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5 takeaways from Heat-Hornets: Somehow, some way Heat win with incredible late-game rally

5 takeaways from Heat-Hornets: Somehow, some way Heat win with incredible late-game rally

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, N.C. — The Heat have overcome a lot this season, but it looked like there was just too much to overcome Saturday. The second night of a back-to-back set, the fifth game in...
Shane Battier didn’t always think he would stay in Miami, but now he considers it ‘home’

Shane Battier didn’t always think he would stay in Miami, but now he considers it ‘home’

Shane Battier accepted a front office position with the Heat as the vice president of basketball development and analytics last year. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post) CHARLOTTE, N.C. — When Shane Battier signed with the Heat in the 2011 offseason, he saw Miami as a temporary home. More than six years later, Battier is still a South Florida resident. And it doesn’t look...
What to know about tonight’s game: Goran Dragic not expected to play vs. Hornets due to bruised knee

What to know about tonight’s game: Goran Dragic not expected to play vs. Hornets due to bruised knee

Miami Heat’s James Johnson (16) and Josh Richardson (0) react during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) MIAMI HEAT AT CHARLOTTE HORNETS When: Saturday, 7 p.m. Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, N.C. TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WQBA 1140AM (Spanish) Records: Miami 26-19,...
Heat have not lost consecutive games in more than six weeks; hoping trend continues in Charlotte

Heat have not lost consecutive games in more than six weeks; hoping trend continues in Charlotte

Miami’s James Johnson and Josh Richardson react during the second half of its loss at Brooklyn on Friday. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) NEW YORK – The Miami Hea t let one get away Friday in Brooklyn, something they have not done in a long time. And although the Heat (26-19) remain in the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference, one half game ahead of Washington...
Five takeaways: Heat surrender 16 point lead, lose again to lowly Nets

Five takeaways: Heat surrender 16 point lead, lose again to lowly Nets

Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside dunks in front of Brooklyn Nets’ Jarrett Allen and DeMarre Carroll during Friday’s game. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) BROOKLYN – The Miami Heat had the pace where they wanted and Hassan Whiteside was having another “monster” game. Then, it all turned. The Heat squandered a 16-point third-quarter lead to the Brooklyn Nets...
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra happy to see Hornets’ Steve Clifford back on bench

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra happy to see Hornets’ Steve Clifford back on bench

Miami coach Erik Spoelstra yells to the officials during the Heat’s victory at Indiana last week. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) NEW YORK – Heat coach Erik Spoelstra will be happy to see Hornets coach Steve Clifford back on the bench when Miami plays at Charlotte on Saturday. Clifford, 56, returned to the bench Wednesday after missing more than a month to deal with...
Heat’s Wayne Ellington showing he’s much more than a 3-point threat

Heat’s Wayne Ellington showing he’s much more than a 3-point threat

Miami Heat’s Wayne Ellington drives against Milwaukee Bucks’ Malcolm Brogdon during Miami’s win in Milwaukee on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash) NEW YORK – Now that Wayne Ellington has become one of the biggest 3-point threats in the league, the Heat guard is taking advantage of opponents overplaying that part of his game. Twice in the...
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra’s presence at ceremony to honor Hassan Whiteside ‘meant a lot’

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra’s presence at ceremony to honor Hassan Whiteside ‘meant a lot’

Hassan Whiteside received support from assistant coach Octavio De La Grana, Bam Adebayo, coach Erik Spoelstra, Goran Dragic and James Johnson on Thursday when his number was retired at East Side High in Newark. (Photo courtesy Miami Heat) NEW YORK – Hassan Whiteside already was excited about being honored by one of his former high schools, but the day became more special...
Heat mailbag: Where does Rodney McGruder fit in when he returns? That and trade stuff

Heat mailbag: Where does Rodney McGruder fit in when he returns? That and trade stuff

Miami Heat wingman Rodney McGruder has not played this season but he has been doing court work and he should be returning soon. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) NEW YORK – The Heat mailbag is filling up so it’s time to start emptying it out. If you were not able to ask a question this time, send your questions for future mailbags via Twitter to @tomdangelo44 and ...
What to know about tonight’s game: Heat attempt to avenge blowout loss vs. Nets

What to know about tonight’s game: Heat attempt to avenge blowout loss vs. Nets

D’Angelo Russell #1 of the Brooklyn Nets drives to the basket against Josh Richardson #0 of the Miami Heat in the second half during their Pre Season game at Barclays Center on October 5, 2017 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) MIAMI HEAT AT BROOKLYN NETS When: Friday, 7:30 p.m. Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y. TV/Radio...
The case for Heat guard Goran Dragic to be an All-Star

The case for Heat guard Goran Dragic to be an All-Star

It is up to the coaches to add Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic to the Eastern Conference All-Star team. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) NEW YORK – This time, the coaches just cannot ignore the Miami Heat. A year ago, Miami being shut out of the All-Star Game was justified. The Heat had the second-worst record in the league the first half of the season and the second-half turnaround was still...
Behind the numbers: Heat playing like one of top teams in NBA over past 20 games

