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

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

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

Guard Derrick Walton Jr. rejoins Miami Heat for developmental purposes

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

Miami Heat’s summer-league plans will change, as Magic decide to end Orlando league

Miami Heat’s Justise Winslow (20) moves the ball against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game, Wednesday, July 8, 2015, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) MIAMI — The Heat’s summer plans will change next year. After participating in summer leagues in both Orlando and Las Vegas in recent years, the itinerary is about...
Led by Hassan Whiteside, Heat’s interior defense has been elite to start season

Led by Hassan Whiteside, Heat’s interior defense has been elite to start season

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) MIAMI — It’s clear that the Heat’s defense is a strength this season. Miami ranks eighth out of 30 teams in defensive rating entering Sunday’s home game against the Pacers, allowing...
Tonight’s matchup: Heat looking to lock down surprising Pacers and their 3-point shooting

Tonight’s matchup: Heat looking to lock down surprising Pacers and their 3-point shooting

INDIANA PACERS VS. MIAMI HEAT When: Sunday, 5 p.m. Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami. TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records: Indiana 8-8, Miami 7-8 Indiana Pacers’ Cory Joseph drives to the basket as Miami Heat’s Josh Richardson and Justise Winslow defend during the Heat’s victory against the Pacers this season. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)...
Interesting facts and stats: The Heat are one of the NBA’s best defensive teams

Interesting facts and stats: The Heat are one of the NBA’s best defensive teams

WASHINGTON — Here are five interesting information tidbits from the Heat’s (7-8) first 15 games of the season … * The Heat finished with a season-high 21 fast-break points in Friday’s win over the Wizards. Considering that Miami is scoring the ninth-fewest fast-break points in the league at 8.5 per game, 21 is a really good number. The...
What’s been the Heat’s message to James Johnson? Just be yourself.

What’s been the Heat’s message to James Johnson? Just be yourself.

WASHINGTON — James Johnson didn’t hold back Thursday when asked about his slow start. And for one of the few times so far this season, Johnson didn’t let anything hold him back on the court in Friday’s win over the Wizards. Just one day after describing his performances to start the year as “terrible” and saying that it’s “killing...
Five takeaways from Heat-Wizards: It was a close call, but Miami held on for first quality win of the season

Five takeaways from Heat-Wizards: It was a close call, but Miami held on for first quality win of the season

Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) dribbles the ball against Miami Heat forward James Johnson (16) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) WASHINGTON — The Heat have already had too many second-half meltdowns this season. Friday felt like it was going to be another one, as the Wizards cut the Heat&rsquo...
Erik Spoelstra says there’s no need for Heat to make roster move after Okaro White’s injury

Erik Spoelstra says there’s no need for Heat to make roster move after Okaro White’s injury

WASHINGTON D.C. — Even with only 12 available healthy players on the Heat’s roster to dress on game nights, Erik Spoelstra said Friday there are currently no plans to make a roster move. NBA teams are allowed to dress a maximum of 13 players for games, which means Miami is one player shy of that number after Okaro White underwent successful surgery Thursday to repair...
Miami Heat frustrated by foul call discrepancy, but Erik Spoelstra won’t let his players use it as excuse

Miami Heat frustrated by foul call discrepancy, but Erik Spoelstra won’t let his players use it as excuse

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Coach Erik Spoelstra doesn’t want the Heat looking for excuses to explain their slow start to the season. But it looks like Miami has a very valid one it can use. Although the Heat rank second only to the Toronto Raptors in drives to the basket with 55.1 per game, they have the second-lowest foul rate in the NBA on those penetration attempts....
Tonight’s matchup: Heat look to overcome inconsistency, turnover issues in road game vs. Wizards

Tonight’s matchup: Heat look to overcome inconsistency, turnover issues in road game vs. Wizards

MIAMI HEAT VS. WASHINGTON WIZARDS When: Friday, 7 p.m. Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C. TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records: Miami 6-8, Washington 9-5 Washington Wizards’ John Wall (2) shoots as Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside (21) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, in Miami. The Wizards...
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra: ‘Turnovers are crippling our team right now’

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra: ‘Turnovers are crippling our team right now’

MIAMI – The Miami Heat built an 11-point third-quarter lead at Detroit Sunday by going on a 13-2 run in which they made all but one of their seven shots. Wednesday in Miami, the Heat started the second half by outscoring the Wizards 31-12 to take an 80-73 lead with just under 10 minutes to play. Both games, though, ended in losses. The Pistons went on a 15-4 run Sunday...
Mailbag: Why are the Heat still playing like a mediocre team after one season together?

Mailbag: Why are the Heat still playing like a mediocre team after one season together?

Miami Heat’s Goran Dragic (7) drives to the basket as Washington Wizards’ Otto Porter Jr. (22) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, in Miami. The Wizards won 102-93. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) MIAMI — This is not the start the Heat were looking for. Through 14 games, Miami stands at 6-8. The Heat have already dropped four...
Was Hassan Whiteside on bench too long during fourth quarter of Heat loss to Wizards?

