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Five takeaways: Behind Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters the Miami Heat hold off the Indiana Pacers in home opener

Five takeaways: Behind Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters the Miami Heat hold off the Indiana Pacers in home opener

Indiana Pacers’ Cory Joseph drives to the basket as Miami Heat’s Josh Richardson (0) and Justise Winslow (20) defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) MIAMI – After hearing for three days how their defense let them down in their season-opening loss at the Magic, the Miami Heat came...
Miami Heat to start Jordan Mickey, James Johnson tonight vs. Pacers. Kelly Olynyk to bench, Hassan Whiteside out

Miami Heat to start Jordan Mickey, James Johnson tonight vs. Pacers. Kelly Olynyk to bench, Hassan Whiteside out

Miami Heat forward Jordan Mickey goes up for a shot against Charlotte Hornets forward Johnny O Bryant III during a preseason game this month. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) MIAMI – Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is making two changes to his starting lineup tonight. Forwards Jordan Mickey and James Johnson will start as Spoelstra rolls out a lineup with nobody taller than 6-foot-8.  That...
Add Heat center Hassan Whiteside to long list of injuries around the NBA. Is shorter preseason to blame?

Add Heat center Hassan Whiteside to long list of injuries around the NBA. Is shorter preseason to blame?

MIAMI — The Heat started the 2016-17 season on Oct. 26. The opener came on Oct. 18 this season. That’s because the NBA shortened the preseason and moved up the start of the regular season this year in an effort to reduce back-to-back situations and allow for more days in between games during the six-month schedule. But has the quicker turnaround from training camp...
Tonight’s matchup: Miami Heat face Indiana Pacers in home opener without Hassan Whiteside

Tonight’s matchup: Miami Heat face Indiana Pacers in home opener without Hassan Whiteside

INDIANA PACERS VS. MIAMI HEAT When: Wednesday, 8 p.m. Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records: Indiana 1-1, Miami 0-1 Heat coach Erik Spoelstra reacts to a play during a game against the Indiana Pacers last season. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS Pacers F: Thaddeus Young F: Domantas Sabonis...
Erik Spoelstra says Heat won’t lower defensive standards ‘just because other teams are scoring’ a lot of points

Erik Spoelstra says Heat won’t lower defensive standards ‘just because other teams are scoring’ a lot of points

MIAMI — The Heat scored 109 points in Wednesday’s season opener against the Magic. But Miami didn’t score enough to win. Coach Erik Spoelstra doesn’t see it like that, though. In Spoelstra’s eyes, the Heat’s defense let them down as it allowed the Magic to score 116 points on 47.8 percent shooting. “Too many to even list off right now,” Spoelstra...
Heat guard Dion Waiters’ ankle feeling better, expected to play against Pacers

Heat guard Dion Waiters’ ankle feeling better, expected to play against Pacers

The Miami Heat’s Dion Waiters  drives into the Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic, Elfrid Payton and Terrence Ross during the Magic’s opening-night victory Wednesday at the Amway Center . (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS) MIAMI – Dion Waiters is expected to play Saturday against Indiana after coach Erik Spoelstra said he is feeling better after ...
Miami Heat to honor Goran Dragic for EuroBasket MVP award before Saturday’s home opener

Miami Heat to honor Goran Dragic for EuroBasket MVP award before Saturday’s home opener

Goran Dragic following Slovenia’s victory over Latvia during the the EuroBasket quarterfinals. MIAMI – The Heat will honor Goran Dragic before Saturday’s home opener with a tribute video congratulating the point guard on being named MVP at the EuroBasket championships. Dragic led his home country, Slovenia, to the title in a stunning upset. Slovenia defeated Spain in...
Heat center Hassan Whiteside to miss Saturday’s home opener with bone bruise in left knee

Heat center Hassan Whiteside to miss Saturday’s home opener with bone bruise in left knee

MIAMI — This is not the start the Heat were hoping for. First, it was the Rodney McGruder leg injury that will keep him out for an extended period of time. Then Dion Waiters’ tweaked his troublesome left ankle in the season opener. And the news got worse Friday. Coach Erik Spoelstra revealed that center Hassan Whiteside is dealing with a bone bruise in his left knee that kept...
Mailbag: Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra not impressed with Hassan Whiteside’s 20/20 on opening night

Mailbag: Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra not impressed with Hassan Whiteside’s 20/20 on opening night

Heat center Hassan Whiteside shows three fingers after making a 3-point basket during the second half of the Heat’s loss in Orlando on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) MIAMI – Hassan Whiteside did something on opening night that has not happened in the NBA in 10 years. The Heat center had 26 points and 22 rebounds, the first player since Kevin Garnett in 2007 with...
Justise Winslow continues to grow in role as Miami Heat backup point guard

Justise Winslow continues to grow in role as Miami Heat backup point guard

ORLANDO – The evolution of Justise Winslow continues. The 6-foot-7 Winslow is gaining more confidence in his newfound role as the backup point guard, looking comfortable in that role during Wednesday’s season-opening 116-109 loss in Orlando. Magic forward Aaron Gordon drives to the basket between Miami’s Josh Richardson and Justise Winslow during Wedesday&rsquo...
Video: Tom D’Angelo and Anthony Chiang on disappointing Miami Heat season opener