Behind the numbers: Heat playing like one of top teams in NBA over past 20 games

Josh Richardson #0 of the Miami Heat passes the ball around Bobby Portis #5 of the Chicago Bulls to teammate Bam Adebayo #13 at the United Center on January 15, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) MIAMI — Somehow, some way, the Heat own the eighth-best record in the NBA at 26-18. Here are five tidbits of information from the first 44...
Heat’s Hassan Whiteside after best game of season: ‘Coach really trusted me’

Heat’s Hassan Whiteside after best game of season: ‘Coach really trusted me’

Miami’s Hassan Whiteside gets in the path of Milaukee’s Malcolm Brogdon during the Heat’s victory at the Bucks on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) BROOKLYN – If Hassan Whiteside ever forgets, his coach will always remind him – Never be satisfied. “He knows what I’m going to say,” Erik Spoelstra said after Whiteside’s monster game...
Five takeaways: Hassan Whiteside’s big night powers Heat past Bucks

Five takeaways: Hassan Whiteside’s big night powers Heat past Bucks

Miami’s Goran Dragic and Milwaukee’s Eric Bledsoe go after a loose ball during the first half of the Heat’s game at the Bucks on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) MILWAUKEE – This is the Hassan Whiteside the Miami Heat have been looking for since the big man returned from his knee injury. And the Heat needed every big of Whiteside’s inspired effort to get...
Tonight’s matchup: Bucks looking for revenge after Heat’s blowout win Sunday

Tonight’s matchup: Bucks looking for revenge after Heat’s blowout win Sunday

Heat guard Josh Richardson looks for an open teammate as Bucks’ Matthew Dellavedova defends during Miami’s at AmericanAirlines Arena on Sunday. (Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/TNS) MIAMI HEAT AT MILWAUKEE BUCKS When: Wednesday, 8 p.m. Where: Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisc. TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records: Miami 25-18, Milwaukee 23-20 Line...
As Heat climb into top half of East, some still not believers with playoff odds all over the board.

As Heat climb into top half of East, some still not believers with playoff odds all over the board.

Miami’s Josh Richardson, Goran Dragic and Tyler Johnson celebrate a win over the Jazz on Jan. 7.(AP Photo/Joel Auerbach) MILWAUKEE – The Miami Heat have won 14-of-19 games to climb to No. 4 in the Eastern Conference and into the thick of the playoff race. But just how comfortable should Heat fans be with the prospects of their team playing into late April and possibly early...
Heat’s Goran Dragic on initial concern over Tyler Johnson’s injury: ‘I’ve never seen Tyler stay down like that’

Heat’s Goran Dragic on initial concern over Tyler Johnson’s injury: ‘I’ve never seen Tyler stay down like that’

Heat guard Tyler Johnson lays on the floor after being injury during Miami’s loss at Chicago on Monday. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) MILWAUKEE – Goran Dragic explained why there was such a look of concern of the faces of the Heat players as Tyler Johnson writhed on the court in pain Monday in Chicago. “I’ve never seen Tyler stay down like...
Five takeaways: Rally falls short as Bulls snap Heat seven-game win streak

Five takeaways: Rally falls short as Bulls snap Heat seven-game win streak

Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside (21) battles Chicago Bulls’ Robin Lopez (42) for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty) CHICAGO – The Miami Heat had their seven-game win streak snapped Monday, but may have avoided what could have been a more serious loss. The Bulls handled the Heat...
Heat guard Goran Dragic named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for second time this season

Heat guard Goran Dragic named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for second time this season

Heat guard Goran Dragic reacts after scoring a three-point shot in fourth quarter of the Miami’s victory over  the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday. (Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/TNS) CHICAGO – Heat guard Goran Dragic was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season. Dragic led the Heat to a 3-0 record with victories over Toronto...
With deadlines approaching, Heat sticking with their two two-way players, expected to file for disabled player exception

With deadlines approaching, Heat sticking with their two two-way players, expected to file for disabled player exception

Derrick Jones Jr of the Miami Heat dunks the ball against the Indiana Pacers during the Heat’s win in Indianapolis on Wednesday. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) CHICAGO – The Miami Heat are sticking with their two players on two-way contracts. Monday is the deadline for signing players to the newly created contracts, which allows teams carry two extra players but ...
Mailbag: Will Heat player get voted into All-Star game if winning continues?

Mailbag: Will Heat player get voted into All-Star game if winning continues?

Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic reacts after scoring a three-point shot in fourth quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Fla. (Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/TNS) 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 (...
What to know about today’s game: Streaking Heat begin five-game trip vs. Bulls

What to know about today’s game: Streaking Heat begin five-game trip vs. Bulls

Goran Dragic #7 of the Miami Heat puts up a three point shot over Denzel Valentine #45 of the Chicago Bulls on hois way to a team-high 24 points at the United Center on November 26, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Heat defeated the Bulls 100-93. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) MIAMI HEAT AT CHICAGO BULLS When: Monday, 3:30 p.m. Where: United Center, Chicago TV/Radio...
Erik Spoelstra on Justise Winslow’s return: ‘It was great to have him back out there’

Erik Spoelstra on Justise Winslow’s return: ‘It was great to have him back out there’

Miami Heat’s Justise Winslow (20) drives as Milwaukee Bucks’ Sterling Brown (23) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, in Miami. Miami won 97-79. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) MIAMI — Heat forward Justise Winslow returned to the court for the first time in more than a month Sunday afternoon, and played a role in ...
Heat forward James Johnson said he learned lesson of control and mental stability from suspension

Heat forward James Johnson said he learned lesson of control and mental stability from suspension

Miami Heat forward James Johnson is ejected from the game after an altercation with Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka during the third quarter of Miami’s victory in Toronto in Tuesday. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MIAMI — Serving his one-game suspension last week against the Indiana Pacers was difficult for Heat forward James Johnson, but there...
Tonight’s matchup: Bucks, Greek Freak stand between Heat and seventh straight win

Tonight’s matchup: Bucks, Greek Freak stand between Heat and seventh straight win

Miami’s James Johnson and Milwaukee ‘s Giannis Antetokounmpo wrestle for a loose ball during the Heat’s win in Milwaukee last season. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps) MILWAUKEE BUCKS AT MIAMI HEAT When: Sunday, 1 p.m. Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records: Miami 24-17, Milwaukee 22-19 Line: Miami is favored...
Heat confident they can overcome losing Dion Waiters for the season

Heat confident they can overcome losing Dion Waiters for the season

Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson brings the ball up court against the Indiana Pacers during a recent game. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) MIAMI – The Miami Heat are used to overcoming injuries. So when it was learned they would be without starting shooting guard Dion Waiters for the rest of the season the thinking was – we’ll overcome this, too....
Heat forward Justise Winslow returning; Erik Spoelstra talks about where he fits in?

Heat forward Justise Winslow returning; Erik Spoelstra talks about where he fits in?

Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow will return after missing 14 games with a strained left knee. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) MIAMI – The last time Justise Winslow played, the Heat lost to Portland, dropping their record to 13-14. Since, with Winslow rehabbing a sprained left knee, Miami has turned around its season, winning 11-of-14 games. Like it not, Winslow is coming back. The...
Heat mailbag: What will Justise Winslow’s role be when he returns? That, and trade stuff

Heat mailbag: What will Justise Winslow’s role be when he returns? That, and trade stuff

Heat forward Justise Winslow should be returning soon from his knee injury, but will there be much playing time for him off the bench? (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) MIAMI – The Heat mailbag is filling up so it’s time to start emptying it out. If you were not able to ask a question this time, send your questions for future mailbags via Twitter to @tomdangelo44 and ...
Heat confirm Dion Waiters’ will have ankle surgery, expect him to make full recovery. No timetable for return

Heat confirm Dion Waiters’ will have ankle surgery, expect him to make full recovery. No timetable for return

The Miami Heat expect Dion Waiters to make a full recovery from his ankle surgery. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) MIAMI – The Heat have confirmed that starting guard Dion Waiters will undergo surgery on his left ankle and miss the rest of the season. “We are confident this surgery will resolve all of the issues with the ankle. This process will not just repair the ankle...
Without a go-to superstar, Heat have used different approach to become one of NBA’s top teams in the clutch

Without a go-to superstar, Heat have used different approach to become one of NBA’s top teams in the clutch

Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) defends as Miami Heat guard Wayne Ellington (2) picks up the ball from center Bam Adebayo (13) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. The Heat defeated the Pacers 114-106. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) MIAMI — What’s the biggest difference between this season and last...
Living the simple life: Heat’s Kelly Olynyk chillin’ off the court, ballin’ on the court

Living the simple life: Heat’s Kelly Olynyk chillin’ off the court, ballin’ on the court

Heat center/forward Kelly Olynyk looks to make a move against Utah’s Ekpe Udoh during a game between the Jazz and the Heat at American Airlines Arena, Sunday, January 7, 2018. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post). MIAMI – Each morning Kelly Olynyk rises in his condo 48 stories above his newly adopted city. The 7-foot Canadian steps onto his balcony to a view...
Midseason Heat report: Josh Richardson emerging, Bam Adebayo’s future looks bright

Midseason Heat report: Josh Richardson emerging, Bam Adebayo’s future looks bright

Miami Heat forward Josh Richardson (0) brings the ball up court against the Indiana Pacers during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) MIAMI — At the midway point of the season, the Heat find themselves in a good spot. Miami owns the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference and the eighth-best record...
With Dion Waiters’ season likely over, what starting lineup will Heat coach Erik Spoelstra settle on?

With Dion Waiters’ season likely over, what starting lineup will Heat coach Erik Spoelstra settle on?

