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Tonight’s matchup: With another chance to get above .500 at home, Heat hoping to carry over success from their play on the road

Tonight’s matchup: With another chance to get above .500 at home, Heat hoping to carry over success from their play on the road

The Clippers’ Willie Reed shoots surrounded by Tyler Johnson, Josh Richardson and Kelly Olynyk during the Heat’s win in L.A. this season. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS VS. MIAMI HEAT When: Saturday, 8 p.m. Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records: Miami 14-14, Clippers 11-16 Line: Miami is favored...
Five takeaways: With another big effort from the bench, Heat hold on against Hornets for another road win

Five takeaways: With another big effort from the bench, Heat hold on against Hornets for another road win

Charlotte’s Kemba Walker tries to get around Miami’s Jordan Mickey  during Friday’s game in Charlotte. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) The Miami Heat continue to play their best basketball on the road. The Heat held off a furious Charlotte Hornets rally Friday to escape with a 104-98 victory at the Spectrum center. The Heat led by 17 points with 7:30 to play before the Hornets...
MRI on Justise Winslow’s left knee negative, Heat  confirm; no timetable on return

MRI on Justise Winslow’s left knee negative, Heat  confirm; no timetable on return

Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow drives against the Phoenix Suns during a game earlier this year. in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Heat coach Erik Spoelstra confirmed today an MRI on Justise Winslow’s left knee was negative. Spoelstra, though gave no timetable on his return. The Heat (13-14) are in Charlotte to face the Hornets (10-17) tonight but ...
What to know about tonight’s matchup: Without Hassan Whiteside, Justise Winslow vs. Hornets, Heat look to get back to .500

What to know about tonight’s matchup: Without Hassan Whiteside, Justise Winslow vs. Hornets, Heat look to get back to .500

MIAMI HEAT VS. CHARLOTTE HORNETS When: Friday, 7 p.m. Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, N.C. TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records: Miami 13-14, Charlotte 10-17 Line: Hornets favored by 5 points Miami Heat’s Dion Waiters (11) drives as Charlotte Hornets’ Michael Kidd-Gilchrist defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday,...
Heat played Kelly Olynyk, Bam Adebayo together vs. Portland. Could two-big look continue when Hassan Whiteside returns?

Heat played Kelly Olynyk, Bam Adebayo together vs. Portland. Could two-big look continue when Hassan Whiteside returns?

MIAMI — Erik Spoelstra is always open to new ideas. But early this season, it seemed like Spoelstra wasn’t open to the idea of playing 7-footers Hassan Whiteside and Kelly Olynyk together. Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers drives against Kelly Olynyk #9 of the Miami Heat in the fourth quarter at American Airlines Arena on December 13, 2017 in Miami...
Good Heat news is Hassan Whiteside is getting closer to a return. Bad news is Justise Winslow, Whiteside will miss Friday’s game vs. Hornets

Good Heat news is Hassan Whiteside is getting closer to a return. Bad news is Justise Winslow, Whiteside will miss Friday’s game vs. Hornets

MIAMI — Injuries derailed the Heat last season. And injuries are becoming a problem this season, too. The Heat (13-14) will be without center Hassan Whiteside and forward Justise Winslow on Friday when they face the Hornets in Charlotte. Whiteside (left knee bone bruise) and Winslow (left knee strain) will not make the trip as they recover from their injuries. Miami...
What went wrong for the Heat down the stretch vs. Trail Blazers?

What went wrong for the Heat down the stretch vs. Trail Blazers?

Goran Dragic #7 of the Miami Heat reacts to a call by referee Curtis Blair #74 in the second quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers at American Airlines Arena on December 13, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images) MIAMI — So much went right for the Heat over the first 28 minutes of Wednesday’s game. From there, so much went wrong. With 8:30 remaining...
Five takeaways: Heat let big lead slip away in painful loss to Trail Blazers

Five takeaways: Heat let big lead slip away in painful loss to Trail Blazers

Miami Heat forward James Johnson, center, loses control of the ball as he drives against Portland Trail Blazers guard Shabazz Napier, rear, and forward Jake Layman (10) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) MIAMI — Wednesday was especially painful for the Heat. With a chance to win their third...
Hassan Whiteside’s bone bruise on knee improving, but still no timetable for return

Hassan Whiteside’s bone bruise on knee improving, but still no timetable for return

Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside, center, Tyler Johnson (8) and Justise Winslow (20) watch during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, in Miami. The Heat won 105-100. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) MIAMI — The Heat knew they would be without center Hassan Whiteside against Portland. But guard Tyler Johnson was also unavailable...
Dave George: Erik Spoelstra latest of NBA coaching grinders to succeed

Dave George: Erik Spoelstra latest of NBA coaching grinders to succeed

You’re going to be hearing a lot over the next few days about Erik Spoelstra and how he’ll soon be the Miami Heat’s all-time leader in regular-season wins. Going into Wednesday night’s game with Portland, he was one short of Pat Riley’s franchise record of 453. There’s a lot to like about Spo, whether or not you want to quibble about the fact that any coach would...
Miami Heat to gain trade flexibility this week — what does it mean? A breakdown …

Miami Heat to gain trade flexibility this week — what does it mean? A breakdown …

