday and LeBron James finished with eight rebounds and seven assists. Bosh averaged 28.8 points in his last four games before Friday's contest and James made six straight free-throws and finished with 32 points vs. the Pistons Wednesday.

Wade scored a total 67 points in two regular-season games vs. the Bulls last season and 94 in five playoff appearances. James totaled 55 regular-season points and 129 points in the playoffs. Bosh only had a total of 24 regular-season points but came out with 116 playoff points vs. the Bulls.

Yea, I'd be a little nervous. Even though the Bulls once again hold quite the impressive record (17-4) Miami isn't far behind (14-5) and it didn't stop them from taking charge last season.

What do you think? Are you worried about Sunday's matchup vs. the Heat? What are your predictions?

Kirk Hinrich sent U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland into basketball retirement

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Kirk Hinrich sent U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland into basketball retirement

U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland used to be a basketball star. Then he ran into Kirk Hinrich.

Woodland, who won the 119th U.S. Open Championship on Sunday at Pebble Beach, shared a story about how he transitioned from basketball to golf.

Woodland was attending Washburn University in Kansas, and as a freshman in 2002 he and the Ichabods played the Kansas Jayhawks in an exhibition game.

It was during that game - a 101-66 Kansas victory - that Woodland said he realized he wasn't going to make it as a hooper.

"That decision got forced on me,” Woodland told reporters after his U.S. Open victory. "I had to guard Kirk Hinrich, and I realized, I’m going to have to do something else."

No one can blame Woodland for feeling that way. That Jayhawks team went on to win 30 games and, behind Hinrich and Nick Collison, advanced to the national championship game where they lost to freshman star Carmelo Anthony and Syracuse.

Hinrich went on to become the 7th overall pick in the historic 2003 NBA Draft and played 13 NBA seasons with the Bulls, Hawks and Wizards.

Woodland, ironically, transferred to the University of Kansas as a sophomore and joined the golf team. The rest is history for the major championship winner.

NBA Mock Draft: How the Anthony Davis trade shakes things up

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USA TODAY

NBA Mock Draft: How the Anthony Davis trade shakes things up

The NBA world was turned on its head this past weekend when the New Orleans Pelicans reportedly agreed to trade Anthony Davis to the LA Lakers for a host of players and picks.

Here's how that trade can and will affect the NBA Draft in three days with our latest NBA Mock Draft.