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Miami Heat headlines

NBA officiating report states Hassan Whiteside’s game-winning basket vs. Pistons never should have happened

NBA officiating report states Hassan Whiteside’s game-winning basket vs. Pistons never should have happened

Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic drives on Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Auburn Hills, Mich.
A look at what went right for Heat, wrong for Pistons leading up to Hassan Whiteside’s game-winner

A look at what went right for Heat, wrong for Pistons leading up to Hassan Whiteside’s game-winner

NEW YORK — Tuesday night was one to remember for a few reasons. Hassan Whiteside’s dramatic tip-in to beat the Pistons 97-96 marked the first game-winning buzzer-beater of his NBA career.
Mailbag: Where does Wade fit in if he returns? Would Riley have traded LeBron if he knew his star was leaving?

Mailbag: Where does Wade fit in if he returns? Would Riley have traded LeBron if he knew his star was leaving?

If Dwyane Wade winds up back in a Heat uniform, where would he fit in? The Heat’s season concludes two weeks from today with a home game against Washington.
Five takeaways: Heat beat Pistons 97-96 on Hassan Whiteside’s game-winning tip-in at buzzer

Five takeaways: Heat beat Pistons 97-96 on Hassan Whiteside’s game-winning tip-in at buzzer

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — After finding themselves in an 11-30 hole, the playoffs seemed out of reach.
Heat look back at Detroit memories during final visit to the Palace of Auburn Hills

Heat look back at Detroit memories during final visit to the Palace of Auburn Hills

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — You have to go back to Dec. 20, 1988 for the first time the Heat played at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
MRI on Dion Waiters’ sprained left ankle comes back negative, still no timetable for return

MRI on Dion Waiters’ sprained left ankle comes back negative, still no timetable for return

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — There is still no timetable for Dion Waiters’ return, but the Heat are encouraged by the progress he’s making in Miami.
Goran Dragic playing with hole in sneaker to reduce pain from foot issue, but says it’s ‘not a big deal’

Goran Dragic playing with hole in sneaker to reduce pain from foot issue, but says it’s ‘not a big deal’

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Goran Dragic is playing with a hole in his sneakers. The sneakers aren’t defected.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens: Heat are a ‘fun team to watch on both ends of the floor’

Celtics coach Brad Stevens: Heat are a ‘fun team to watch on both ends of the floor’

Head coach Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat looks on from the bench while playing the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on March 6, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Heat trying to overcome Dion Waiters’ absence as showdown with playoff implications vs. Pistons looms

Heat trying to overcome Dion Waiters’ absence as showdown with playoff implications vs. Pistons looms

The Miami Heat’s Dion Waiters drives against the New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, left, during the second quarter at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.
Heat center Hassan Whiteside still dealing with effects of stitched-up hand laceration

Heat center Hassan Whiteside still dealing with effects of stitched-up hand laceration

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Based on Hassan Whiteside’s stats over the past few games, it doesn’t seem like his lacerated right hand is bothering him much.
Three things to watch this week: Can Goran Dragic find his offensive rhythm for desperate Heat?

Three things to watch this week: Can Goran Dragic find his offensive rhythm for desperate Heat?

Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic, left, competes for control of the ball with Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 26, 2017, in Boston.
Five takeaways: Miami Heat begin important road trip with painful loss to Boston Celtics

Five takeaways: Miami Heat begin important road trip with painful loss to Boston Celtics

BOSTON — The Heat faced plenty of adversity early in the season. It looks like they will face more late in the year.
With Justise Winslow turning 21 on Sunday, Erik Spoelstra knows there’s still plenty of time, room for growth

With Justise Winslow turning 21 on Sunday, Erik Spoelstra knows there’s still plenty of time, room for growth

BOSTON — Need a reminder of just how much room Justise Winslow has to grow as a basketball player?
Heat hold morning shootaround before early Sunday game for first time this season — why?

