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Mailbag: What will Heat’s rotation look like when Rodney McGruder, Kelly Olynyk return?

Mailbag: What will Heat’s rotation look like when Rodney McGruder, Kelly Olynyk return?

Miami Heat guard Rodney McGruder shows his support to his teammates during the second quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Fla. (David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS) MIAMI — It’s time for another Heat mailbag. If you weren’t able to ask a question this time,...
What is Hassan Whiteside’s goal when Heat’s schedule resumes after All-Star break?

What is Hassan Whiteside’s goal when Heat’s schedule resumes after All-Star break?

The Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside battles for a lose ball against the Milwaukee Bucks’ Eric Bledsoe and John Henson (31) during the second quarter at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. The Heat won, 91-85. (David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald/TNS) MIAMI — Hassan Whiteside’s goal is simple when the Heat return from...
How good has Josh Richardson been this season? A look at the numbers, plus other Heat tidbits

How good has Josh Richardson been this season? A look at the numbers, plus other Heat tidbits

Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow (20) congratulates guard Josh Richardson after a play during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Miami. The Rockets defeated the Heat 109-101. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) MIAMI — At the All-Star break, the Heat stand at 30-28 and in eighth place in the Eastern Conference...
New format breathes life (and defense) back into NBA All-Star Game

New format breathes life (and defense) back into NBA All-Star Game

Team Stephen’s Joel Embiid battles for the ball against Team LeBron’s Kevin Durant and LeBron James in Sunday’s NBA All-Star game. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo) LOS ANGELES – The NBA and its players association have stumbled onto something. And they shouldn’t let it go by the wayside. The out-of-the-box thinking for the All-Star Game — scrapping the traditional...
Is it crazy to think LeBron James could return to the Heat this offseason? NBA players believe it’s possible

Is it crazy to think LeBron James could return to the Heat this offseason? NBA players believe it’s possible

LeBron James captains Team LeBron against Team Steph (Curry) at the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS) MIAMI — According to an ESPN poll of 48 NBA players, you shouldn’t count out the Heat in the LeBron James free-agent sweepstakes. Of those polled, 59 percent expect James...
Our Miami Heat awards at the break: The biggest surprise has been …

Our Miami Heat awards at the break: The biggest surprise has been …

The Miami Heat’s James Johnson (16), Bam Adebayo (13), Tyler Johnson (8), and Josh Richardson (0) congratulate Dwyane Wade (3) after a 91-85 win against the Milwaukee Bucks at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald/TNS) This seems like a good time for a break, at least for the Heat. Miami (30-28)...
One point shy of advancing, Heat’s Wayne Ellington knocked out in first round of 3-point contest

One point shy of advancing, Heat’s Wayne Ellington knocked out in first round of 3-point contest

Miami’s Wayne Ellington missed advancing in the 3-point contest by one point. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES – Wayne Ellington was one shot shy of advancing to the finals in Saturday’s 3-point shootout at the Staples Center. The Heat’s sharpshooter had 17 points in his only round, which placed fourth among the eight contestants, the top three...
LeBron James responds to Fox News host: “I definitely will not shut up and dribble”

LeBron James responds to Fox News host: “I definitely will not shut up and dribble”

LeBron James speaks to the media during Saturday’s All-Star Game Media Day (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES – Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James has a message for those who say athletes should not voice their opinions on politics and social issues. “We will definitely not shut up and dribble. I will definitely not do that.” Reacting...
If Cleveland’s Kevin Love has any animosity toward Dwyane Wade he’s not showing it

If Cleveland’s Kevin Love has any animosity toward Dwyane Wade he’s not showing it

Kevin Love and Dwyane Wade during their happier days in Cleveland. LOS ANGELES – Cleveland forward Kevin Love will miss Sunday’s All-Star game because of a broken hand, but it was an illness that forced him to leave a recent game and and practice the next day that turned into a firestorm. Dwyane Wade was the first player to challenge Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue to explain why...
Ray Allen made biggest shot in Heat history and now is a Hall of Fame finalist; Tim Hardaway not on list  

Ray Allen made biggest shot in Heat history and now is a Hall of Fame finalist; Tim Hardaway not on list  

Ray Allen of the Miami Heat makes a game-tying three-pointer over Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs during Game Six of the 2013 NBA Finals at AmericanAirlines Arena on June 18, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES – When Ray Allen joined the Miami Heat his best years were behind him. But not his best shot. Allen, who has the most dramatic...
Dave George: Heat and Dwyane Wade need All-Star break to regroup

Dave George: Heat and Dwyane Wade need All-Star break to regroup

The NBA All-Star break is when Chris Bosh was lost for the season with blood clots, and it happened two years in a row. Well, the break is back and Erik Spoelstra finds himself rebooting the Miami Heat’s entire approach again, this time with the addition of Dwyane Wade. It’s not going well. Wednesday’s huge blown lead at Philadelphia makes it seven losses in the past eight games...
Chris Bosh still hoping to make NBA comeback: ‘I’m not done yet’

Chris Bosh still hoping to make NBA comeback: ‘I’m not done yet’