Was Hassan Whiteside on bench too long during fourth quarter of Heat loss to Wizards?

Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside reacts after being called for a foul during the second half of Wednesday’s loss to the Wizards. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) The Miami Heat had a golden opportunity to record their first victory over a winning team Wednesday, grabbing a seven-point lead against the Washington Wizards with 9½ minutes to play with a small lineup...
Five takeaways from Heat-Wizards: Miami’s inconsistent play is a problem

Five takeaways from Heat-Wizards: Miami’s inconsistent play is a problem

Washington Wizards’ John Wall, left, moves the ball down the court as Miami Heat’s Goran Dragic defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) MIAMI — It’s been an up-and-down start to the season for the Heat. On Wednesday, that up-and-down theme played out over the course of the game. After...
Have the Heat been too dependent on 3-pointers this season?

Have the Heat been too dependent on 3-pointers this season?

MIAMI — The Heat are taking more 3-pointers this year than ever. Miami shattered its record for 3-point shot attempts in a single season with 2,213 last year, which easily surpassed the previous mark of 1,865 set in 1996-97. But the Heat are on their way to setting a new record, as they are on pace to attempt 2,567 3-pointers this season. Tyler Johnson #8 of the Miami...
Video: Is this new Heat starting lineup a long-term thing?

Video: Is this new Heat starting lineup a long-term thing?

Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow (20) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in Denver. The Nuggets won 95-94. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) [Tonight’s matchup: Heat hope to slow down Wizards’ high-scoring backcourt of Beal, Wall] [Erik Spoelstra calls starting five with Justise Winslow ‘compelling enough to continue’] [Chris Quinn...
Tonight’s matchup: Heat hope to slow down Wizards’ high-scoring backcourt of Beal, Wall

Tonight’s matchup: Heat hope to slow down Wizards’ high-scoring backcourt of Beal, Wall

WASHINGTON WIZARDS VS. MIAMI HEAT When: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami. TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records: Miami 6-7, Washington 8-5 Miami’s Kelly Olynyk and Washington’s Marcin Gortat jump ball during a preseason game at American Airlines Arena last month. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) PROJECTED STARTING...
Heat forward Okaro White to miss Wednesday’s game vs. Wizards with foot injury

Heat forward Okaro White to miss Wednesday’s game vs. Wizards with foot injury

Miami Heat forward Josh Richardson (0) and Miami Heat forward Okaro White (15) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in Denver. The Nuggets won 95-94. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) MIAMI — The Heat will be without forward Okaro White in Wednesday’s home game against the Wizards. White, 25, suffered a left foot injury in Tuesday’s practice...
Interesting facts and stats: Which lineup has been the Heat’s best this season?

Interesting facts and stats: Which lineup has been the Heat’s best this season?

Miami Heat’s Kelly Olynyk (9) receives a high-five from teammate Josh Richardson (0) after scoring against the Utah Jazz in the second half during an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) With the Heat finally back home after their season-long six-game trip, it’s time to reset things. Here are five interesting information tidbits...
Check out where Miami Heat grew during their longest road trip of the season

Check out where Miami Heat grew during their longest road trip of the season

Pistons guard Ish Smith has his shot blocked by Heat guard Tyler Johnson as center Kelly Olynyk helps defend the shot during Detroit’s win Sunday. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson) DETROIT – The Miami Heat would have preferred to return home from their longest road trip of the season feeling better about Sunday’s game. But looking at the big picture, Miami will...
Tonight’s matchup: Another big man battle highlights Heat’s road trip finale at Pistons

Tonight’s matchup: Another big man battle highlights Heat’s road trip finale at Pistons

Miami’s Hassan Whiteside celebrates his buzzer-beating game-winning basket in Detroit last March with Goran Dragic. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) MIAMI HEAT VS. DETROIT PISTONS When: Sunday, 4 p.m. Where: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Mich. TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records: Miami 6-6, Detroit 9-3 PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS Heat F: Justise...
Hassan Whiteside, Heat defense coming alive on road trip

Hassan Whiteside, Heat defense coming alive on road trip

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) shoots as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) defends in the first half during an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) SALT LAKE CITY — Hassan Whiteside didn’t score many points, but he received plenty of compliments after Friday’s win over the Jazz. The Heat’s...
Time for Ray Allen, Dwyane Wade to stop whining, take responsibility for Heat’s failure in 2014

Time for Ray Allen, Dwyane Wade to stop whining, take responsibility for Heat’s failure in 2014

Ray Allen and Mario Chalmers of the Miami Heat look on from the bench against the San Antonio Spurs during Game Three of the 2014 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) DETROIT – The real mystery is how the Heat even made it to the Finals in 2014. No, how did they manage to win 54 games and even qualify for the playoffs? With a team...
Five takeaways from Heat-Jazz: The long road trip is already a success