Heat hold morning shootaround before early Sunday game for first time this season — why?

BOSTON — With less than three weeks remaining in the regular season, the Heat’s playoff chances hang in the balance.
Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem in win-win situation as Gators play Frank Martin in Elite Eight

Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem in win-win situation as Gators play Frank Martin in Elite Eight

    Udonis Haslem knows he’ll have one team to root for in the Final Four. (Getty Images) Miami Heat captain Udonis Haslem cannot lose today when it comes to the NCAA tournament.
After being torched by two guards this week, Miami Heat looking to limit Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas

After being torched by two guards this week, Miami Heat looking to limit Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas

Boston’s Isaiah drives against Maimi’s Luke Babbitt and Hassan Whiteside in December. Thomas scored 52 points in the Celtics’s win.
Heat center Hassan Whiteside misses practice because of ankle but intends to play against Celtics

Heat center Hassan Whiteside misses practice because of ankle but intends to play against Celtics

    Miami’s Hassan Whiteside lays on the court after being knocked over in the first quarter of the Heat’s loss to Toronto Thursday at AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Miami Heat welcome a day to ‘decompress’ before facing Boston Celtics’ 5-foot-9 ‘lion’

The Miami Heat welcome a day to ‘decompress’ before facing Boston Celtics’ 5-foot-9 ‘lion’

  Heat guard Goran Dragic,, in his worst shooting slump of the season, said he welcomed the time Thursday to ‘clear his head.
Miami Heat captain Udonis Haslem gathers team to praise Hassan Whiteside

Miami Heat captain Udonis Haslem gathers team to praise Hassan Whiteside

Miami’s Hassan Whiteside lays on the court after being knocked over in the first quarter of the Heat’s loss to Toronto Thursday at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Breaking down schedules for Miami Heat and five other contenders for 5th through 8th spots in East

Breaking down schedules for Miami Heat and five other contenders for 5th through 8th spots in East

Heat guard Tyler Johnson shoots over Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan in Miami’s loss Thursday at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Mailbag: Should this Heat season be considered a success with just a playoff appearance?

Mailbag: Should this Heat season be considered a success with just a playoff appearance?

Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside watches from the bench during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in Miami.
Dave George: Hassan Whiteside shows grit in Heat’s frustrating loss

Dave George: Hassan Whiteside shows grit in Heat’s frustrating loss

Two dunks in the opening 90 seconds had Hassan Whiteside feeling pretty good Thursday night. NBA games never stay easy for long, however, and injuries that both teams know about never stay hidden. Before long the Miami Heat’s 7-foot rim protector was thinking about how best to protect himself in his 30 minutes of rumbling with the 43-29 Raptors. Thirteen stitches in your shooting hand will do...
Spo’s toughness as a college player helped spur Heat’s turnaround

Spo’s toughness as a college player helped spur Heat’s turnaround

From 11-30 to the NBA playoffs is an incredible journey that the Miami Heat still haven’t completed, but the question is the same no matter how this turns out.
Should the Miami Heat apply for extra roster spot after Dion Waiters’ injury?

Should the Miami Heat apply for extra roster spot after Dion Waiters’ injury?

Dion Waiters #11 of the Miami Heat celebrates a late three point basket while playing the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on March 6, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Goran Dragic posts video praising Erik Spoelstra. Spoelstra’s reaction? ‘That son of a gun’

Goran Dragic posts video praising Erik Spoelstra. Spoelstra’s reaction? ‘That son of a gun’

Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) talks with head coach Erik Spoelstra during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, Thursday, Jan.
Wayne Ellington welcomes first child into the world, expected to play vs. Raptors

Wayne Ellington welcomes first child into the world, expected to play vs. Raptors

Miami Heat’s Wayne Ellington (2) drives to the basket as Phoenix Suns’ Leandro Barbosa (19) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in Miami.
Hassan Whiteside will play vs. Raptors despite right hand laceration

