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Heat’s Dwyane Wade a finalist for NBA Cares Community Assist Award; voting open to fans

Heat’s Dwyane Wade a finalist for NBA Cares Community Assist Award; voting open to fans

Dwyane Wade during his visit to Stoneman Douglas High in early March. (Courtesy Aerie Yearbook) Heat forward Dwyane Wade, who continues to be recognized for his contributes to the South Florida community, is a finalist for 2017-18  NBA Cares Community Assist Award. And Heat fans can have a say in the winner. Wade is one of 10 finalists for the season-long award that was...
Why did the Heat’s season end in the first round of the playoffs? A look at the reasons

Why did the Heat’s season end in the first round of the playoffs? A look at the reasons

Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers fights through Kelly Olynyk #9 and James Johnson #16 of the Miami Heat at Wells Fargo Center on April 24, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images) Miami’s playoff run didn’t last long. The Heat enter the offseason after being eliminated in five games in the first round by the Sixers. ...
Heat’s Dwyane Wade ponders retirement as season ends quietly in Philadelphia

Heat’s Dwyane Wade ponders retirement as season ends quietly in Philadelphia

Has Dwyane Wade reached the end? (Getty Images) PHILADELPHIA — If this is it for Dwyane Wade, it’s a quiet exit for the biggest star in Heat history. He doesn’t seem like he’d have a problem with that. Wade came back to the Heat unassumingly two months ago and maintained that approach through the end, which came in a 104-91 loss to the 76ers to close...
Five takeaways: Heat season ends as Sixers close out first-round series in five games

Five takeaways: Heat season ends as Sixers close out first-round series in five games

Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade shoots with Philadelphia 76ers’ Justin Anderson defending during the first half of Tuesday’s Game 5 of their opening-round playoff series in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola) PHILADELPHIA – The Miami Heat entered the postseason as the No. 6 seed believing they had a chance against the youthful, upstart and No. 3-seeded...
2018 NBA playoffs: 76ers’ Brett Brown among those waiting for Dwyane Wade’s exit

2018 NBA playoffs: 76ers’ Brett Brown among those waiting for Dwyane Wade’s exit

Dwyane Wade could be playing his final game tonight. (Getty Images) PHILADELPHIA — Perhaps the highest compliment 76ers coach Brett Brown can give Dwyane Wade is that he eagerly awaits his retirement. A few months past his 36th birthday, Wade’s been a big factor for the Heat in this first-round playoff series with 18 points on 49.1 percent shooting off the bench...
2018 NBA playoffs: Heat’s Tyler Johnson struggles through thumb injury

2018 NBA playoffs: Heat’s Tyler Johnson struggles through thumb injury

Tyler Johnson’s had a tough series. (Getty Images) PHILADELPHIA — There is zero chance of Heat guard Tyler Johnson missing tonight’s Game 5 against the 76ers. “He’s ready to go,” coach Erik Spoelstra said at shootaround. “He would probably punch me in the face if I said anything otherwise.” Johnson has been gutting out an injured thumb on...
Heat’s Udonis Haslem talks friendship with Dwyane Wade, possibly going out together

Heat’s Udonis Haslem talks friendship with Dwyane Wade, possibly going out together

Udonis Haslem and Dwyane Wade PHILADELPHIA – Dwyane Wade is not the only member of the Miami Heat who has a career decision to make at the end of the season. Udonis Haslem, who came into the league the same year as Wade, also will weigh his options once the season ends. And although Haslem said today that he has not made a decision – “I got a lot of time...
Heat mailbag: Does Whiteside have trade value? Who starts Game 5 if Richardson cannot play?

Heat mailbag: Does Whiteside have trade value? Who starts Game 5 if Richardson cannot play?

Miami’s Hassan Whiteside, Tyler Johnson and Bam Adebayo react during the fourth quarter of the Heat’s Game 4 loss against Philadelphia Miami on Saturday. (Pedro Portal/El Nuevo Herald/TNS) PHILADELPHIA – Time for another Miami Heat mailbag. … Playoff edition. If you were not able to ask a question this time, send them along for future mailbags via Twitter to...
2018 NBA playoffs: Heat haven’t seen the best of 76ers C Joel Embiid

2018 NBA playoffs: Heat haven’t seen the best of 76ers C Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid has made an impact already, but he’s still not himself. (Getty Images) CAMDEN, N.J. — 76ers center Joel Embiid has had plenty working against him as he tries to settle into this first-round playoff series against the Heat, and he’s only halfway toward playing like his usual all-star self. As if his first foray into the postseason isn’t enough...
NBA playoffs: J.J. Redick, 76ers out to hit Heat with ‘crushing blow’