Five takeaways from Heat-Jazz: The long road trip is already a success

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) defends against Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) in the first half during an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) SALT LAKE CITY — In an NBA full of points and fast-paced play, the Heat and Jazz went back in time to the days of grind-it-out games. Miami survived the defensive duel...
Pat Riley makes donation as Heat help renovate homes of military veterans that were affected by Hurricane Irma

Pat Riley makes donation as Heat help renovate homes of military veterans that were affected by Hurricane Irma

Miami Heat NBA basketball team president Pat Riley talks to the media during a season ending press conference in Miami, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald via AP) SALT LAKE CITY — As the Heat prepared to face the Jazz on the fifth stop of their six-game trip Friday, other members of the organization helped renovate the homes of two local veterans...
Tonight’s matchup: Whiteside-Gobert matchup highlights Heat’s game at Jazz

Tonight’s matchup: Whiteside-Gobert matchup highlights Heat’s game at Jazz

Miami’s Goran Dragic drives past Utah’s Rudy Gobert in the Heat’s win at Utah last season. MIAMI HEAT VS. UTAH JAZZ When: Friday, 9 p.m. Where: Vivant Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records: Miami 5-6, Utah 5-6 PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS Heat F: Justise Winslow F: Josh Richardson C: Hassan Whiteside G: Dion Waiters...
Erik Spoelstra on Rodney McGruder accompanying Heat on road trip: ‘It’s great. It’s also annoying.’

Erik Spoelstra on Rodney McGruder accompanying Heat on road trip: ‘It’s great. It’s also annoying.’

Miami Heat guard Rodney McGruder (17) shoot free throws with Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters (11) at Miami Heat training camp at FAU in Boca Raton, Florida on September 26, 2017. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) PHOENIX — Yes, Rodney McGruder is still recovering from surgery to repair a left tibia stress fracture. No, it hasn’t kept him away from the team...
Ray Allen says Heat made the 2013-14 season “tough” on team by not “adjusting” to having older players

Ray Allen says Heat made the 2013-14 season “tough” on team by not “adjusting” to having older players

Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen and LeBron James of the Miami Heat look on from the bench in the closing minutes against the San Antonio Spurs during Game Five of the 2014 NBA Finals in San Antonio, (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Ray Allen has fired the second shot while describing the end of the Heat’s Big Three era. After Dwyane Wade compared the 2013-14...
Heat center Hassan Whiteside bounces back after benching vs. Warriors

Heat center Hassan Whiteside bounces back after benching vs. Warriors

PHOENIX — The Heat have a standard for their players, and Hassan Whiteside did not live up to it in Monday’s loss to the Warriors. So Whiteside was benched with 10:47 to go in the third quarter of that game and never returned. But he bounced back in a big way in Wednesday’s win over the Suns with 23 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. “There&rsquo...
Should Justise Winslow be the Heat’s long-term starting power forward? Erik Spoelstra not ready to commit yet

Should Justise Winslow be the Heat’s long-term starting power forward? Erik Spoelstra not ready to commit yet

PHOENIX — Erik Spoelstra isn’t really into long-term commitment when it comes to his starting lineup. The Heat (5-6) have already used six different starting lineups over the first 11 games of the season, but the sixth one he decided to start in Wednesday’s win against the Suns has the look of a group that he may stick with for a while. Spoelstra inserted...
Heat Mailbag: Is Hassan Whiteside showing why teammates did not vote him captain?

Heat Mailbag: Is Hassan Whiteside showing why teammates did not vote him captain?

Heat center Hassan Whiteside bounced back in Miami’s win at Phoenix Wednesday after being benched Monday at Golden State. (AP Photo/Matt York) All the talk leading up to Miami’s victory in Phoenix Wednesday was about another Hassan Whiteside meltdown.   Whiteside was benched, once again, by coach Erik Spoelstra for the final 23 minutes for Miami’s...
Tyler Johnson out for Heat’s game vs. Suns due to illness

Tyler Johnson out for Heat’s game vs. Suns due to illness

Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson (8) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in Denver. The Nuggets won 95-94. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) PHOENIX — Tyler Johnson was held out of Wednesday night’s game against the Suns due to an illness. It marks the first game Johnson has missed this season. He’s averaging 10.2 points on 35.4 percent shooting...
Heat getting to the basket, but not getting many foul calls. Why?

Heat getting to the basket, but not getting many foul calls. Why?