Hassan Whiteside will play vs. Raptors despite right hand laceration

MIAMI — Despite suffering a right hand laceration that required 13 stitches on Tuesday night, Hassan Whiteside was in his usual starting spot two nights later.
Q&A: James Johnson opens up about his weight loss and ability to roundhouse kick a ball stuck on the rim

Q&A: James Johnson opens up about his weight loss and ability to roundhouse kick a ball stuck on the rim

Miami Heat’s James Johnson (16) moves the ball down the court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Sunday, March 19, 2017, in Miami.
Udonis Haslem says Celtics have to ‘get over’ feeling of betrayal toward Ray Allen

Udonis Haslem says Celtics have to ‘get over’ feeling of betrayal toward Ray Allen

Ray Allen #34 of the Miami Heat makes a game-tying three-pointer over Tony Parker #9 of the San Antonio Spurs in the fourth quarter during Game Six of the 2013 NBA Finals at AmericanAirlines Arena on June 18, 2013 in Miami, Florida.
Hassan Whiteside hoping for fast recovery from lacerated hand: ‘I’m going with the intention to play vs. Raptors’

Hassan Whiteside hoping for fast recovery from lacerated hand: ‘I’m going with the intention to play vs. Raptors’

MIAMI — It took 13 stitches to close the gash on Hassan Whiteside’s right hand Tuesday night.
The Heat are a playoff team … for now. A look at the Eastern Conference playoff race

The Heat are a playoff team … for now. A look at the Eastern Conference playoff race

Miami Heat’s Tyler Johnson (8) grabs a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in Miami.
Mailbag: How many wins will it take for Miami to make playoffs? Has Waiters played last game for Heat?

Mailbag: How many wins will it take for Miami to make playoffs? Has Waiters played last game for Heat?

Miami’s Tyler Johnson goes up for a dunk in the Heat win over Phoenix on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) MIAMI – The season is winding down and the focus now is on the Heat’s playoff push.
Five takeaways: Miami Heat move back into playoff spot with win over Phoenix Suns

Five takeaways: Miami Heat move back into playoff spot with win over Phoenix Suns

MIAMI — The Heat blamed their defense for Sunday’s loss to the Blazers. But Miami (35-36) can point to its defense as one of the driving forces behind Tuesday’s 112-97 win over the Suns (22-49) at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra on resting players: ‘We’re not really wired that way’

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra on resting players: ‘We’re not really wired that way’

  A healthy LeBron James sat out Cleveland’s game in Miami this month. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) MIAMI – Heat coach Erik Spoelstra can see both sides of the league getting involved with resting players.
Heat center Hassan Whiteside on winning Player of Week: ‘Surprised I was recognized for anything in this league’

Heat center Hassan Whiteside on winning Player of Week: ‘Surprised I was recognized for anything in this league’

  Miami’s Hassan Whiteside blocks a shot by Portland’s Maurice Harkless during Trail Blazers win over the Heat on Sunday, (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) MIAMI – Hassan Whiteside was surprised he was recognized as the Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday, repeating several times today he believes he is underappreciated.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra thankful Dion Waiters’ ankle was taped or ‘we may be looking at a different scenario’

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra thankful Dion Waiters’ ankle was taped or ‘we may be looking at a different scenario’

    Whether he was wearing high-top or low-top sneakers, the most important thing was Dion Waiters’ ankle was taped, which probably saved him from a much worse injury.
Chris Bosh on adjusting to life without basketball: ‘It’s been a challenge’

Chris Bosh on adjusting to life without basketball: ‘It’s been a challenge’

Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh smiles during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game between Miami and Duke in Coral Gables, Fla.
With defense struggling, Udonis Haslem has message for teammates: ‘Heat’s identity is always going to be our defense’

With defense struggling, Udonis Haslem has message for teammates: ‘Heat’s identity is always going to be our defense’

Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra puts his hand to head during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Sunday, March 19, 2017, in Miami.
Hassan Whiteside rewarded for recent play with Eastern Conference Player of the Week award

Hassan Whiteside rewarded for recent play with Eastern Conference Player of the Week award

Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside walks off with his fourth foul during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Sunday, March 19, 2017, in Miami.