Video: Tom D’Angelo and Anthony Chiang on disappointing Miami Heat season opener

ORLANDO – Well, this is not what the Miami Heat envisioned. The Heat rolled into Orlando expecting to pick up from last season’s 30-11 finish and instead played more like they did during their 11-30 start. Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside is fouled by Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon right, as center Nikola Vucevic and guard Evan Fournier help defend during...
Dion Waiters tweaks ‘annoying’ ankle three times vs. Magic, plays through pain in opener

Dion Waiters tweaks ‘annoying’ ankle three times vs. Magic, plays through pain in opener

The Miami Heat’s Dion Waiters (11) drives into the Orlando Magic’s Nikola Vucevic, left, Elfrid Payton, top right, and Terrence Ross (31) at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. The Magic won, 116-109. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS) MIAMI — A frustrated Dion Waiters sat at his locker after Wednesday’s game in...
Five takeaways: Hassan Whiteside dominates, but Heat lose to Magic in season opener

Five takeaways: Hassan Whiteside dominates, but Heat lose to Magic in season opener

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside, right, puts up a shot over Orlando Magic guard Terrence Ross (31), center Nikola Vucevic, second from left, and guard Elfrid Payton during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) ORLANDO — After a 2-8 start last season, the Heat made it clear they wanted...
Heat first starting lineup for 2017-18: Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters, Josh Richardson, Kelly Olynyk, Hassan Whiteside

Heat first starting lineup for 2017-18: Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters, Josh Richardson, Kelly Olynyk, Hassan Whiteside

Josh Richardson will start at small forward tonight as the Heat opens its season in Orlando. (Photo by Getty Images) ORLANDO – The mystery has been solved. The Miami Heat will start Josh Richardson at small forward and Kelly Olynyk at power forward in their season opener tonight against the Magic. They join point guard Goran Dragic, shooting guard Dion Waiters and center Hassan Whiteside...
The Miami Heat have seen practice altercations but nothing that has landed a player in the hospital

The Miami Heat have seen practice altercations but nothing that has landed a player in the hospital

Heat forward James Johnson steps in to protect Hassan Whiteside during a games last season. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) ORLANDO – Udonis Haslem has seen his share of dustups at practice. But an all-out brawl with two players exchanging blows and one of them landing in the hospital with two facial fractures and a concussion? Not in Miami, or many other places other than Chicago...
Erik Spoelstra: Heat coaching staff went ‘immediately silent’ after watching Gordon Hayward injury

Erik Spoelstra: Heat coaching staff went ‘immediately silent’ after watching Gordon Hayward injury

ORLANDO — Erik Spoelstra was looking forward to celebrating the start of the NBA season with his Heat coaching staff Tuesday night.  But his mood changed just six minutes into the first NBA game of the 2017-18 calendar. After getting to know Gordon Hayward this summer as the Heat tried to recruit the All-Star forward in free agency, Spoelstra was now watching Hayward...
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has settled on a starting lineup for tonight’s opener at Orlando but isn’t telling; Okaro White out

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has settled on a starting lineup for tonight’s opener at Orlando but isn’t telling; Okaro White out

Heat forward Okaro White will miss tonight’s opener in Orlando because of a strained left shoulder. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) ORLANDO – Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has decided on a starting lineup and a rotation for tonight’s season opener at the Magic. … but he’s not ready to let the world know, just yet. “I’ll announce...
Video: Tom D’Angelo and Anthony Chiang on Hassan Whiteside, predictions for Heat season

Video: Tom D’Angelo and Anthony Chiang on Hassan Whiteside, predictions for Heat season

ORLANDO — The 2017-18 NBA season is here and so is our latest Heat video. (This video was originally posted on our Facebook page Tuesday night) Hassan Whiteside #21 of the Miami Heat looks on during a preseason game against the Charlotte Hornets at American Airlines Arena on October 9, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) Miami Heat Season Preview...
Tonight’s matchup: Miami Heat looking to pay back Orlando Magic after losing 3-of-4 last season

Tonight’s matchup: Miami Heat looking to pay back Orlando Magic after losing 3-of-4 last season

Mario Hezonja of the Orlando Magic shoots over James Johnson of the Miami Heat during a game at American Airlines Arena last February. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) MIAMI HEAT VS. ORLANDO MAGIC When: Wednesday, 7 p.m. Where: Amway Center, Orlando TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS Heat F: Kelly Olynyk F: Josh Richardson C: Hassan...
Miami Heat pulling charity golf tournament from Trump’s Doral golf course

Miami Heat pulling charity golf tournament from Trump’s Doral golf course

Donald Trump at Trump National Doral. (AP photo) ORLANDO – The Miami Heat no longer will hold its charity golf tournament at President Trump’s Doral golf course, a team spokesman confirmed Tuesday. The Heat, which has held the event at Doral the last six years, including four since Trump took it over and renamed it Trump National Doral, will move it to another course...
Spoelstra: Rodney McGruder ‘will want to come back sooner than anybody in the history of that injury’ after successful surgery