Miami Heat’s Erik Spoelstra, left, stand with Tyler Johnson (8) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) MIAMI — As the Heat continue to search for consistency in their fight to stay above the .500 line, Dec. 15 is just days away. In fact, Friday is Dec...
Tonight’s matchup: Heat must slow down Blazers’ high-scoring backcourt to extend winning streak

Tonight’s matchup: Heat must slow down Blazers’ high-scoring backcourt to extend winning streak

Portland’s Damon Lillard scored 49 points against the Heat in Miami in March. MIAMI HEAT VS. SAN ANTONIO SPURS When: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records: Miami 13-13, Portland 13-13 Line: Miami is favored by 2.5 points. PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS Heat F: Josh Richardson F: James Johnson C: Kelly Olynyk G...
Heat guard Dion Waiters’ most efficient game comes with ailing elbow

Heat guard Dion Waiters’ most efficient game comes with ailing elbow

  Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters drives against Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol during Miami’s victory in Memphis Monday. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill) Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters drives against Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol during Miami’s victory in Memphis Monday. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill) Dion Waiters shed the white sleeve for black elastic...
What’s the key to Heat’s success? Playing elite defense. Here are the numbers to prove it …

What’s the key to Heat’s success? Playing elite defense. Here are the numbers to prove it …

Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) shoots against Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (13) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill) MIAMI — At 13-13, the Heat are now in position to make their run. Miami returns home on a two-game winning streak to face Portland on Wednesday. The Heat will play nine of their...
Erik Spoelstra passing Pat Riley’s Heat coaching records on all fronts

Erik Spoelstra passing Pat Riley’s Heat coaching records on all fronts

Erik Spoeltra already has more postseason wins and a better winning percentage than Pat Riley as Miami Heat coaches. Soon he will pass his mentor in regular season wins. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images) Erik Spoelstra is living the life of Riley. … But the Miami Heat coach does not want to talk about it just yet. Spoelstra moved to within one victory of Pat Riley’s Heat...
With defense improving, Miami Heat hope to take advantage of favorable schedule

With defense improving, Miami Heat hope to take advantage of favorable schedule

Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, shown here during the Heat’s victory Monday, at Memphis, said the last two defensive efforts are something his team and build on. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill) The Miami Heat’s winning streak is a modest two games, but this is the most encouraging two-game streak of the season. The Heat return home to face Portland on Wednesday after...
Mailbag: Should Miami Heat start to think about trading Hassan Whiteside?

Mailbag: Should Miami Heat start to think about trading Hassan Whiteside?

Heat center Bam Adebayo defends against Grizzlies center Marc Gasol during Miami’s victory at Memphis Monday. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill) The Miami Heat return home to face Portland on Wednesday off two solid defensive efforts without center Hassan Whiteside in the lineup. Whiteside’s absence has allowed Bam Adebayo to become a part of the rotation and the rookie...
Heat forward James Johnson on Civil Rights Museum: ‘Monuments like that give you the chills’

Heat forward James Johnson on Civil Rights Museum: ‘Monuments like that give you the chills’

A group of Heat players, staff pose with arms locked in front of wreath that marks approximate spot where Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968. MEMPHIS – James Johnson made it a habit to visit the National Civil Rights Museum regularly when he played his one season in Memphis. Especially when he was getting a haircut. Johnson can see the museum in downtown Memphis...
What to know about tonight’s matchup: Can Heat clinch winning road trip vs. struggling Grizzlies?

What to know about tonight’s matchup: Can Heat clinch winning road trip vs. struggling Grizzlies?

MIAMI HEAT VS. MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES When: Monday, 8 p.m. Where: FedExForum, Memphis, Tenn. TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records: Miami 12-13, Memphis 8-18 Line: Grizzlies favored by 1.5 points Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra reacts during the first quarter of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Mexico City, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017...
Miami Heat point to high altitude for slower pace, fewer turnovers in Mexico City

Miami Heat point to high altitude for slower pace, fewer turnovers in Mexico City

The pace was much slower in Mexico City for the Heat and Nets as Josh Richardson handles the ball during Miami’s win. (AP Photo/Christian Palma) MEXICO CITY – Maybe playing more than 7,300 feet above sea level was a good thing for the Miami Heat. The Heat have been among the league’s worst teams when it comes to taking care of the ball, averaging more than 16 turnovers...
Heat forward Justise Winslow receives inspiration, advice from mentor Chris Bosh

Heat forward Justise Winslow receives inspiration, advice from mentor Chris Bosh

Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow shoots during practice in Mexico City on Friday. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte) MEMPHIS – Justise Winslow was one of the last Heat players to leave the NBA Mexico games party Friday night, which allowed him to spend more time with his mentor, Chris Bosh. Winslow and Bosh hung out at the event, at one point Bosh, in Mexico City for the NBA...
Video: After three days in Mexico City, Miami Heat looking for a high as road trip continues

Video: After three days in Mexico City, Miami Heat looking for a high as road trip continues

MEXICO CITY – The Miami Heat wrap up the Mexico City portion of their three-game road trip today against the Brooklyn Nets at Arena Ciudad de Mexico. The Heat (11-13) are looking to snap a two-game losing streak that started at home against the Warriors. Miami plays one more game on this trip, at Memphis on Monday, before returning home to start a stretch in which it...
Heat’s Dion Waiters reacts to fans who suggest he comes off bench: ‘I’m a starter in this league, I’m not coming off no bench’