NBA playoffs: J.J. Redick, 76ers out to hit Heat with ‘crushing blow’

J.J. Redick is enjoying the back and forth of the 76ers-Heat series.(Getty Images) CAMDEN, N.J. — The first-round playoff series between the Heat and 76ers feels more contentious to the players than it’s actually been. Philadelphia has a 3-1 lead after sweeping two games in Miami and can win its first postseason series since in six years by taking ...
Heat know odds are stacked against them down 3-1 in series, but also know what they must do better to force Game 6

Heat know odds are stacked against them down 3-1 in series, but also know what they must do better to force Game 6

From left, the Miami Heat’s Josh Richardson, Goran Dragic and Dwyane Wade react as the Philadelphia 76ers lead in the fourth quarter in Game 4 of the first-round NBA Playoff series at the AmericaneAirlines Arena in Miami on Saturday, April 21, 2018. The Sixers won, 106-102, for a 3-1 series lead. (Pedro Portal/El Nuevo Herald/TNS) MIAMI — Only 11 teams in...
2018 NBA playoffs: 76ers know what to expect from Miami Heat in Game 5

2018 NBA playoffs: 76ers know what to expect from Miami Heat in Game 5

Ben Simmons and the 76ers are ready for a fight in Game 5, and they’re not going to change their style. (Getty Images) CAMDEN, N.J. — There’s a feeling among the 76ers that they were fortunate to escape Miami with a narrow victory in Game 4 of this first-round playoff series. It’s not that they were lucky, necessarily, but more so a sense that it&rsquo...
Heat’s Josh Richardson questionable for Game 5 with sprained left shoulder

Heat’s Josh Richardson questionable for Game 5 with sprained left shoulder

The Miami Heat’s Josh Richardson leaps past the Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid (21) for a basket in the first quarter in Game 4 of the first-round NBA Playoff series at the AmericaneAirlines Arena in Miami on Saturday, April 21, 2018. The Sixers won, 106-102, for a 3-1 series lead. (Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/TNS) MIAMI — As if being down 3-1...
Mailbag: What adjustments can Heat make vs. Sixers in Game 5? Plus, should Rodney McGruder play a bigger role?

Mailbag: What adjustments can Heat make vs. Sixers in Game 5? Plus, should Rodney McGruder play a bigger role?

From left, the Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside, Tyler Johnson and Bam Adebayo react as the Philadelphia 76ers lead late in the fourth quarter in Game 4 of the first-round NBA Playoff series at the AmericaneAirlines Arena in Miami on Saturday, April 21, 2018. The Sixers won, 106-102, for a 3-1 series lead. (Pedro Portal/El Nuevo Herald/TNS) MIAMI — It’s...
Was Heat’s Game 4 loss Dwyane Wade’s final game in Miami? Wade: ‘I don’t want to answer that right now’

Was Heat’s Game 4 loss Dwyane Wade’s final game in Miami? Wade: ‘I don’t want to answer that right now’

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade reacts after his score against the Philadelphia 76ers in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Game 4 of the first-round playoff series in Miami. Heat forward Justise Winslow looks on. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper) MIAMI – The big question as Ben Simmons dribbled out the final five seconds of the 76ers’ 106-102 victory Saturday, what went...
Miami Heat must finish vs. 76ers, or season will be finished

Miami Heat must finish vs. 76ers, or season will be finished

Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat attempts to drive to the basket as he is surrounded by Dario Saric and Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers in the fourth quarter during Game 4 of the opening round of the playoffs at American Airlines Arena on Saturday in Miami. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) MIAMI — Dwyane Wade’s confidence in himself to rally his team...
Heat breakdowns against young, talented, poised 76ers put season on the brink

Heat breakdowns against young, talented, poised 76ers put season on the brink

Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra and players stand in the final seconds of their loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 4 of a Saturday’s playoff game. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper) MIAMI – The Process will prevail. No, it’s not over. But does anybody really believe the Miami Heat can win three straight games against this young, talented Philadelphia team?...
Five takeaways: Sixers rally for 106-102 win over Heat to take 3-1 lead in series

Five takeaways: Sixers rally for 106-102 win over Heat to take 3-1 lead in series