Spoelstra: Rodney McGruder ‘will want to come back sooner than anybody in the history of that injury’ after successful surgery

MIAMI — While the Heat prepared for Wednesday’s season opener, Rodney McGruder was in the operating room. McGruder underwent successful surgery Tuesday to repair a stress fracture in his left tibia. “Surgery went very well. It was successful,” coach Erik Spoelstra said after Tuesday’s practice. “It was even shorter than anticipated...
Heat center Hassan Whiteside ready to take that next step to becoming true leader, All-Star

Heat center Hassan Whiteside ready to take that next step to becoming true leader, All-Star

Can Hassan Whiteside become the leader on and off the court that puts him in the discussion for the top centers in the league? (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) MIAMI – Hassan Whiteside was not about to back down. Philadelphia’s Joel Embid ignited what turned into an entertaining Twitter war between the two 7-footers late Friday by hinting Whiteside would foul...
Our Miami Heat reporters’ predictions for the 2017-18 NBA season

Our Miami Heat reporters’ predictions for the 2017-18 NBA season

The Palm Beach Post’s NBA playoff bracket. (By Adam Hirshfield) The NBA season kicks off tonight with Golden State looking to become the first team since the Miami Heat in 2012 and 13 to repeat. With everybody returning and Finals MVP Kevin Durant even more comfortable after a year in the system, the Warriors could be even better than the team that won 67 games last year...
With Dwyane Wade joining LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers will resemble Miami Heat of Big Three era

With Dwyane Wade joining LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers will resemble Miami Heat of Big Three era

Dwyane Wade talks with LeBron James #23 while playing the Chicago Bulls during a preseason game at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) When not debating over who is peanut butter and who is jelly during a recent ESPN interview, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James talked about how the disappointment of losing in their first Finals together as...
Anthony Chiang’s Miami Heat predictions: Josh Richardson will have a breakout season

Anthony Chiang’s Miami Heat predictions: Josh Richardson will have a breakout season

Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson looks for an open teammate during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Miami. The Heat defeated the Hornets 109-106. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) The start of the NBA season is upon us. It’s time to predict how this year is going to go. Miami opens the regular season Wednesday in...
Tom D’Angelo’s Miami Heat predictions: Hassan Whiteside finally will be recognized as one of the league’s best

Tom D’Angelo’s Miami Heat predictions: Hassan Whiteside finally will be recognized as one of the league’s best

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside at Media Day at AmericanAirlines Arena on September 25, 2017. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) The Miami Heat are looking to return to a place they are used to. … the playoffs. Miami missed out of the postseason last season because of a tiebreaker, even after winning 30 of its final 41 games to finish .500. The Heat liked...
Miami Heat have provided good entertainment throughout their 30 years

Miami Heat have provided good entertainment throughout their 30 years

It’s not just the Big Three when you talk about Miami Heat history. It’s not just about winning, either. This franchise, now 30 years old, has had a couple of 15-67 seasons. One was in the inaugural year of 1988-89, which is to be expected of an expansion team, and the other was 19 years into the project, with Pat Riley serving as head coach, which is about as weird as it gets. There&rsquo...
Will Heat rookie Bam Adebayo spend some time in Sioux Falls? Erik Spoelstra didn’t rule it out

Will Heat rookie Bam Adebayo spend some time in Sioux Falls? Erik Spoelstra didn’t rule it out

Bam Adebayo #13 of the Miami Heat reacts to a dunk during a preseason game against the Washington Wizards at American Airlines Arena on October 11, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) MIAMI — Bam Adebayo will start his rookie season with the Heat. But coach Erik Spoelstra didn’t rule out a visit to Sioux Falls down the road. “[Bam&rsquo...
Heat point guard Goran Dragic is ‘hungry’ entering season after hectic month

Heat point guard Goran Dragic is ‘hungry’ entering season after hectic month

MIAMI — Goran Dragic has had time to reflect on his busy offseason after leading Slovenia to the EuroBasket championship in September. He’s also had some time to rest. With Dragic arriving to Miami from Slovenia just two days before the Sept. 26 start of training camp, it’s been a whirlwind for him. But after participating in a few training camp practices...
30 years of Miami Heat: Ranking the top 30 players in team history

30 years of Miami Heat: Ranking the top 30 players in team history

A look at the top players in Heat history. With the Heat just days away from the start of their 30th NBA season, now is a good time to take a closer look at the players who helped make this organization what it is today. Whether it’s based off of pure talent, off-the-court impact or just longevity, there are a lot of names that helped the Heat over their first 29 seasons...
Heat forward Rodney McGruder ready to ‘attack’ rehab after he undergoes surgery Tuesday to repair leg fracture

Heat forward Rodney McGruder ready to ‘attack’ rehab after he undergoes surgery Tuesday to repair leg fracture

MIAMI – Rodney McGruder will be getting his pre-op marching orders when he meets with doctors today. On Tuesday, he will undergo surgery to repair a stress fracture on his left tibia. So on Sunday the Heat forward probably just took it easy, right? Lounged around on the couch. Watched some football. That’s so not Rodney. On Sunday, McGruder was one of the first...
No surprises as Miami Heat get down to 15-man roster limit; convert Matt Williams Jr. to two-way contract