Heat’s Dion Waiters reacts to fans who suggest he comes off bench: ‘I’m a starter in this league, I’m not coming off no bench’

Miami Heat’s Dion Waiters reacts after making a 3-point basket during a game against the Charlotte Hornets last week. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) MEXICO CITY – Although the Heat haven’t indicated they want Dion Waiters coming off the bench, the idea has been raised by fans since he came to Miami more than a year ago. But Waiters has a message for those who...
What to know about tonight’s matchup: Heat look to get back on track vs. Nets in Mexico City

What to know about tonight’s matchup: Heat look to get back on track vs. Nets in Mexico City

MIAMI HEAT VS. BROOKLYN NETS When: Saturday, 6 p.m. Where: Arena Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun, NBA TV/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records: Miami 11-13, Brooklyn 10-14 Line: Heat favored by 2 points Kelly Olynyk #9 of the Miami Heat drives to the basket against Quincy Acy #13 of the Brooklyn Nets in the first half during their Pre Season game at Barclays...
Miami Heat balancing mixing business with pleasure in Mexico City

Miami Heat balancing mixing business with pleasure in Mexico City

Tyler Johnson being interviewed before the Heat’s team picture in Mexico City. MEXICO CITY – Not lost on the Miami Heat as they enjoy sightseeing, shopping and touring the Polanco neighborhood of Mexico City: They have a game here that, considering their start to the season, has become pretty important. The Heat (11-13) face the Brooklyn Nets (10-14) Saturday at Arena Ciudad...
Erik Spoelstra, Heat thinking about victims of Mexico City earthquake: ‘We know a little bit about natural disasters’

Erik Spoelstra, Heat thinking about victims of Mexico City earthquake: ‘We know a little bit about natural disasters’

MEXICO CITY – Earthquakes are an unfortunate part of life in Mexico City, with 14 to hit the city in the last 20 years with a magnitude of at least 5.7. The latest occurred Sept. 19, a magnitude 7.1 that struck about 100 miles south of Mexico City. That quake killed 216, 94 in Mexico City, where about 40 buildings collapse. As the city continues to rebuild, the damage...
Heat experiencing Mexico City culture: ‘It definitely grew on me when I was out there,’ said Wayne Ellington

Heat experiencing Mexico City culture: ‘It definitely grew on me when I was out there,’ said Wayne Ellington

MEXICO CITY – Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra had a personal translator as he toured the Polanco neighborhood of Mexico City outside the team hotel on Thursday. Spoelstra walked through parks, stopped at shops and restaurants and relied on assistant Octavio De La Grana to help him take in the local flavor. “I was trying to use some of my broken Spanish as well...
Justise Winslow has special partnership with his mother, and South Florida youth are benefiting from it

Justise Winslow has special partnership with his mother, and South Florida youth are benefiting from it

Heat forward Justise Winslow is surrounded by students at his second annual D.R.E.A.M Showcase, a holiday-themed talent show for South Florida youth on Dec. 2, 2017. (Courtesy of Robin’s House Family Foundation) MIAMI — Heat forward Justise Winslow has a special partnership with his mother, Robin Davis. Winslow, 21, and Davis are the founders of the Robin&rsquo...
Miami Heat Mailbag: Should James Johnson become permanent starter at power forward?

Miami Heat Mailbag: Should James Johnson become permanent starter at power forward?

Miami Heat forward James Johnson is pressured by San Antonio Spurs defenders San Antonio Spurs center Pau Gasol and forward LaMarcus Aldridge during the first half of Wednesday’s game. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) MEXICO CITY – The Miami Heat will be practicing in Mexico City today in advance of Saturday’s game against the Nets. Before bringing you coverage from...
Chris Bosh not ready to close door on playing career, says on podcast: ‘Don’t write me off just yet’

Chris Bosh not ready to close door on playing career, says on podcast: ‘Don’t write me off just yet’

Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh smiles during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game between Miami and Duke in Coral Gables, Fla., on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (David Santiago /El Nuevo Herald via AP) Although Chris Bosh has not played in an NBA game since Feb. 9, 2016 because of blood clotting issues, he’s not ready to close the door on his NBA playing career...
Could that spark be returning to Heat sixth-man Tyler Johnson’s game?

Could that spark be returning to Heat sixth-man Tyler Johnson’s game?

Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson drives to the basket against San Antonio Spurs center Pau Gasol during the first half Wednesday in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) MEXICO CITY – Tyler Johnson is starting to resemble the player who was recognized as one of the league’s better sixth men last season. For the most part, Johnson has not been the spark the Miami Heat...
Miami Heat in Mexico City as part of NBA’s plan to play games beyond its borders

Miami Heat in Mexico City as part of NBA’s plan to play games beyond its borders

MEXICO CITY – Goran Dragic has played basketball all over the world. The Slovenian native has been a staple on his national team for more than a decade, reaching the pinnacle last summer by leading his country to its first European championship. In his travels, Dragic has played in every European country “where basketball is huge,” Russia, China, Singapore...
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra will continue to explore all options with starting five

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra will continue to explore all options with starting five