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra will have plenty of combinations to chose from when looking to settle on a starting lineup with Dion Waiters’ season likely over. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Guard Dion Waiters is expected to undergo surgery on his problematic left ankle, which will end his season. Although this has not been confirmed by the Heat, an announcement from the organization...
Dave George: Erik Spoelstra’s Heat overachieving at halfway point

Dave George: Erik Spoelstra’s Heat overachieving at halfway point

Halfway through the Miami Heat season, and they continue to amaze. What, you don’t think 24-17 is fairly spectacular in a league where the true championship contenders don’t really get cooking until the playoffs? Can’t argue too vehemently, since that’s the overriding theme of every NBA season. Still, just a little fiddling with the numbers demonstrates how far Erik Spoelstra&rsquo...
Report: Dion Waiters expected to undergo season-ending surgery on problematic left ankle

Report: Dion Waiters expected to undergo season-ending surgery on problematic left ankle

Heat guard Dion Waiters looks on during a game against the San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Arena this season. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) MIAMI – It looks like Dion Waiters’ season will come to a premature end for the second consecutive season But this year, that time will come a lot sooner. Waiters is expected to have season-ending surgery on...
Derrick ‘Airplane Mode’ Jones Jr. makes strong first impression on Heat

Derrick ‘Airplane Mode’ Jones Jr. makes strong first impression on Heat

Derrick Jones Jr #5 of the Miami Heat dunks the ball against the Indiana Pacers during the game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on January 10, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) INDIANAPOLIS — It didn’t take long for Derrick Jones Jr. to leave an impression on his Heat teammates and coaches. After signing a two-way contract with Miami...
After conversation with Udonis Haslem, Tyler Johnson decided to play, push through pain vs. Pacers

After conversation with Udonis Haslem, Tyler Johnson decided to play, push through pain vs. Pacers

Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson (8) bring s the ball up court against the Indiana Pacers during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) INDIANAPOLIS — When Udonis Haslem speaks, his teammates listen. Just 90 minutes before Wednesday’s game against the Pacers, coach Erik Spoelstra said guard Tyler Johnson...
After hitting rock bottom at 41-game mark last season, Heat surging at same point this season. What’s the difference?

After hitting rock bottom at 41-game mark last season, Heat surging at same point this season. What’s the difference?

Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) defends as Miami Heat guard Wayne Ellington (2) picks up the ball form center Bam Adebayo (13) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. The Heat defeated the Pacers 114-106. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) INDIANAPOLIS — What a difference a year makes. Miami reached rock bottom...
Five takeaways: Heat use balanced attack to defeat Pacers and keep winning streak alive

Five takeaways: Heat use balanced attack to defeat Pacers and keep winning streak alive

Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) drives around Indiana Pacers center Domantas Sabonis, right, and guard Cory Joseph (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) INDIANAPOLIS — Balanced is the word the Heat like to use to describe their offensive attack. That balanced attack was on display Wednesday with...
Heat forward James Johnson out tonight after being suspended one game; Goran Dragic fined

Heat forward James Johnson out tonight after being suspended one game; Goran Dragic fined

Miami Heat forward James Johnson is ejected after an altercation with Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka during the third quarter of Miami’s victory in Toronto on Tuesday. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) INDIANAPOLIS – Heat forward James Johnson will miss Miami’s game tonight at Indiana after being suspended for one game for his role in...
Heat rookie Bam Adebayo continues to impress teammates, coaches. Wayne Ellington: ‘He’s a beast’

Heat rookie Bam Adebayo continues to impress teammates, coaches. Wayne Ellington: ‘He’s a beast’

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) drives past Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) TORONTO — How unique is Heat rookie big man Bam Adebayo? Wayne Ellington can answer that question. “Man, he’s a beast. I tell him that all the time. He&rsquo...
Tonight’s matchup: Heat looking to stretch win streak to 6 games at Pacers, could be without Johnson & Johnson

Tonight’s matchup: Heat looking to stretch win streak to 6 games at Pacers, could be without Johnson & Johnson

Heat guard Goran Dragic drives past Pacers guard Darren Collison and center Myles Turner in Indiana’s victory at Miami in November. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper) MIAMI HEAT AT INDIANA PACERS When: Wednesday, 7 p.m. Where: Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis. TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records: Miami 23-17, Indiana 21-19 Line: Indiana is favored...
Five takeaways: Heat extend winning streak to five with dramatic win over Raptors on game-winner from Wayne Ellington

Five takeaways: Heat extend winning streak to five with dramatic win over Raptors on game-winner from Wayne Ellington

Toronto Raptors forward Norman Powell (24) tries to drive past Miami Heat forward James Johnson (16) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) TORONTO — On a night James Johnson was ejected, Josh Richardson made 3-of-13 shots and newcomer Derrick Jones Jr. had to make an emergency start...
Heat guard Tyler Johnson to miss game vs. Raptors with strained left shoulder

Heat guard Tyler Johnson to miss game vs. Raptors with strained left shoulder

TORONTO — Add another Heat guard to the injury report. Tyler Johnson missed Tuesday’s road game against the Raptors with a strained left shoulder. With the Heat traveling to Indianapolis to face the Pacers on the second night of a back-to-back set Wednesday, Johnson’s status is uncertain for that game, too. Derrick Jones Jr. started at shooting guard in Johnson&rsquo...
Hassan Whiteside on his lack of fourth-quarter minutes recently: ‘We won the game, so I can’t really be mad’

Hassan Whiteside on his lack of fourth-quarter minutes recently: ‘We won the game, so I can’t really be mad’