PHOENIX — The Heat are getting to the basket, they just aren’t getting many foul calls. Miami entered Wednesday ranked second in the NBA with 56.3 drives per game this season, but last in foul calls with just 4.1 percent of its drives ending with a whistle. The Heat also finished last season with the lowest foul rate on drive attempts at 10.7 percent. How can this...
Dion Waiters is ‘glowing’ after the birth of his daughter: ‘It’s crazy. I couldn’t put her down’

Dion Waiters is ‘glowing’ after the birth of his daughter: ‘It’s crazy. I couldn’t put her down’

PHOENIX — In the words of Erik Spoelstra, Dion Waiters was “glowing” before Wednesday night’s game against the Suns. That’s because Waiters was able to travel back to Miami for the birth of his daughter, Dior Raina Waiters, Sunday morning. But the Heat’s starting shooting guard rejoined the team in Phoenix for the fourth stop on Miami’s six-game...
Miami-Notre Dame football 2017: Udonis Haslem calls the rivalry ‘personal’ and gives his thoughts on the turnover chain

Miami-Notre Dame football 2017: Udonis Haslem calls the rivalry ‘personal’ and gives his thoughts on the turnover chain

Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem (40) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) PHOENIX — Udonis Haslem went to the University of Florida, but he grew up in Miami first. That’s why Haslem takes the Miami-Notre Dame rivalry seriously. Very seriously. “It’s personal. It’s always going to be personal...
Tonight’s matchup: Heat looking to keep up defensive intensity while facing reeling Suns

Tonight’s matchup: Heat looking to keep up defensive intensity while facing reeling Suns

MIAMI HEAT VS. PHOENIX SUNS When: Wednesday, 9 p.m. Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Ariz. TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records: Miami 4-6, Phoenix 4-7 Josh Richardson #0 of the Miami Heat drives the ball past P.J. Tucker #17 of the Phoenix Suns during a game last season in Phoenix. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PROJECTED STARTING...
Here are 10 things we’ve learned about the Heat through the first 10 games

Here are 10 things we’ve learned about the Heat through the first 10 games

PHOENIX — This isn’t the start the Heat wanted, but it’s better than last season. Miami is 4-6 through 10 games, which is an improvement over last season’s 2-8 start. As you would expect, there have been some positive takeaways and some negative takeaways to start the year. Here are 10 things we’ve learned over the Heat’s first 10 games … Head...
Spoelstra calls Whiteside’s benching vs. Warriors ‘a coach’s decision,’ Heat teammates call it part of learning experience

Spoelstra calls Whiteside’s benching vs. Warriors ‘a coach’s decision,’ Heat teammates call it part of learning experience

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Heat played the final 22 minutes and 47 seconds of Monday’s loss to the Warriors without center Hassan Whiteside. Not because Whiteside was injured or in foul trouble. Instead, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra classified it as a “coach’s decision” after one of Whiteside’s worst performances since becoming a max contract player...
Five takeaways: Warriors cruise to victory over Heat as Hassan Whiteside watches second half from bench

Five takeaways: Warriors cruise to victory over Heat as Hassan Whiteside watches second half from bench

Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson, left, defends against Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) OAKLAND, Calif. — When a team faces the defending NBA champion on the road and on the second night of a back-to-back set, that’s pretty much the definition...
Hassan Whiteside on making a stand against Blake Griffin with game on the line: ‘I want to take on those challenges’

Hassan Whiteside on making a stand against Blake Griffin with game on the line: ‘I want to take on those challenges’

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, shoots as Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside defends late in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) OAKLAND, Calif — The NBA really is a make or miss league. On Friday, Dion Waiters missed a 22-foot pull-up jumper at the buzzer that would have won the game. Instead...
Dion Waiters out for Heat’s game vs. Warriors, but expected back Wednesday vs. Suns

Dion Waiters out for Heat’s game vs. Warriors, but expected back Wednesday vs. Suns

OAKLAND, Calif. — Dion Waiters is expected to rejoin the Heat soon, just not for Monday’s game against the Warriors. Waiters, 25, i s still away from the team for the birth of his daughter, Dior Raina Waiters. But Waiters is expected to join the Heat in Phoenix for Wednesday’s game against the Suns, the fourth stop on Miami’s six-game road...
Miami Heat bench that includes ‘some serious weapons’ still evolving, but coming together

Miami Heat bench that includes ‘some serious weapons’ still evolving, but coming together

LOS ANGELES — The Heat’s bench is supposed to be one of their biggest weapons. Through the first eight games, though, Miami’s reserves weren’t living up to expectations. Those struggles were highlighted in Friday’s loss to the Nuggets when Tyler Johnson scored two points on 1-of-8 shooting and Wayne Ellington went scoreless on 0-of-4 shooting off...
Tonight’s matchup: Heat face Warriors high-powered offense after notching first road win of season

Tonight’s matchup: Heat face Warriors high-powered offense after notching first road win of season

Hassan Whiteside and the Heat celebrate last season after Dion Waiters’ game-winner over the Warriors. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) MIAMI HEAT VS. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS When: Monday, 10:30 p.m. Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, Calif. TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records: Miami 4-5, Golden State 7-3 PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS Heat F: Okaro White...
A look at Sunday’s Willie Reed-Miami Heat reunion

A look at Sunday’s Willie Reed-Miami Heat reunion

Detroit Pistons forward Henry Ellenson, left, and Los Angeles Clippers center Willie Reed reach for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) LOS ANGELES — The Heat found a way to keep most of last season’s core intact. But Willie Reed was part of the small group that didn&rsquo...
Five takeaways: Heat blow 23-point lead in fourth quarter vs. Clippers. But it didn’t matter, Miami hung on for the win