MEXICO CITY – Erik Spoelstra continues to experiment with the starting lineup in Hassan Whiteside’s absence. Whiteside missed his ninth game of the season Wednesday and Spoelstra started his fourth different lineup with the 7-foot center sidelined. This time he went with Kelly Olynyk at center and James Johnson at power forward at San Antonio, Olynyk making his second ...
Read how Heat center Kelly Olynyk brightened the day for a sick boy from Loxahatchee

Read how Heat center Kelly Olynyk brightened the day for a sick boy from Loxahatchee

Heat center Kelly Olynyk puts a smile of the face of 6-year-old Dylan Dylan Lumm of Loxahatchee. (Photo courtesy Lumm family) SAN ANTONIO – Kelly Olynyk remembers a lot of things about visiting 6-year-old Dylan Lumm of Loxahatchee Monday at the Holtz Children’s Hospital at Jackson Medical Center. And one of the things that stood out. … Dylan’s hair. And if anybody...
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra expects ‘healthier, stronger, faster, better’ Hassan Whiteside when center returns

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra expects ‘healthier, stronger, faster, better’ Hassan Whiteside when center returns

SAN ANTONIO – Coach Erik Spoelstra told international reporters Tuesday he expects center Hassan Whiteside to return soon and believes the Heat center will be a much better version of himself when he come back. “All things considered this is something that we don’t think is really a big injury that will have him out for a significant period of time,&rdquo...
Tonight’s matchup: Miami Heat must solve Spurs’ defense to break long losing streak against San Antonio

Tonight’s matchup: Miami Heat must solve Spurs’ defense to break long losing streak against San Antonio

MIAMI HEAT VS. SAN ANTONIO SPURS When: Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records: Miami 11-12, Golden State 16-8 Line: San Antonio favored by 7.5 points. Miami’s Dion Waiters looks on during the Heat’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs early this season at AmericanAirlines Arena. (Photo by Mike...
Hassan Whiteside won’t travel with Heat for upcoming three-game trip, as problems continue on defensive end without him

Hassan Whiteside won’t travel with Heat for upcoming three-game trip, as problems continue on defensive end without him

MIAMI — The Heat will have to continue to find ways to win games without starting center Hassan Whiteside. Whiteside will not travel for the team’s upcoming three-game trip, which begins Wednesday in San Antonio against the Spurs, as he continues to recover from a bone bruise on his left knee. This means the earliest Whiteside can make his return will be when the...
Mailbag: Should the Heat consider using Dion Waiters in a bench role?

Mailbag: Should the Heat consider using Dion Waiters in a bench role?

Miami Heat’s Dion Waiters (11) drives as Charlotte Hornets’ Michael Kidd-Gilchrist defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, in Miami. The Heat won 105-100. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) 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...
As Heat struggle to find consistency, odds of winning title, Eastern Conference getting much longer

As Heat struggle to find consistency, odds of winning title, Eastern Conference getting much longer

Miami Heat players Hassan Whiteside, Dion Waiters, James Johnson and Goran Dragic look on from the bench during the Sunday’s loss to the the Golden State Warriors. (David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS) SAN ANTONIO – Even Las Vegas is losing faith in the Miami Heat. Off to an 11-12 start, the Heat are among the teams whose odds to win the championship and their conference have...
Bam Adebayo on Stephen Curry? No problem. Adebayo flashing potential to be unique versatile defender

Bam Adebayo on Stephen Curry? No problem. Adebayo flashing potential to be unique versatile defender

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry passes the ball against Miami Heat forward Bam Adebayo during the second quarter on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Fla. (David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS) MIAMI — Bam Adebayo’s potential is obvious. The Heat’s 20-year-old rookie is averaging 5.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.5 blocks this season...
Erik Spoelstra says Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters deserve more foul calls on drives to the basket

Erik Spoelstra says Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters deserve more foul calls on drives to the basket

Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic drives against Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson during the first quarter on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Fla. (David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS) MIAMI — Goran Dragic and Dion Waiters have already expressed their frustration with the officiating at different points this season. Before Sunday’s...
Now at 11-12 through 23 games, Miami Heat still searching for answers

Now at 11-12 through 23 games, Miami Heat still searching for answers

From left, Miami Heat players Hassan Whiteside, Dion Waiters, James Johnson and Goran Dragic look on from the bench during the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Fla. (David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS) MIAMI — After the Heat’s third loss in four games, coach Erik Spoelstra admitted that...
Five takeaways: Heat hang with Warriors early before being blown out in third quarter

Five takeaways: Heat hang with Warriors early before being blown out in third quarter

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry makes contact with Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic during the first quarter of Sunday’s game. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper) MIAMI – That turned quickly. The Miami Heat were feeling pretty good about themselves at the half, trailing the Golden State Warriors by two points, but quicker than Stephen Curry gets off a 3-pointer, the...
Kevin Durant believes in close friend, Heat guard Dion Waiters: ‘I own some property on Waiters Island’

Kevin Durant believes in close friend, Heat guard Dion Waiters: ‘I own some property on Waiters Island’

Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder high-fives Dion Waiters #3 in Game Seven of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on May 30, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) MIAMI — Count Golden State All-Star forward Kevin Durant among those who own property on Waiters...
Dion Waiters is playing well in clutch situations. Now, Erik Spoelstra wants to see that Waiters for the entire game

Dion Waiters is playing well in clutch situations. Now, Erik Spoelstra wants to see that Waiters for the entire game