TORONTO — Center Hassan Whiteside hasn’t played many fourth-quarter minutes recently. In fact, he’s played just 15 of the possible 72 fourth-quarter minutes in his first six games back from injury. But the Heat are 5-1 during this stretch, so Whiteside isn’t complaining. “As long as we’re winning,” Whiteside said in advance of the Tuesday&rsquo...
Tonight’s matchup: Heat look to stay hot vs. surging Raptors

Tonight’s matchup: Heat look to stay hot vs. surging Raptors

MIAMI HEAT VS. TORONTO RAPTORS When: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Where: Air Canada Centre, Toronto TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records: Miami 22-17, Toronto 28-10 Line: Raptors favored by 6.5 points Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson shoots over Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan in Heat’s loss Thursday at AmericanAirlines Arena. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper) PROJECTED...
Game-winning basket just part of why Josh Richardson has emerged as Heat’s best player … budding All-Star?

Game-winning basket just part of why Josh Richardson has emerged as Heat’s best player … budding All-Star?

Miami’s Josh Richardson scores the game-winning layup with 5.1 seconds to play to give Miami a103-102 victory over Utah on Sunday. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post). MIAMI – Josh Richardson’s defining moment as a closer will be blowing by Utah’s Derrick Favors on Sunday and converting the game-winning basket. But Richardson’s key contributions...
Mailbag: Will crowded Heat frontcourt continue to limit rookie Bam Adebayo’s playing time?

Mailbag: Will crowded Heat frontcourt continue to limit rookie Bam Adebayo’s playing time?

Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (13) goes to the basket between Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio (3) and center Ekpe Udoh (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach) 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...
Video: We talk Richardson, Whiteside and playoffs? – Yes, we’re talking playoffs! – after Heat’s 11th victory in 15 games

Video: We talk Richardson, Whiteside and playoffs? – Yes, we’re talking playoffs! – after Heat’s 11th victory in 15 games

MIAMI – The Heat appear to have turned the corner when it comes to winning home games and boy have they done it in style. After disposing of the Knicks Friday in overtime, Miami escaped the Jazz Sunday, 103-102, on a Josh Richardson drive and layup with 5.1 seconds remaining. The Heat then held on as terrific rookie Donovan Mitchell’s shot from the right side hit...
Heat continue to overcome adversity, make most of opportunities while rising in Eastern Conference standings

Heat continue to overcome adversity, make most of opportunities while rising in Eastern Conference standings

The Heat’s Josh Richardson (c) celebrates with teammate Tyler Johnson after the Heat defeated Utah 103-102 at American Airlines Arena, Sunday, January 7, 2018. Richardson scored the go ahead shot on layup with just seconds left in the game. Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post. MIAMI — Through all of the injuries, struggles at home and inconsistent play, ...
Five takeaways: Heat use Josh Richardson’s game winner to get past Jazz, continue climb

Five takeaways: Heat use Josh Richardson’s game winner to get past Jazz, continue climb

Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson goes to the basket against Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors to score the winning basket Sunday in Miami. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach) MIAMI – This is the way it has to be for the Miami Heat. Nothing comes easy. Especially at home. After a difficult overtime victory over the Knicks on Friday, the Heat needed a Josh Richardson layup and rare second-half...
Miami Heat return guard Derrick Walton Jr. to Sioux Falls

Miami Heat return guard Derrick Walton Jr. to Sioux Falls

Miami Heat guard Derrick Walton Jr. is unable to block the shot by Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo during the first half of the Heat’s recent victory on Orlando. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach) MIAMI – Derrick Walton Jr’s journey as a two-way player continues with the Heat sending the guard back to their developmental-league affiliate, Sioux Falls. Walton, 22...
Tonight’s matchup: Heat looking to stay hot against Jazz before hitting road for 11 of next 14 games

Tonight’s matchup: Heat looking to stay hot against Jazz before hitting road for 11 of next 14 games

Miami’s Hassan Whiteside loses the ball as Utah’s Rudy Gobert and Ricky Rubio defend during the Heat’s victory in November. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) UTAH JAZZ at MIAMI HEAT When: Sunday, 3:30 p.m. Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records: Miami 21-17, Utah 16-23 Line: Miami is favored by 4.5 points. PROJECTED...
The 3-pointer has become a very popular shot in the NBA, and the Heat are joining the frenzy

The 3-pointer has become a very popular shot in the NBA, and the Heat are joining the frenzy

Miami Heat’s Wayne Ellington (2) attempts a three-point basket as New York Knicks’ Frank Ntilikina, of France, defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) MIAMI — Coach Erik Spoelstra sounded mentally and physically drained Friday night after the Heat’s hard-fought overtime win...
Five takeaways: Behind a record-number threes and clutch free throw shooting, Heat survive Knicks in overtime

Five takeaways: Behind a record-number threes and clutch free throw shooting, Heat survive Knicks in overtime