No surprises as Miami Heat get down to 15-man roster limit; convert Matt Williams Jr. to two-way contract

Miami’s Matt Williams, left, talks with Bam Adebayo during the a preseason game against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) MIAMI – The Miami Heat are down to the 15-man roster limit. The contract of guard Matt Williams Jr. was converted into a two-way deal Sunday, the final move in setting the roster. The Heat now are expected...
Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside on Joel Embid Twitter war: ‘He called me, ‘barbeque chicken,’ I was waiting to get back at him’

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside on Joel Embid Twitter war: ‘He called me, ‘barbeque chicken,’ I was waiting to get back at him’

Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers drives toward the basket as Hassan Whiteside of the Miami Heat of the Miami Heat defends during the game Friday at Sprint Center in Kansas City, (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) MIAMI – Hassan Whiteside has one last word for Sixers center Joel Embid, the man with whom the Heat center got into a Twitter war following Friday&rsquo...
30 years of Miami Heat: A look at how a group of South Florida sports fans became Generation Heat

30 years of Miami Heat: A look at how a group of South Florida sports fans became Generation Heat

MIAMI — 1988. The start of Miami Heat basketball. The start of an era in South Florida sports. Basketball entered an area dominated by football, specifically the Miami Dolphins, hoping to earn some attention. As the Heat prepare for their 30th season, they have that attention and much more. I am part of Generation Heat. The first group of sports fans to grow up in South Florida...
Roster moves: Miami Heat cut Liggins, McCree, Mitchell; keep Walton, Williams, Hammons

Roster moves: Miami Heat cut Liggins, McCree, Mitchell; keep Walton, Williams, Hammons

Miami Heat’s Matt Williams, left, talks with Bam Adebayo (13) during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in Miami. The Heat won 117-115. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) MIAMI – A no-cut Heat training camp. That’s how Erik Spoelstra looked at it. “That’s what I like about this...
3 takeaways from the Heat preseason: Josh Richardson is healthy and ready for bounce-back year

3 takeaways from the Heat preseason: Josh Richardson is healthy and ready for bounce-back year

Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow (20) and guard Josh Richardson (0) talk during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) MIAMI — The Heat’s preseason is over and the real games start Wednesday in Orlando against the Magic. Miami finished the preseason with a 3-3 record. The...
30 years of Heat: The early years and an intern who now deals with multi-million dollar contracts as the General Manager

30 years of Heat: The early years and an intern who now deals with multi-million dollar contracts as the General Manager

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYSsts6JI3Y&w=492&h=307] MIAMI – Andy Elisburg was a 20-year-old intern with the Miami Heat in 1988 when managing partner Billy Cunningham said he needed some chores to be done around the office. “No problem,” Elisburg said, “I’ll get one of my guys to do it.” Cunningham looked at Elisburg: “You have...
30 years of Miami Heat: 30 memorable moments from the team’s history

30 years of Miami Heat: 30 memorable moments from the team’s history

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. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) The Miami Heat will celebrate their 30th season in the NBA this year. Miami entered the league in 1988...
Justise Winslow as a facilitator gives Miami Heat even more options, whether he starts or not

Justise Winslow as a facilitator gives Miami Heat even more options, whether he starts or not

Not much has gone right for Justise Winslow this preseason as Winslow’s confidence appeared to be trending in the same direction as his outside shot. Playing power forward seemed to give him a boost the first two games, but then he hit a wall and looked lost the next two games with five points, three assists and five turnovers. Searching to boost his third-year forward...
ESPN analysts agree: Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra one day headed to Hall of Fame

ESPN analysts agree: Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra one day headed to Hall of Fame

ESPN analysts Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy believe the Miami Heat are headed to the playoffs and could be a difficult team to beat. One reason both like the Heat is because of coach Erik Spoelstra, who both believe is one day headed for the Hall of Fame. “Erik Spoelstra in my opinion is one of the best in the business,” Jackson said. “He is an outstanding coach and...
Who’s in, who’s out for Heat’s preseason finale against 76ers

Who’s in, who’s out for Heat’s preseason finale against 76ers

MIAMI — The Heat will enter the preseason finale without a few notable names. Guard Goran Dragic did not travel with the team to Kansas City for Friday’s game against the 76ers, as he’s been excused from the trip with his wife and children arriving to Miami from Europe on Thursday night. Dragic, who led Slovenia to the EuroBasket championship in September...
Miami Heat forward Rodney McGruder diagnosed with stress fracture on left leg

Miami Heat forward Rodney McGruder diagnosed with stress fracture on left leg

Miami Heat guard Rodney McGruder hits a 3-pointer against the Atlanta Hawks in MIami’s preseason opener this season. (David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS) The Miami Heat lost more player games to injury/illness than anybody last season and that trend may be continuing already this year. Wing man Rodney McGruder has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his left tibia...
Miami Heat waive Larry Drew II, add developmental-league veteran Tony Mitchell to roster