Erik Spoelstra: Defensive breakdowns cost Heat against Portland, not 3-point shooting

  Portland’s’ Jusuf Nurkic dunks as Miami’s Goran Dragic, James Johnson and Hassan Whiteside look on during the Trail Blazers victory Sunday.
Heat center Hassan Whiteside in foul mood after Portland loss: ‘I know the NBA rules’

Heat center Hassan Whiteside in foul mood after Portland loss: ‘I know the NBA rules’

Miami’s Hassan Whiteside walks off the court after picking up his fourth foul in the third quarter of Sunday’s loss to Portland.
Miami Heat honor member of security team before Sunday’s game

Miami Heat honor member of security team before Sunday’s game

Heat players and coaches surround a member of their security team, Chief Master Sergeant Kenneth Lewis, during pregame ceremony Sunday.
Three things to watch this week: Heat – without Dion Waiters – hit road for three crucial games after home stand

Three things to watch this week: Heat – without Dion Waiters – hit road for three crucial games after home stand

Miami’s Josh Richardson scores two of his 10 points in Sunday’s loss to Portland. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) MIAMI – The Heat conclude their second longest home stand of the season this week with games against Phoenix and Toronto before starting a three-game road trip Sunday in Boston.
Five takeaways from the Miami Heat’s 115-104 costly loss to the Portland Trail Blazers (and Damian Lillard)

Five takeaways from the Miami Heat’s 115-104 costly loss to the Portland Trail Blazers (and Damian Lillard)

  Portland’s’ Damian Lillard shoots a 3-pointer over Miami’s Goran Dragic. Lillard scored 49 points in the Trail Blazers win on Sunday.
Heat guard Dion Waiters feared his ankle was fractured, hoping to return by end of regular season

Heat guard Dion Waiters feared his ankle was fractured, hoping to return by end of regular season

Hear guard Dion Waiters frustrated by injury. ‘It sucks. … especially the rhythm I was in.
Miami Heat now No. 7 in East: How high could they realistically go?

Miami Heat now No. 7 in East: How high could they realistically go?

The Miami Heat are No. 7 in the playoff race and looking to rise even higher. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) MIAMI – The Heat spent about 24 hours in the eighth and final playoff spot in the East before waking up Sunday to find themselves moving up to No.
Miami Heat Family Festival tops $10 million in giving back to the community

Miami Heat Family Festival tops $10 million in giving back to the community

Goran Dragic and Luke Babbitt posing with fans at the Miami Heat Family Festival. MIAMI – The Miami Heat’s Family Festival was held Saturday outside AmericanAirlines Arena, an annual event in its 20th year that benefits the team’s charities.
Tyler Johnson, James Johnson taking Miami Heat bench to new heights

Tyler Johnson, James Johnson taking Miami Heat bench to new heights

Miami’s Tyler Johnson (left) and James Johnson are among the top scoring players in the league without a start.
Dion Waiters update: Heat guard receiving around-the-clock treatment for ankle; no timetable set for return

Dion Waiters update: Heat guard receiving around-the-clock treatment for ankle; no timetable set for return

  Miami’s Dion Waiters directs traffic against Charlotte during a recent Heat win. (Pedro Portal/El Nuevo Herald/TNS) MIAMI – Heat guard Dion Waiters spent most of Friday night and Saturday at the team’s facility getting treatment on his left ankle but coach Erik Spoelstra said no timetable has been put on his return.
With Miami Heat awaiting more news on Dion Waiters’ ankle injury, Wayne Ellington prepared to step in