MIAMI — Dion Waiters remembers the game-winner he made against the Warriors at AmericanAirlines Arena last season. He remembers the pose he made after the shot, celebrating by crossing his arms and nodding his head in approval of the moment. With the Warriors back in Miami for Sunday’s game against the Heat, that shot has become a topic of discussion over the past...
Tonight’s matchup: Heat face high scoring Warriors without defensive anchor Hassan Whiteside

Tonight’s matchup: Heat face high scoring Warriors without defensive anchor Hassan Whiteside

Miami’s Goran Dragic goes up for a shot on Golden State’s Andre during the Warriors victory at ORACLE Arena on November. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS VS. MIAMI HEAT When: Sunday, 7 p.m. Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami. TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records: Miami 11-11, Golden State 17-6 Line: Golden State favored...
How valuable is a win over the Golden State Warriors? Just ask the Miami Heat

How valuable is a win over the Golden State Warriors? Just ask the Miami Heat

MIAMI — It’s a new season with new challenges. That’s the cliche players and coaches around the NBA will use when asked about seasons past. But ask the Heat about their dramatic 105-102 home win over the Warriors in January of last season, and they will admit that it felt different than other victories. Different not only because it came against the eventual...
Why did the Heat decide to sign Josh Richardson to $42 million extension? Just look at what he did vs. Hornets

Why did the Heat decide to sign Josh Richardson to $42 million extension? Just look at what he did vs. Hornets

MIAMI — Josh Richardson entered the season with high expectations after a standout training camp and preseason. The 24-year-old has lived up to those expectations on defense, but offense has been a challenge for him since the start of the regular season. Richardson entered Friday averaging 8.8 points on 36.8 percent shooting from the field and 26.9 percent shooting from...
Five takeaways from Heat-Hornets: Josh Richardson steps up with career-best performance

Five takeaways from Heat-Hornets: Josh Richardson steps up with career-best performance

Charlotte Hornets’ Michael Carter-Williams (10), Miami Heat’s Dion Waiters (11) and Goran Dragic, right, go for the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) MIAMI — The game began with the Heat missing their first 11 shots of the game. But the night got better for Miami, much better. The Heat (11-11)...
When will Heat center Hassan Whiteside return from his latest knee issue? ‘Wait until I’m totally 100 percent’

When will Heat center Hassan Whiteside return from his latest knee issue? ‘Wait until I’m totally 100 percent’

Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside (21) drives past Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love (0) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) MIAMI — Hassan Whiteside doesn’t want to rush back this time. Whiteside missed five games in October with a bone bruise on his left knee, but said he “rushed” his...
Cavaliers ‘very impressed’ with Heat rookie Bam Adebayo

Cavaliers ‘very impressed’ with Heat rookie Bam Adebayo

Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) drives against Miami Heat’s Bam Adebayo (13) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) MIAMI — There aren’t many positives the Heat can take away from Tuesday’s 108-97 loss to the Cavaliers. But there is one: Bam Adebayo. The 20-year-old rookie was dominant...
Tonight’s matchup: Life without center Hassan Whiteside continues for Heat vs. Hornets

Tonight’s matchup: Life without center Hassan Whiteside continues for Heat vs. Hornets

CHARLOTTE HORNETS VS. MIAMI HEAT When: Friday, 8 p.m. Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records: Charlotte 8-12, Miami 10-11 Frank Kaminsky #44 of the Charlotte Hornets boxes out Kelly Olynyk #9 of the Miami Heat during a preseason game at American Airlines Arena on October 9, 2017 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly...
Mailbag: Was last season’s 30-11 finish a mirage for the Miami Heat?

Mailbag: Was last season’s 30-11 finish a mirage for the Miami Heat?

MIAMI — Just 21 games in, there are already questions regarding this Heat roster. Was last season’s 30-11 finish a mirage? We answer that question and more in the latest installment of the Heat mailbag. If you weren’t able to ask a question this time, send your questions for future mailbags via Twitter ( @Anthony_Chiang and ...
Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra still searching for answers; he better find them before it’s too late

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra still searching for answers; he better find them before it’s too late

NEW YORK – When the Miami Heat walked off their home court less than two weeks ago having been embarrassed by Indiana, they appeared to have hit rock bottom. Then came Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. The way the Heat played in a 115-86 beat down by the Knicks, that Pacers loss (120-95) has competition for the season’s low point. One thing the Heat can...
Five takeaways: Another night, another embarrassing effort from the Heat in loss at the Knicks

Five takeaways: Another night, another embarrassing effort from the Heat in loss at the Knicks

New York Knicks center Kyle O’Quinn and Miami Heat forward Josh Richardson battle for a rebound during the second quarter of Wednesday’s game. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) NEW YORK – A road trip that started so promising with the Heat winning the first two games ended with a thud  after two humiliating losses. For the second straight night Miami fell...
Heat center Hassan Whiteside out for tonight’s game against Knicks with left knee soreness

Heat center Hassan Whiteside out for tonight’s game against Knicks with left knee soreness

Miami’s Hassan Whiteside backs down Cleveland’s Kevin Love during the Heat’s loss Tuesday in Cleveland. Whiteside will not play tonight in New York because of left knee soreness. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) NEW YORK – Hassan Whiteside, who missed practice Saturday because of a soreness and swelling to his left knee, will sit out tonight’s game ...
Miami Heat rookie Bam Adebayo a silver lining during a forgetful night in Cleveland