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, left, shoots as Philadelphia 76ers guard Justin Anderson (obscured) defends in the second quarter in Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper)   MIAMI — A game that looked to be going the Heat’s way turned into a nightmare. The Sixers erased a 12-point Heat lead with...
Embiid, 76ers not focused on Whiteside, but wary of Heat bouncing back

Embiid, 76ers not focused on Whiteside, but wary of Heat bouncing back

The Philadelphia 76ers say they’re ready for whatever the Miami Heat want to throw at them in Saturday’s Game 4, whether that’s elbows, forearms or anything else. As for throwing center Hassan Whiteside at the 76ers? That’s not even on their radar enough to say they’re ready for him. “I don’t care about him,” Philadelphia center Joel Embiid said Friday...
Heat know getting Hassan Whiteside back on track is ‘a game-changer.’ But is it possible against Sixers defense?

Heat know getting Hassan Whiteside back on track is ‘a game-changer.’ But is it possible against Sixers defense?

Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid,, right, drives to the basket as Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside, left, defends during the first half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Thursday, April 19, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) MIAMI — Hassan Whiteside usually points to his statistics as proof of his production. But that has stopped...
Joel Embiid uncomfortable, but still dominates Heat in Game 3 blowout

Joel Embiid uncomfortable, but still dominates Heat in Game 3 blowout

Joel Embiid made his postseason debut for the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 3 of their first-round series against the Miami Heat last night. And the 24-year-old All-Star big man lived up to his five-star billing.  After missing the final eight games of the regular season and the first two of the playoffs after undergoing surgery to repair an orbital bone fracture — forcing him to wear a Batman-like...
Heat’s Hassan Whiteside on his disappearing game: ‘Coach wants me to just be in the corner and set picks’

Heat’s Hassan Whiteside on his disappearing game: ‘Coach wants me to just be in the corner and set picks’

The Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside fights for position under the basket against the Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid during the first quarter of Philadelphia’s Game 3 victory. (David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS) MIAMI – Hassan Whiteside’s frustration is mounting The Heat’s 7-foot big man was asked what has happened this series after taking one shot and...
Once again, Hassan Whiteside gives Miami Heat too little, too late

Once again, Hassan Whiteside gives Miami Heat too little, too late

White Hot is is a fine postseason slogan. Whiteside, however, is what the Miami Heat need more of against a high-scoring Philadelphia 76ers team that threatens to make this playoff run a one-and-done. Hassan Whiteside, Pat Riley’s $98 million investment in the future, is going to have to give the franchise more for its money than he has so far. This is nothing new, not the way the regular season...
Five takeaways: Sixers take home-court advantage right back, defeat Heat 128-108 in Game 3

Five takeaways: Sixers take home-court advantage right back, defeat Heat 128-108 in Game 3

Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons (25) goes up for a basket as Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside (21) defends during the first half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Thursday, April 19, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) MIAMI — The Heat stole home-court advantage in Game 2. But it didn’t take the Sixers long to snatch it back. The Sixers...
Heat’s Erik Spoelstra, Dwyane Wade shocked, saddened by death of Erin Popovich

Heat’s Erik Spoelstra, Dwyane Wade shocked, saddened by death of Erin Popovich

Erik Spoelstra and Gregg Popovich MIAMI – The Heat and San Antonio Spurs have so much in common beyond meeting twice on basketball’s biggest stage – the NBA Finals. The organizations are linked because of their culture, consistent winning and coaches. Erik Spoelstra and Gregg Popovich are the longest tenured active coaches in the league. When the Spurs announced...
What’s the latest on Sixers center Joel Embiid? Still doubtful for Game 3

What’s the latest on Sixers center Joel Embiid? Still doubtful for Game 3

Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts from the bench after a missed foul shot by LeBron James in the final seconds of the game at the Wells Fargo Center on April 6, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Cavaliers 132-130. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) MIAMI — There’s still a chance the Sixers will have their All-Star...
Heat’s Dwyane Wade on his 28-point performance in Game 2, and what is motivating him

Heat’s Dwyane Wade on his 28-point performance in Game 2, and what is motivating him

Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat are back in the playoffs, which is all the motivation Wade needs. Wade and the Heat will play their first home playoff game in two years tonight. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) MIAMI – When Dwyane Wade hits the floor tonight it will be like he never left. Wade’s first home playoff game with the Heat since leaving Miami and spending...
76ers center Joel Embiid listed as ‘doubtful’ for Game 3 vs. Heat

