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By Michael Cunningham
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Posted April 4 2005

This was the Qyntel Woods the Heat had seen in practice.

Woods confidently drove to the basket from the wing, made jumpers and stole the ball in the Heat's 111-99 victory Saturday night at New Orleans. That was a big difference from Woods' Heat debut Thursday at Indiana, when he had a turnover, a foul and a late goaltend that hurt in a 114-108 Heat loss.

When coach Stan Van Gundy activated Woods from the injured list Tuesday, he cited Woods' work in practice. After the shaky debut, everyone else finally got to see what Van Gundy meant Saturday.

Woods, playing 22 minutes with Eddie Jones hobbled by a sore ankle, led the Heat bench with eight points and tied Jones for the team lead with four steals.

"He has got some very good athleticism, he can get up and down the floor," Van Gundy said beforehand. "I think he has a lot to learn defensively, but he has a chance to be a very good defender. And he's got skills -- he can shoot the ball, he can put it on the floor and he can pass."

A lot is at stake for Woods, signed in January. He hasn't played since the end of last season with the Portland Trail Blazers, who drafted him 21st overall in 2002. Portland suspended Woods for the start of the season and then released him after a series of off-court incidents, the last his guilty plea to a charge of animal abuse.

If Woods hopes to stay with the Heat next season or catch on with another team, now is his time to prove what he can do.

"I want to show everybody that I can play," Woods said. "But I am on a winning team so I can't go out and try to do too much. I just need to go out and do what is needed."

Woods' teammates said he has been a force in practices, which aren't open to the media. Woods usually is among the players who compete in one-on-one drills after practice, and in those sessions his athletic ability is obvious.

The key for Woods could be improving on defense. That was the main area that caused Rasual Butler to fall out of favor with Van Gundy, causing him to put Butler on the injured list and activate Woods.

"He was working hard, staying out of trouble and coming in and working two times a day," Shaquille O'Neal said of Woods. "I think in the game the other day [at Indiana] he was just kind of nervous. He told me he didn't want to be in anybody's way and do too much. I just told him to go out and play his game."

E. Jones `tired of sitting'

Jones said his ankle felt "good, not great" before playing against the Hornets but he was insistent on playing after missing the Indiana game.

"I am getting tired of sitting on that sideline," he said. "It is tough just sitting there. I don't want to be over there."

Jones, who limped his way through the game, reported no problems with the injury after the game and said he would try and play Tuesday against Chicago.

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Qyntel is gonna be another "low risk-high reward" signing that you can praise Riley & Pfund for.....

He's playing great D, he's so damn athletic and long, plus he's got some offensive game too...
 

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I'm happy Qyntel fell to us, he oughta show Portland that he's way better than Travis Outlaw.
 

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I'm positive he's one hell of a player and can compete at a high level. and who's better than riley/van gundy and co. to have him live up to his potential. + jones, wade, and shaq are perfect influences to be around for his growth.

I really hope we offer him a multi-year deal now that his stock value is low.
with that done, we'd have wade, wright, woods, and haslem all signed for multi-year extensions.
 

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If he can continue to contribute, I'll be happy for him, and for this team as well.

Like Odom, he came here with question marks regarding to his mindset and his dedication. And hopefully, he can fully fulfill his potential here as well, like Odom last year.
 

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gian said:
I'm happy Qyntel fell to us, he oughta show Portland that he's way better than Travis Outlaw.
Uh oh, I hope no Blazer fans see this. They think Outlaw's the second coming of MJ.

As for Woods, I agree he's a low-risk, high-reward type. Let him get consistent PT for the rest of the regular season and see what he can do.
 

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Uh oh, I hope no Blazer fans see this. They think Outlaw's the second coming of MJ.

As for Woods, I agree he's a low-risk, high-reward type. Let him get consistent PT for the rest of the regular season and see what he can do.
:laugh: Well, that made me smile. I can only pray that they don't see my comment.
 

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gian said:
:laugh: Well, that made me smile. I can only pray that they don't see my comment.
But indeed it's real! They are very high on him!
 

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DwyaneWade4MVP said:
But indeed it's real! They are very high on him!
i wouldn't be too loud about it.... they were very high on randolph too :)
 
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I like Woods but he is a player like Eddie Griffin in Minnesota, where you have to wait and see if the guy can keep his head right. No one ever questioned their ability to play, every just questioned their minds.
 
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Joker.. U Have Sick Quote In Ur Signature.

"I thought that Nocioni's foul was ridiculous," Miami coach Stan Van Gundy said. "It was an absolutely punk play. If you're going to be a tough guy then, you know what, flagrant foul Alonzo Mourning and let's see how tough you are.

lOl.. I Love It :biggrin: :biggrin:
 

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Joker.. U Have Sick Quote In Ur Signature.

"I thought that Nocioni's foul was ridiculous," Miami coach Stan Van Gundy said. "It was an absolutely punk play. If you're going to be a tough guy then, you know what, flagrant foul Alonzo Mourning and let's see how tough you are.

lOl.. I Love It :biggrin: :biggrin:
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im a qyntel fan, i feel he can eventually b a solid player for a team. looks like it might be the heat. good signing IMO and hopefully they can develop all phases of his game.
 
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