With Miami Heat awaiting more news on Dion Waiters’ ankle injury, Wayne Ellington prepared to step in

  Wayne Ellington is expected to fill Dion Waiters’ role in the Miami Heat starting lineup while Waiters recovers from a sprained left ankle.
Hassan Whiteside on Miami Heat playoff push: ‘You start looking in the mirror, you start seeing muscles’

Hassan Whiteside on Miami Heat playoff push: ‘You start looking in the mirror, you start seeing muscles’

    Miami’s Goran Dragic drives by Minnesota’s Brandon Rush during the Heat’s victory Friday.
Five takeaways: Heat move into playoff spot with win over Timberwolves, but lose Dion Waiters to injury

Five takeaways: Heat move into playoff spot with win over Timberwolves, but lose Dion Waiters to injury

Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins drive to the basket against the Miami Heat Josh Richardson, left, and Hassan Whiteside, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 17, 2017, in Miami.
Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters carried off court after spraining left ankle; X-rays negative

Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters carried off court after spraining left ankle; X-rays negative

Miami Heat’s Dion Waiters, left, vies for the ball against plays against Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 17, 2017, in Miami.
Timberwolves’ Tom Thibodeau on Miami Heat: ‘It’s a winning culture, there’s a reason why they win’

Timberwolves’ Tom Thibodeau on Miami Heat: ‘It’s a winning culture, there’s a reason why they win’

    Minnesota coach Tom Thibideau said the Heat were playing ‘tough and smart’ when they weren’t winning and then they just took off.
Hassan Whiteside believes James Johnson should be in ‘All-Defense conversation.’ What do the numbers say?

Hassan Whiteside believes James Johnson should be in ‘All-Defense conversation.’ What do the numbers say?

Indiana Pacers forward C.J. Miles (0) drives the ball around the defense of Miami Heat forward James Johnson (16) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 12, 2017, in Indianapolis.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra calls NBA Filipino Heritage Week ‘surreal’ for him and his family

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra calls NBA Filipino Heritage Week ‘surreal’ for him and his family

  Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra says the NBA’s first ever Filipino Heritage Week is ‘almost surreal’ for him and his family.
Heat mailbag: Has Hassan Whiteside turned the corner during this winning stretch?

Heat mailbag: Has Hassan Whiteside turned the corner during this winning stretch?

Hassan Whiteside #21 of the Miami Heat looks on during a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at American Airlines Arena on March 4, 2017 in Miami, Florida.
Dwyane Wade used to get the MVP chants in Miami, now Goran Dragic is hearing them

Dwyane Wade used to get the MVP chants in Miami, now Goran Dragic is hearing them

MIAMI — Entering the season, Goran Dragic kept hearing his name in trade rumors. But these days, Dragic is hearing other things.
Erik Spoelstra on Dwyane Wade’s regular season-ending injury: ‘I hope I’m hearing the news wrong’

Erik Spoelstra on Dwyane Wade’s regular season-ending injury: ‘I hope I’m hearing the news wrong’

MIAMI — Chicago is one of the teams Miami is competing with in the race for a playoff spot. So the fact that the Bulls just lost their second-leading scorer to a regular-season ending injury helps the Heat.
What Miami Heat players have to say about their schools’ chances in the NCAA tournament

What Miami Heat players have to say about their schools’ chances in the NCAA tournament

    MIAMI – The interest in the NCAA tournament among Miami Heat players got a head start this year when Kansas State and Wake Forest were paired in a play-in game.
Miami Heat tasted playoffs for about 3 hours; odds looking better to be in postseason

Miami Heat tasted playoffs for about 3 hours; odds looking better to be in postseason

    Miami’s James Johnson reacts after hitting a 3-pointer during the Heat’s big fourth quarter against the New Orleans Pelicans at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Wednesday.
Dwyane Wade out for rest of regular season; could next game be in a Heat uniform?

Dwyane Wade out for rest of regular season; could next game be in a Heat uniform?

Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade reacts after being injured during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.
Q&A: Heat guard Wayne Ellington looks back at his March Madness experience

Q&A: Heat guard Wayne Ellington looks back at his March Madness experience

Wayne Ellington #22 of the North Carolina Tar Heels celebrates with fans as he run off the court after the Tar Heels 89-72 win against the Michigan State Spartans during the 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship game at Ford Field on April 6, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.
Five takeaways: Heat use big performance from Goran Dragic to start important homestand with win over Pelicans

Five takeaways: Heat use big performance from Goran Dragic to start important homestand with win over Pelicans

Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) prepares to shoot over New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Miami.
Miami Heat feasting on home cooking

Miami Heat feasting on home cooking

  Heat center Hassan Whiteside gives two thumbs-down to Raptors forward Serge Ibaka during Miami’s home win over Toronto on Saturday.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra does not rule out forward Josh McRoberts returning this season

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra does not rule out forward Josh McRoberts returning this season

    Heat forward Josh McRoberts drives against Grizzlies center Marc Gasol in a game earlier this season.
Miami Heat make it official: Goran Dragic will return tonight against Pelicans

Miami Heat make it official: Goran Dragic will return tonight against Pelicans

    Goran Dragic today after the Heat’s shoot-around. He’s ready to play after missing one game because of a right orbital contusion.
Heat’s 27-game win streak in 2013 was historic — how does this current winning stretch compare?

Heat’s 27-game win streak in 2013 was historic — how does this current winning stretch compare?

MIAMI — The Heat’s current 21-5 run has been both amazing and unexpected. Not only is Miami tied with San Antonio for the NBA’s best record during this stretch, but it all began on Jan.
Mailbag: Is a Miami Heat-Dwyane Wade reunion in the future?

Mailbag: Is a Miami Heat-Dwyane Wade reunion in the future?

      Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade rubs his right leg after being injured on a scramble for the ball during a game against the Charlotte Hornets on Monday.
Heat will face Pelicans’ struggling Twin Towers of DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis for first time

Heat will face Pelicans’ struggling Twin Towers of DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis for first time

  The pairing of DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis has not translated into many wins for New Orleans.
Heat guard Goran Dragic expects to play Wednesday after swelling in eye subsides

Heat guard Goran Dragic expects to play Wednesday after swelling in eye subsides

  Heat guard Goran Dragic’s right eye has opened after constant massaging. MIAMI – Goran Dragic participated in Tuesday’s full practice after his right eye dramatically improved a day earlier, giving the Heat point guard confidence that he will be back in the lineup Wednesday against New Orleans.
Miami Heat’s Rodney McGruder climbing in Rookie of the Year conversation

Miami Heat’s Rodney McGruder climbing in Rookie of the Year conversation

    Miami’s Rodney McGruder gets into with the Clippers’ J.J. Redick during a game this season.
Miami Heat back within half game of playoffs; begin 5-game homestand Wednesday

Miami Heat back within half game of playoffs; begin 5-game homestand Wednesday

Pacers guard Glenn Robinson III shoots over Heat guard Wayne Ellington during Indiana’s win over Miami on Sunday.
Tyler Johnson on Heat: ‘This isn’t just a string of good games, this is actually a good basketball team’

Tyler Johnson on Heat: ‘This isn’t just a string of good games, this is actually a good basketball team’

The Miami Heat’s Goran Dragic, left, greets Tyler Johnson after his 3-pointer against the Charlotte Hornets in the fourth quarter at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.
Frustrated Dwyane Wade sets up interesting offseason for future Hall of Famer

Frustrated Dwyane Wade sets up interesting offseason for future Hall of Famer

Dwyane Wade #3 of the Chicago Bulls looks on during the second half of the game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on November 10, 2016 in Miami, Florida.