76ers center Joel Embiid listed as ‘doubtful’ for Game 3 vs. Heat

MIAMI — If Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown knew if star big man Joel Embiid would get on the court for Thursday’s Game 3 against the Miami Heat, he didn’t let it slip before practice Wednesday. Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid wears mask while warming up for the team’s NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Wednesday, April 11...
Heat Mailbag: After his throwback Game 2, should Dwyane Wade start? Plus: bench vs. starters

Heat Mailbag: After his throwback Game 2, should Dwyane Wade start? Plus: bench vs. starters

Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade reacts to his basket in the last minute of the second half in Game 2 Monday’s playoff game in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola) Time for another Miami Heat mailbag. … Playoff edition. If you were not able to ask a question this time, send them along for future mailbags via Twitter to @tomdangelo44 and @Anthony_Chiang. You...
Even after the Heat won Game 2 to take home-court advantage, the Sixers are still betting favorites to win the series

Even after the Heat won Game 2 to take home-court advantage, the Sixers are still betting favorites to win the series

Miami Heat’s Goran Dragic, left, of Slovenia, drives to the basket against Philadelphia 76ers’ JJ Redick, right, during the first half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, April 16, 2018, in Philadelphia. The Heat won 113-103. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola) MIAMI — The Sixers are still considered the favorites to win their first-round...
Playing time, box-score stats still lacking for Hassan Whiteside. But Erik Spoelstra says Whiteside’s ‘activity level was superb’ in Game 2

Playing time, box-score stats still lacking for Hassan Whiteside. But Erik Spoelstra says Whiteside’s ‘activity level was superb’ in Game 2

Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat talks with Hassan Whiteside #21 in the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers during Game Two of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoff at Wells Fargo Center on April 16, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) Hassan Whiteside played just 15 minutes while battling foul trouble in Monday&rsquo...
Heat contest, bully Simmons, Sixers’ 3-point shooters while tying up the series

Heat contest, bully Simmons, Sixers’ 3-point shooters while tying up the series

Miami Heat’s Justise Winslow hits the court after drawing a foul on Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons during the first half of the Heat’s victory in Game 2 of their playoff series Monday in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola) PHILADELPHIA – The 76ers lived by the three in Game 1. They died by the three in Game 2. And the Miami Heat had a lot to do with that...
Dwyane Wade produces another ‘moment’ when Heat needed it most in Game 2

Dwyane Wade produces another ‘moment’ when Heat needed it most in Game 2

Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat watches his shot in the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers during Game Two of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoff at Wells Fargo Center on April 16, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Heat defeated the 76ers 113-103. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) Dwyane Wade doesn’t start games anymore. He doesn’t...
Joel Embiid says he’s ‘sick and tired of being babied’ after sitting out Game 2 loss to Heat

Joel Embiid says he’s ‘sick and tired of being babied’ after sitting out Game 2 loss to Heat

Joel Embiid. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola) If it’s up to Joel Embiid, he will make his return from injury in Thursday’s Game 3. The Sixers’ All-Star center already missed the final eight games of the regular season and the first two games of the playoffs as he continues to recover from surgery to repair an orbital bone fracture. But after the Heat tied the first-round series...
Heat’s Bam Adebayo appreciates moment with Dwyane Wade during first playoff game: ‘a veteran teaching a rook’

Heat’s Bam Adebayo appreciates moment with Dwyane Wade during first playoff game: ‘a veteran teaching a rook’

Miami Heat’s Bam Adebayo shoot as Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons watches during Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola) PHILADELPHIA – Bam Adebayo’s first playoff experience brought him back to his one year at Kentucky. The Heat’s 6-foot-10 rookie said the atmosphere during Game 1 of the opening round...
What is the Miami Heat’s mindset entering Game 2?

What is the Miami Heat’s mindset entering Game 2?

Justise Winslow #20 of the Miami Heat controls the ball as Dario Saric #9 of the Philadelphia 76ers reaches for it in the fourth quarter of Game One of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoff at Wells Fargo Center on April 14, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Heat 130-103. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) It’s been a busy few days...
Miami Heat need to get Goran Dragic going against Philadelphia’s taller defenders

Miami Heat need to get Goran Dragic going against Philadelphia’s taller defenders

Miami’s Goran Dragic is defended by Philadelphia’s Robert Covington during the Sixers’ victory in Game 1 of their playoff series in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola) PHILADELPHIA – Goran Dragic has had his struggles against the 76ers this season and it continued in Game 1 of the playoffs. The Heat’s All-Star point guard is averaging 14.2 points, more...
Mailbag: Is a change coming to the Miami Heat’s starting lineup?