Miami Heat waive Larry Drew II, add developmental-league veteran Tony Mitchell to roster

MIAMI — With the start of the regular season inching closer, the Heat are trying to make the most of the 20-player preseason roster limit while they still can. Miami waived guard Larry Drew II and replaced that vacant spot by signing developmental-league veteran forward Tony Mitchell on Thursday. After releasing Drew and adding Mitchell, the Heat’s roster is still...
Jordan Mickey showing Heat there’s more to his game than defense and rebounding

Jordan Mickey showing Heat there’s more to his game than defense and rebounding

MIAMI — Jordan Mickey’s defensive and rebounding ability caught the Heat’s eye. But he’s proving there’s more to his game this preseason. At 6-foot-8 and 235 pounds, Mickey attempted just one 3-point shot in 41 games over the first two seasons of his NBA career with the Celtics. But the potential to become a stretch forward is there. Mickey, 23...
3 takeaways: Breakout game for Bam Adebayo as Heat sit Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters in win over Wizards

3 takeaways: Breakout game for Bam Adebayo as Heat sit Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters in win over Wizards

Miami Heat’s Kelly Olynyk drives to the basket as Washington Wizards’ Ian Mahinmi defends during the first half Wednesday. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) MIAMI – This is what preseason is for. Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic and Dion Waiters all sat out The Heat’s 117-115 victory over the Washington Wizards, which allowed rookie Bam Adebayo to have his best...
Heat’s Goran Dragic to sit out third consecutive preseason game with regular season looming

Heat’s Goran Dragic to sit out third consecutive preseason game with regular season looming

MIAMI — With the preseason winding down, the Heat want to make sure Goran Dragic is ready for the 82-game regular-season schedule. Dragic, 31, will sit out Wednesday’s home preseason finale against the Washington Wizards. It marks the third consecutive preseason game Dragic has missed, as he continues to rest his body and mind after leading Slovenia to the EuroBasket...
Even after shaving beard, Heat guard Goran Dragic still honoring late grandfather

Even after shaving beard, Heat guard Goran Dragic still honoring late grandfather

MIAMI – Goran Dragic had a little help winning the MVP of  the EuroBasket championship. Dragic’s grandfather, Mijodrag Dragic, died Aug. 25, a week before the tournament started. He was 82. Goran then played the entire tournament with a heavy heart. … and a thick beard to honor his grandfather. Goran Dragic shaved his beard following the 40-day...
Video: How is Kelly Olynyk fitting in with the Miami Heat?

Video: How is Kelly Olynyk fitting in with the Miami Heat?

MIAMI — The start of the regular season is just one week away, as the Heat will open things up against the Magic in Orlando on Oct. 18. But there are still two preseason games left to play before then. Tom D’Angelo and I discussed where things stand for the Heat right now, like how about that Hassan Whiteside-Kelly Olynyk lineup? Watch our video, which was originally...
AJ Hammons returns to practice, hopes to prove he belongs on Heat’s 15-man roster

AJ Hammons returns to practice, hopes to prove he belongs on Heat’s 15-man roster

MIAMI — After spending the past week away from the team due to the flu, AJ Hammons returned to practice Tuesday. Hammons has yet to play in the preseason. He was available for the preseason opener against the Hawks on Oct. 1 but didn’t get any playing time, and he missed the past three preseason games due to the illness. “Any time you take anything more than a day and...
Miami Heat bring back DeAndre Liggins on deal that will likely send him to Sioux Falls Skyforce

Miami Heat bring back DeAndre Liggins on deal that will likely send him to Sioux Falls Skyforce

DeAndre Liggins #14 of the Cleveland Cavaliers handles the ball during the first half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on January 8, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) MIAMI — The Heat’s roster is now full. Miami reached the 20-player preseason roster limit Tuesday after signing DeAndre Liggins. The...
Are the Miami Heat the 12th best team in the NBA? Are Dragic, Waiters, Whiteside a (lower case) big three?

Are the Miami Heat the 12th best team in the NBA? Are Dragic, Waiters, Whiteside a (lower case) big three?

Are Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic, and Dion Waiters a big three? (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) MIAMI – A big three, a playoff team even if they were in the Western Conference. The Miami Heat have a fan in Sports Illustrated. In their preseason power rankings, SI has Erik Spoelstra’s team No. 6 in the Eastern Conference and 12th overall, which would be...
Heat rookie Bam Adebayo calls first-half struggles against Dwight Howard ‘a learning experience’

Heat rookie Bam Adebayo calls first-half struggles against Dwight Howard ‘a learning experience’

Heat guard Derrick Walton Jr., left, steals the ball from Hornets forward Mangok Mathiang, center, as Mathiang is guarded by Walton and forward Bam Adebayo (13) during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) MIAMI — Need a reminder that Bam Adebayo is a 20-year-old rookie? Take a look at Adebayo&rsquo...
NBA rules changes: Expect more traveling calls, fewer time outs