Three things to watch this week: Heat begin important homestand just one game out of playoffs

The Miami Heat’s Dion Waiters (11) directs traffic against the Charlotte Hornets in the fourth quarter at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.
Five takeaways: Heat have overcome a lot, but can’t overcome grueling back-to-back in loss to Pacers

Five takeaways: Heat have overcome a lot, but can’t overcome grueling back-to-back in loss to Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS — The Heat have overcome a lot this season. The loss of Chris Bosh, a long list of injuries and even an 11-30 start to the season.
Goran Dragic will not play vs. Pacers on Sunday as eye swells ‘mostly shut’

Goran Dragic will not play vs. Pacers on Sunday as eye swells ‘mostly shut’

INDIANAPOLIS — When Goran Dragic woke up Sunday morning, his right eye looked even worse. “Through the night, it swelled even more,” Dragic said.
Are the Miami Heat turning into the Houston Rockets? More 3-pointers, less mid-range shots

Are the Miami Heat turning into the Houston Rockets? More 3-pointers, less mid-range shots

Miami Heat guard Wayne Ellington celebrates after scoring a 3-pointer against the Charlotte Hornets during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in Miami.
With eye badly swollen, Heat guard Goran Dragic has new nickname from Hassan Whiteside

With eye badly swollen, Heat guard Goran Dragic has new nickname from Hassan Whiteside

    Heat center Hassan Whiteside has a new nickname for teammate Goran Dragic. “I call him Drago,” Whiteside said, referring to Ivan Drago, the Russian boxer from the film Rocky IV.
Five takeaways from the Miami Heat’s 104-89 victory over the Toronto Raptors

Five takeaways from the Miami Heat’s 104-89 victory over the Toronto Raptors

Heat guard Tyler Johnson dunks against Raptors forward P.J. Tucker in the first half of Saturday’s game.
Add Toronto coach Dwane Casey among admirers of what is happening with the Miami Heat

Add Toronto coach Dwane Casey among admirers of what is happening with the Miami Heat

    Toronto coach Dwane Casey said of his former player James Johnson: ‘I look at him and he looks like a different person.
How do Heat handle tough back-to-back? ‘Pull out that savage,’ says James Johnson

How do Heat handle tough back-to-back? ‘Pull out that savage,’ says James Johnson

The Heat won’t have much rest between games this weekend. (David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS) MIAMI – Heat coach Erik Spoelstra does not want to hear it.
Dwyane Wade says this season ‘opened a lot of eyes’ to Erik Spoelstra’s coaching ability

Dwyane Wade says this season ‘opened a lot of eyes’ to Erik Spoelstra’s coaching ability

Dwyane Wade says it’s “incredible” what Erik Spoelstra has been able to get out of this Heat team.
Miami Heat’s chances of making playoffs have nearly doubled in three weeks

Miami Heat’s chances of making playoffs have nearly doubled in three weeks

    Miami’s Josh Richardson, Goran Dragic and James Johnson celebrate during a time out in the Heat’s victory over Charlotte on Wednesday, (Pedro Portal/El Nuevo Herald/TNS) Suddenly, the metrics are looking pretty good for the Miami Heat.
A look at the man behind Miami Heat’s recent NBA-best 3-point shooting — shooting coach Rob Fodor

A look at the man behind Miami Heat’s recent NBA-best 3-point shooting — shooting coach Rob Fodor

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside works with shooting consultant Rob Fodor practice before the start of play against the Indiana Pacers at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Wednesday, Dec.
Miami Heat fans starting to jump on ‘Waiters’ Island’

Miami Heat fans starting to jump on ‘Waiters’ Island’

Dion Waiters, ‘oozing with confidence,’ poses after his game-winner against Golden State on Tuesday.
Heat’s Justise Winslow ahead of schedule in rehab from shoulder surgery, but he will not return this season

Heat’s Justise Winslow ahead of schedule in rehab from shoulder surgery, but he will not return this season