Mailbag: Is a change coming to the Miami Heat’s starting lineup?

Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade, right, makes a move against Philadelphia 76ers’ Robert Covington, left, during the first half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola) MIAMI — It’s time for another Heat mailbag. If you weren’t able to ask a question this time, send your questions...
Miami Heat are down in series but not out after being run off court by Sixers

Miami Heat are down in series but not out after being run off court by Sixers

  Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons dunks the ball past Miami’s Josh Richardson and Hassan Whiteside during the Sixers’ victory Saturday in Game 1 of their playoff series. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) PHILADELPHIA – Repeat after me: The Heat trail this series 0-1. It may seem like more, especially after Miami’s meltdown the final 24 minutes, turning...
Josh Richardson confident he’ll bounce back after quiet Game 1: ‘I saw spots I could have attacked. I’ll change it tomorrow’

Josh Richardson confident he’ll bounce back after quiet Game 1: ‘I saw spots I could have attacked. I’ll change it tomorrow’

JJ Redick #17 of the Philadelphia 76ers pump fakes Josh Richardson #0 of the Miami Heat in the second quarter during Game One of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoff at Wells Fargo Center on April 14, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) The Heat have a long list of things they need to improve on if they want to win their first-round...
Heat will have another chance to face Joel Embiid-less Sixers. Embiid ruled out for Game 2

Heat will have another chance to face Joel Embiid-less Sixers. Embiid ruled out for Game 2

Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers puts his protective face mask prior to Game One of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoff against the Miami Heat at Wells Fargo Center on April 14, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) The Heat will have another chance to face the Joel Embiid-less Sixers. Embiid has been ruled out for Monday&rsquo...
Wayne Ellington enjoying his homecoming, but when Heat hit the floor against Sixers it’s all business

Wayne Ellington enjoying his homecoming, but when Heat hit the floor against Sixers it’s all business

Miami Heat guard Wayne Ellington and forward Justise Winslow celebrate after Ellington hit a 3-point shot during Miami’s overtime win over Toronto in the final game of the regular season. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) PHILADELPHIA – Wayne Ellington was honing his skills on the playgrounds of Philadelphia at the same time Allen Iverson was emerging as a Philadelphia...
A look at how the Heat are preparing for the unique game of Sixers point guard Ben Simmons

A look at how the Heat are preparing for the unique game of Sixers point guard Ben Simmons

Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers dunks the ball past LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second quarter at the Wells Fargo Center on April 6, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Cavaliers 132-130. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) It’s difficult to prepare for a 6-foot-10, 230-pound point guard. Simulating what...
Dwyane Wade says playoff experience helpful, but cautions it guarantees nothing

Dwyane Wade says playoff experience helpful, but cautions it guarantees nothing

Erik Spoelstra and Dwyane Wade have been in 113 playoff games together with the Heat, including four Finals. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) PHILADELPHIA – While Sixers guard JJ Redick attempts to spin his team’s postseason playoff inexperience into a good thing, Miami’s Dwyane Wade isn’t all in on that theory. Reddick, of course, is trying to downplay that...
Heat Mailbag: Could this be a career-defining series for Hassan Whiteside? Plus, a couple of Heat X-factors

Heat Mailbag: Could this be a career-defining series for Hassan Whiteside? Plus, a couple of Heat X-factors

Hassan Whiteside celebrates during a Heat victory at Dallas in January. (Photo Glenn James) Time for another Miami Heat mailbag. … Playoff edition. If you were not able to ask a question this time, send them along for future mailbags via Twitter to @tomdangelo44 and @Anthony_Chiang. You can also e-mail me at tdangelo@pbpost.com. From @OS_KeepinItReal: Is this a make or break series...
Ben Simmons presents unique challenge for Heat’s defense. How will Miami defend him?

Ben Simmons presents unique challenge for Heat’s defense. How will Miami defend him?

Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons, center, drives as Miami Heat’s James Johnson, left and Goran Dragic (7) defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 8, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) MIAMI — Ben Simmons presents a unique challenge for the Heat. Simmons is a 6-foot-10, 230-pound point guard who took 88.1 percent of his...
NBA playoff series pits tanking 76ers vs. never-take-a-dive Heat

NBA playoff series pits tanking 76ers vs. never-take-a-dive Heat

Miami’s opponent in the opening round of the NBA playoffs finished 10-72 a couple of years ago. Too bad Philadelphia didn’t just go ahead and lose 76 games while they were in full tank mode, matching the 76ers team logo with the front office’s brazen philosophy of losing by design. “Trust the Process” became the chant of many Philly fans, though not all, because the pursuit...
Sixers coach Brett Brown says Joel Embiid will not play in Game 1 vs. Heat

Sixers coach Brett Brown says Joel Embiid will not play in Game 1 vs. Heat

Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid wears mask while warming up for the team’s NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola) MIAMI — The Sixers will start the playoffs Saturday night without starting center Joel Embiid. “[Embiid] will not play in Game 1,” Philadelphia coach Brett Brown...
If the regular season is any indication, the Heat-76ers playoff series will be close … very close

If the regular season is any indication, the Heat-76ers playoff series will be close … very close

The Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade celebrates with the crowd after scoring the winning basket in the final seconds against the Philadelphia 76ers at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Tuesday. (Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/TNS) MIAMI — Sometimes the best way to predict the future is to study the past. What’s going to happen in this first-round playoff series between...
Is Goran Dragic worried about his sore knee entering playoffs? ‘I’m going to feel it, but it’s not going to slow me down’

Is Goran Dragic worried about his sore knee entering playoffs? ‘I’m going to feel it, but it’s not going to slow me down’

Phoenix Suns guard Mike James (55) defends against Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) MIAMI — Goran Dragic isn’t worried about his sore right knee entering the playoffs. “I’m good. 100 percent, I’ll be good,” Dragic said Thursday. The 31-year-old...
Spoelstra says perfect picture of Ellington, ‘drenched in sweat, totally exhausted, working your ass off’

Spoelstra says perfect picture of Ellington, ‘drenched in sweat, totally exhausted, working your ass off’

Miami Heat guard Wayne Ellington celebrates after hitting a 3-point shot during the second half of Wednesday’s overtime victory over the Toronto Raptors. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) MIAMI – Wayne Ellington was not happy about how things had been going lately. Entering the final game of the regular season he was coming off a 1-of-4 performance from long distance and...
2018 NBA Playoffs: A closer look at the first-round matchup between the Heat and 76ers. Which team has the edge?

2018 NBA Playoffs: A closer look at the first-round matchup between the Heat and 76ers. Which team has the edge?

Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons, center, drives as Miami Heat’s James Johnson, left and Goran Dragic (7) defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 8, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) MIAMI — The Miami Heat’s scouting department spent the last week preparing for four possible first-round playoff opponents. But on...
Heat on series with Sixers, the hottest team in the NBA: ‘Streaks are meant to be broken’

Heat on series with Sixers, the hottest team in the NBA: ‘Streaks are meant to be broken’

Miami Heat’s Josh Richardson, left, shoots as Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, center, defends while Robert Covington, right, watches during the first half of an NBA basketball gam Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola) MIAMI – The Heat got a jump on the 2018 postseason Wednesday with a thrilling 116-109 overtime victory over...
2018 NBA playoffs: Here’s the schedule for the Heat-76ers first-round series

2018 NBA playoffs: Here’s the schedule for the Heat-76ers first-round series

Miami Heat’s Wayne Ellington (2) is seen during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 104-102. (AP Photo/Michael Perez) MIAMI — After Wednesday night’s overtime win over the Toronto Raptors, the Miami Heat learned their first-round playoff opponent will be the Philadelphia 76ers...
Five takeaways from Heat-Raptors: Heat earn overtime win to clinch sixth seed and first-round series vs. 76ers

Five takeaways from Heat-Raptors: Heat earn overtime win to clinch sixth seed and first-round series vs. 76ers

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, center, drives to the basket against Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside, left, guard Rodney McGruder, rear, and forward James Johnson, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) MIAMI — It took an overtime period on the final night of the regular season...
Heat awards: We agree Dragic is the MVP, but who’s been the biggest surprise? Which Wade moment will you remember most?

Heat awards: We agree Dragic is the MVP, but who’s been the biggest surprise? Which Wade moment will you remember most?