Miami Heat rookie Bam Adebayo a silver lining during a forgetful night in Cleveland

Miami’s Bam Adebayo defends Cleveland’s LeBron James during Heat’s loss to the Cavaliers Tuesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) NEW YORK – Bam Adebayo admits sitting on the bench isn’t something he was accustomed to as a basketball prodigy. This is a 6-foot-10, 260-pound man-child started all 38 games during his one season at Kentucky, averaging 30...
Heat’s Udonis Haslem on what he’ll do with Dwyane Wade’s Cavaliers jersey: ‘I’m going to wash it first’

Heat’s Udonis Haslem on what he’ll do with Dwyane Wade’s Cavaliers jersey: ‘I’m going to wash it first’

CLEVELAND – Heat captain Udonis Haslem and Cleveland’s Dwyane Wade have talked about swapping jerseys since Wade joined the Cavaliers before the start of the season. The two got the chance Tuesday following Cleveland’s 108-97 victory as they met on the court after the game, stripped off their jerseys and handed them to one another.   Dwyane Wade had...
Tonight’s matchup: Heat look to clinch 3-1 road trip vs. Knicks on second night of back-to-back

Tonight’s matchup: Heat look to clinch 3-1 road trip vs. Knicks on second night of back-to-back

MIAMI HEAT VS. NEW YORK KNICKS When: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Where: Madison Square Garden, New York TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records: Miami 10-10, New York 10-10 Line: Heat favored by 1 point Kristaps Porzingis #6 of the New York Knicks grabs the rebound as Hassan Whiteside #21 of the Miami Heat defends at Madison Square Garden on March 29, 2017 in New...
Five takeaways: Kevin Love steals show as Heat’s three-game winning streak comes to screeching halt at Cleveland

Five takeaways: Kevin Love steals show as Heat’s three-game winning streak comes to screeching halt at Cleveland

Cleveland’s Kevin Love drives against Miami’s Hassan Whiteside in the first half of the Cavs victory Tuesday at in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) CLEVELAND – With all the attention focused on Dwyane Wade and LeBron James before the Heat faced the Cavaliers for the first time this season, it was Kevin Love who stole the show. Love, often the forgotten...
Goran Dragic credits Heat winning three straight games for Player of Week honor

Goran Dragic credits Heat winning three straight games for Player of Week honor

Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week after Miami’s 3-0 week. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper) CLEVELAND – Goran Dragic believes the most important numbers that led to his Eastern Conference Player of the Week award: 3-0. As in the Heat’s record for the week. “If you are winning games, everything is much easier, the food tastes...
Disheartened Heat coach Erik Spoelstra had trouble sleeping after David Fizdale was fired

Disheartened Heat coach Erik Spoelstra had trouble sleeping after David Fizdale was fired

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra (right) said David Fizdale, fired Monday by Memphis, will step back from coaching this season. CLEVELAND – Erik Spoelstra was distraught when hearing his friend, and former assistant, David Fizdale was fired by the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday. So much so that the Heat coach had a tough time sleeping. “I had a tough time wrapping my mind around it and...
Mailbag: Could ousted Memphis coach David Fizdale return to Miami Heat?

Mailbag: Could ousted Memphis coach David Fizdale return to Miami Heat?

CLEVELAND – The NBA was stunned by the news Monday that the Memphis Grizzlies fired head coach David Fizdale. Fizdale was a long-time Heat assistant to Erik Spoelstra before taking his first head coaching job prior to the 2016-17 season. Could he return to Miami now that he is out in Memphis? We answer that and more in our latest Heat mailbag. If you weren’t able...
Tonight’s matchup: Heat look to end Cavaliers’ win streak, face Dwyane Wade and LeBron James

Tonight’s matchup: Heat look to end Cavaliers’ win streak, face Dwyane Wade and LeBron James

MIAMI HEAT VS. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS When: Tuesday, 7 p.m. Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun, NBA TV/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records: Miami 10-9, Cleveland 13-7 Line: Cavaliers favored by 3.5 points Dwyane Wade #9 and LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers walk backcourt during a game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center on October...
Video: Suddenly hot Miami Heat to face old friends Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

Video: Suddenly hot Miami Heat to face old friends Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

CLEVELAND – The Miami Heat are playing their best basketball of the season and just in time for Tuesday’s date with Dwyane Wade and LeBron James and the surging Cleveland Cavaliers. The Heat have won three straight and four of five, including the first two games of this road trip, and the Cavaliers carry a seven game winning streak into their game at Philadelphia...
Interesting facts and stats: Josh Richardson playing like one of the NBA’s top defenders

Interesting facts and stats: Josh Richardson playing like one of the NBA’s top defenders

Jason Smith #14 of the Washington Wizards puts up a shot over Josh Richardson #0 of the Miami Heat in the second half at Capital One Arena on November 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) MIAMI — Here are five interesting information tidbits from the Heat’s current three-game winning streak and their 10-9 start to the season … *...
Erik Spoelstra’s rotation centered on keeping Heat leader Goran Dragic fresh for crunch time

Erik Spoelstra’s rotation centered on keeping Heat leader Goran Dragic fresh for crunch time