Chris Bosh (Getty Images) MIAMI — Chris Bosh has not played in an NBA game since Feb. 9, 2016 because of blood clotting issues, but he’s not ready to end his NBA playing career just yet. During an appearance on ESPN’s First Take on Thursday, Bosh was asked about potentially returning to the NBA next season. It’s clear the 11-time All-Star is still hoping...
Heat mailbag: Will Winslow fall out of rotation when McGruder, Olynyk return? Also, Wade as go-to guy

Heat mailbag: Will Winslow fall out of rotation when McGruder, Olynyk return? Also, Wade as go-to guy

Miami’s Justise Winslow gives Josh Richardson a pat on the chest during a recent game. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) The Heat are taking a break as the league prepares for All-Star weekend. The Heat Mailbag never takes a break. If you were not able to ask a question this time, send them along for future mailbags via Twitter to @tomdangelo44 and @Anthony_Chiang. You can also e-mail me at...
Heat’s Dwyane Wade says timing of All-Star break ‘sucks for me.’ Gives thoughts on resting in back-to-backs

Heat’s Dwyane Wade says timing of All-Star break ‘sucks for me.’ Gives thoughts on resting in back-to-backs

Miami Heat Dwyane Wade passes the ball off during the Heat’s loss at Toronto on Tuesday. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP) The All-Star break may be coming at a good time for most members of the Miami Heat, but not Dwyane Wade. Wade was re-acquired by the Heat before Thursday’s trade deadline and continues to get acclimated with his new teammates. ...
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra wants his players to balance spending time on treadmill and on beach during break

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra wants his players to balance spending time on treadmill and on beach during break

Philadelphia’s Trevor Booker celebrates in front of the Miami’s Tyler Johnson, James Johnson and Bam Adebayo during the Sixers victory Wednesday. (AP Photo/Michael Perez) The Miami Heat need to get away, recharge and come back having wiped the last two weeks from their memories. The Heat lost 7-of-8 games heading into the All-Star break, falling from fourth...
Five takeaways: Heat blow 24-point lead, lose heartbreaker to Sixers, 104-102

Five takeaways: Heat blow 24-point lead, lose heartbreaker to Sixers, 104-102

Miami Heat’s Goran Dragic looks for room to shoot around Philadelphia 76ers’ Amir Johnson in the first half of Wendesday’s game. (AP Photo/Michael Perez) PHILADELPHIA – Not only did the Miami Heat blow a 24-point second half lead on Wednesday, but now they have eight days to think about it until their next game. The Heat dropped a 104-102 decision...
Heat’s Dwyane Wade on Bam Adebayo: ‘It’s going to be real, real, real special’

Heat’s Dwyane Wade on Bam Adebayo: ‘It’s going to be real, real, real special’

Miami Heat Bam Adebayo goes up for a slam dunk against the Toronto Raptors during Tuesday’s game. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP) PHILADELPHIA – Bam Adebayo was disappointed he and Dwyane Wade could not hook up for a lob pass during Wade’s first game back in Miami on Friday. “I missed one today,” Adebayo said after that victory over...
Even as Heat tumble, coach Erik Spoelstra makes sure his players see standings every day

Even as Heat tumble, coach Erik Spoelstra makes sure his players see standings every day

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade talks with coach Erik Spoelstra during Friday’s game against the Bucks. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) PHILADEPHIA – Heat coach Erik Spoelstra makes sure his players see the standings every day. What they have seen lately is not good. The Heat were one half game out of the No. 3 seed two weeks ago going into Cleveland. Now, seven games (and six losses) later, ...
What to know about tonight’s game: Heat look to enter All-Star break with momentum vs. 76ers

What to know about tonight’s game: Heat look to enter All-Star break with momentum vs. 76ers

Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, left, of Cameroon, drives to the basket as he gets past Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola) MIAMI HEAT AT PHILADELPHIA 76ERS When: Wednesday, 7 p.m. Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM...
Heat’s Goran Dragic disputes notion he and Dwyane Wade cannot co-exist in same backcourt

Heat’s Goran Dragic disputes notion he and Dwyane Wade cannot co-exist in same backcourt

Miami’s Goran Dragic and Dwyane Wade talk during a game two seasons ago. (Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press) TORONTO – Goran Dragic downplays any notion that he and Dwyane Wade cannot thrive in the same backcourt. The two started alongside each other for a year and a half after Dragic was acquired from the Suns in February 2014. Dragic averaged 14.8 points in the 98...
Playing point guard, coming off bench the new normal for Heat’s Dwyane Wade

Playing point guard, coming off bench the new normal for Heat’s Dwyane Wade

Miami’s Dwyane Wade handles the ball in his first game back with the Heat on Friday. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images) TORONTO – Dwyane Wade’s role is not going to change in the near future, which means he’ll be in a familiar spot – playing point guard and coming off the bench. Much has changed in Wade’s career recently and more than just playing for...
How much longer does Dwyane Wade want to play? Plus Wade talks LeBron James, Pat Riley and reception he’s received in Miami

How much longer does Dwyane Wade want to play? Plus Wade talks LeBron James, Pat Riley and reception he’s received in Miami

Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat looks on during the first half of the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at American Airlines Arena on February 9, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images) Life is good for Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat. Oh, and business is good, too. Just take a look at the TV ratings from Wade’s first game back in a Heat uniform....
Heat mailbag: With Dwyane Wade back, is this Heat team better than one he left two years ago?