Heat guard Goran Dragic drives to the basket against Pelicans guard Ian Clark during a game this season in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Veronica Dominach) MIAMI – Another Heat regular season is in the books and unlike last season, Miami will begin preparation on Thursday for the playoffs. And while the Heat have known for more than a week that they would be in the postseason...
Cavaliers eliminated as possible first-round opponent for Heat but Miami still in play for sixth-eighth seeds

Cavaliers eliminated as possible first-round opponent for Heat but Miami still in play for sixth-eighth seeds

Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra directs his players during the second half of a game against Chicago last month in Miami. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach) MIAMI – While the Heat enter the final day of the season still in looking at finishing anywhere from No. 6 to No. 8 in the Eastern Conference, the Cavaliers were eliminated as a possible first-round opponent for Miami...
With plenty of playoff options remaining, how will Heat treat final regular season game

With plenty of playoff options remaining, how will Heat treat final regular season game

Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson goes to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George during OKC’s victory Monday in Miami. (David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS) MIAMI – One year ago, the Heat entered the final day of the regular season hoping they could somehow find an avenue into the postseason but knowing the chances were remote at best. That feeling...
Mailbag: With playoffs looming, should Miami Heat be concern because of recent performances? Should Wade be starting?

Mailbag: With playoffs looming, should Miami Heat be concern because of recent performances? Should Wade be starting?

From left to right, Miami Heat players Dwyane Wade, Hassan Whiteside, Wayne Ellington and Bam Adebayo look from the bench during the fourth quarter of Monday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the AmericanAirlines Arena. (David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS) Time for another Miami Heat mailbag. And with the playoffs starting this weekend, we are looking ahead...
Playoff update: Cavaliers now the least likely first round opponent for Heat

Playoff update: Cavaliers now the least likely first round opponent for Heat

Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams and Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow congratulate each other after OKC’s victory Monday in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) MIAMI – The Heat had a chance to narrow their playoff possibilities on Monday, but a fourth-quarter meltdown against the Thunder did nothing to clear up the picture. The Heat walked off the court...
Five takeaways: Heat get off to hot start, cool down, fall to Thunder. Playoff positioning still in limbo

Five takeaways: Heat get off to hot start, cool down, fall to Thunder. Playoff positioning still in limbo

Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson drives past Oklahoma City Thunder guard Alex Abrines during the first half of Monday’s game. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) MIAMI – The Miami Heat have one game remaining and still could wind up playing any one of four opponents in the playoffs, which start this weekend. The Heat started fast but Oklahoma City chipped away at the 18...
Dwyane Wade receives NBA ‘Community Assist Award’ for his support of Parkland community

Dwyane Wade receives NBA ‘Community Assist Award’ for his support of Parkland community

Dwyane Wade meeting with students from Douglas High School on March 7. MIAMI — Dwyane Wade continues to earn recognition for his support of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High. On Monday, the NBA announced that Wade has earned the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for March because of his support for Douglas and the Parkland community since 14 students and three adults were...
Will Wayne Ellington set new Heat record for 3-pointers made in single season? A look at his chances with two games remaining

Will Wayne Ellington set new Heat record for 3-pointers made in single season? A look at his chances with two games remaining

Miami Heat’s Wayne Ellington (2) reacts to making a basket against the Charlotte Hornets during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) MIAMI — The Heat have already clinched a playoff spot, but Wayne Ellington has a few things left to play for this regular season. First, Ellington is still...
In new book, Pat Riley opens up about his relationship with LeBron James: ‘He did the right thing’ when he left Miami

In new book, Pat Riley opens up about his relationship with LeBron James: ‘He did the right thing’ when he left Miami

LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat celebrates with team President Pat Riley in the locker room following the Heat’s victory against the San Antonio Spurs in Game Seven of the 2013 NBA Finals on June 20, 2013 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images) MIAMI — As the old cliche goes, time heals all wounds...
Tonight’s matchup: Heat looking to hang onto No. 6 seed in East; Thunder looking to clinch playoff spot

Tonight’s matchup: Heat looking to hang onto No. 6 seed in East; Thunder looking to clinch playoff spot

Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams, center, is fouled by Miami Heat guard Rodney McGruder (17) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 23, 2018. Miami forward James Johnson is at right. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER AT MIAMI HEAT When: Monday, 7:30 p.m. Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami TV/Radio: Fox Sports...
Who should be NBA’s MVP, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player and Coach of the Year? Heat coach and players reveal their picks

Who should be NBA’s MVP, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player and Coach of the Year? Heat coach and players reveal their picks

Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) goes up for a shot against Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) MIAMI — With the NBA regular season coming to a close, awards season is near. After Sunday’s practice, we asked coach Erik Spoelstra and nine Heat players who...
Heat rookie Bam Adebayo will never forget where he comes from, but his sights are set on a bright NBA future