Five takeaways: Heat blow 23-point lead in fourth quarter vs. Clippers. But it didn’t matter, Miami hung on for the win

Los Angeles Clippers center Willie Reed (35) shoots as Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson, left, center Kelly Olynyk, right, and forward Josh Richardson defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) LOS ANGELES — This is exactly what the Heat needed. After starting the six-game road trip with...
Dion Waiters to miss game vs. Clippers for birth of daughter. Plan is for Waiters to return during road trip

Dion Waiters to miss game vs. Clippers for birth of daughter. Plan is for Waiters to return during road trip

Miami Heat’s Dion Waiters reacts after the Heat defeated the Indiana Pacers this season at AmericanAirlines Arena.(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) LOS ANGELES — The Heat were without their starting shooting guard Sunday against the Clippers. Dion Waiters returned to Miami from Denver on Saturday after the Heat’s loss to the Nuggets for the birth of his daughter...
Today’s matchup: Heat look to bounce back, earn first road win of season vs. Clippers

Today’s matchup: Heat look to bounce back, earn first road win of season vs. Clippers

Blake Griffin #32 of the LA Clippers posts up James Johnson #16 of the Miami Heat during a game at American Airlines Arena on December 16, 2016 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty...
Mailbag: Should Heat continue to count on Dion Waiters in clutch situations?

Mailbag: Should Heat continue to count on Dion Waiters in clutch situations?

Miami Heat’s Dion Waiters reacts after theMiami Heat defeated the Indiana Pacers this season at AmericanAirlines Arena.(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) The Miami Heat lost a heartbreaker in Denver on Friday, a game decided, literally, by less than an inch. That’s how close Dion Waiter’s jumper at the buzzer came to dropping as it rattled in and fell out. Waiters...
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra on James Johnson: ‘We’ll ride with him’

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra on James Johnson: ‘We’ll ride with him’

Heat forward James Johnson reacts after fouling Nuggets forward Paul Millsap as Millsap took a 3-point shot with 11 seconds to play Friday in Denver. Millsap made all three free throws for the game-winning points in the Nuggets’ 95-94 victory. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Dion Waiters’ potential game winner rattled in and out but nobody felt worse than James...
Five takeaways: Heat start road trip with discouraging loss as rally falls short in Denver

Five takeaways: Heat start road trip with discouraging loss as rally falls short in Denver

Jamal Murray #27 of the Denver Nuggets has his shot blocked by Hassan Whiteside of the Miami Heat at the Pepsi Center Friday. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) This is not the way Miami wanted to start its season long road trip. The Heat made a furious rally in the final five minutes but fell short, dropping 95-94 decision Friday at the Pepsi Center as Dion Waiters&rsquo...
James Johnson to return for Heat tonight against Denver

James Johnson to return for Heat tonight against Denver

The Miami Heat’s James Johnson drives to the basket against the Indiana Pacers. (Pedro Portal/El Nuevo Herald/TNS) Heat forward James Johnson is returning for tonight’s game in Denver after a one-game absence. The power forward missed Wednesday’s victory over the Bulls because of tendinitis in his right knee. He went through practice Thursday and shootaround...
Heat thinking about assistant video coordinator – ’10 Day Dan’ – while on long road trip

Heat thinking about assistant video coordinator – ’10 Day Dan’ – while on long road trip

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the team is thinking about assistant video coordinator Dan Bisaccio, who is dealing with health issues. (FOX Sports Florida) The Miami Heat are keeping a popular member of the family on their minds while on their longest road trip of season. Dan Bisaccio, an assistant video coordinator, is in South Florida while dealing with health issues. The Heat have...
Former player John Crotty named as Heat’s next television analyst

Former player John Crotty named as Heat’s next television analyst

  John Crotty will replace Tony Fiorentino as the Heat’s next television analyst. John Crotty is moving over from radio to television. Crotty will become the Miami Heat’s next analyst for all TV broadcasts beginning next season, the team announced today. Crotty, 48, will work alongside play-by-play broadcaster Eric Reid, replacing longtime analyst Tony Fiorentino. Crotty...
Dwyane Wade calls final year of Big 3 in Miami a “bad marriage;” says he came to Cavs to be part of solution, not problem

Dwyane Wade calls final year of Big 3 in Miami a “bad marriage;” says he came to Cavs to be part of solution, not problem

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade after the Heat were eliminated by the Spurs in the 2014 Finals. (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images) Dwyane Wade is taking solace in the Cavaliers struggles early this season by harkening back to the final year of the Big Three in Miami. … a time he compared to a “bad marriage.” The Cavaliers have lost four in a row to drop...
Tonight’s matchup: Heat start six-game road trip in Denver looking to build on win over Bulls

Tonight’s matchup: Heat start six-game road trip in Denver looking to build on win over Bulls