Heat mailbag: With Dwyane Wade back, is this Heat team better than one he left two years ago?

Dwyane Wade and the Heat took the Raptors to seven game in the conference semifinals two years ago. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images) TORONTO – Time for another Heat mailbag, this come coming from the frozen North. If you were not able to ask a question this time, send your questions for future mailbags via Twitter to @tomdangelo44 and @Anthony_Chiang. You can also...
Tonight’s matchup: Dwyane Wade will continue to come off bench as Heat face Raptors

Tonight’s matchup: Dwyane Wade will continue to come off bench as Heat face Raptors

Heat forward James Johnson and Raptors forward Serge Ibaka were ejected during the second half of the Maimi’s victory in Toronto last month. (Photo: by Nathan Denette, AP) MIAMI HEAT AT TORONTO RAPTORS When: Tuesday, 7 p.m. Where: Air Canada Center, Toronto TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records: Miami 30-26, Toronto 39-16 Line: Toronto favored by 8...
Will the Heat continue to use Hassan Whiteside and Bam Adebayo on the court together?

Will the Heat continue to use Hassan Whiteside and Bam Adebayo on the court together?

Miami Heat’s Bam Adebayo (13) dunks the ball while Orlando Magic’s Elfrid Payton (2) defends in the second quarter at the AmericanAirlines Arena Feb. 5, 2018 in Miami, Fla. (Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Hderald/TNS) MIAMI — Dwyane Wade is a fast learner. That’s why it didn’t take long for Wade to learn the Heat’s biggest advantage may be...
Dwyane Wade finding time to relearn Heat’s system, get to know new teammates and enjoy Miami

Dwyane Wade finding time to relearn Heat’s system, get to know new teammates and enjoy Miami

The Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade (3) reacts after blocking a shot in the fourth quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on February 9, 2018. (David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald/TNS) MIAMI — Dwyane Wade still has to remind himself and his family that this is not a dream. Wade is a member of the Miami Heat. “I sent my wife a video...
Heat injury report: Rodney McGruder goes through first full practice, moves closer to return from leg injury

Heat injury report: Rodney McGruder goes through first full practice, moves closer to return from leg injury

Miami Heat guard Rodney McGruder (17) shoot free throws with Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters (11) at Miami Heat training camp at FAU in Boca Raton, Florida on September 26, 2017. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) MIAMI — Rodney McGruder continues to move closer to making his season debut. McGruder went through his first full practice Monday since undergoing preseason...
Mailbag: Can Goran Dragic, Dwyane Wade coexist in the Miami Heat’s backcourt?

Mailbag: Can Goran Dragic, Dwyane Wade coexist in the Miami Heat’s backcourt?

Goran Dragic #7 and Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat talk during a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at American Airlines Arena on March 16, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) MIAMI — It’s time for another Heat mailbag. If you weren’t able to ask a question this time, send your questions for future mailbags via Twitter ( ...
Dwyane Wade won’t leave Miami again, to remain with Heat ‘until I decide to hang it up’

Dwyane Wade won’t leave Miami again, to remain with Heat ‘until I decide to hang it up’

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade smiles as he warms up before his first game in a Miami Heat uniform in 21 months. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) MIAMI – Dwyane Wade not only is back, but he’s not going anywhere. The Heat guard told NBA TV that his second go-around in Miami will be the final stop of his career. “This is it for me guys,” Wade said Friday after...
Miami Heat welcome a more explosive Tyler Johnson in win over Bucks

Miami Heat welcome a more explosive Tyler Johnson in win over Bucks

MIAMI – Tyler Johnson’s game changed as he slowly recovered from an ankle injury suffered a month ago in Chicago. Johnson didn’t have the explosiveness he’s accustomed to, or the lift. The Heat’s energetic guard settled. And his offense suffered. “I’ve been standing out on the perimeter to try to shoot my way out of it,” Johnson said. &ldquo...
For Dwyane Wade everything about his return to Miami just felt right: ‘All is good in the Wade household, all is good in Wade County’

For Dwyane Wade everything about his return to Miami just felt right: ‘All is good in the Wade household, all is good in Wade County’

MIAMI – Dwyane Wade was loose. He was funny. He was, well, home. After an emotional return to his second home (for Wade, Chicago always will be home), the most decorated player in Heat history sat at the podium late Friday. He had just had what would be, on any other night, a performance easily forgotten – six points on 1-of-6 shooting, two rebounds, two assists...
Five takeaways from Heat-Bucks: Miami snaps five-game losing streak in Dwyane Wade’s return

Five takeaways from Heat-Bucks: Miami snaps five-game losing streak in Dwyane Wade’s return

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade waves as he goes down court during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) MIAMI — The night will be remembered for Dwyane Wade’s return. But it was defense that pushed the Heat to a 91-85 win over the Bucks on Friday at AmericanAirlines Arena...
Video: Watch the Heat’s Dwyane Wade enter the game from three different angles