Miami’s takes a 3-point shot over the Bulls’ Denzel Valentine during the the Heat victory in Chicago on Sunday (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) CLEVELAND – When Goran Dragic entered Sunday’s game late in the third quarter and with the Miami Heat desperately trying to hold off the Chicago Bulls, he was well rested. The 31-year-old Dragic had...
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra on seeing Dwayne Wade in Cavaliers uniform: ‘I hate it’

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra on seeing Dwayne Wade in Cavaliers uniform: ‘I hate it’

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue talks to Dwyane Wade and LeBron James while playing the Milwaukee Bucks. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) CLEVELAND – Heat coach Erik Spoelstra finally got used to seeing Dwyane Wade in another uniform last season. And it was one Spoelstra could accept with Wade’s desire to return home to Chicago and play for the franchise he...
Heat pull away from Bulls as Hassan Whiteside, Dion Waiters sit entire fourth quarter

Heat pull away from Bulls as Hassan Whiteside, Dion Waiters sit entire fourth quarter

Paul Zipser of the Bulls is fouled as he tries to drive between Kelly Olynyk and James Johnson of the Heat during Miami’s win in Chicago on Sunday. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) CHICAGO – Erik Spoelstra didn’t plan on keeping Hassan Whiteside and Dion Waiters on the bench for the entire fourth quarter Sunday, but when the group he had on the floor...
Five takeaways: Heat shake off dismal start against Bulls for third straight win

Five takeaways: Heat shake off dismal start against Bulls for third straight win

Miami Heat’s Dion Waiters goes up for a shot against Chicago Bulls’ Robin Lopez and Justin Holiday during Sunday’s game in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty) CHICAGO – The best and the worst of the Miami Heat were on display during Sunday’s matinee against the Bulls. Miami scored seven points in the first quarter, missing all but two of its 19 shots, but recovered...
Heat center Hassan Whiteside’s knee feeling better, will start today against the Bulls

Heat center Hassan Whiteside’s knee feeling better, will start today against the Bulls

Heat center Hassan Whiteside will play against Chicago after missing Saturday’s practice because of a sore left knee. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson) CHICAGO – The soreness and swelling in Hassan Whiteside’s left knee has diminished and the Heat center will start  today against the Bulls. Whiteside logged 24 minutes, scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds...
Today’s matchup: Heat look to extend winning streak to three vs. struggling Bulls — maybe without Hassan Whiteside

Today’s matchup: Heat look to extend winning streak to three vs. struggling Bulls — maybe without Hassan Whiteside

MIAMI HEAT VS. CHICAGO BULLS When: Sunday, 3:30 p.m. Where: United Center, Chicago TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records: Miami 9-9, Chicago 3-14 Miami Heat players including forward James Johnson (16), Kelly Olynyk (9), Wayne Ellington (2) and Goran Dragic (7) celebrate in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Friday...
Heat center Hassan Whiteside misses practice because of knee soreness, status is questionable for Sunday’s game against Bulls

Heat center Hassan Whiteside misses practice because of knee soreness, status is questionable for Sunday’s game against Bulls

Heat center Hassan Whiteside dribbles against Timberwolves’ Taj Gibson during Miami’s win Friday in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King) CHICAGO – The left knee Heat center Hassan Whiteside bruised in the season opener at Orlando continues to be problematic. Whiteside sat out Saturday’s practice because of soreness and swelling in the same knee. ...
Heat forward James Johnson saddened by news that injuries may force friend Derrick Rose to step away from NBA

Heat forward James Johnson saddened by news that injuries may force friend Derrick Rose to step away from NBA

Injuries have forced Cavaliers guard Derrick Rose to re-evaluate his future in the NBA.(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) MINNESOTA – James Johnson called it “front row seats” to the best and most exciting player in the NBA during his time in Chicago. Johnson played 78 games for the Bulls in 2009-10 and early in the 2010-11 season, when Derrick Rose was in his prime. He...
Mailbag: Did the Miami Heat make a mistake drafting Bam Adebayo?

Mailbag: Did the Miami Heat make a mistake drafting Bam Adebayo?

Heat rooked Bam Adebayo shoots a foul shot during a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at American Airlines Arena last month. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) MINNEAPOLIS – Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has settled into a nine-man rotation of late with James Johnson, Tyler Johnson, Kelly Olynyk and Wayne Ellington receiving the majority of the minutes off the...
Tonight’s matchup: Heat looking for consistency, to exploit Timberwolves’ suspect defense

Tonight’s matchup: Heat looking for consistency, to exploit Timberwolves’ suspect defense

MIAMI HEAT VS. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES When: Friday, 8 p.m. Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, Minn. TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records: Miami 8-9, Minnesota 11-7 Justise Winslow of the Miami Heat is defended by Taj Gibson and Gorgui Dieng of the Minnesota Timberwolves during Minnesota’s victory in Miami last month.(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)...
Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters asked Hassan Whiteside to set better screens. Message received … and fulfilled

Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters asked Hassan Whiteside to set better screens. Message received … and fulfilled

MIAMI — In case anybody was wondering, Hassan Whiteside got the message. Starting guards Goran Dragic and Dion Waiters spent the two days leading up to Wednesday’s game asking for better screens. Whiteside responded to their request by pointing the finger back at them after Tuesday’s practice, urging them to be patient when using his screens. But they were...
How intense were Heat’s practices leading up to win vs. Celtics? Dragic called them ‘toughest practices’ in his career