NBA rules changes: Expect more traveling calls, fewer time outs

Goran Dragic is one of the best at drawing fouls while attempting a 3 pointer. Officials are going to look closer at that play. (Getty Images) MIAMI – The NBA will put an emphasis on traveling this season, something league officials stressed to the Heat during their annual visit Monday. The league expects more travels to be called as officials will start focusing on...
3 takeaways: Kelly Olynyk, Hassan Whiteside frontcourt effective for Heat in preseason win over Hornets

3 takeaways: Kelly Olynyk, Hassan Whiteside frontcourt effective for Heat in preseason win over Hornets

Kemba Walker #15 of the Charlotte Hornets drives on Hassan Whiteside #21 of the Miami Heat during a preseason game at American Airlines Arena on October 9, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) MIAMI — After two straight preseason losses, the Heat returned home and looked like themselves again. Using the ball-sharing formula that worked so well over the...
Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson says no worries with his right knee

Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson says no worries with his right knee

Magic center Bismack Biyombo fights for a rebound between Heat guard Tyler Johnson and forward Justice Winslow during Saturday’s preseason game. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) MIAMI – Tyler Johnson played just seven minutes Saturday in Orlando and spent the entire second half on the bench with stimulation on his right knee. Cause for concern? Johnson says no....
Heat forward James Johnson on playing better off the bench: ‘I think it was my comfort zone’

Heat forward James Johnson on playing better off the bench: ‘I think it was my comfort zone’

Miami’s James Johnson goes up for a shot in front of Magic guard Evan Fournier during Saturday’s preseason game. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) MIAMI – Heat power forward James Johnson admitted today that he’s more comfortable coming off the bench. Johnson struggled in Miami’s first two preseason games, both of which he started, and showed more life ...
Mailbag: Does Josh Richardson belong in the Heat starting lineup this season?

Mailbag: Does Josh Richardson belong in the Heat starting lineup this season?

Jeremy Lin #7 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 — Josh Richardson is the Heat’s new $42 million man. But will he be the Heat’s new...
3 takeaways: Josh Richardson, Dion Waiters, Hassan Whiteside stand out in Miami Heat loss at Orlando Magic

3 takeaways: Josh Richardson, Dion Waiters, Hassan Whiteside stand out in Miami Heat loss at Orlando Magic

Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier, left, knocks the ball away from Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson during the first half Saturday’s preseason game. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) The Miami Heat and Orlando Magic played an entertaining preseason game Saturday. With both teams opening double digit leads early, the game came down to the final minutes before the Magic escaped with...
Heat forward Jordan Mickey knows the long road between Portland, Maine, and Boston

Heat forward Jordan Mickey knows the long road between Portland, Maine, and Boston

Heat forward Jordan Mickey (25) looks on as teammate Matt Williams attempts to regain control of the ball in Sunday’s preseason game against Atlanta. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) The drive between Portland, Maine, and Boston can get pretty boring if you have to do it over and over and over again. Sure, the route takes you near the Maine coastline, through Portsmouth, N.H. and over...
Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters says peace of mind played big part in being able to focus on getting ready for season

Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters says peace of mind played big part in being able to focus on getting ready for season

Dion Waiters is in the best condition of his career entering an NBA season despite continuing to nurse the severely sprained left ankle he suffered in March. That reason, says the Miami Heat shooting guard, has a lot to do with peace of mind that came with signing a four-year, $52 million contract in July. Miami’s Dion Waiters drives to the basket during Thursday&rsquo...
3 takeaways: Miami Heat look out of sync in preseason loss to Brooklyn Nets

3 takeaways: Miami Heat look out of sync in preseason loss to Brooklyn Nets

Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) drives toward the basket as Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) defends during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) The preseason is not time to panic. But it is time to evaluate teams, lineups and players. The Heat looked out of sync in a 107-88 loss to the Nets in Brooklyn...
How does Tyler Johnson plan to improve this season? Meditation

How does Tyler Johnson plan to improve this season? Meditation

MIAMI — Tyler Johnson has found ways to improve throughout his NBA career. That upward trend led Johnson to the best season of his young NBA career, when he averaged a career-high in points (13.7), rebounds (4.0), assists (3.2), steals (1.2) and blocks (0.6) in 73 games, all off the Heat’s bench, last season. So how does Johnson, 25, plan to improve this season? By conquering...
Friend of Miami Heat captain Udonis Haslem inspires team with talk

Friend of Miami Heat captain Udonis Haslem inspires team with talk

MIAMI – As the Miami Heat wrapped up practice Wednesday, coach Erik Spoelstra called for 29-year-old Khari Peterson to address the team. Peterson, from Panama City, met team captain Udonis Haslem about a decade ago and now, after beating cancer twice, has become an inspiration for Haslem and, in turn, the Heat. “He had some very kind inspirational poignant words...
Pat Riley: ‘I wouldn’t want to play against our guys. They are so competitive’

Pat Riley: ‘I wouldn’t want to play against our guys. They are so competitive’

MIAMI — No superstars, no All Stars, no problem. The Heat’s current 19-man roster has combined to make zero All-Star game appearances, but Heat president Pat Riley is confident in this team entering the season. “My thought is that we’ve been picked by a lot of the experts somewhere down at the bottom of the Eastern Conference eight,” Riley told...
Familiarity a bonus for Miami Heat in shortened preseason