Video: Watch the Heat’s Dwyane Wade enter the game from three different angles

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade waves as enters Friday’s game agiainst the Bucks. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)  MIAMI – AmericanAirlines Arena was buzzing Friday and all because of one man. Dwyane Wade, the most celebrated, decorated and iconic player in Miami Heat, history returned after a 19-month absence  Friday as the Heat hosted the Milwaukee Bucks...
Dave George: Dwyane Wade is back where he belongs in Miami

Dave George: Dwyane Wade is back where he belongs in Miami

It wasn’t all fantasy Friday morning, as Dwyane Wade moved about AmericanAirlines Arena on a reunion tour with Miami Heat coaches and players and a roomful of South Florida media members who see in him a bloom of beautiful headlines past and present and hopefully future. There were a few sprinkles of reality, too, of truths that were not emphasized when the franchise’s favorite son, newly...
Luke Babbitt ready to launch in his second go-around with the Miami Heat

Luke Babbitt ready to launch in his second go-around with the Miami Heat

Luke Babbitt shoots a technical free throw last season while with the Heat. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) MIAMI – The Miami Heat made two trades Thursday which created a buzz around the organization all day Friday. And Luke Babbitt was flattered by all the attention. “I’m the trade acquisition that all this hype for, right?” Babbitt joked. “No, it&rsquo...
Erik Spoelstra on Dwayne Wade’s role, their friendship and is his newest player in Heat shape

Erik Spoelstra on Dwayne Wade’s role, their friendship and is his newest player in Heat shape

MIAMI – Heat coach Erik Spoelstra met with president Pat Riley about 45 minutes before Thursday’s practice for a quick update on any trades. “He said there was a possibility something could happen with Luke (Babbitt) and there was a possibility something could happen with Dwyane,” Spoelstra said. “I stopped as I was walking out the door and said...
Wayne Ellington hopes to play vs. Bucks despite shoulder injury, Kelly Olynyk ruled out

Wayne Ellington hopes to play vs. Bucks despite shoulder injury, Kelly Olynyk ruled out

Miami Heat guard Wayne Ellington (2) runs on the court during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) MIAMI — Dwyane Wade and Luke Babbitt will be available to play in Friday’s home game against the Bucks after they were both acquired by the Heat in trades Thursday. But Miami...
The return of a legend: A Heat fan’s view of Dwyane Wade coming home

The return of a legend: A Heat fan’s view of Dwyane Wade coming home

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade leaves after talking with the media following NBA basketball practice at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. Wade was traded back to the Heat from the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP) By Nicholas Alatriste, Special to The Post Just two summers ago, Miami Heat fans’ hopes and...
Heat mailbag: Will Dwyane Wade start or come off the bench? Is this Wade’s final season?

Heat mailbag: Will Dwyane Wade start or come off the bench? Is this Wade’s final season?

MIAMI – The Heat brought back Dwyane Wade on Thursday so now is the time for another mailbag. If you were not able to ask a question this time, send them in for future mailbags via Twitter to @tomdangelo44 and @Anthony_Chiang. You can also e-mail me at tdangelo@pbpostcom. Will Dwyane Wade be in the Heat starting lineup alongside Goran Dragic? (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty...
What to know about tonight’s matchup: Dwyane Wade set to make Heat return in important game vs. Bucks

What to know about tonight’s matchup: Dwyane Wade set to make Heat return in important game vs. Bucks

Head coach Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat and Dwyane Wade #3 talk during a game against the Milwaukee Bucks at American Airlines Arena on January 19, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) MILWAUKEE BUCKS AT MIAMI HEAT When: Friday, 8 p.m. Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WQBA 1140AM (Spanish) Records: Milwaukee 30-23...
How will Dwyane Wade help the Miami Heat? Let Pat Riley explain …

How will Dwyane Wade help the Miami Heat? Let Pat Riley explain …

Miami Heat president Pat Riley and Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra at Miami Heat training camp at FAU in Boca Raton, Florida on September 26, 2017. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) MIAMI — After the 3 p.m. trade deadline, Heat president Pat Riley spoke to the media in a conference call Thursday about acquiring Dwyane Wade and Luke Babbitt....
Dwyane Wade promised Udonis Haslem they would play together again. Promise fulfilled

Dwyane Wade promised Udonis Haslem they would play together again. Promise fulfilled

MIAMI — Udonis Haslem and Dwyane Wade have been discussing a basketball reunion in Miami for a while. But neither of them thought it would happen this soon. “This is something him and I talked about playing together,” Haslem said after Thursday’s practice. “But we didn’t see it happening so soon. We figured it would probably be next year...

