Miami Heat’s Greg Oden awaits his 2014 chance vs Indiana Pacers

While most of the Miami Heat roster would probably rather see the Indiana Pacers eliminated ahead of the eastern conference championship, Greg Oden might be the one Heat player hoping the Pacers overcome their current series against the bottom seeded Atlanta Hawks. The Heat had difficulty dispatching with the Pacers in a tightly contested and highly physical eastern finals. One of the reasons Oden was added to the Heat roster is to provide additional bulk and size if Miami faces the Pacers in the 2014 playoffs. But while such a showdown seemed inevitable all season, the sudden struggles of Indiana mean that Oden may have to find another way to get onto the court this postseason…

Greg Oden, once a top draft pick, has been out of the league for a few years while recuperating from numerous injuries that derailed his career. The Heat signed him knowing that not only would he need time to fully recuperate, he might also be limited as to just how much he can play before his historically wobbly knees give away again. That’s meant that Oden has seen inconsistent playing time during the regular season, presumably so he could be rested and healthy for the Pacers series.

But in one of the bigger surprises in recent NBA postseason memory, the Pacers are now down three games to two against the Hawks. That means the Miami Heat could just as easily end up facing the Washington Wizards in the eastern finals – leaving open the question of what would happen to Greg Oden’s playing time if that were to happen.


  1. xhidden99 on April 21, 2014 at 7:54 am

    A few things. 1) Smartphone innovation flattened out, including iPhone. There’s really nothing new under the sun anymore. Samsung just happens to be experiencing that right now but Apple will too, the next time round. 2) The massive phablet fad is over however the S5 is still larger than most people want. Apple managed to eek out the largest possible screen on their form factor w/o going to the to giant two handed phone size. Unless someone builds a holographic display this is as large as phone screens can get and still be phones.

    To their credit, Samsung made the S5 water and dust resistant which is a pretty good feature for people who pay for their own phone but for the mass of teens and 20-somethings who don’t it’s a worthless feature. On the other hand Samsung missed their target with features like eye tracking because they misunderstood that people don’t for the most part use their phones to read anything for more than 15 seconds and don’t bother with scrolling through anything that would require them to.

  2. AdamChew on April 26, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    I wish Apple is doing BOGO as well for their phones but why not since they are doomed I guess they are not as panicky as others and the telcos are too fanboys to do a BOGO for the iPhones.
    I wonder if the rumor is true that the reps in the telcos push Samsung to their customers most of the time.

  3. KennethVolz on May 1, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I have wondered about the Samsung problem since none of my friends have one.  Is it poor marketing or did they miss the “Need/Satisfaction” part of their marketing.

  4. Moreck on May 11, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    gamblor77  The report you’re citing only compares the -percentage of total cellphone sales for each weekend, NOT the actual number. What you’re not taking into consideration is the fact that there are far, far more sales in September than April. Let’s see some actual, real NUMBERS of phones sold into customers’ hands.

  5. jeansagi on May 20, 2014 at 9:43 am

    No surprise here. I have a Galaxy S3, and the S4 and *specially* the S5 didn’t move me a bit.
    For me a high end phone means high end hardware and this mean better processor and more memory. Camera and finger print and other stuff like that are secondary nice to have i’ll say.

    When Samsung or any other manufacturer have a true working Octa-Core with at least 4Gb of RAM i’ll blindly switch my S3 (This is why I think the S5 was a really bad Samsung Joke).

    I concede that putting an octa-core with 4 Gb of ram in a 4K-HD display that be battery efficient is real hassle right know but we’re talking here about the best companies of the world; so as I said when someone does this (Android prefered but I don’t mind iOS or Windows Phone) i’ll change my trusty S3.