Miami Heat’s Goran Dragic drives as New York Knicks’ Frank Ntilikina defends during Friday’s game. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) MIAMI – The Miami Heat and New York Knicks turned back the clock to the days when every game, or so it seemed, came down to the final seconds. On Friday, the two teams did that one better with the game being coming down to the final seconds...
Erik Spoelstra shakes off Michael Beasley’s comments: ‘Jeez, Beas. You threw me under the bus, man’

Erik Spoelstra shakes off Michael Beasley’s comments: ‘Jeez, Beas. You threw me under the bus, man’

Head Coach of the Miami Heat Erik Spoelstra leads Michael Beasley #30 of the Miami Heat against the Los Angeles Lakers on December 19, 2008 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Victor Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images) MIAMI — Coach Erik Spoelstra has positive memories of forward Michael Beasley. Beasley played through three separate stints with ...
Is midseason ankle surgery a possibility for Dion Waiters? Erik Spoelstra says Heat are ‘not at that point right now’

Is midseason ankle surgery a possibility for Dion Waiters? Erik Spoelstra says Heat are ‘not at that point right now’

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) MIAMI — Heat guard Dion Waiters continues to work behind the scenes toward his return from a sprained left ankle. But will Waiters undergo season-ending ankle surgery...
Tonight’s matchup: Miami Heat looking to avenge one of their worst losses of year against Knicks

Tonight’s matchup: Miami Heat looking to avenge one of their worst losses of year against Knicks

Heat center Kelly Olynyk goes up against Knicks’ forward Michael Beasley in New York’s victory over the Miami earlier this season. (AP Photo) NEW YORK KNICKS at MIAMI HEAT When: Friday, 8 p.m. Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records: Miami 20-17, New York 18-20 Line: Miami is favored by 5 points. PROJECTED STARTING...
Miami Heat’s Tyler Johnson on facing Knicks: ‘We definitely owe them’

Miami Heat’s Tyler Johnson on facing Knicks: ‘We definitely owe them’

Miami ‘s Tyler Johnson dunks in the first quarter for his only basket during the Heat’s victory over Detroit on Wednesday.(Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/TNS) MIAMI – Tyler Johnson was hoping to ride the momentum of the best game of his season and then it hit him. “I felt like I got hit by a bus when I woke up,” the Heat guard said about...
Heat’s James Johnson, Hassan Whiteside working way back into game conditioning

Heat’s James Johnson, Hassan Whiteside working way back into game conditioning

MIAMI – For weeks it seemed whenever a Heat player returned from injury another was shelved. Perhaps that cycle ended Wednesday. Miami welcomed back one of its captains and certainly a player with as much heart as any on the team when James Johnson finally was cleared by doctors – and coach Erik Spoelstra – to return. The 30-year-old forward came off the bench to score...
Heat’s Erik Spoelstra on NBA-leading (among coaches) 6th technical foul: ‘I’ll probably owe the team for being stupid’

Heat’s Erik Spoelstra on NBA-leading (among coaches) 6th technical foul: ‘I’ll probably owe the team for being stupid’

MIAMI – Erik Spoelstra was genuinely surprised when hearing he now leads all NBA coach in technical fouls. “Do I really?,” he said. “No way.” Spoelstra picked up his sixth of the season in Miami’s 111-104 victory over Detroit on Wednesday, although this was not your garden variety type of technical foul. The 10 th year coach was whistled...
Video: Heat are winning games behind an improved offense

Video: Heat are winning games behind an improved offense

MIAMI — Efficient is one word to describe the Heat’s offense over the past month. Since Dec. 6, the Heat (20-17) have been the sixth-best shooting team in the league (47.4 percent) and second-best 3-point shooting team in the league (39.4 percent). That’s a big improvement from the first 23 games of the season, when Miami ranked 22nd in shooting percentage...
Five takeaways: Ball movement, 3-pointers push Heat past Pistons to move three games above .500

Five takeaways: Ball movement, 3-pointers push Heat past Pistons to move three games above .500

Miami Heat’s James Johnson (16) passes over Detroit Pistons’ Luke Kennard, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) MIAMI — It’s still only January, but a few Heat players used the word “playoffs” before their game against the Pistons. That’s because if the Heat want to...
Playoff? Yes, we’re talking playoffs as Heat-Pistons square off tonight

Playoff? Yes, we’re talking playoffs as Heat-Pistons square off tonight

Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside, left, and Goran Dragic watch during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in Miami. The Nets won 111-87. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) MIAMI – It’s never too early start thinking playoffs. So why not on the day the Heat play their first game of the new year against...
Tonight could be the night forward James Johnson returns for Heat

Tonight could be the night forward James Johnson returns for Heat

Miami Heat forward James Johnson drives against New Orleans Pelicans forward Dante Cunningham during Johnson’s only game since being sidelined by bursitis in his right ankle. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach) MIAMI – James Johnson wanted to return a week ago. The Heat were not going to allow that mistake to be made twice. Johnson went through another practice during today’s...
What to know about tonight’s matchup: Will Heat forward James Johnson make his return vs. Pistons?

What to know about tonight’s matchup: Will Heat forward James Johnson make his return vs. Pistons?