MIAMI HEAT VS. DENVER NUGGETS When: Friday, 9 p.m. Where: Pepsi Center, Denver TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records: Miami 3-4, Denver 4-4 Miami’s Tyler Johnson brings the ball down court against the Nuggets during a game in Denver last season. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS Heat F: James Johnson F: Josh Richardson...
Heat’s Andy Elisburg: From intern, to VP/GM, to Hall of Famer

Heat’s Andy Elisburg: From intern, to VP/GM, to Hall of Famer

Heat GM Andy Elisburg will be inducted into the St. Thomas University Bobcat Sports Hall of Fame. (Photo David Alvarez{ MIAMI – Heat president Pat Riley was recounting the stressful days of free agency, and how GM Andy Elisburg was tasked, as usual, with fitting in three contract of at least $50 million under the salary cap. “His numbers crunching, his mind and...
Winded Heat center Hassan Whiteside ‘hit the wall,’ after after pounding the Bulls

Winded Heat center Hassan Whiteside ‘hit the wall,’ after after pounding the Bulls

MIAMI – Goran Dragic was ready for the big man to return. “The last three days I was asking him, ‘Whitey when you coming back? When you coming back?’” the Heat’s point guard said late Wednesday after a 97-91 victory over the Bulls. “It was nice to have him out there.” “Whitey” – Dragic’s nickname for center...
Video: Tom D’Angelo and Anthony Chiang break down Heat’s much-needed victory over the Bulls

Video: Tom D’Angelo and Anthony Chiang break down Heat’s much-needed victory over the Bulls

MIAMI – It’s way too early to say a game is a ‘must win.’ But after losing three straight at home and facing one of the worst teams in the league coming off a 69-point loss, the Heat were in a position that anything but a favorable result Wednesday would have been demoralizing. So, with Hassan Whiteside returning from a five-game absence due to a bruised...
Five takeaways: Buoyed by Hassan Whiteside’s return, Heat snap three-game losing streak

Five takeaways: Buoyed by Hassan Whiteside’s return, Heat snap three-game losing streak

Chicago Bulls guard Justin Holiday bats the ball away from Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson during Wednesday’s game. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) MIAMI – This is exactly what the Miami Heat needed. Struggling to a 2-4 start that included three consecutive losses at home, the Heat were in desperate need of a victory with the season’s longest road trip looming....
Miami Heat jerseys, intro video will have old-school feel this month

Miami Heat jerseys, intro video will have old-school feel this month

Photo of the Heat’s throwback jerseys. (From Miami Heat’s Instagram) MIAMI — The Heat are going to look like those 1990s teams that featured Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway this month. No, Mourning and Hardaway aren’t making comebacks. Instead, the Heat will sport their Nike “Classic Edition” jerseys for most of their games this month starting with...
Heat center Hassan Whiteside expected to return tonight against the Bulls

Heat center Hassan Whiteside expected to return tonight against the Bulls

Heat center Hassan Whiteside seats next to assistant coach Juwan Howard during the Pacers game this season. (Pedro Portal/El Nuevo Herald/TNS) MIAMI — It looks like Hassan Whiteside is ready to make his return. Whiteside went through the full shootaround and will warm up with the intention to play in Wednesday’s home game against the Bulls. Point guard Goran...
Tonight’s matchup: Heat looking to snap three-game skid against hapless Bulls in final game of homestand

Tonight’s matchup: Heat looking to snap three-game skid against hapless Bulls in final game of homestand

CHICAGO BULLS VS. MIAMI HEAT When: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records: Chicago 1-4, Miami 2-4 Chicago’s Robin Lopez and Miami’s Hassan Whiteside tip-off to start a game at American Airlines Arena last season. The Bulls are in full rebuild mode this season. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)...
Turnovers are an issue, but Erik Spoelstra wants the Heat to stay ‘aggressive’ and not to play ‘passively’

Turnovers are an issue, but Erik Spoelstra wants the Heat to stay ‘aggressive’ and not to play ‘passively’

MIAMI — The Heat’s drive-and-kick offense works because of the roster’s aggressiveness and attacking mentality. But how aggressive is too aggressive? Miami (2-4) knows it crossed that fine line in Monday’s overtime loss to the Timberwolves by committing a season-high 24 turnovers. In fact, the Heat’s turnover issues have been a problem for the...
Will Hassan Whiteside play Wednesday vs. Bulls? Miami Heat will wait to make decision

Will Hassan Whiteside play Wednesday vs. Bulls? Miami Heat will wait to make decision

MIAMI — Center Hassan Whiteside continues to make progress, but there’s still uncertainty surrounding his status for Wednesday’s home game against the Bulls. On a light day for the Heat (2-4) following Monday’s exhausting overtime loss to the Timberwolves, Whiteside worked through some 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 drills. That’s definitely a step in the right...
Has Heat rookie Bam Adebayo done enough to earn consistent playing time when Hassan Whiteside returns?

Has Heat rookie Bam Adebayo done enough to earn consistent playing time when Hassan Whiteside returns?

Miami Heat forward Bam Adebayo, right, drives up against Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) MIAMI — Bam Adebayo is thankful. The 20-year-old knows the playing time he’s getting early in his rookie season can’t be taken for granted. Adebayo...
Mailbag: Should Miami Heat make a play for disgruntled Suns guard Eric Bledsoe?