Ranking the top 10 most popular athletes in South Florida sports history

Dwyane Wade’s return to Miami has fans buzzing, but where does he rank among the most popular athletes in the history of South Florida’s four pro teams? [Dwyane Wade is coming home: Heat acquiring greatest player in franchise history from Cleveland for second-round pick] [How did Heat players react to Dwyane Wade’s return? They couldn’t believe it] [Column...
How did Heat players react to Dwyane Wade’s return? They couldn’t believe it

How did Heat players react to Dwyane Wade’s return? They couldn’t believe it

MIAMI — If you were surprised to hear Dwyane Wade is returning to the Heat, you’re not alone. When a reporter informed Hassan Whiteside of the news, Miami’s center didn’t believe it. “You joking or are you for real?” Whiteside asked after Thursday’s practice. “For real?” For real. The greatest player in franchise history is back with...
Dwyane Wade is coming home: Heat acquiring greatest player in franchise history from Cleveland for second-round pick

Dwyane Wade is coming home: Heat acquiring greatest player in franchise history from Cleveland for second-round pick

Dwyane Wade is returning to Miami after spending last year and a half with Chicago and Cleveland. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) MIAMI – Dwyane Wade is coming home. The greatest player in Miami Heat history is returning a year and half after leaving. The Cavaliers who have made several deals ahead of today’ 3 p.m. deadline, is trading Wade to the Heat...
Report: Heat to re-acquire Luke Babbitt, sending Okaro White to Atlanta

Report: Heat to re-acquire Luke Babbitt, sending Okaro White to Atlanta

Atlanta’s Luke Babbitt Hawks reacts to a call in a game against the Boston Celtics at Philips Arena in November. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) MIAMI – Luke Babbitt could not stay away. The Heat have re-acquired the 6-foot-9 forward from the Atlanta Hawks for Okaro White, according to reports. Babbitt, 28, played one season with the Heat, averaging 4.8 points and 1...
Five takeaways: Heat cannot stop James Harden, drop fifth straight, 109-101 to Rockets

Five takeaways: Heat cannot stop James Harden, drop fifth straight, 109-101 to Rockets

Houston Rockets guard James Harden goes up for a shot against Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) MIAMI – With the clock is ticking down to the trade deadline the Miami Heat continue to give Pat Riley every reason to make some kind of move. The Heat dropped their...
With NBA trade deadline approaching, Erik Spoelstra says: ‘Business is always open’

With NBA trade deadline approaching, Erik Spoelstra says: ‘Business is always open’

Miami Heat president Pat Riley and Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra at Miami Heat training camp at FAU in Boca Raton, Florida on September 26, 2017. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) MIAMI — With the trade deadline approaching, Heat players wait. Some are waiting to see if the roster around them will look different and others are waiting to see if they will...
Heat call on Derrick Jones Jr. for reinforcement with Kelly Olynyk, Wayne Ellington and Justise Winslow ailing

Heat call on Derrick Jones Jr. for reinforcement with Kelly Olynyk, Wayne Ellington and Justise Winslow ailing

Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk holds his shoulder during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) MIAMI — As if facing the potent Rockets wasn’t enough, the Heat could be without some key players Wednesday. Kelly Olynyk (strained left shoulder) is doubtful, Wayne Ellington (shoulder) is questionable...
Tonight’s matchup: Heat to face Rockets’ 3-point barrage while looking to snap losing streak

Tonight’s matchup: Heat to face Rockets’ 3-point barrage while looking to snap losing streak

Miami Heat forward Josh Richardson drives between Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon and guard James Harden during the Rockets win in Houston in January. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke) HOUSTON ROCKETS AT MIAMI HEAT When: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records: Miami 29-25, Houston 39-13 Line: Houston favored...
Heat’s Kelly Olynyk does not practice, rehabbing strained left shoulder

Heat’s Kelly Olynyk does not practice, rehabbing strained left shoulder

Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk holds his left shoulder after running into a Bismack Biyombo screen during Monday’s game. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) MIAMI – Kelly Olynyk’s strained left shoulder is “still very sore” and the Heat big man did not practice today. Olynyk was injured during the first quarter of the Heat’s 111-109...
Will Heat’s recent struggles force Pat Riley to be more aggressive as trade deadline approaches?

Will Heat’s recent struggles force Pat Riley to be more aggressive as trade deadline approaches?

How active will the Heat and Pat Riley be with the trade deadline approaching? (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) MIAMI – Pat Riley is on the clock when it comes to Thursday’s trading deadline. But what does the most successful executive in South Florida sports history do? How does the man who arrived nearly 23 years ago with his Armani suites, slicked-back hair...
Heat’s Hassan Whiteside on sitting final 16 minutes after successful game, ‘that’s pretty much how it’s been’

Heat’s Hassan Whiteside on sitting final 16 minutes after successful game, ‘that’s pretty much how it’s been’

Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside makes a move towards the basket early in the Heat’s loss to the Magic Monday in Miami. (Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Hderald/TNS) MIAMI – Hassan Whiteside scored the Heat’s first nine points Monday and in 7:47 had as many rebounds (five) as the Magic in the first quarter. By halftime, the Heat’s 7-foot center had...
Five takeaways from Heat-Magic: Add another really bad loss to Heat’s season

Five takeaways from Heat-Magic: Add another really bad loss to Heat’s season

Orlando Magic guard Shelvin Mack, center, drives past Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic, left, and center Bam Adebayo (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) MIAMI — The Heat have had plenty of bad losses this season. Losses to the Kings and Nets come to mind. But Monday’s 111-109 loss to the Magic at AmericanAirlines...
Heat center Hassan Whiteside to return tonight after missing one game because of illness

Heat center Hassan Whiteside to return tonight after missing one game because of illness

Heat center Hassan Whiteside WHAT for tonight’s game against the Orlando Magic at AmericanAirlines Arena.(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) MIAMI – Heat center Hassan Whiteside will return to the Heat lineup tonight against Orlando after missing one game due to an illness. Whiteside did not participate in the morning shootaround, instead taking the time to rest...
Heat mailbag: DaMarre Carroll to the Heat? How they can pull it off, what it would mean.