DETROIT PISTONS VS. MIAMI HEAT When: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records: Detroit 20-15, Miami 19-17 Line: Heat favored by 3 points New Orleans Pelicans forward Dante Cunningham (33) defends against Miami Heat forward James Johnson (16) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday,...
New two-way contract player Derrick Jones Jr. knows how to impress Heat — with his defense

New two-way contract player Derrick Jones Jr. knows how to impress Heat — with his defense

Miami Heat’s Goran Dragic (7) drives to the basket as Phoenix Suns’ Derrick Jones Jr. defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) MIAMI — Derrick Jones Jr. is known for his athleticism. The 20-year-old forward flashed that athleticism last season when he finished as the runner-up in the NBA All-Star...
New year, new Heat offensive wrinkle … new Hassan Whiteside?

New year, new Heat offensive wrinkle … new Hassan Whiteside?

MIAMI — Hassan Whiteside didn’t score many points in Saturday’s win over the Magic, but he helped others score. Whiteside finished with a career-high four assists and season-high 10 screen assists in Orlando. The Heat (19-17) outscored the Magic by five points in the 29 minutes he was on the court. It didn’t matter that Whiteside finished with just...
10 New Year’s resolutions for the Miami Heat — for one, make the playoffs

10 New Year’s resolutions for the Miami Heat — for one, make the playoffs

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) MIAMI — The year 2017 included...
Heat to sign Derrick Jones Jr. to two-way contract, release Matt Williams Jr.

Heat to sign Derrick Jones Jr. to two-way contract, release Matt Williams Jr.

Derrick Jones Jr. handles the ball while playing for the Suns last season. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) The Miami Heat are making two moves that will have more of an impact on the Sioux Falls Skyforce. The Heat will sign forward Derrick Jones Jr. to a two-way-contract, which was first reported by Yahoo Sports. Jones will join the Heat in Miami this week before heading to...
As Erik Spoelstra stepped back, Heat players aired it out at halftime in Orlando

As Erik Spoelstra stepped back, Heat players aired it out at halftime in Orlando

Things weren’t going so well for the Miami Heat after 24 minutes in Orlando on Saturday. Miami was struggling on both ends of the floor, a carryover from the puzzling 24-point home loss the previous night to Brooklyn, and trailed by 16 points while allowing the Magic to shoot 67.5 percent. When they entered the locker room, coach Erik Spoelstra stepped back and &ldquo...
As we ring in 2018, five things to like and dislike about the 2017 portion of the Miami Heat season

As we ring in 2018, five things to like and dislike about the 2017 portion of the Miami Heat season

Heat forward Josh Richardson congratulates guard Tyler Johnson at the end of Miami’s win in Orlando on Saturday. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) ORLANDO – The Miami Heat enter the New Year poised to make a playoff run. The Heat are among the top eight teams in the Eastern Conference and just a game and a half away from the No. 4 seed. And although it’s early to be talking...
Tyler Johnson sinks teeth into another Miami Heat victory

Tyler Johnson sinks teeth into another Miami Heat victory

Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra shouts instructions to guard Tyler Johnson during Saturday’s win in Orlando. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) Teeth are become a cherished commodity for Tyler Johnson. Already missing one of his upper front teeth, Johnson crashed to the floor face first during the second half of the Heat’s 117-111 victory at the Magic Saturday. Writhing...
Five takeaways: Heat rally behind Tyler Johnson’s season high 31 to stun Magic

Five takeaways: Heat rally behind Tyler Johnson’s season high 31 to stun Magic

Miami Heat center Kelly Olynyk goes up for a shot in front of Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon during Saturday’s game. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) ORLANDO – When Erik Spoelstra asked about the Heat’s ability to bounce back from Friday’s disheartening loss to the Nets Friday, he insisted “there’s character in that locker room.&rdquo...
What do you say after 24-point home loss to the Nets? Heat describe their play in loss as ‘perplexing’ and ‘unexplainable’

What do you say after 24-point home loss to the Nets? Heat describe their play in loss as ‘perplexing’ and ‘unexplainable’

Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside, left, and Goran Dragic watch during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in Miami. The Nets won 111-87. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) MIAMI — It’s hard to explain some of the Heat’s bad performances this season. The 25-point home loss to the Pacers. The 29-point loss...
What to know about tonight’s matchup: Heat look to bounce back vs. Magic after bad home loss to Nets

What to know about tonight’s matchup: Heat look to bounce back vs. Magic after bad home loss to Nets

MIAMI HEAT VS. ORLANDO MAGIC When: Saturday, 7 p.m. Where: Amway Center, Orlando TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records: Orlando 12-24, Miami 18-17 Line: Heat favored by 1 point Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac (1) is unable to block the shot by Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson (8) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017...
Five takeaways: Heat embarrassed by Nets, falling behind by 38 before losing, 111-87

Five takeaways: Heat embarrassed by Nets, falling behind by 38 before losing, 111-87

Brooklyn Nets’ Spencer Dinwiddie shoots between Miami Heat’s Kelly Olynyk (and Goran Dragic during the first half of Friday’s game in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) MIAMI – Just when the Miami Heat started to display some consistency, started making up ground and looking as if they belonged in the Eastern Conference playoff race. … This happens...
Quality screening from Bam Adebayo, Kelly Olynyk helping Heat offense