Familiarity a bonus for Miami Heat in shortened preseason

Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, shown from Media Day, is looking for his players to continue to build a rhythm and better feel for each other during the final five games of the preseason. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) MIAMI – Coach Erik Spoelstra tipped his hand in the Heat’s preseason opener against the Hawks Sunday with a starting lineup that featured...
Miami Heat earn more recognition in NBA’s GM survey than last year, but not by much

Miami Heat earn more recognition in NBA’s GM survey than last year, but not by much

MIAMI — The Heat earned some respect around the league after their 30-11 finish last season. But not as much as you would think. The results of the NBA’s preseason annual survey of general managers was released Wednesday and the Heat received votes as one of the top four teams in the Eastern Conference. That’s an improvement from last season when Miami did...
Not among top 5 centers; Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside using snub as motivation

Not among top 5 centers; Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside using snub as motivation

MIAMI – Hassan Whiteside believes he is one of the top centers in the NBA. And why not considering in consecutive seasons he led the league in blocks with 3.7 per game (2015-16) and rebounding with 14.1 per game (last season). But others aren’t so sure. In fact, one outlet doesn’t have Whiteside listed among the top 5 centers in the league. And yet, ...
Udonis Haslem excited to watch Derek Jeter lead Marlins, but wants Giancarlo Stanton to stay in Miami

Udonis Haslem excited to watch Derek Jeter lead Marlins, but wants Giancarlo Stanton to stay in Miami

MIAMI — When it comes to South Florida sports, Heat forward Udonis Haslem is a fan of all of them. So when there’s a big local sports headline, the Miami native usually has something to say about it. On the day that Derek Jeter was introduced as the new face of Miami Marlins ownership, Haslem spoke about the future of his favorite baseball team. Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem...
Mailbag: Does starting Rodney McGruder make sense for the Heat?

Mailbag: Does starting Rodney McGruder make sense for the Heat?

MIAMI — The preseason gives us a glimpse at what the Heat’s rotation could look like once the real games begin. In Sunday’s preseason opener against the Hawks, we got an early look at how the small forward competition could shake out. Rodney McGruder started the game at small forward, and Josh Richardson and Justise Winslow came off the bench. It’s very early, as...
Miami Heat’s bench brigade has fun running, gunning, sharing ball

Miami Heat’s bench brigade has fun running, gunning, sharing ball

Heat guard Josh Richardson drives against Hawks center Miles Plumlee during Sunday’s preseason in Miami. (David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS) MIAMI – Whether it was point-center Kelly Olynyk leading the break or Josh Richardson hustling to block a shot or Wayne Ellington with a quick-trigger three, the Miami Heat’s second unit made its presence known Sunday...
Miami Heat rookie Bam Adebayo admits to being ‘nervous’ in preseason debut

Miami Heat rookie Bam Adebayo admits to being ‘nervous’ in preseason debut

Heat forward Bam Adebayo goes up for a shot against Atlanta during Sunday’s preseason game. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) MIAMI – Bam Adebayo’s stat line from his first NBA game is one that will be forgotten. Adebayo made his Miami Heat preseason debut with 5:50 to play in Sunday’s 96-90 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. When it was over he had one point and no rebounds...
Former Cardinal Newman standout John Collins plays first NBA preseason game in front of family, friends in Miami

Former Cardinal Newman standout John Collins plays first NBA preseason game in front of family, friends in Miami

MIAMI — John Collins has visited AmericanAirlines Arena many times as a fan. But he visited the arena Sunday for the first time as an NBA player. The former Cardinal Newman basketball standout and current Hawks power forward kicked off the preseason with a game against the Heat on Sunday in Miami. Collins was impressive with nine points, 15 rebounds in 20 minutes of...
Miami Heat will continue to lock arms during National Anthem as statement against social, racial injustices

Miami Heat will continue to lock arms during National Anthem as statement against social, racial injustices

The Miami Heat stand arm in arm during a game last season. (Getty Images) MIAMI – The Miami Heat will continue to lock arms during the National Anthem as their way of taking a stand against social and racial injustices. “We are an organization that honors the military, we honor the flag, we honor our soldiers that have committed their lives for this country,&rdquo...
Dwyane Wade reflects back on what happened after LeBron James left the Heat in 2014 offseason

Dwyane Wade reflects back on what happened after LeBron James left the Heat in 2014 offseason

MIAMI — Dwyane Wade is now a member of the Cavaliers, and the Heat are moving on. But it seems like Wade still hasn’t gotten past the summer of 2014, a time that is still fresh in his mind. During his introductory press conference in Cleveland on Friday, Wade spoke about LeBron James leaving for the Cavaliers in 2014 and the Heat suddenly became a part...
3 takeaways from Heat scrimmage: Justise Winslow shows off versatility, Kelly Olynyk impresses, Dion Waiters looks healthy

3 takeaways from Heat scrimmage: Justise Winslow shows off versatility, Kelly Olynyk impresses, Dion Waiters looks healthy