Heat mailbag: DaMarre Carroll to the Heat? How they can pull it off, what it would mean.

Nets forward DeMarre Carroll (left) on the bench during a game this season against the Heat. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) MIAMI – With the trade deadline Thursday, the Heat mailbag is filling up. If you were not able to ask a question this time, send your questions for future mailbags via Twitter to @tomdangelo44 and @Anthony_Chiang. You can also e-mail me at tdangelo@pbpostcom...
What to know about tonight’s game: Will Heat get back on track vs. struggling Magic?

What to know about tonight’s game: Will Heat get back on track vs. struggling Magic?

Miami Heat’s Goran Dragic (7) goes up for a shot against Orlando Magic’s Elfrid Payton (4) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) ORLANDO MAGIC AT MIAMI HEAT When: Monday, 7:30 p.m. Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WQBA 1140AM (Spanish) Records: Orlando 15-36...
Trade deadline: In desperate need of scoring – Six players the Heat should be checking out

Trade deadline: In desperate need of scoring – Six players the Heat should be checking out

If the Heat make a deal involving Hassan Whiteside they will looking for anybody who can boost their sagging offense in return. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) The trade deadline is looming and if the Miami Heat have shown anything in recent weeks it’s that they desperately need some scoring help. The Heat had been held under 100 points in six straight games before Saturday&rsquo...
Five takeaways from Heat-Pistons: The good news is the Heat are heading home, the bad news is the Heat have lost three straight

Five takeaways from Heat-Pistons: The good news is the Heat are heading home, the bad news is the Heat have lost three straight

Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) is defended by Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (13) while trying to go to the basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson) DETROIT — The good news is that the Heat are heading home. The Heat (29-24) closed out a challenging 14-game stretch that included 11 on the road...
Heat veteran Udonis Haslem tries to return to ‘work mode’ after emotional week

Heat veteran Udonis Haslem tries to return to ‘work mode’ after emotional week

Heat forward Udonis Haslem rejoined the team for Saturday’s game against the Pistons. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) DETROIT — It’s been a difficult week for Udonis Haslem. Haslem, 37, began the week mourning the passing of longtime agent Henry Thomas and was then faced with the death of former Heat teammate Rasual Butler, 38, on Wednesday. Haslem missed Friday&rsquo...
Heat injury update: Hassan Whiteside will miss Saturday’s game vs. Pistons with illness

Heat injury update: Hassan Whiteside will miss Saturday’s game vs. Pistons with illness

Miami’s Hassan Whiteside dribbles against Minnesota’s Taj Gibson during the Heat road win Friday. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King) DETROIT — As the Heat look to end their four-game trip with a win against the Pistons on Saturday night, they will have to do it without starting center Hassan Whiteside. Whiteside will not be available for the Heat’s game...
Tonight’s matchup: Struggling Miami Heat get first look at Blake Griffin-led Detroit Pistons

Tonight’s matchup: Struggling Miami Heat get first look at Blake Griffin-led Detroit Pistons

Blake Griffin scored 24 points in his Pistons debut Thursday against the Grizzlies. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson) MIAMI HEAT AT DETROIT PISTONS When: Saturday, 7 p.m. Where: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records: Miami 29-23, Detroit 24-26 Line: Detroit favored by 2 points. PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS Heat F: Josh Richardson F: James Johnson...
Five takeaways: Late Heat rally not enough to overcome offensive struggles in 103-97 loss to 76ers

Five takeaways: Late Heat rally not enough to overcome offensive struggles in 103-97 loss to 76ers

Miami Heat’s Josh Richardson, left, shoots as Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, center, defends while Robert Covington, right, watches during the first half of an NBA basketball gam Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola) PHILADELPHIA — The Heat rely on their defense to make up for their lack of offense on most nights. But not even their defense...
What did Hassan Whiteside think about the Blake Griffin trade? ‘I’m glad he’s with a team that wants him’

What did Hassan Whiteside think about the Blake Griffin trade? ‘I’m glad he’s with a team that wants him’

Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside stands on the court before the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) PHILADELPHIA — It’s too early to tell how good the new-look Detroit Pistons will be after acquiring five-time All-Star Blake Griffin in a trade earlier this week. But ...
Opponents making adjustments to stop Heat’s Wayne Ellington. What will Ellington’s adjustment be in response?

Opponents making adjustments to stop Heat’s Wayne Ellington. What will Ellington’s adjustment be in response?