Quality screening from Bam Adebayo, Kelly Olynyk helping Heat offense

Orlando Magic guard Mario Hezonja (8) defends against Miami Heat center Kelly Olynyk (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach) MIAMI — The Heat’s offense has taken a big step forward over the past 10 games. Entering Friday’s home matchup against the Nets, the Heat have posted the league&rsquo...
Rookie Derrick Walton Jr. is running out of NBA days on his two-way contract

Rookie Derrick Walton Jr. is running out of NBA days on his two-way contract

Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson (0) talks to guard Derrick Walton Jr. (14) as they come onto the court after a time out during the first 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) MIAMI — The invention of the two-way contract has kept Derrick Walton Jr...
Tonight’s matchup: Rising Heat looking for seventh consecutive victory over Nets

Tonight’s matchup: Rising Heat looking for seventh consecutive victory over Nets

BROOKLYN NETS at MIAMI HEAT When: Friday, 8 p.m. Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records: Miami 18-16, Brooklyn 12-22 Line: Miami is favored by 6.5 points. Miami’s Bam Adebayo splits two members of the the Brooklyn Nets in the Heat’s victory in in Mexico City. (Carlos Tischler/Sipa USA/TNS) PROJECTED STARTING...
Fewer practices, no problem for Miami Heat

Fewer practices, no problem for Miami Heat

MIAMI — The Heat have built a reputation over the years for its long and grueling practice sessions. But there have been less of them this year. Thursday’s practice at AmericanAirlines Arena marked the Heat’s first full practice in two weeks, with their last one coming on Dec. 14. Two back-to-back sets, a stretch of six games in nine nights and...
Sixth man Tyler Johnson making most of opportunity as Heat starter

Sixth man Tyler Johnson making most of opportunity as Heat starter

MIAMI — Tyler Johnson didn’t have his best shooting performance of the season in Tuesday’s win over the Magic. But it’s another number that caught coach Erik Spoelstra’s eye. Miami outscored Orlando by 32 points in the 37 minutes Johnson was on the court, which is the best plus-minus he has recorded in his NBA career. It’s hard to figure...
Video: Are the Miami Heat in a good spot at 18-16?

Video: Are the Miami Heat in a good spot at 18-16?

MIAMI — Don’t look now, but the Heat are surging. Miami (18-16) has won seven of its past 10 games to move to two games above .500. And more winnable games are ahead, as the Heat play four of their next five games at home with three of those games coming against losing teams — the Magic, Nets and Jazz. Are the Heat in a good spot, considering all of the injuries...
Heat have (big) problem: How will Erik Spoelstra handle crowded power rotation?

Heat have (big) problem: How will Erik Spoelstra handle crowded power rotation?

MIAMI — With center Hassan Whiteside back from injury, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has a few difficult decisions ahead of him. And when power forward James Johnson eventually returns from injury, those decisions are going to get even tougher. How will Spoelstra find consistent minutes for four big men who deserve them — Kelly Olynyk, Bam Adebayo, Whiteside and Johnson? &ldquo...
This is not just a hot 3-point shooting stretch for Heat’s Wayne Ellington, he says: ‘This is who I am now’

This is not just a hot 3-point shooting stretch for Heat’s Wayne Ellington, he says: ‘This is who I am now’

Miami Heat guard Wayne Ellington (2) shoots and scores a three point shot as Dallas Mavericks guard Yogi Ferrell (11) defends in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, in Miami. Miami won the game 113-101. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper) MIAMI — Magic rookie Jonathan Isaac had a nickname for Wayne Ellington after Tuesday’s game. &ldquo...
Five takeaways: Heat close game strong to rally for win over Magic in Hassan Whiteside’s return

Five takeaways: Heat close game strong to rally for win over Magic in Hassan Whiteside’s return

Orlando Magic guard Mario Hezonja (8) defends against Miami Heat center Kelly Olynyk (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach) MIAMI — The Magic entered on an eight-game losing streak and Heat center Hassan Whiteside returned from injury. It was supposed to be easy. But it wasn’t. The Heat (18-16) rallied...
With team in need, Heat’s James Johnson took risk in returning Saturday, now he’s out again

With team in need, Heat’s James Johnson took risk in returning Saturday, now he’s out again

The Heat’s James Johnson is defended by Pelicans forward Dante Cunningham during New Orleans’ victory over Miami Saturday. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach) MIAMI – James Johnson knew he was taking a risk but his team came before sitting out another game. “I really thought I could go, despite the pain or despite (Jay Sabol) being a great trainer, not wanting me to go...
Heat’s Dion Waiters will consider surgery on left ankle after the season

Heat’s Dion Waiters will consider surgery on left ankle after the season

MIAMI — Ankle surgery is back on the table for Heat starting shooting guard Dion Waiters. After spraining his troublesome left ankle on a drive to the basket during Friday’s win over the Mavericks, Waiters said he will consider surgery this offseason. “At this point, you got to see what’s best,” Waiters said before Tuesday’s game against the Magic when...
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