Mailbag: Should Miami Heat make a play for disgruntled Suns guard Eric Bledsoe?

Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe goes to the basket in a game against Portland. (AP Photo/Matt York) MIAMI – The Heat are 2-4, not the start they envisioned, but not reason to panic. … just yet. Still, the organization always is looking to see if there is something out there that will help them improved and already one quality, starting guard is on the market. But should Miami...
Five takeaways: Dion Waiters’ late-game surge not enough as Heat fall to Timberwolves in overtime

Five takeaways: Dion Waiters’ late-game surge not enough as Heat fall to Timberwolves in overtime

Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic, left, looks for an open teammate past Minnesota Timberwolves guard Tyus Jones, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) MIAMI — A 2-3 start was enough for the Heat to call for a team meeting Sunday. But the team meeting wasn’t enough to help Miami avoid a three-game losing...
Shot not dropping? No worries. Heat’s Tyler Johnson still a ‘whirling dervish’

Shot not dropping? No worries. Heat’s Tyler Johnson still a ‘whirling dervish’

MIAMI – Nobody is worried about Heat guard Tyler Johnson’s shooting. Not Tyler and especially not coach Erik Spoelstra. “Tyler’s a winning player,” Spoelstra said today after shootaround. “The shot doesn’t define him and his impact. He makes a lot of intangible winning plays. When he’s at his best he’s a whirling dervish, you see him...
Heat guard Dion Waiters admits ankle causing him to lose some explosiveness late in games

Heat guard Dion Waiters admits ankle causing him to lose some explosiveness late in games

Miami’s Dion Waiters drives to the basket against the San Antonio Spurs. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) MIAMI – Dion Waiters is frustrated. Frustrated by the Heat’s slow start. Frustrated that sometimes he does not have the explosiveness late in games that he has at the start. But, Waiters said he was not frustrated because he didn’t play the...
Heat center Hassan Whiteside goes through shootaround but ruled out for tonight’s game against Minnesota

Heat center Hassan Whiteside goes through shootaround but ruled out for tonight’s game against Minnesota

Heat center Hassan Whiteside sits next to assistant coach Juwan Howard during a game against the Pacers this season. (Pedro Portal/El Nuevo Herald/TNS) MIAMI – Hassan Whiteside went from doubtful to out for the Heat’s home game tonight against Minnesota. Whiteside went through the full shootaround today but coach Erik Spoelstra said the 7-foot center would miss his fifth...
Tonight’s matchup: Hassan Whiteside ‘very doubtful’ for Heat’s game vs. Timberwolves

Tonight’s matchup: Hassan Whiteside ‘very doubtful’ for Heat’s game vs. Timberwolves

Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns,right, eyes the basket as Miami Heat’s James Johnson defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES VS. MIAMI HEAT When: Monday, 7:30 p.m. Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records...
Why didn’t Dion Waiters play in the fourth quarter of Heat’s loss to Celtics?

Why didn’t Dion Waiters play in the fourth quarter of Heat’s loss to Celtics?

MIAMI — Dion Waiters is supposed to be one of the Heat’s closers this season. But in Saturday’s loss to Boston, Waiters spent the entire fourth quarter on the bench. Coach Erik Spoelstra said his decision to hold Waiters out of the final quarter didn’t have to do with his troublesome left ankle, it had to with the flow of the game. &ldquo...
Heat ‘aired it out’ in team meeting to discuss 2-3 start, but Hassan Whiteside still ‘very doubtful’ for Monday’s game

Heat ‘aired it out’ in team meeting to discuss 2-3 start, but Hassan Whiteside still ‘very doubtful’ for Monday’s game

MIAMI — After a 2-3 start to the season, the Heat are looking for answers. That’s why Miami held a team meeting Sunday morning before practice to discuss its recent struggles. The goal is to avoid last season’s 2-8 start that put the Heat in a hole that not even a 30-11 second-half record was good enough to overcome. “We had our discussions this morning,”...
Goran Dragic hoping Hassan Whiteside can return from injury soon: ‘He’s our heart’

Goran Dragic hoping Hassan Whiteside can return from injury soon: ‘He’s our heart’

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside seats next to assistant coach Juwan Howard, left, in the second quarter against the Indiana Pacers at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. The Heat won, 112-108. (Pedro Portal/El Nuevo Herald/TNS) MIAMI — Goran Dragic was frustrated after Saturday’s loss to the Celtics, and he was honest. “He&rsquo...
Five takeaways: Miami Heat turnovers lead to second straight loss at home, 96-90 to the Celtics

Five takeaways: Miami Heat turnovers lead to second straight loss at home, 96-90 to the Celtics

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart looks for an open teammate past Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters during the Saturday’s game in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)   MIAMI – The schedule maker gave the Miami Heat a break the first two weeks of the season. After opening with one game on the road, the Heat returned to AmericanAirlines Arena for their longest home...
Miami Heat send two-way guard Matt Williams Jr. to G League affiliate in Sioux Falls