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, left, and Kyle Korver, right, wrap up the Miami Heat’s Wayne Ellington to force a jump ball in the fourth quarter at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. The Cavs won, 91-89. (Mike Cardew/Akron Beacon Journal/TNS) PHILADELPHIA — Wayne Ellington has earned a lot of respect from around the...
Tonight’s matchup: Hassan Whiteside, Joel Embid matchup highlights Heat’s first look at Sixers this season

Tonight’s matchup: Hassan Whiteside, Joel Embid matchup highlights Heat’s first look at Sixers this season

Miami’s James Johnson battles Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid for a rebound during a preseason game in October in Kansas City. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) MIAMI HEAT AT PHILADELPHIA 76ERS When: Friday, 8 p.m. Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun, ESPN/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records: Miami 29-22, Philadelphia 24-24 Line: Philadelphia...
Heat benching Whiteside in big spots shows it may be time to move on

Heat benching Whiteside in big spots shows it may be time to move on

Pat Riley surely didn’t expect to be here so soon. Barely a season and a half have passed since the Miami Heat made the re-signing of Hassan Whiteside a priority over keeping Dwyane Wade. It was a bold move, based on the belief that Whiteside, a 7-footer with great instincts and skills for shot-blocking and rebounding plus an unexplored potential for scoring, was worth a max contract. *More...
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month. A look at what he did to earn the honor

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month. A look at what he did to earn the honor

Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra reacts in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 91-89. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) PHILADELPHIA — Add another award to the list for Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. Spoelstra was named the NBA’s Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for January on Thursday...
Why are the Heat in so many close games? Elite defense

Why are the Heat in so many close games? Elite defense

Miami Heat’s James Johnson, right, knocks the ball loose from Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) PHILADELPHIA — Quality defense won’t win you every game, but it will keep you in most of them. That’s what the Heat have learned, with their...
Goran Dragic selected to play in All-Star Game as Heat finally get some recognition

Goran Dragic selected to play in All-Star Game as Heat finally get some recognition

Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic has been named an All-Star for the first time in his 10-year career. (Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/TNS) Goran Dragic will be an All-Star for the first time in his 10 year career. The Heat point guard was picked by NBA commissioner Adam Silver today to replace Cleveland’s Kevin Love, who suffered a broken hand on Monday. Dragic is the Heat&rsquo...
Heat granted $5.5 million cap exception. Here’s what it means

Heat granted $5.5 million cap exception. Here’s what it means

Miami Heat’s Dion Waiters, right, dribbles against Atlanta Hawks’ Kent Bazemore in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Atlanta, Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman) CLEVELAND — The NBA has granted the Heat a $5.5 million disabled player exception for injured guard Dion Waiters, the team confirmed. Yahoo Sports was the first to ...
Five takeaways: With third place in Eastern Conference on line, Heat fall to Cavaliers despite strong defensive effort

Five takeaways: With third place in Eastern Conference on line, Heat fall to Cavaliers despite strong defensive effort

Miami Heat’s Goran Dragic (7) drives past Cleveland Cavaliers’ Isaiah Thomas (3) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) CLEVELAND — The Heat were so close to the third-best record in the Eastern Conference. How close? Miami trailed 91-89 with the ball and four seconds to play. But the Heat (29-22)...
What would people have said if you told them before season Heat could move past Cavs on Jan. 31? Whiteside: ‘They would have said we were nuts’

What would people have said if you told them before season Heat could move past Cavs on Jan. 31? Whiteside: ‘They would have said we were nuts’

From left, Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (13), guard Wayne Ellington (2), guard Tyler Johnson (8) and center Jordan Mickey (25) walk back onto the court after time out during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Miami. The Heat defeated the Magic 107-89. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach) CLEVELAND — Even just hours...
Former Heat player Rasual Butler and wife die in single-car crash in California

Former Heat player Rasual Butler and wife die in single-car crash in California

Dwayne Wade hugs Rasual Butler, with Udonis Haslem looking on. CLEVELAND — Former Heat player Rasual Butler and his wife were killed in a single-car crash in California early Wednesday. According to TMZ, Butler lost control of his Range Rover around 2 a.m. in Studio City, Calif. The car struck a parking meter and slammed into a wall before flipping over, according to the report....
Tonight’s matchup: Heat looking to pass struggling Cavaliers, who lose Kevin Love for possibly 6-to-8 weeks

Tonight’s matchup: Heat looking to pass struggling Cavaliers, who lose Kevin Love for possibly 6-to-8 weeks

Cleveland’s LeBron James argues after being ejected in the second half by referee Kane Fitzgerald in a game against the Miami Heat at Quicken Loans Arena on November 28. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) MIAMI HEAT AT CLEVELAND CAVALIERS When: Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records: Miami...
Detroit’s Andre Drummond gets John Wall’s All-Star spot, not Miami’s Goran Dragic

Detroit’s Andre Drummond gets John Wall’s All-Star spot, not Miami’s Goran Dragic

Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic warms up before the start of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) CLEVELAND — For a few hours Tuesday, the possibility of a Heat All-Star became real again. But that hope was quickly wiped away after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver picked Pistons center Andre Drummond...
After talk with Spoelstra, Whiteside shines vs. Mavericks. Now the challenge is for Whiteside to do it again and again

After talk with Spoelstra, Whiteside shines vs. Mavericks. Now the challenge is for Whiteside to do it again and again

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside dunks the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Miami. The Kings defeated the Heat 89-88. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) CLEVELAND – Maybe all it took was a conversation with Erik Spoelstra. Or maybe it was the fact the Heat were facing an undersized Mavericks team...
Door could be open for Goran Dragic to be an All-Star with Washington’s John Wall out for six weeks

Door could be open for Goran Dragic to be an All-Star with Washington’s John Wall out for six weeks

Heat guard Goran Dragic could make it to L.A. for the All-Star Game if he is chosen as a replacement for John Wall by commissioner Adam Silver. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) The news that Washington’s John Wall could miss up to two months because of a knee procedure could impact the Heat in different ways. With Wall out of the Feb. 18 All-Star game, the door could open...
Mailbag: Will luxury tax become issue for Heat when trying to re-sign Wayne Ellington?

