by Brett Edwards
In another story of a veteran player joining a playoff contender, Derek Anderson did not disappoint in his debut with the Heat. He had 14 points, including the game tying field goal and game winning assist in the Heat's comeback win against the Hawks.
The Heat were playing this game without D Wade, who sat out with a wrist injury. Consequently, the Hawks lead by as many as 17 in the 3rd, before the Heat came back strong in the 4th. Even though Shaq fouled out with about 4 minutes left, Udonis Haslem was able to make a few big shots and clutch free throws to keep the Heat in the game. After D.A. made a fall away jumper to tie the game, and after Salim Stoudamire missed a potential go ahead jumper with 19 seconds left (why someone who is 2-9 on the night takes that shot is beyond me), the Heat had one last chance. Haslem had been hot the entire 4th quarter, but badly missed a 15-footer off the right side of the rim. Fortunately for the Heat, D.A. was there to get the rebound under the basket and flip the ball to Mourning for the game winning dunk and medically induced celebration thereafter.
Derek Anderson was great with the Clippers (career high 16.9/game), then injured and not so great with the Spurs, then basically invisible with Portland and then Houston. The guy's got plenty of talent, so let's see if he can stay healthy and provide the Heat with some veteran leadership and offensive help for their run at the Pistons in May.