Miami Heat send two-way guard Matt Williams Jr. to G League affiliate in Sioux Falls

MIAMI — Matt Williams Jr.’s time in the NBA has come to an end … for now. The Heat announced Saturday afternoon that Williams has joined the organization’s G League developmental affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Williams is one of the Heat’s two two-way contract players, which allows him to spend a maximum of 45 days in the NBA...
Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters not going to use sore left ankle as an excuse

Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters not going to use sore left ankle as an excuse

Dion Waiters #11 of the Miami Heat looks on during a game against the San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Arena on October 25, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) MIAMI — Dion Waiters is not going to make any excuses. Yes, his sore left ankle has become a lingering issue. But he’s not going to use it as a crutch. That’s why when Waiters...
Slimmer frame has helped Heat newcomer Kelly Olynyk ‘all across the board’

Slimmer frame has helped Heat newcomer Kelly Olynyk ‘all across the board’

MIAMI — Defense is usually a Miami Heat trademark, and that includes taking charges. Heat newcomer Kelly Olynyk is already fitting in. He entered Saturday’s game against the Celtics tied with Raptors guard Kyle Lowry for the league lead with five charges drawn. “I’ve lost a lot of weight and it’s hard to like bang in there,” said Olynyk, who took 14...
Tonight’s matchup: Kelly Olynyk goes against his old team as Miami Heat face Boston Celtics

Tonight’s matchup: Kelly Olynyk goes against his old team as Miami Heat face Boston Celtics

Miami’s James Johnson shoots during a game against the Celtics at American Airlines Arena last season. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) BOSTON CELTICS VS. MIAMI HEAT When: Saturday, 8 p.m. Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish) Records: Boston 3-2, Miami 2-2 PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS Celtics F: Jayson Tatum F: Jaylen...
Former Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk talks about life in Miami on eve of game against his old team

Former Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk talks about life in Miami on eve of game against his old team

MIAMI — A lot of the faces on the Celtics have changed, but Kelly Olynyk is still looking forward to facing his former team. Olynyk spent the first four seasons of his NBA career with Boston before signing a four-year, $50 million deal to join the Heat as a free agent this summer. He’ll get his first chance to face his former team when the Heat (2-2) take on the Celtics ...
Life without Hassan Whiteside will continue for Heat on Saturday vs. Celtics, as Miami tries to find defensive identity

Life without Hassan Whiteside will continue for Heat on Saturday vs. Celtics, as Miami tries to find defensive identity

MIAMI — Life without Hassan Whiteside will continue for the Miami Heat. Whiteside will miss his fourth consecutive game Saturday against the Celtics (3-2) with a bone bruise in his left knee. Miami has recorded a 2-1 record without its starting center. While Whiteside has been ruled out for Saturday’s contest, he is making progress. For the first time since the injury, he ...
Mailbag: Why is Dwyane Wade willing to play off the bench with the Cavaliers, and what does this mean for the Heat?

Mailbag: Why is Dwyane Wade willing to play off the bench with the Cavaliers, and what does this mean for the Heat?

Dwyane Wade #9 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on while playing the Chicago Bulls during a pre season game at Quicken Loans Arena on October 10, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) MIAMI — It’s time for another Heat mailbag. If you weren’t able to ask a question this time, send your questions for future mailbags via Twitter ( ...
Miami Heat defense far from standard coach Erik Spoelstra expects

Miami Heat defense far from standard coach Erik Spoelstra expects

MIAMI – This is not what the Heat expected after four games: A defensive rating of 107.1, 22 nd in the league. Allowing 108.5 points per game, 19 th in the league. Not after both of those numbers were fifth best last season and Miami brought back virtually the entire team from 2016-17. “We just need to get just a little bit more acquainted with each other,&rdquo...
Video: Tom D’Angelo and Anthony Chiang on what went wrong in the Heat’s loss to Spurs

Video: Tom D’Angelo and Anthony Chiang on what went wrong in the Heat’s loss to Spurs

MIAMI – The Heat’s days as a winning team did not last long. After getting above .500 for the first time in a year with a victory over Atlanta on Monday, Miami was dominated by the Spurs on Wednesday, dropping a 117-100 decision and falling to 2-2. Miami’s defense once again let it down, allowing the 4-0 Spurs to shoot 55.3 percent, including 58.8 percent...
Heat rookie Bam Adebayo’s starting debut a ‘big ask’ against Spurs front line

Heat rookie Bam Adebayo’s starting debut a ‘big ask’ against Spurs front line

MIAMI – This time, Heat rookie Bam Adebayo was prepared. It may have not looked it, not with Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge finally resembling the $84 million man San Antonio thought it was getting two years ago. But the 20-year-old was not alone in his struggles Wednesday against the five-time All-Star. Nobody on the Heat could stop Aldridge Wednesday. Otherwise, Adebayo&rsquo...
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