Mailbag: Will luxury tax become issue for Heat when trying to re-sign Wayne Ellington?

Miami Heat guard Wayne Ellington prepares to take a free throw during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Miami. The Kings defeated the Heat 89-88. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) It’s time for another Heat mailbag. If you weren’t able to ask a question this time, send your questions for future mailbags via Twitter...
Five takeaways from Heat-Mavericks: Hassan Whiteside makes difference with big performance

Five takeaways from Heat-Mavericks: Hassan Whiteside makes difference with big performance

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) works against Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews (23) for a shot-attempt in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) There can be lessons learned from every loss, especially the heartbreaking ones. After squandering a 16-point third-quarter lead in a loss to the Nets on Jan. 19 and...
What to know about tonight’s game: Heat begin four-game trip vs. struggling Mavericks

What to know about tonight’s game: Heat begin four-game trip vs. struggling Mavericks

The Miami Heat’s Goran Dragic, middle, drives against the Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki in the first quarter at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. The Heat won, 99-95. (Pedro Portal/Miami Herald/TNS) MIAMI HEAT AT DALLAS MAVERICKS When: Monday, 8:30 p.m. Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WQBA 1140AM (Spanish)...
Bench marks: Miami Heat relying on reserves lately when starters hit the skids

Bench marks: Miami Heat relying on reserves lately when starters hit the skids

Heat center Bam Adebayo, and guard Wayne Ellington celebrate after defeating the Charlotte Hornets Saturday in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) MIAMI – They call themselves the ‘Platinum Group’ and with their chemistry developing the Miami Heat’s second unit is shaping up to be resistant to any kind of defense the opposition throws at them. Coach Erik...
The secret to Heat guard Wayne Ellington’s 3-point shooting success? The runaround

The secret to Heat guard Wayne Ellington’s 3-point shooting success? The runaround

Miami Heat guard Wayne Ellington celebrates a 3-point shot during the first half of Miami’s victory Saturday. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) MIAMI – This was vintage Wayne Ellington. Circling from the left corner to the top of the key as Kelly Olynyk was driving the ball, Ellington became free as the ball was kicked to Justise Winslow on the wing before Winslow snapped...
Justise Winslow’s defense on Kemba Walker sparks Heat fourth-quarter rally

Justise Winslow’s defense on Kemba Walker sparks Heat fourth-quarter rally

Miami’s Justise Winslow defends Charlotte’s Nicolas Batum during the Heat’s victory Saturday. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) MIAMI – This is why Erik Spoelstra throws out Justise Winslow’s scoring average when evaluating his third-year player. Winslow played the final 17 minutes of the Heat’s comeback win over the Hornets on Saturday and his line – six...
Five takeaways: Heat overcome 15-point third quarter deficit to defeat Hornets

Five takeaways: Heat overcome 15-point third quarter deficit to defeat Hornets

Charlotte Hornets forward Frank Kaminsky and Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk battle for the ball during Saturday’s game. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) MIAMI – The Miami Heat overcame one of their worst stretches of the season to avoid what would have been another disheartening loss. After turning a six-point halftime lead into a 15-point deficit, the Heat rallied for...
What to know about tonight’s game: Can Heat avoid another loss to losing team vs. Hornets?

What to know about tonight’s game: Can Heat avoid another loss to losing team vs. Hornets?

Miami Heat’s James Johnson goes up to dunk against the Charlotte Hornets during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) CHARLOTTE HORNETS AT MIAMI HEAT When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WQBA 1140AM (Spanish) Records: Miami 27-21, Charlotte 20-27...
NBA confirms Hassan Whiteside illegal screen that led to Kings’ game-winning basket

NBA confirms Hassan Whiteside illegal screen that led to Kings’ game-winning basket

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside heads to the bench after being called for an illegal screen and fouling out with 21.9 seconds remaining in the Heat’s 89-88 loss to Sacramento on Thursday. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) MIAMI – Not only did the NBA agree with the illegal screen called on Heat center Hassan Whiteside that led to the Kings’ game-winning basket...
Heat hope to learn another lesson and once again bounce back from crushing loss

Heat hope to learn another lesson and once again bounce back from crushing loss

Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic drives past Miami Heat forward James Johnson during Thursday’s game. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) MIAMI – By now, the Heat had hoped they were past the learning stage. Over these inexplicable losses when all they can say is “we will learn from this.” One those losses happened again Thursday when the Kings turned...
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