Heat rookie Bam Adebayo will never forget where he comes from, but his sights are set on a bright NBA future

Bam Adebayo #13 of the Miami Heat looks on during a game against the San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Arena on October 25, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) MIAMI – It’s easy to forget that Bam Adebayo is just 20 years old. At 6-foot-10 and 255 pounds, Adebayo looks and plays like a grown man. But spend a few minutes with him away from the...
Tony Fiorentino’s 15-year broadcasting career as ‘coach on the air’ with Heat coming to a close

Tony Fiorentino’s 15-year broadcasting career as ‘coach on the air’ with Heat coming to a close

Tony Fiorentino has worked with Erik Reid on Heat broadcasts for 15 years. MIAMI – Tony Fiorentino has done it all during his 30 years in the Miami organization – an assistant with the Heat and WNBA Sol, a scouting coordinator, a summer camp director and 15 seasons as a television color analyst. But through it all Fiorentino, who will call his final regular season game Wednesday...
Five takeaways: Heat hammered by Knicks; still hanging onto sixth seed

Five takeaways: Heat hammered by Knicks; still hanging onto sixth seed

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra reacts during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks on Friday, April 6, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) NEW YORK – Coach Erik Spoelstra likes to say the Miami Heat have something to play for. It didn’t look like it Friday in New York. Once again, the Heat allowed a lottery bound...

Wade on friendship with LeBron if Heat face Cavs in playoffs: ‘LeBron goes dark on everybody, I won’t be worried about communicating’

NEW YORK – With a Miami-Cleveland first-round series inching closer, the Heat will lean on Dwyane Wade, right? Just have him download Cleveland’s playbook to give them an edge. They could. … but Wade is not sure it will make a different. “What does it matter?” Wade said following today’s shootaround in preparation for tonight’s game...
Heat say ‘no tanks;’ Dwyane Wade, Goran Dragic, James Johnson all playing tonight vs. Knicks

Heat say ‘no tanks;’ Dwyane Wade, Goran Dragic, James Johnson all playing tonight vs. Knicks

Miami’s James Johnson and Goran Dragic, along with Dwyane Wade, plan to return for tonight’s game at the Knicks after sitting one game because of injuries. (AP Photo/Veronica Dominach) NEW YORK – So much for the Miami Heat trying to avoid the sixth seed and a possible playoff showdown with Cleveland. Dwyane Wade, Goran Dragic and James Johnson all will return to the...
Heat mailbag: Is it dangerous for teams to jockey to face Boston in first round? Heat avenues to improve this summer

Heat mailbag: Is it dangerous for teams to jockey to face Boston in first round? Heat avenues to improve this summer

Everybody is looking at the Celtics and wondering if they can be beat in the first round. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) NEW YORK – Time for another Miami Heat mailbag. If you were not able to ask a question this time, send them along for future mailbags via Twitter to @tomdangelo44 and @Anthony_Chiang. You can also e-mail me at tdangelo@pbpost.com. The playoffs start in about...
What to know about tonight’s game: Heat look to move closer to clinching sixth in East vs. Knicks

What to know about tonight’s game: Heat look to move closer to clinching sixth in East vs. Knicks

Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk (9) looks to pass the ball as New York Knicks center Kyle O’Quinn (9) defends during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Miami. The Heat won the game 119-98. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper) MIAMI HEAT AT NEW YORK KNICKS When: Friday, 7:30 p.m. Where: Madison Square Garden, New York TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM...
Health, not seeding, is most important for Heat entering playoffs, no matter the opponent

Health, not seeding, is most important for Heat entering playoffs, no matter the opponent

Atlanta Hawks guard Tyler Dorsey tries to get through the defense of Miami Heat guard Wayne Ellington and forward Josh Richardson during the Heat’s victory Wednesday in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis) NEW YORK – Good to see the Miami Heat have their priorities in order. The Heat showed they are taking no chances over the final week of the season when they sat...
What is Kelly Olynyk’s secret weapon when it comes to success? The answer may surprise you

What is Kelly Olynyk’s secret weapon when it comes to success? The answer may surprise you

Heat forward Kelly Olynyk looks to pass the ball as Hawks center Miles Plumlee defends during the Miami’s victory Wednesday in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis) NEW YORK – The money was not required to be delivered on the spot. So Heat General Manager Andy Elisburg did not walk onto the court at Phillips Arena in Atlanta late in the first quarter Wednesday with a...
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