While the Miami Heat's Mario Chalmers remains the starting point guard, he continues to struggle with a severe case of the suck on a night-to-night basis. So, to offset this, the Heat traded Chris Quinn and his 1.2 points per game for Rafer Alston from New Jersey. A former streetball legend known as "Skip to My Lou," Alston returns to the Heat with a 9.7-point and 3.0-assist average on the season. Not great. But it could be that these numbers are just a case of playing for the crappy-ass Nets. Alston went three-of-nine for ten points and four assists in his Heat season debut, so probably not. In the meantime, Carlos Arroyo with his 11.1 points per game has been relegated to third-string. The numbers suggest Arroyo is a better option than Alston. But he doesn't have a cool nickname, so his numbers can suck it.
The Heat will host the Milwaukee Bucks this Monday at the American Airlines Arena (601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $10.
Mon., Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m., 2010