Justise Winslow #20 of the Miami Heat handles the ball during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers on December 22, 2016 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.
Amazing GIF of ex-Heat player Chris Andersen details his changing look over the years

Amazing GIF of ex-Heat player Chris Andersen details his changing look over the years

Chris Andersen poses for Getty Images photographer Mike Ehrmann at the 2013 Miami Heat Media Day at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Fla.
Miami Heat about to lose added financial flexibility from $1.3 million disabled player exception

Miami Heat about to lose added financial flexibility from $1.3 million disabled player exception

Justise Winslow #20 of the Miami Heat looks on during a game against the Indiana Pacers at American Airlines Arena on December 14, 2016 in Miami, Florida.

Mailbag: What are chances Heat bring back Wayne Ellington? Where’s Udonis?

  Wayne Ellington leads the Heat with 109 threes. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) MIAMI – Wayne Ellington has become one of the more electric players of the season.
Pat Riley believes Erik Spoelstra ‘absolutely’ deserves consideration for Coach of the Year

Pat Riley believes Erik Spoelstra ‘absolutely’ deserves consideration for Coach of the Year

MIAMI — Erik Spoelstra’s head coaching resume is impressive. In Spoelstra’s previous eight seasons as an NBA head coach — all with the Heat — his team finished with a losing record just once, as Miami recorded a 37-45 record in the 2014-15 season.
Dwyane Wade’s trip to Orlando: Rents out Waffle House, meets Uber driver who is a Heat fan

Dwyane Wade’s trip to Orlando: Rents out Waffle House, meets Uber driver who is a Heat fan

    Dwyane Wade had fun with his Uber driver Tuesday after renting out a Waffle House in Orlando.
Heat have started to win a lot of close games — thank Dion Waiters for that

Heat have started to win a lot of close games — thank Dion Waiters for that

The Miami Heat’s James Johnson and Goran Dragic, left, greet Dion Waiters (11) as they lead in the fourth quarter against the Charlotte Hornets at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.
Add Wayne Ellington to list of players who have benefited from Heat’s strength and conditioning program

Add Wayne Ellington to list of players who have benefited from Heat’s strength and conditioning program

Miami Heat’s Wayne Ellington (2) passes against Cleveland Cavaliers’ Richard Jefferson (24) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 6, 2017, in Cleveland.
Five takeaways: The Miami Heat move to within a half game of the playoffs with 108-101 victory over the Charlotte Hornets

Five takeaways: The Miami Heat move to within a half game of the playoffs with 108-101 victory over the Charlotte Hornets

Dion Waiters’ 3-pointer with 45 seconds to play helped the Heat defeat the Hornets on Wednesday.
Erik Spoelstra: ‘Rodney McGruder is a 6-foot-4 version of Udonis Haslem’

Erik Spoelstra: ‘Rodney McGruder is a 6-foot-4 version of Udonis Haslem’

Kyle Korver #26 of the Cleveland Cavaliers is guarded by Rodney McGruder #17 of the Miami Heat during a game at American Airlines Arena on March 4, 2017 in Miami, Florida.
Briante Weber on facing the Heat: ‘It’s just weird being on the other side’

Briante Weber on facing the Heat: ‘It’s just weird being on the other side’

Jameer Nelson #1 of the Denver Nuggets drives against Briante Weber #2 of the Golden State Warriors at the Pepsi Center on February 13, 2017 in Denver, Colorado.
Heat mailbag: Does winning stretch show that Justise Winslow is expendable?

Heat mailbag: Does winning stretch show that Justise Winslow is expendable?

LA Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) defends Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow (20) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec.
There’s no reason Heat should be doing what they’re doing, and the ride’s not over yet

There’s no reason Heat should be doing what they’re doing, and the ride’s not over yet

Can’t think of one reason why the Miami Heat should still be flirting with a playoff spot. There’s only one active Miami player who even ranks in the top 10 of any significant individual category.
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