How intense were Heat’s practices leading up to win vs. Celtics? Dragic called them ‘toughest practices’ in his career

MIAMI — The Heat aren’t a team that let practice days go to waste. Miami has built a reputation over the years for its long and grueling practice sessions. But the level of intensity in this week’s practices leading up to Wednesday’s critical 104-98 win over the Celtics even caught Heat players by surprise. “Brutal, man,” center Hassan Whiteside...
Heat rookie Bam Adebayo is not getting a lot of playing time, but he’s ‘a sponge’ behind the scenes

Heat rookie Bam Adebayo is not getting a lot of playing time, but he’s ‘a sponge’ behind the scenes

Bam Adebayo #13 of the Miami Heat looks on during a game against the San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Arena on October 25, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) MIAMI — Bam Adebayo has spent most of the season on the Heat’s bench. Entering Wednesday’s game against the Celtics, the 20-year-old rookie has played in 10 of Miami&rsquo...
James Johnson after Heat’s 7-9 start: ‘This is code red right now’

James Johnson after Heat’s 7-9 start: ‘This is code red right now’

MIAMI — Heat tri-captain James Johnson has a message for his teammates after their 7-9 start to the season. “We’re no longer twitching the needle,” Johnson said after Wednesday morning’s shootaround session. “This is code red right now. We don’t have no time to wait. This is where the playoff games or games to get in the playoffs reside right now...
Tonight’s matchup: Celtics come to Miami riding 16-game winning streak

Tonight’s matchup: Celtics come to Miami riding 16-game winning streak

BOSTON CELTICS VS. MIAMI HEAT When: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami. TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records: Boston 16-2, Miami 7-9   Kyrie Irving scored 24 points in his first game against the Miami Heat as a member of the Boston Celtics on Oct. 22 in Miami. (Getty Images). PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS Heat F: Justise Winslow...
Celtics have used defense to build 16-game win streak. It’s a formula the Heat know they must use to have success

Celtics have used defense to build 16-game win streak. It’s a formula the Heat know they must use to have success

MIAMI — It seems like the Heat’s season has reached a tipping point. After Sunday’s blowout home loss to the Pacers, coach Erik Spoelstra said: “We will find a solution one way or another to get this team playing Miami Heat basketball.” Well, here come the scorching hot Celtics. After a two-day break, the Heat (7-9) will look to turn things around...
Hassan Whiteside on Heat’s screen-setting problems: ‘Guys aren’t being patient’

Hassan Whiteside on Heat’s screen-setting problems: ‘Guys aren’t being patient’

MIAMI — Just one day after Dion Waiters and Erik Spoelstra pointed to the Heat’s screen-setting as an issue, center Hassan Whiteside had another take on the subject. “I mean, it’s just, it’s just, man, the guys aren’t being patient,” Whiteside said when asked about the issue after Tuesday’s practice. “Me and D-Wade showed...
Mailbag: How much do the Miami Heat miss Rodney McGruder?

Mailbag: How much do the Miami Heat miss Rodney McGruder?

MIAMI — What’s missing for the Heat right now? For one, consistency. But some will say Rodney McGruder’s injury has hurt this team more than anybody could have imagined. How much do the Heat miss Rodney? We answer that question and more in the latest installment of the Heat mailbag. If you weren’t able to ask a question this time, send your questions for future mailbags via...
After frustrating blowout home loss to Pacers, Heat hold ‘grueling, dog-eat-dog’ practice Monday in search of consistency

After frustrating blowout home loss to Pacers, Heat hold ‘grueling, dog-eat-dog’ practice Monday in search of consistency

MIAMI — Inconsistency has been the consistent theme of the Heat’s season. Through 16 games, Miami is 7-9. But it’s not the record that has left Heat coaches and players frustrated, it’s their lack of consistency that has many of them searching for answers. Just take a look at this statistical fact: Miami entered Monday as the league’s sixth-best first-half...
Video: A look at biggest issues facing the Heat after a 7-9 start to season

Video: A look at biggest issues facing the Heat after a 7-9 start to season

MIAMI — As the Heat continue to look for answers after a 7-9 start to the season, we took a closer look at the biggest issues they are facing. Watch our video, which was originally posted as a Facebook Live video on the Post on Miami Heat page on Sunday night. You should probably follow that page if you don’t already … Indiana Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic...
Five takeaways from Heat-Pacers: Inconsistency continues to be a big problem for Miami

Five takeaways from Heat-Pacers: Inconsistency continues to be a big problem for Miami

Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) drives past Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison and center Myles Turner (33) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper) MIAMI — The Heat’s margin of error is small. Without a superstar on the roster, they can’t afford to take a few minutes off in a game and they definitely...
Guard Derrick Walton Jr. rejoins Miami Heat for developmental purposes

Guard Derrick Walton Jr. rejoins Miami Heat for developmental purposes

Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra talks with guard Derrick Walton Jr. during the second half of a preseason game against Charlotte last month.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) MIAMI – Guard  Derrick Walton Jr. is back with the Heat. Walton was re-called today from Sioux Falls and will be active for tonight’s game against the Pacers. Walton is...
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