BOCA RATON — Just like that, the preseason is here. The Heat finished off their week of training camp practices with the “Red, White & Pink” Game on Saturday in front of a sold-out crowd at FAU Arena, with proceeds from the intrasquad scrimmage benefiting Miami Cancer Institute. The game didn’t feature a final score, as players switched...
Miami Heat big man Kelly Olynyk showing off his versatility

Miami Heat big man Kelly Olynyk showing off his versatility

Miami Heat center/forward Kelly Olynyk at Monday’s Media Day Monday. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) BOCA RATON – At one point during the Miami Heat’s scrimmage Saturday at Florida Atlantic University, Kelly Olynyk knocked down a three pointer and a couple of possessions later made a nice entry pass to Rodney McGruder for an easy layup attempt. And Olynyk was playing...
What to watch for as the Miami Heat open the preseason Sunday against the Atlanta Hawks

What to watch for as the Miami Heat open the preseason Sunday against the Atlanta Hawks

BOCA RATON – The next stage of preparation for the 2017-18 season begins Sunday when the Miami Heat play their first preseason game. After concluding training camp at Florida Atlantic University, the Heat host the Atlanta Hawks at 6 p.m. Sunday at AmericanAirlines Arena. With the season starting in 2 ½ weeks, Miami will squeeze six preseason games...
Erik Spoelstra pleased with first week as Heat wrap up FAU portion of training camp

Erik Spoelstra pleased with first week as Heat wrap up FAU portion of training camp

BOCA RATON – The Miami Heat  had their final practice at Florida Atlantic University Friday morning and will return once more for Saturday’s scrimmage. The Heat opened camp with two-days Tuesday, although the afternoon sessions were reserved for meetings and speakers. Coach Erik Spoelstra gave his team off Friday afternoon for a bonding bar-be-que. Heat president...
Heat rookie Bam Adebayo drawing rave reviews in training camp from coaches, teammates

Heat rookie Bam Adebayo drawing rave reviews in training camp from coaches, teammates

BOCA RATON — James Johnson has a nickname for rookie Bam Adebayo. “Am I allowed to call him by his name?” coach Erik Spoelstra said when asked about the Heat’s first-round pick after practice earlier this week. “JJ will only call him ’13.'” That’s Adebayo’s jersey number and that’s the life of a rookie. Miami Heat&rsquo...
Heat rookie Derrick Walton Jr. impressing coaches, teammates with two-way contract

Heat rookie Derrick Walton Jr. impressing coaches, teammates with two-way contract

Derrick Walton Jr. #10 of the Michigan Wolverines handles the ball against the Oregon Ducks during the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at Sprint Center on March 23, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) BOCA RATON — With the ability to use two-way contracts to alternate players between the NBA and the G-League, the Miami...
Willie Reed was advised to turn down $15 million from Heat by agent arrested for role in college basketball scandal

Willie Reed was advised to turn down $15 million from Heat by agent arrested for role in college basketball scandal

Willie Reed signs basketballs Monday during the Los Angeles Clippers media day. (Photo by Getty Images) Former Heat center Willie Reed was advised to turn down a three-year, $15 million offer from Miami by one of the 10 people arrested for his part in the corruption investigation that has rocked college basketball. With the offer coming early in free agency, Christian Dawkins promised...
Miami Heat open with 7th best odds to win Eastern Conference

Miami Heat open with 7th best odds to win Eastern Conference

MIAMI — The Heat believe they are a playoff team, and the oddsmakers agree. The Bovada.lv offshore sports book has the Heat at 28-to-1 to win the Eastern Conference. That’s seventh among the 15 teams in the East behind the Cleveland Cavaliers (2-to-3), Boston Celtics (9-to-4), Washington Wizards (12-to-1), Milwaukee Bucks (16-to-1), Philadelphia 76ers (20-to-1)...
Miami Heat’s transition to mobile only entry starts with Sunday’s preseason opener at AmericanAirlines Arena

Miami Heat’s transition to mobile only entry starts with Sunday’s preseason opener at AmericanAirlines Arena

BOCA RATON – The Heat will start their transition to mobile only entry for fans during the 2017-2018 season with Sunday’s preseason opener at AmericanAirlines Arena. Miami faces the Atlanta Hawks at 6 p.m. The Heat are the first franchise in the NBA to completely transition fans to entry via smartphones. Through mobile only entry, ticket security for...
Heat continue to limit Goran Dragic in practice, though he wants to ‘push’

Heat continue to limit Goran Dragic in practice, though he wants to ‘push’

Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) at Media Day at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida on September 25, 2017. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) BOCA RATON — By his own admission, Miami Heat point guard Goran Dragic isn’t someone who wants to be on the sidelines during practice. So when coach Erik Spoelstra approached his star point guard and asked how...
Heat guard Dion Waiters sticking to low tops despite troublesome ankle

Heat guard Dion Waiters sticking to low tops despite troublesome ankle

Heat guard Dion Waiters at Media Day Monday at AmericanAirlines Arena.(Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) BOCA RATON – Nothing is going to force Dion Waiters into high-top sneakers. Not even an ankle injury that lingers six months later. When Waiters revealed this week that the left ankle sprain he suffered in March and forced him to miss the final 13 games of last...
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